Oh, People's Daily! We've all done it. We've all done a double-take at a headline and then realised it's a spoof from fake news site 'The Onion'.

The site has duped politicians, news agencies and even the New York Times. But this story was pretty far fetched...

China's People's Daily appears to have published the story of North Korea's new supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, being named "The Sexiest Man Alive 2012".

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A screenshot of the People's Daily website

The story came complete with a 52 picture slideshow of Kim Jong Un looking dreamy in military garb, but with no mention in the text of the story being a spoof.

In the original Onion story, voters said they adored "his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame... blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile."

The latest Onion successful prank was on the Fars News Agency of Iran, which reproduced in all seriousness a fake story which found that rural white Americans would prefer President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to current US President Barack Obama.

LOOK: 17 Times 'The Onion' Fooled People Who Should Know Better

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  • Stephen A. Smith Thinking Son Is Finally Ready For The Sex Argument

    Stephen A Smith sort of proved <em>The Onion</em>'s point when he went on a Twitter tirade about the article, "Stephan A Smith Thinking Son Is Finally Ready For The Sex Argument." Smith rebutted that he didn't have a son or a 9-year-old, later tweeting that he had realized it was a joke.

  • Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex

    Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana posted the article "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex" to his Facebook page, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/john-fleming-onion-planned-parenthood_n_1257763.html">commenting that it was "abortion by the wholesale."</a> Perhaps the $8 Billion price tag should have tipped him off.

  • Sean Penn Demands To Know What A**hole Took SeanPenn@gmail.com

    A Danish television station not only ran this story as truth, but included a little poll on the side asking readers if Sean Penn has a right to be upset. So far, <a href="http://go-dyn.tv2.dk/articlefornoejelse/id-3498191:hvem-har-hugget-sean-penns-emailadresse.html">79% say he is ridiculous</a>.

  • Conspiracy Theorist Convinces Neil Armstrong That Moon Landing Was Fake

    Both <em>The Daily Banab Zamin</em> and <em>The New Nation</em> (two Bangladeshi papers) picked up <em>The Onion</em>'s story about Neil Armstrong finally being convinced that the moon landing was staged, <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8237558.stm">not knowing the story was fake.</a>

  • Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage

    <em>The Onion</em> sparked a panic in Washington D.C. when it started tweeting "breaking news" about 12 children being held hostage at the Capitol Building with the hashtag #CongressHostage. Capitol Police <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/the-onion-congress-hostage_n_987254.html">launched an investigation</a> after the tweets, many of which did not link to the parody story, were re-tweeted hundreds of times.

  • Congress Threatens To Leave D.C. Unless New Capitol Is Built

    <em>The Beijing Evening News</em> printed parts of this article <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/U-S-satire-tricks-Beijing-paper-Satire-fools-2829911.php">as fact</a>, including a fake Dennis Hastert quote complaining that the Capitol "is no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch. The sight lines are bad, there aren't enough concession stands or bathrooms, and the parking is miserable." No concession stands? But this is AMERICA.

  • Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults

    Because this sarcastic news brief cited real-life organization The California Parenting Institute (CPI), the organization was swamped with phone calls. Their director of marketing and development, Wendy Hilberman, told the <a href="http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111028/ARTICLES/111029463/1350?template=printpicart">Press Democrat</a> that "It's obviously not OK to list our agency, even in satire."

  • Harry Potter Book Sparks Rise In Satanism Among Children

    If you Google "Jesus died because He was weak and stupid" you might get a good look into America's consciousness. Fictional six-year-old Jessica Lehman's quote has been used <a href="http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/potter.asp">as a chain e-mail reason</a> <a href="http://forum.dancehallreggae.com/showthread.php/19293-quot-Jesus-died-because-He-was-weak-and-stupid-quot">to fear</a> Harry Potter. Go figure.

  • Study: 58 Percent Of U.S. Exercise Televised

    On March 12, 2004, Deborah Norville stated on her MSNBC show that a new study said that 58 percent of exercise done in America was on broadcast television. Whoever wrote the script that night literally wrote, "For instance, of the 3.5 billion sit-ups done during 2003, two million, 30,000 of them were on exercise shows on Lifetime or one of the ESPN channels," as if it were news copy.

