It's a spoof news report about the success of a Blockbuster store 'living museum' - which "aims to transport visitors to a time before the internet", complete with actors playing the roles of Blockbuster staff and customers in order to "create a historically authentic experience".
"It's hard to believe people lived this way," says one visitor to the Blockbuster museum. "It's really amazing people had to go through so much just to get a movie."
It's perfectly scripted, perfectly played - and really should have been shown to Blockbuster executives when it came out... in 2008.
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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>
<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.
<a href="http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9106242628">The Fars News Agency</a> published and <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/iranian-news-agency-plagiarizes-the-onion/">tweeted</a> this poll saying that rural whites preferred Ahmadinejad to Obama. The same poll also concluded "60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s Muslim."
By now <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/27/chinese-newspaper-falls-for-onion-article_n_2196882.html">everyone knows</a> that the People's Daily published a 55-page photo spread of Kim Jong-Un because they believed that the Onion had seriously named him the <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/kim-jongun-named-the-onions-sexiest-man-alive-for,30379/">"The Sexiest Man Alive."</a> The Onion updated their article, chiding the paper by joking "exemplary reportage, comrades."
The Italian newspaper <em>Il Corriere della Sera</em> and the Norwegian paper <em><a href="http://www.olen.net/Humor">Adresseavisen</a></em> ran clips of this <a href="http://video.corriere.it/?vxSiteId=404a0ad6-6216-4e10-abfe-f4f6959487fd&vxChannel=Dal%20Mondo&vxClipId=2524_a579df7e-2144-11df-940a-00144f02aabe&vxBitrate=300">video as news.</a>
The French soccer website Sofoote.com published a photo and article about the only American soccer fan <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-soccer-fan-becoming-insufferable,17553/">Brad Janovic</a> under the headline "<a href="http://www.sofoot.com/la-solitude-du-supporter-ricain-127305.html">La solitude du supporter ricain</a>."
<a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2011-01-10-theonion10_CV_N.htm">USA Today</a> says the website Russia.ru believed that this was an honest video.