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The Onion’s satirical articles that have been mistaken for real news

BEIJING (AP) — The online edition of China’s Communist Party mouthpiece and other state media that picked up a satirical article about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and reported it as straight news are not the first to be had by The Onion. Here is a list of other memorable instances in which the newspaper known for its news lampoons has duped others:

— ‘‘ABORTIONPLEX’’: A US congressman seemed initially taken in by a February report by The Onion that an ‘‘$8 billion Abortionplex’’ was opening in Kansas. US Rep. John Fleming, or someone on his staff, posted the article on Facebook with the comment: ‘‘More from Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale.’’ The article included references to a sprawling 900,000-square-foot facility with the amenities of a shopping mall and ‘‘2,000 rooms dedicated to the abortion procedure.’’ The Facebook post was taken down but not before it was captured and immortalized on the website Literally Unbelievable, which collects credulous Facebook responses to stories by The Onion.

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