PRESCIENCE  6:44 pm October 30, 2008

The Onion Predicted ‘Joe The Plumber’ Crap

by Jim Newell

Yup, a 1993 page from the 1999 Onion book Our Dumb Century with this article and subhed, “Nation Eagerly Awaits Ohio Man’s Profound Insights Into Current Events.” See, everyone, just make up a story — type any random crap in your comments about anything, just try it! — and American capitalism can make it happen. [The Onion via BoingBoing]


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ManchuCandidate October 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm

There is also this article

NoWireHangers October 30, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Lieberman wins Presidency.

shortsshortsshorts October 30, 2008 at 6:48 pm

I can say ANYTHING?
John McCain is not human, he is the longest dick joke ever named.

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Since Wonkette has arrived on the scene, The Onion seems predicable and irrelevant.

Shamey October 30, 2008 at 6:49 pm

This is actually from the Onion book Our Dumb Century. So it was written in like 2000 or something. Awesome. High five everyone.

War Eagle October 30, 2008 at 6:49 pm

“Christians” worshipping a golden calf.

Humour magazines hitting the nail on prophecy.

Tha End-o-Days, I tell you!

spencer October 30, 2008 at 6:50 pm

[re=157068]ManchuCandidate[/re]: That is my favorite onion op-ed. Followed closely by this one:

Neilist October 30, 2008 at 6:50 pm

The Onion.

The New York Times.

After Judith Miller and the “Trust Us: Saddam Has Weapons of Mass Destruction!” thingie, is there really THAT much difference?

Other than The Onion being a more reliable news source.

(Next: The Sci-Fi Channel or Fox News: One supplies accurate information; the other is a collection of WrightWingNutz!)

Min October 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Sarah Palin bites Todd’s head off at campaign event, revealing to everyone that she is actually a praying mantis and therefore in eligible to run for vice-president.

One Yield Regular October 30, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Wait, so stuff in The Onion is just made up? I haven’t been this disappointed since I learned that the Weekly World News story, “I Got AIDS From the Blarney Stone,” was made up too.

SayItWithWookies October 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm

A couple of months ago Wonkette ran a picture of a couple with a “Rednecks for Obama” sign, and I said, “What’s next — Racists for Obama?” And lo and behold, it came true yesterday. Irony just can’t keep up with reality.

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 7:05 pm

In 1993, The Onion was free in Madison, suck it socialist pigs.

heathenish October 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Min – very nice.
how bout
Sources say rush Limbaugh’s head will likely explode next Wed!

rambone October 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I predict some crazy, born again, Alaskan, trailer trash bimbo will wink her way into the Whitehouse.

Texan Bulldoggette October 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm

And looky here, Rush Limbaugh 15 years back in time is still an unfuckable slob.

HedonismBot October 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Joe the Plumber caught in gay tryst with Larry the Cable Guy. Rosie the Riveter files for divorce.

Kev-O-Tron October 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm

[re=157068]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Here’s my all time favorite. Wise words from Jimmy Carter.

Dave J. October 30, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Walnuts does remind me a bit of T. Herman Zweibel, publisher emeritus of The Onion.

bago October 30, 2008 at 7:12 pm

More republican betrayal! Even the Elephant is picking Obama!

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm

[re=157103]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]:


ManchuCandidate October 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm


“But Al Gore, that cum-sucking pig, steals the shit from me and now he’s the greatest thing since Jesus Christ made a fucking sandwich.”

user-of-owls October 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

User-of-Owls wins MegaDooperJackpot Lottery prize of $23.5 billion. Pays Congress to enact law authorizing slaughter of first-born children of plumbers, mandatory sterilization of Alaskans and immediate euthanasia for all cats owned by PUMAs.

Gopherit October 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm
Simony October 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Well, the track “I Was A Maoist Intellectual” by Momus also anticipates Wurzelbacher’s “major record deal [that could deliver] a country album as early as Inauguration Day”—a little more contingency required enough presentiment to lend. (Imprestò.)

tunamelt October 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm

The post 9/11 issue was one of my first experiences with The Onion.

The Jerry Bruckheimer thing, particularly.

tunamelt October 30, 2008 at 7:18 pm

[re=157100]rocktonsammy[/re]: Isn’t it still free?

magic titty October 30, 2008 at 7:18 pm

“If Obama Wins Presidency, Atheists To Admit There is a God”

Lazy Media October 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm

[re=157115]user-of-owls[/re]: Bullshit, PUMAs don’t own cats. All cat owners are in the tank.

dano October 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Satire has become obsolete. How do you satirize people like Sarah Palin and the army of retards that support her? Never in our nation’s history have so many people been so proud to be stupid and uninformed. Critical thinking is now considered to be evil and unpatriotic. I’ve given up. The only thing to do is accelerate my alcohol intake until I’m unable to function and I’m as stupid as everyone else. See you in hell motherfuckers!

