because recognizing obscure in-jokes makes me feel superior to you, that’s why

Those of us fortunate enough to live in areas served by print editions of The Onion may remember a period maybe five to ten years ago when, in inner pages with space to fill too small for an article, they’d use a fake story-continuation that consisted of nothing but the words “Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood” – repeated to fill the space. (I think nowadays they fill those spaces with in-house ads…like my favorite: “Page Numbers. Only in The Onion.”)

Well, in this week’s edition, they finally printed (or wrote) the story from which those words come. I’m curious as to whether this is a rerun of a very old Onion story, or a new one, with the “passersby” phrase a shoutout to that old little in-joke.



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3 responses to “because recognizing obscure in-jokes makes me feel superior to you, that’s why

  1. JJ

    Shouldn’t it be “he and another passerby were…” in the story? If that’s the first time they’ve paid off that particular running gag, and they couldn’t even get the grammar right… ugh.

    I don’t remember seeing that story in the early days, and the style feels very new-Onion to me, so I suspect it’s not a reprint. But I don’t know.

  2. 2fs

    Actually, until your comment I hadn’t read the online version: the print version is the more correct “he and other passersby…” The web version read “he and another passersby…” – which is just fucked up. For a long time, The Onion was one of the better-proofread publications around (at least in its Milwaukee print incarnation); it’s declined a bit in that department.

  3. czeltic girl

    I used to love that little space filler.

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