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Our Dumb Century

100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source

by Scott Dikkers & The Staff of The Onion

Our Dumb Century by Scott Dikkers & The Staff of The Onion
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The mortally wounded president was sped to nearby Parland Hospital, where doctors with ties to Johnson's inner circle performed a staged autopsy. They pronounced him dead at 2:18 p.m. CST.

The body was then chemically treated by J. Edgar Hoover and put in a decoy casket for transport to Roswell, New Mexico. There, space aliens using medical technology beyond the knowledge of man sealed Kennedy's 129 wounds. Kennedy's corpse was then reanimated and rushed to Germany for an emergency meeting with the frozen brain of Adolf Hitler.

After the meeting, Kennedy aides announced plans for the two leaders' sperm cells to be atomically sustained, planted in the womb of aspiring actress Judith Campbell, and grown into a super-race of 21st-century conquerors.

According to investigators, the assassination appears to have been carefully planned and carried out in strict accordance with both the Skull-and-Bones Blood Rite and Masonic "Killing of the King" rituals.

Officers found several hundred weapons within a four-block radius of the shooting site, including telescope-sighted Weatherby Magnum rifles, Italian bolt-action 6.5mm carbines, Thompson submachine guns, Russian Kalishnikov assault rifles, and one ray-gun.

The assembled killers were taken into police custody at Dallas City Hall. As they were being transferred to the county prison however, all 43 were shot and killed by Jack Ruby, 52, a Dallas-area nightclub owner.


THE ONION, Tuesday, April 20, 1943

TOP U.S. NAVAL INTELLIGENCE REPORTS, 'THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME'

'No Book's Like a Dame, Nothing Looks Like a Dame,' Says South Pacific Command

CABLE REPORT FROM THE PACIFIC THEATRE--

According to U.S. Intelligence officers stationed in the South Pacific, there is not anything like a dame.

Details of the report indicate that there is nothing like a dame in the known world.

"Lots of things in life are beautiful, but brother," read the secretly coded message that arrived on President Roosevelt's desk in Washington at 7 a.m. EST Sunday, "there is one particular thing that is nothing whatsoever in any way, shape, or form like any other."

"There is nothing like a dame," the message repeated.

While most details of the report remain classified -- for fear of providing the hated German enemy with any advantage -- the following information has been cleared by the War Department for release.

There are no books like a dame; nothing looks like a dame; there are no drinks like a dame; nothing thinks like a dame.

This new dame-related intelligence is expected to greatly improve the health of injured American solders. "Thousands of our boys are badly wounded every day by Japs and Jerrys," said Army doctor Martin Purcell, speaking from a makeshift hospital on a tiny, coconut-covered Pacific island. "But as we now know, there ain't a thing that's wrong with any man here that can't be cured by putting him near a girly, womanly, female, feminine dame."

A full version of Monday's report will be printed, set to music, and performed around the country.


THE ONION, Monday, January 1, 1900
News From Rome

VATICAN CONDEMNS 'RHYTHM METHOD.'

Pontiff Excoriates Infidels for Fiendish 'Sin by the Calendar.'

Releases Papal Edict Outlining Forbidden Family Practices.

Italians in Attendance Vow to People the Earth.

VATICAN CITY, DEC 31--

In a proclamation rife with the righteous anger befitting a clergyman of his most exalted station, His Holiness the Pope, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Leader of all Christians of the World, lashed out at those with the effrontery to use the calendar to defeat God's purpose of peopling the globe.

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