Faking It: 8 Of The Best Spoof News Websites

Dave Parrack 23-01-2013

spoof newsKeeping up with the news of the day, whether it be local, national, or international, is important. It’s never good to bury your head in the sand, unaware of what is happening around you. However, sometimes the news is too damn depressing 7 Online Resources To Help Those Who Are Depressed & Suicidal Even though I am the Managing Editor of MakeUseOf, I have a huge disability in my life which is clinical depression. It started back in 2002, as a depression related to stress in my job,... Read More , to the point that taking too much of it to heart could potentially leave you with little hope for the future of humanity.


It’s at this point that an injection of humor is needed, preferably straight into your brain. But as doctors are unable to prescribe laughter, despite it being the best medicine, you need to find other sources to get your fix. Amazingly there isn’t even a need to travel far from the news, you just need to choose news websites with less of a handle on reality.

What follows are 8 of the best spoof news websites that should lighten your mood and give you fodder with with which you can catch out your less intelligent friends.

The Onion

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The Onion is the daddy of all fake news sites, and with good reason. It’s always well-written, always topical, and, most importantly, always funny. It works so well mainly because it’s run like a proper news organization, with a front page full of the headlines, sections dedicated to different subjects, and even video clips with high production values. All in all, The Onion is an absolute gem that deserves to be bookmarked by all those who like to laugh.

The Spoof [No Longer Available]

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The Spoof may not be as professional as The Onion but it’s still home to some insanely funny fake news stories. A staggering number of writers have contributed to the site throughout its life, creating topical articles with eye-catching headlines. All of which are completely and utterly made up, obviously.

As well as newspaper-like sections dedicated to different subjects, there are jokes, caption competitions, and celebrity diaries, all of which add to the parody.

The Daily Mash

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The Daily Mash is for Brits or those from sunnier climes with a penchant for all things British. Even the weather What Are The Best Weather Websites? I'm rather obsessed with the weather. It's not my fault, it's just that I was born and brought up in the U.K., and all British people are obsessed with the weather. I think it's because... Read More . International news is featured, alongside sports and politics to name just a handful of the various topics. But the website is British and so most of the stories included on it have a British bent.


The Daily Mash even has its own dedicated agony aunt, and astrological horoscopes from Psychic Bob. Strangely these are often more accurate than those featured in real newspapers.

The Daily Currant

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The Daily Currant may not be as popular as others on this list, and it also suffers from a serious dearth of articles, but it’s still a must-see fake news website. The content is always topical and often cutting, covering subjects that other, more serious publications, won’t touch for fear of upsetting their readership.

There are sections devoted to both science and technology, two subjects of particular interest to our own readership here at MakeUseOf.


The UnReal Times

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The UnReal Times is the Indian version of The Onion, and is therefore likely to appeal most to those from India and the countries that border it. With over 100,000 people following the site on Facebook it’s clearly a big deal.

The UnReal Times is updated multiple times a day, with major headlines vying for your attention alongside Indian-centric topics such as cricket and Bollywood. There are also columnists and comics, as well as the fantastically named Fikileaks.

Borowitz Report

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The Borowitz Report is a little different than the rest of the entries on this list, being a column for The New Yorker written by comedian and author Andy Borowitz. This means it isn’t updated as often as the likes of The Onion, but the content that does appear is always comedy gold, being exceptionally well-written and researched.

Almost all of the articles are focused on the United States, but anyone interested in current affairs should be able to figure out the source being parodied.

Faux News

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A clever feature is the addition of a link to the real news story that prompted the parody.

Derf Magazine

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Derf Magazine offers another spin on the genre, with a weekly format in the style of a lifestyle publication. Derf is based in Cincinatti, so there is lots of local content focused on that city, but most of the articles that appear in print and on the Web will also make sense to the rest of the U.S. and beyond. There are a host of different sections, such as sports, politics, and entertainment, as well as some extremely funny horoscopes and obituaries for pets… even goldfish.