  • Barack Obama 'Tiger Beat' Cover Clinches Slumber Party Vote

    Even <em>The New York Times</em> is susceptible to the occasional <em>Onion</em> parody. The Times published an article about <em>Tiger Beat</em> using a PhotoShopped image of the President on the magazine's cover that accompanied <em>The Onion</em>'s fake story. They later <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/weekinreview/17tigerbeat.html?_r=0">ran a correction</a> stating they had "erroneously included a parody cover."

  • Illuminati Warning: Martial Law Plans Revealed?

    Three years after <em>The Onion</em> came out with this video of Rep. John Haller becoming increasingly concerned about "classified" information, many took to Facebook <a href="http://i.imgur.com/VlYaV.jpg">in fear of imminent martial law</a>.

  • Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000 Word E-Mail

    Now, we assume Fox News knows that <em>The Onion</em> is satire, but according to <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/foxnation-com-repurposes-anti-obama-article-from-the-onion-forgets-to-mention-its-a-joke/">Mediaite</a>, their website Fox Nation failed to mention that the story was fictional. Naturally, it attracted such gems in the comment as: “HAHAHAHAHAHA OBUMMA – Un-raveled. EPIC FAILURE. IMPEACH it.”

  • '98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal

    This early <em>Onion</em> article attracted the fury of Fred Phelps (author of the "God Hates Fags" website), who according to <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.03/onion_pr.html">Wired</a></em>, "listed the article as proof of a gay conspiracy."

  • Vatican Reverses Stance On Gay Marriage After Meeting Tony And Craig

    <em>The Onion</em>'s "news" that the Catholic Church had softened its feelings toward homosexuality after meeting one fabulous couple fooled some conservatives online. In the Facebook screenshot at left, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/insane-things-representative-sally-kern-has-said">notoriously anti-gay Rep. Sally Kern</a> doesn't exactly take the bait, but doesn't say she knows it's a joke, either.

  • Report: Al-Qaeda Allegedly Engaging In Telemarketing

    <em><a href="http://jclass.umd.edu/archive/newshoax/casestudies/pranks/PranksOnionTele2.html">The Battle Creek Enquirer</a></em> reported that the Sheriff's department had released a dispatch about the possibility of terrorists making telemarketing phone calls, including information from <em>The Onion's</em> article.

  • Child Bankrupts Make-A-Wish Foundation

    This video of Chad, an ingenious Make-A-Wish kid who cheated the system by demanding unlimited wishes, fooled many into believing that the foundation had actually gone broke. Make-A-Wish <a href="http://www.wish.org/about/fraud_alerts">still has a disclaimer on their website</a> stating that the “Today Now!” segment is not true and that all characters, including wish child “Chad,” are fictitious.

  • Obama's 19-Year-Old Son Makes Rare Appearance At DNC

    The Mecklenberg County, VA Republican Party thought they were really on to something when they posted <em>The Onion</em>'s story to their Facebook page. After posting, they expressed their disconcern in a comment that no other news sources had picked up the story of Obama's 19-year-old son. We wonder why?


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  • NKOREA-POLITICS-KIM

    This picture, taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on October 29, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) being greeted at the 60th anniversary of the Kim Il Sung Military University as the statues of the country's late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were erected at the university in Pyongyang. ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • NKOREA-KIM

    This undated picture, released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on October 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) reacting to the audience in the meeting for celebrating the 65th anniversary of Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and Kang Pan Sok Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • NKOREA-KIM

    This undated picture, released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on October 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) reacting to the audience in the meeting for celebrating the 65th anniversary of Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and Kang Pan Sok Revolutionary School in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS This picture, taken on July 6, 2012 by North Korean official Korean Central News Agency and released on July 9, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C), accompanied by a young woman, enjoying a demonstration performance given by the newly organized Moranbong band in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • (FILES) This file picture taken on July

    (FILES) This file picture taken on July 6, 2012 by North Korean official Korean Central News Agency and released on July 9 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C), accompanied by a young woman (L), enjoying a demonstration performance given by the newly organized Moranbong band in Pyongyang. North Korean state television on July 25, 2012 confirmed that leader Kim Jong-Un is married and named his wife as Ri Sol-Ju, South Korea's unification ministry said. South Korea's unification ministry said it appeared that Ri was the woman who has been pictured several times at Kim's side at public events in recent weeks. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS / FILES ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • This undated photo released by North Kor

