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Laughter Is The Best Medicine: Headlines From The Onion

In case any of you aren’t familiar with The Onion, it’s a spoof newspaper whose articles range from hilarious to irreverent. Here are some recent health headlines that struck me as funny:

Depressed Cow Eats Entire Haystack

Nation’s Bachelors Demand Health Care Coverage For All Their Buddies

Pharmaceutical Company Says Its New Anti-Depressant Is ‘Worthless And Dumb’

Very Specific Food Pyramid Recommends Two To Three Shrimp Scampis Per Year

Disease-Free Water Tops List Of World’s Most Popular Beverages

Half Of 26-Year-Old’s Memories Nintendo-Related

Swanson Foods Launches Hungry Man Line Of Apparel

Area Man Thinks He Can Save Relationship With Pancakes

American Cancer Society Unveils 1.2-Megaton Anti-Cancer Missile

New Product Can Do All That, More

Barky Dog Just Going Bark, Bark, Bark

And for you scientists in the audience, here’s an Onion classic, mocking the medical peer review process. Enjoy!This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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  1. DrDavid says:

    You know, Val, some of my papers have gotten reviews that weren’t as fair as the one in The Onion!

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