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GET A WHIFF OF THE ONION

The following information is all true. It's not faked, twisted or exaggerated.

Joe Randazzo, editor of The Onion, and Will Graham, executive producer/director of the Onion News Network, are speaking at the University of South Florida next Thursday.

The duo will likely be funny and flippant. Hopefully, an audience member will ask about the recent flap over The Onion's satirical report about Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon.

Yes, if you haven't already heard, two Bangladeshi newspapers published a story last week taken from The Onion's Web site that claimed Armstrong's lunar landing was a hoax.

Oops. (The editors thought it was true and didn't bother checking.)

The incident ignited debate on how much influence satire has on current affairs.

The satirical weekly newspaper is distributed in major cities nationwide. While not circulated locally, it has a large online following and contains plenty of Florida fodder. This week, The Onion's Web site ran a story of a pending hurricane threatening to destroy the state's thousands of already boarded up and repossessed homes.

Randazzo and Graham will speak on "A Hundred Years of Headlines: American History, According to The Onion'' as part of the University Lecture Series.

On Sept. 23, USF's Onion roll continues with a lecture by Dan Savage, whose syndicated weekly sex advice column Savage Love appear in the Onion's A.V. Club entertainment section.

sthurston@tampabay.com

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Executives from The Onion will speak on "A Hundred Years of Headlines: American History, According to The Onion" at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Marshall Student Center's Oval Theater at the University of South Florida. Dan Savage, writer of Savage Love, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the student center ballroom. Both events are free and open to the public. uls.usf.edu.

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