The Onion

Closed black wrought iron gate in front of gated residential community with large palm trees along sides of street.

Friday Funny: Gated Community Doubles Down

The Onion skewers suburbia.

April 12, 2024 - The Onion

Electric Car

Friday Funny: Tesla Invents the Greenest Car

The Fake News website The Onion reports a complete fabrication about Elon Musk and Tesla.

August 31, 2018 - The Onion

Phoenix Freeway Interchange

Friday Funny: Sprawl Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Imagine a built environment that starts from a central location of Scottsdale, Arizona, sprawling outwards until it covers 70 percent of all land on Earth.

October 7, 2016 - The Onion

Cracked Sidewalk

Friday Funny: The Onion Finds Beauty in the Decay of the Nation's Infrastructure

The Onion is back to satirizing the built environment, this time with a kind of philosophy of despair.

June 17, 2016 - The Onion

Friday Funny: Nation in Rapture Over Construction Project

Reading The Onion's latest satire of the built environment is a bit like the experience it describes: watching as a crane moves a large object on a construction site, otherwise known as being easily distracted by harmless fun.

March 25, 2016 - The Onion

Friday Funny: What if Bisquick Played the Silicon Valley Real Estate Game?

Take everything you know about the design and planning of Silicon Valley's corporate offices—but replace tech with pancakes.

October 23, 2015 - The Onion

Sunday Funny: The Pope Blesses Ailing U.S. Infrastructure

The Onion notes the effusive compassion of Pope Francis by imaging that his trip to the United States this week included an act of healing for the nation's infrastructure.

September 27, 2015 - The Onion

Friday Funny: Alternative Energy Will Enable Americans to Waste More Energy

A fake news report from the fake news site The Onion lampoons the American culture of excess and its disregard for environmental consequences.

August 7, 2015 - The Onion

Friday Funny? The Onion Imagines the Future of the Hit and Run

Satire is supposed to make us uncomfortable. A recent totally fake news report imagining hit-and-run technology for self-driving cars (called the "Culpability-Evasion System") definitely succeeded there.

April 10, 2015 - The Onion


Friday Funny: Copy-Cat Planner Can't Help It

The Onion has once again focused its satirical gaze on the art and science of planning, this time telling the fictional story of a planner in Des Moines, Iowa, who just couldn't help but copy Philadelphia.

March 28, 2014 - The Onion

Protesting Snowmen

Christmas Funny: Snowmen Protest Global Warming

On this winter holiday, it's important to remind each other of the overlooked victims of global warming: the world's snowmen and snowwomen. Read this classic, but no less relevant, story from the satirical newspaper The Onion.

December 25, 2013 - The Onion

Friday Funny: The World's Worst Place to Raise a Child

The Mariana Trench has beaten out Mt. Everest, the cone of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, and St. Louis to claim the title of the world's worst place to raise a child for the seventh consecutive year, reports the satirical newspaper The Onion.

December 13, 2013 - The Onion

Empty Parking Lot

Friday Funny: America the Beautiful...Parking Lot

Satirical newspaper The Onion has released the results of a nationwide poll to determine what the country's residents associate with the word "America". Rather than apple pie, the flag, or baseball, the resounding choice was a strip mall parking lot.

August 30, 2013 - The Onion

Friday Funny: The Best Best Cities List Ever

In a send-up of the inane nature of city listification, the satirical newspaper The Onion has compiled a list of the "Top 10 Best Cities To Move To Today." Check out the article to find out why Blarnard, ND and Clara Vista, CA are hot destinations.

May 10, 2013 - The Onion

Friday Funny: Boston Plays at Being a Big City

Where would our weekly look at the humorous side of planning be without The Onion? Earlier this month, the newspaper set their satirical gaze on quaint Boston's daily "role-playing adventure" as a major American metropolis.

March 29, 2013 - The Onion

Friday Funny: The Real Reason for Ray LaHood's Resignation

The crack investigative team at the satirical newspaper The Onion has revealed the real reason for outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's resignation. He's been implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a "beautiful country road."

February 1, 2013 - The Onion

Friday Funny: Traffic Jam 2013

From the satirical paper The Onion comes news of Traffic Jam 2013 -- a highway concert series that is either commentary on the placelessness of the country's vast highway system or just another way to poke fun at Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

December 21, 2012 - The Onion

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