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September 30, 2011

In a further blurring of truth and fiction, The Onion gave members of Congress heart palpitations on Thursday when they tweeted: “Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside the Capitol building.” Despite the origin of the information, the Capitol Police and Congressional staffers were not amused. In the story posted on The Onion's website, armed members of Congress “brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols” had taken a group of school children hostage and were demanding a $12 trillion ransom. Obviously based on the ongoing debt fiasco, The Onion’s New York office commented: “This is satire. That’s how it works.” The growing consensus regarding terror-comedy seems to be, it only works if it’s actually funny.

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