“Child Who Just Lost Balloon Begins Lifelong Battle With Depression” (The Onion)


The humor newspaper The Onion satirizes the conversion of transient human emotions into lifelong illnesses, reporting that “Shortly after losing grip of a helium-filled balloon and watching it float into the air above the San Diego Zoo Tuesday, local child Caleb Tremont, 3, reportedly began a battle with chronic depression that will last for the rest of his life.”

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  1. I enjoyed this story! It’s not that far from reality is it? That’s what makes it so funny and sad. The folks at the Onion are pretty good at this kind of thing and have “fooled” many main stream news outlets over the years. They recognize the need for many to believe in a certain narrative. They construct this narrative, push it to its limits and see what happens.