China's People's Daily Falls For Onion Spoof, Kim Jong Un Is 'Sexiest Man Alive' (PICTURES)

27/11/2012 12:56 | Updated 27 November 2012
  • Jessica Elgot Jessica Elgot is Assistant News Editor at The Huffington Post UK

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.

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