There’s one crucial thing to remember when reading any and all of the spoof news sites listed above… the news isn’t real. I know, it’s pretty obvious to the likes of you and I, but there are some particularly gullible people out there who are willing to show off their stupidity by believing fake news stories to the point they share them on social networking sites. Which is where Literally Unbelievable (the perfect site to read when bored at work 20 Fun Things to Do Online When You're Bored at Work These websites are guaranteed to ease your boredom at work. Because we know that even the best jobs have their bad points and those moments when boredom sets in. Read More ) comes in.

Do you have a favorite fake/spoof/satirical news site? Whether it made the list or not please let us know your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below. Or you could link to the best fake news story you’ve ever read… just don’t admit it had you fooled, even if it was just for a moment.

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  1. Tony Khamo
    January 27, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I am not sure what you are trying to say about fox news??? Are you saying that they report without supporting facts? I did hear your bias against Fox news, not sure why, except that you maybe don't like people that don't share your ideas. As far as ratings go, Fox news kicks ass in every time slot every day, as far as bias, you really don't want to fight that battle. You first need to be able to distinguish between fox news and the talk shows that they have on fox news. I can understand if you don't like the talk shows but the news that is reported has proved to be more accurate and unbiased then other channels. I would give you links to show the multiple studies/surveys which show that, but not really worth it. I did enjoy the article, but very hypocritical and pathetic of you to try to point the finger at others for the same thing that your doing..

  2. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I agree with you. This is funny and all, until some people who don't bother doing any fact-checking (also known as cross-checking) start sharing it anywhere they could, convincing people it's real. Common banter:
    A: I tell you, it's nothing but a goof!
    B: It's real! It's in the internet! And I got the story from Papa John, who got it from Aunt Della, so it must be real!

  3. Farley Hammerton
    January 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I run my own, humble satire site based in Hamilton, Ontario. Google - "hammeringthenews" and have a look!

    • Sas
      January 24, 2013 at 4:29 am

      Your site looks quite good and the news seems real.

      • Farley Hammerton
        January 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        Thanks Sas. I'm getting interviewed by the former Mayor in a couple of weeks on his TV show - it's been a fun time.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      That looks great. I really like websites that manage to be both local and global at the same time. Keep up the good work.

  4. Kristopher Hesson
    January 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Great list! I think one that is definitely worthy, though, was missed.

    It does such a great job with satire that LOTS of religious folks take it as fact and link to the articles on facebook!

    I've even seen churches handing out printed copies of some of their articles at the front door!

    Keep up the great work, MUO!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      That's one I've never heard of, and it looks great. I can't believe so many people fall for these stories. Have they got no BS filter?

    • Bart Miller
      January 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Rachel Maddow fell for one of their hoaxes about Sarah Palin.

      • Kristopher Hesson
        January 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        No kidding? I love Rachel. She's one of the smartest people on television! That is soooo funny that she was fooled!

  5. Manu
    January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

    In Spain, in Spanish, we are quite fond of "ElMundoToday," which makes quite clever news reports 100% made up. Examples from today:
    - Mobile operator finds the missed calls and plans to bill them all in one move
    - Vatican City publishes Kamasutra version with One-pose-fits-all.
    - National Geographic selects "most sexy primate of the year"

    You'll have to read them to get the full scoop. Although some of them joke on Spanish word dualities.
    Here is the link through Google Translate... but doesn't make much sense at all.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, looks like a great addition to the list :)

  6. Noy Sobu
    January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I know a local site that offers the same. Glad to have new spoof sites to visit which is about global news. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sas
    January 23, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Ha Ha Ha Ha very funny dave. This looks like an instance of trolls trolling trolls. Of course UUUnicorn is trying to troll you by pretending to be stupid and Dave is trolling UUUnicorn by pretending to be stupid.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      No. I am stupid!

  8. Tech Nech
    January 23, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Nice collection you revealed.. :D

  9. UUUnicorn
    January 23, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Please, what do you mean by saying that "The Onion" is a "spoof" news website?

    I always turn to "The Onion" for all the latest news that matters to me the most!

    Thank you for this interesting article, though!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

      Damn, I'm sorry. How could I be so silly. Of course The Onion is real! carry on ;)