The Map Adjacent To These Words Is Absolutely, Positively False!

If you’re here because someone snookered you with this phoney map, please consider sharing my post of Facebook or Twitter to let your friends know too.


Someone posted the map at the top of this entry to my Facebook page. It’s bull. There’s no truth to it.

It was published by Empire News. Click a little farther and you learn what Empire News is.

Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

But that’s not how it’s presented. Each story is a series of lies, but without the irony or other elements normally associated with satire.

In the Onion, for instance, there’s a certain point in every story when you say, “I get it.” There’s no “I get it” moment at Empire News. There is no clever.

It’s awful because this is actionable information presented as if it was a fact. This is just sport lying. It’s quite legal, protected by our constitution, but it’s wrong.

There are ways to earn a living I’d never consider because they’re so distasteful. Empire News is an example.

The NSFW Funniest Video I’ve Seen This Year

All of a sudden I feel like I’m selling used cars!

First… and in bold type: NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK. The attached video clip contains some of your favorite stronger curse words. I’m thinking I’d be a little uncomfortable playing this in front of my mom–though my dad probably will anyway!

This is the funniest video I’ve seen this year. The Onion’s take on TV news.

All of a sudden I feel like I’m selling used cars for a living!


Meredith has noted the Onion piece might be based on this piece from the BBC. I’m an internationalist. It’s now included.