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Giant Space Aliens Consume Newspaper!

American Media, Inc. announced it will cease print publication of the nation's most informative supermarket tabloid, the Weekly World News, citing "challenges in the retail and wholesale magazine marketplace that have impacted the newsstand." Experts speculate the real reason may be an infestation of giant, blood-sucking earthworms. Thankfully, the WWN website will continue for the time being, however.

bornyesterday (mail) (www):
To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds, "Hah!"
7.26.2007 9:27am
NatSecLawGuy:
Ah, a publication that will be missed by many. Good to know an online forum will still exist.
"The aliens can consume our papers, but we shall never secede to them Al Gore's invention!"
7.26.2007 9:31am
rarango (mail):
A great loss to American journalism--I will miss the space alien who has met with all presidents and the alligator boy, and the worlds largest baby and the rest of the crew at WWN. Admit it--we all look at it at the checkout line but never bought it. Shame on us.
7.26.2007 9:58am
Matt P (mail):
I for one welcome our new, giant, blood-sucking overlords.
7.26.2007 10:07am
Happyshooter:
At the risk of sounding more geeky...

This paper's primary use was to provide Role Playing Game players with adventure ideas. Any of the modern setting games, from super heros to conspiracy to horror (to the combo game, Dark Conspiracy), could fit right into every third story.
7.26.2007 10:14am
JRL:
Perhaps a Thursday song lyrics is appropro. Mojo Nixon's "Amazing Bigfoot Diet" claims to be nothing but headlines from the Weekly World News.
7.26.2007 10:19am
cirby (mail):
With the loss of the WWN, it's nice to see other publications like The New Republic stepping up to do the same sort of journalism.
7.26.2007 10:52am
Gary McGath (www):
That's a shame. WWN is funnier than The Onion.
7.26.2007 11:18am
Alan K. Henderson (mail) (www):
Actually I think Ray Stevens' I Saw Elvis In A U.F.O. is a more appropriate theme song for WWN.
7.26.2007 12:00pm
Waldensian (mail):
The most interesting thing to me about the WWN is that it generally assumed the existence and truth of the basic bogus story, and then took it to the next level -- and beyond.

For example, on one occasion I recall, the WWN wasn't content with writing a story about how Bigfoot had simply been discovered. Instead, it wrote that Bigfoot was found teaching elementary school in Manitoba.
7.26.2007 12:10pm
BobH (mail):
Rarango says: "Admit it--we all look at it at the checkout line but never bought it."

Never bought it? After seeing the headline "ROCKS ARE ALIVE, SAY FRENCH SCIENTISTS," I subscribed to it.

I once heard the managing editor of the WWN interviewed on the radio. He said (paraphrasing here), "Oh, all of our stories are real. On the other hand, our fact-checking may not be the best."

They will be missed.
7.26.2007 12:22pm
Shake-N-Bake:
But who will give us the latest in Bat Boy news?
7.26.2007 12:40pm
uh clem (mail):
I've been pig-biting mad ever since they cancelled Ed Anger's column. This is just icing on the porkchop.
7.26.2007 12:47pm
Smokey:
Back when subscriptions were $2.50, I sent 10 subsriptions to aunts, uncles and cousins with a note asking them to never tell who sent them. They sent a nice handwritten note back, promising never to tell.

P.S.: Well before the elections, the Space Alien correctly predicted that Clinton would win the White House [both times], Bush would win [both times], and Arnold would win in California.
7.26.2007 12:54pm
Bruce:
As the Pusher said when seeing the headline about the Fluke-Man, "Where do they get this stuff?"
7.26.2007 1:02pm
liberty (mail) (www):
awwww... it will be sorely missed. I read it way back in elementary school, it was my favorite. The World won't be the same without it. The universe, even.
7.26.2007 1:45pm
Kim Scarborough (mail) (www):
Once upon a time, weren't all the tabloids like Weekly World News? It seems like when I was a kid they all had headlines like "Aliens Land" or "Hitler Lives". At some point the National Enquirer, Globe, etc., went at least somewhat legit like the British tabloids. Or did I just dream that?
7.26.2007 4:12pm
Can't find a good name:
Kim: Substantially all of the supermarket tabloids are owned by the same company, American Media, Inc. I assume that AMI has intentionally aimed the content of different tabloids at different audiences, so that Star Magazine has a relatively mainstream appearance with a focus on celebrity gossip, while stories of Bat Boy and the space alien political pundit were relegated to the Weekly World News.
7.27.2007 12:18am
Can't find a good name:
I should note one of the few WWN articles I remember, which would actually be of relevance to this blog. The cover of the paper had P'lod, the political alien, revealing "FIVE U.S. SENATORS ARE ALIENS!" On the inside, the article named the five senators (I can't remember which ones), and explained that the senators were descended from space aliens, but born on earth and thus eligible to be U.S. citizens by birth.
7.27.2007 12:25am
Can't find a good name:
I should note one of the few WWN articles I remember, which would actually be of relevance to this blog. The cover of the paper had P'lod, the political alien, revealing "FIVE U.S. SENATORS ARE ALIENS!" On the inside, the article named the five senators (I can't remember which ones), and explained that the senators were descended from space aliens, but born on earth and thus eligible to be U.S. citizens by birth.
7.27.2007 12:25am