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Onion bags satirical slot; American magazine hits TV screens with bizarre headlines.

Onion News SEE Network, Saturday, Sky Arts, 11pm It's the best newspaper in the world. We can say that because it's not actually a proper newspaper. It's like an episode of Have I Got News For You wrapped in American newsprint and stuffed full of biting stateside satire.

And best of all, it's now on the telly.

You've probably seen the daily desktop calendars, with a different satirical news story for every day.

Sample headlines from the Onion include: "Merle Haggard Haggard", "200,000 Hours Lost Each Year Untangling Headphones", "Commas, Turning Up, Everywhere", "Jurisprudence Fetishist Gets Off On Technicality", "Bear Ruins Otherwise Non-Lethal Picnic" and "Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet".

Put simply, the Onion News Network provides piercing satire and a tongue-in-cheek analysis of world events.

Hilariously, in some cases in America, its headlines have been taken literally.

Fred Phelps, the kingpin of the notoriously extremist right-wing group of Americans who turn up waving homophobic placards at the funerals of military men and women killed in battle, has posted satirical Onion news reports on his website, apparently thinking them serious.

Police have also been known to follow up other far-fetched reports.

Tonight's first bulletin reveals that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has agreed to suspend his country's nuclear programme in exchange for a lead role in the new Batman movie.

In other news, a hair and make-up team is being dropped into the Afghan mountains to fix up kidnapped Onion News correspondent Susan Merriweather.

Meanwhile, the Onion News Network Poll asks would a Sarah Palin Presidency be like a cross between the Wild West and 1984? It might leave you feeling a bit like you've just watched the latest bulletin of Channel 5's news, but that's just a coincidence.

T here's no other news resource like it, and this way you get to ingest it all without worrying about forgetting to tear off the day on your desktop calendar version. Sounds a bit like an Onion headline - TV News Show Saves Rainforests.

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