    This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 3, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) during a visit to the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground which is under construction in Pyongyang. North Korea's state media has been playing a new hymn dedicated to new leader Kim Jong-Un in an apparent attempt to bolster his public support and personality cult. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT ' AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS ' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE OT CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on May 26, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) having a photo session with service persons of KPA Unit 6556. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AND EDITORIAL SALES - MANDATORY CREDIT AFP PHOTO / KNS-KCNA (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • This undated picture released from North

    This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 9, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Mangyongdae Funfair amusement park in Pyongyang. South Korea said on May 9 it would send formal complaints to North Korea and to UN agencies, urging Pyongyang to stop sending GPS jamming signals that have affected hundreds of civilian flights. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • This undated picture released from North

    This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 9, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Mangyongdae Funfair amusement park in Pyongyang. South Korea said on May 9 it would send formal complaints to North Korea and to UN agencies, urging Pyongyang to stop sending GPS jamming signals that have affected hundreds of civilian flights. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • This recent picture reported by North Ko

    This recent picture reported by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 30, 2012 and released on May 2, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd L) visiting the Rungra Dolphin Aquarium at the Rungra Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang. ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS AFP PHOTO / KNS-KCNA (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • TO GO WITH Oly-2012-PRK,FEATURE (FILES)

    TO GO WITH Oly-2012-PRK,FEATURE (FILES) This file photo taken on April 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un saluting as he watches a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang. He lacks the toned physique of an Olympian but 'dear respected' leader Kim Jong-Un will be the inspiration when North Korea's athletes go for gold at the London Olympics. North Korea are aiming for a record number of medals in London in what would be a timely boost for Kim, the new face of the country's ruling dynasty and its all-pervasive personality cult. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un applauds

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un applauds as he watches a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first ever public speech at a major military parade in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (C) wav

    North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (C) waves at the end of a major military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. The commemorations came just two days after a satellite launch timed to mark the centenary fizzled out embarrassingly when the rocket apparently exploded within minutes of blastoff and plunged into the sea. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves af

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un waves after watching a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. North North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first ever public speech at a major military parade in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un waves a

    North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un waves at the end of a major military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder and his grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. The commemorations came just two days after a satellite launch timed to mark the centenary fizzled out embarrassingly when the rocket apparently exploded within minutes of blastoff and plunged into the sea. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) appl

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) applauds during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. North North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first ever public speech at a major military parade in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORI

    ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS This April 14, 2012 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) waving hands while attending the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung's 100th birthday annversary ceremony at the Kim Il-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang. ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This April 14, 2012 picture released by

    This April 14, 2012 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd L) reviewing honour guards while attending the opening ceremony of Exhibition of Arms and Equipment of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • This April 14, 2012 picture released by

    This April 14, 2012 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 15, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) cutting the tape while attending the opening ceremony of Exhibition of Arms and Equipment of the Korean People's Army in Pyongyang ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) talk

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) talks to a military aide during an official ceremony at the Kim Il-Sung stadium in Pyongyang on April 14, 2012. North Korea will mark the 100th birthday of their leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seen

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seen between wreaths of plastic flowers as he attends the unveiling of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 13, 2012. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth. The country also launched a long-range rocket, South Korea's defence ministry and US officials said, with Japan saying that the launch had appeared to have failed. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (FILES) This file photo taken on April 1

    (FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) attends the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang along with North Korea's army chief Ri Yong-Ho (L). North Korea's army chief Ri Yong-Ho has been removed from all his posts due to illness, state media announced on July 16, 2012, which analysts said showed new leader Kim Jong-Un tightening his control over the powerful military. AFP PHOTO / FILES / PEDRO UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 13, 2012. North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un on April 13 led a mass rally for his late father and grandfather following the country's failed rocket launch. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) clap

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) claps during the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 13, 2012. North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un on April 13 led a mass rally for his late father and grandfather following the country's failed rocket launch. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) stan

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) stands with Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (R) as he attends the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 13, 2012. North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un on April 13 led a mass rally for his late father and grandfather following the country's failed rocket launch. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)