“WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the bipartisan group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, ‘all the kids will die.’”
“Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage,” The Onion
“The Onion Is Fake-Tweeting a Capitol Hill Hostage Situation,” New York Magazine
“No Joke: Capitol Police Take Onion’s Parody Seriously,” Danny Yadron, Wall Street Journal blog
“This is Satire. That’s How it Works.” Tom Swanson, Swans on Tea
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