OzoneTom October 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm

How bad does it have to get before even John McCain comes out saying that even he cannot vote for the McCain/Palin ticket?

Before you scoff, recall his immigration bill. And momentary mavericky stand against torture.

slavojzizek October 30, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Beavis and Butthead! It just seems so elevated and cultured compared to anything that’s been on MTV when I’ve flipped on it accidentally in the last ten years.

user-of-owls October 30, 2008 at 7:29 pm

[re=157124]Lazy Media[/re]: User-of-Owls submits an amended bill striking ‘cats’ from the legislation and replacing it with ‘PUMAs’

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 7:32 pm


10-4, Dano

Crab1 October 30, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Snowmachine Champion declares war on Communist America from Russia.

AlexTrebeksGirl October 30, 2008 at 7:34 pm

[re=157125]dano[/re]: Man. Don’t be bad for everyone here. We’re already in the tank and dangerously depressed and misanthropic.

Dave J. October 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

The Fuck Everything, We’re Doing Five Blades piece by the CEO of Gillette will always be their most genius prediction.

AlexTrebeksGirl October 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

On redstate I love the comments that go “I’m so sad I missed Rush today.” It’s like reading a statement “I’m so sad I missed the SS coming to my house and beheading my pets.”

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm


In Madison, not Beloit or Chicago, 2 fitty at the Beloit College Book Store, elitists, socialists.

DustBowlBlues October 30, 2008 at 7:37 pm

A joke in 2000 is truth in 2008. Proof, as if I needed it, that the world is getting stupider and stupider. Our only hope is Hopey. If by some miracle he actually wins this thing in spite of all the voter fraud the Rs will be committing, maybe he can pull us out of our death spiral to the pit of stupid.

tunamelt October 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm

[re=157146]rocktonsammy[/re]: In LA, they are basically everywhere, sandwiched between the weeklies that advertise SEXXX!

I had no idea they cost money.

tyrantkitty October 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

In the last eight years, I’ve had cause to reflect on this headline QUITE a BIT:

Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’ – 1/17/01

tunamelt October 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm

[re=157154]tyrantkitty[/re]: Best quote: “An overwhelming 49.9 percent of Americans responded enthusiastically to the Bush speech.”

Anonymous Office Zombie October 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

And it still remains free here in Milwaukee and Madison. Our near proximity to Canada must make us more susceptible to anti-American tendencies or something.

Speed Ball October 30, 2008 at 7:45 pm

[re=157144]AlexTrebeksGirl[/re]: isn’t consistently listening to Rush is like being in the SS?

Speed Ball October 30, 2008 at 7:45 pm


pourmecoffee October 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Outrage! Drudge banner photo features fried chicken leg under Obama pumpkin!

AlexTrebeksGirl October 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm

[re=157158]Speed Ball[/re]: Actually part of my job is to monitor Rush and trust me. I want to put a gun to heads usually 3.5 seconds in. The man is neo Nazi for sure. Neo moron too. neo asshole.

user-of-owls October 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

[re=157125]dano[/re]: Hard as it is to believe, we have been through more than a few cycles of “en ignarus gloria” before. Recall the forebears of (surprise!) the Republican party, the aptly named Know-Nothings.

Despair not. And Hitchens seems to indicate that inclinations toward intellectualism and binge drinking are not mutually exclusive.

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 7:53 pm


Dikkers and Kolb sold out man.

josereyes.theroof October 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

[re=157157]Anonymous Office Zombie[/re]: Wisconsinites are frugal; ergo, the prevalence of rummage sales.

… Erm, or that we spend all our money on alcohol, so the news, & eveything else, has to be free.

Speed Ball October 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

[re=157165]AlexTrebeksGirl[/re]: That is just… I am so sorry. I am… wow. Your job has you do this? There are people that can help you…

FunkyPalmettoBug October 30, 2008 at 7:55 pm

[re=157165]AlexTrebeksGirl[/re]: Monitor him for what? Bed sores? underage asian hookers? The level of illicit painkillers in his system?

rocktonsammy October 30, 2008 at 7:59 pm


since I’m drunk, I’ll assume that was a compliment

Speed Ball October 30, 2008 at 8:00 pm

[re=157174]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: If so, it must be nice to have thriving business and job security.

Barack Like Me October 30, 2008 at 8:04 pm

There’s a corollary to Godwin’s Law that’s going on here that can best be expressed as:

“The longer reality goes on the probability of it becoming a previously published Onion piece approaches One.”

AnnieGetYourFun October 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

[re=157154]tyrantkitty[/re]: I forwarded that to a bunch of people who had never seen it before, and they just about fell out of their chairs. When did The Onion become totally clairvoyant?

