Quiz: Real Headline or Onion Headline?

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Donald Trump Warns Supporters Could Riot If He Doesn't Get Nomination

Close call, but this is an actual headline from NBC News in March 2016.

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Richard Simmons Denies He's Being Held Hostage in His Home — In an Audio Interview From His Home

Yep, another real one from March 2016.

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Donald Trump Vows to Save Richard Simmons

Still real, March 2016.

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Harry Reid to Take Blowtorch to GOP Leadership Over Trump

Most likely not a real blowtorch, but it got your attention! Huffington Post, March 2016

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Violence Erupts at Trump Rally After Supporters Clash With Protesting GOP Leaders

Finally, a fake one. "Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who hoisted a handmade sign depicting Trump in a KKK robe beneath the words 'Fascism Is Not Conservatism,' was quickly knocked out by a punch to the back of the head."

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Study: Dolphins Not So Intelligent on Land

The Onion, February 2006. "According to study researchers, a group of 25 bottlenose dolphins removed from their holding tanks failed 11 exercises designed to test their basic cognitive abilities and reasoning skills."

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Meerkat Expert Cleared of Assault in Zoo Love Triangle

Apparently the meerkat, monkey and llama-keepers made quite a fuss at the London Zoo Christmas party in 2014.

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Man Comes to Realize His Puppies Aren't Puppies After All

They were Asian black bears. This happened in China in 2015.

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Snake Swallows Salad Tongs

This really happened to someone's pet python in Australia in 2015.

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USA's First Beer Spa Brewing Up Brisk Business

"Hop in the Spa" is a real place in Sisters, Oregon.

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Report: U.S. Parents' Top Concern is Child Dying from Something They Could Be Blamed For

The Onion, March 2016. "Many parents in the U.S. frequently lie awake at night worrying about the unthinkable happening to their son or daughter and causing the public to look upon them as criminally liable for their death."

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Amazon Files Patent for Pay by Selfie

This is a real headline in USA Today from March 2016.

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So-Called Obese Pets Held to Unrealistic Body Standards

The Onion, December 2003. "Pet body-image activist Miriam Grimer said owners shouldn't let doctors dictate their pets' weight."

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Fraternity Members to Undergo Racial Sensitivity Hazing

The Onion, March 2015. "Effective immediately, pledges nationwide will engage in a hazing program designed to combat racially insensitive behavior by requiring them to pound a shot of pure grain alcohol for every one of their personal prejudices until they puke."

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Report: Most NFL Teams Just 1 or 2 Overpriced Free Agents Away from Super Bowl

The Onion, March 2014. "As we've seen time and time again, an NFL general manager can be assured of a Super Bowl championship solely by recklessly blowing a colossal amount of cash on a high-profile washed-up veteran or two."

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Winner of French Scrabble Championship Does Not Speak French

Apparently New Zealander Nigel Richards memorized every single word with fewer than 10 letters in the French dictionary.

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Bus Passengers Who Urinated on a Beehive Are Stung in Some Unfortunate Places

True story out of Vietnam in 2015.

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Mediators Give Marco Rubio 90 Seconds to Deliver Closing Statement of Campaign

The Onion, March 2016. "This is your last chance to speak directly to the American people before exiting the national stage, so please utilize your time wisely. You may now begin."

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Man Shoots Armadillo, Hits Mother-in-Law Next Door

This really happened in Lee County, Georgia, in 2015.

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GOP Maintains Solid Hold on Youth That Already Look Like Old Men

The Onion, March 2016. "Republicans hold a solid lead among the coveted 'elderly youth' demographic, including 18- to 24-year-olds who wear suspenders and bow ties to class every day."

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New Evidence Suggests Early Humans First Used Fire to Impress Friends

The Onion, March 2016. "The discovery supports the hypothesis that setting a grassy plain ablaze to crack up friends was an important part of hominid culture long before fire was used for cooking and warmth."

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ISIS Struggling to Narrow Down GOP Debate Sound Bites for New Recruitment Video

The Onion, March 2016. "We've spent days cutting down our video to feature only the most inflammatory anti-Muslim statements that will attract new soldiers of jihad, but it’s still over 40 minutes — no one's gonna sit through something that long."

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Jaguars, Raiders Hold Postseason Exhibition Game in London

The Onion, February 2016. "Today was a fantastic opportunity for the fans in England to see the Jaguars and Raiders play a full game as both teams prepare to head into the offseason."

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Lost Jack London Manuscript "The Doggy" Found

The Onion, February 2016. '''The Doggy' is a gripping tale of a playful 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever in the Yukon and shows London, the master of vivid naturalist prose, at the height of his literary powers."

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Cops Warn Residents of Men Challenging Others to Rap Battles

This actually happened in Charlton, Massachusetts, in March 2016.

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States Now Offering Millions in Tax Breaks to Any Person Who Says "High-Tech Jobs"

This is from The Onion in June 2014.

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Artist Left Hanging Naked

This really happened to a Norwegian artist named Hilde Krohn Huse in 2015. Long story.

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Drugs Win Drug War

Classic Onion from 1998.

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Vatican City Residents Rally to Save St. Peter's Basilica From Development

The Onion, February 2016. "J.Crew, Regal Cinemas and restaurant chain Johnny Rockets have already committed to leasing space in the complex that is to be erected on the plot of land where St. Peter was said to be crucified during the reign of Roman emperor Nero."

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Sanders Impresses Florida Voters By Jumping From Hotel Balcony Into Pool

The Onion, March 2016. "'Hey, everyone, check this out!' said the shirtless two-term Vermont senator, clambering up onto the railing outside his fifth-floor hotel room."

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The Onion is the premier source of strange fictional news, but truth is often stranger than fiction. Can you separate Onion headlines from real-life headlines?

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