AlexTrebeksGirl October 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm

[re=157172]Speed Ball[/re]: I blame my stupid job on the economy. But trust me, Rush knows people are monitoring him and that’s good because he’s such a stubborn SOB that it encourages him to say more false and stupid shit. Thank you for the sympathy. I appreciate it. Think of me when you’re making your big godless monies. Not all of us are Meghan McCain.

josereyes.theroof October 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

In all honesty, we’d be doing better in Iraq with this strategy:


AlexTrebeksGirl October 30, 2008 at 8:16 pm

oh and if Rush commits suicide on the air, i think it will be after the election when Obama wama wins and Rush has to come on and explain and he will say the N word. I really think he will do it, even after all these years. He hates black people, and people in general for that matter, and I’m sure Obama will take him over the edge. My psychic abilities stop there.

FunkyPalmettoBug October 30, 2008 at 8:26 pm

[re=157181]Speed Ball[/re]: Its depression(and maybe Apocalypse)-proof.

[re=157204]AlexTrebeksGirl[/re]: I’m guessing something along the lines of Cartman losing it as a Christian rock star.

Speed Ball October 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

[re=157189]AlexTrebeksGirl[/re]: I was really just making fun of Rush, not your job. By listening to Rush, as my comment went, your employer may be subjecting you to dangerous and/or unhealthy (unsanitary?) conditions.

Atoz October 30, 2008 at 8:53 pm

I have always said the Onion is the best newspaper in the land.

bago October 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Seriously. They even called the golden calf.

AlexTrebeksGirl October 30, 2008 at 9:00 pm

[re=157233]Speed Ball[/re]: Oh I know. My boss is the crankiest bastard alive. I plan to rush out of this job as soon as hopey wins. Maybe I can get welfare checks. I’m so hungry for welfare and hope.

ivenson October 30, 2008 at 9:30 pm

[re=157125]dano[/re]: Right behind you, brother….

Jill Sixpack October 30, 2008 at 9:47 pm

The Onion has been frighteningly prescient for a long time. This article originally appeared in March of 2002, over a year before we invaded Iraq:

And this item appeared in February of 2004, before the product-marketing trend of razorblade proliferation got completely out of hand:

I think that is the secret to the Onion’s prescience — many of their writers used to work for an advertising agency in Madison. Nowadays, more and more corporations (and governments) turn over decision-making to their marketing departments, so it takes an ad-man (or ad-woman) to realize what’s coming next.

Anonymous Office Zombie October 30, 2008 at 9:56 pm

… Erm, or that we spend all our money on alcohol, so the news, & eveything else, has to be free.

Yeah, it’s pretty much an alcohol-centric budget thing. (Note to self, whiskey supplies dangerously low.)

liquiddaddy October 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Shit! I do blather everyday about made up stuff. I call it my blog.

Hutch October 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

[re=157122]magic titty[/re]: Best!

Hutch October 30, 2008 at 10:31 pm

My favorite Onion article was the one about how well-educated men could not yell their admiration for women’s sexual body parts as well as uneducated men. They had lists of words for breasts for comparison. Amazing. I cannot find the link. Too much absinthe for one night!

josereyes.theroof October 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm

[re=157322]Anonymous Office Zombie[/re]: L’Chaim!

funkyj October 31, 2008 at 1:47 am

[re=157154]tyrantkitty[/re]: word. “Nightmare of peace and prosperity” is the richest pathos. I sob between fits of the giggles every time I read it. Mostly I just sob though (93%/17% sob/giggle ratio).

Somebody needs to get the onion folks to write humorous articles predicting wonderful futures so those will come true instead.

Lionel Hutz Esq. October 31, 2008 at 2:16 am
messickc October 31, 2008 at 2:35 am

[re=157441]funkyj[/re]: That’s 110 percent. If you’re giving the Onion that much attention, you need to get out more! **haha** **snorts** **rolls eyes at himself**

supremecourtjester October 31, 2008 at 8:50 am

Joe the Plumber did not show up for the morning McCain rally–didn’t appear til the PM one. It just goes to show, even if you’ve got eleven houses, when the plumber says he’ll be there first thing in the morning he still won’t appear until after lunch.

TJBeck October 31, 2008 at 9:35 am

Phillies win wold series over Tampa Bay!

mrtrailsafety October 31, 2008 at 10:47 am

[re=157107]Dave J.[/re]: Mid State Office Supplies haz folderz, bitchzzzz

sarahconnor October 31, 2008 at 10:49 am

[re=157105]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: A Mighty Win. We really did have our chance with Jimmy… he installed effin solar panels in the White House for chrissakes!

TheCatalyst October 31, 2008 at 2:18 pm

History Making Election
Ron Paul Wins Presidency by Overwhelming Write-In

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