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Spiderman Distracts Dr. Octopus With Delicious Hostess Fruit Pies

NEW YORK—A major jewel heist was lip-smackingly thwarted Monday, when noted criminal overlord Dr. Octopus was brought to justice thanks to Spiderman and the irresistible taste of Hostess Fruit Pies. According to reports, Octopus and two unidentified henchmen were in the process of burgling the fabulous Wentworth Jewels from the New York Museum when Spiderman happened upon the scene and distracted the would-be thieves with a shopping bag filled with an assortment of Hostess Fruit Pies, enabling the web-slinger to capture them. "How could I resist this flaky crust... this juicy filling?" said Octopus, happily munching a cherry pie as police hauled him away in a giant spiderweb. Spiderman warned that any criminal who consumed a Hostess pie would receive a big delight in every bite.

Child So Stupid She Sees Letters Backwards

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—According to tests conducted by school psychologists and reading teachers, local third-grader Stephanie Franck is so mind-bogglingly stupid that she sees English text as though it were backwards. "When shown a flash card that reads 'milk,' this addle-pated dimwit responds with utterly senseless gobbledygook like 'klim,' 'kilm' and 'iklum,'" said Shore Road Elementary School psychologist Francine Grunwald. "How dumb can she be?" Grunwald has recommended that Franck be placed in one of the school's "retard-track" classes.

From The Diaries Of My Father

My father, Onion founder Herman Ulysses Zweibel, was a great man and a beloved figure throughout the Republic, until his reputation was eclipsed by time and my own greatness. That is why, for the benefit of those born in the 20th century, I have decided to publish my Pater's diaries in book form for the first time. My column to-day features several tantalizing excerpts from his days on the rugged frontier, as well as some from his waning years.

Security Concerns At The Capitol

On July 24, Russell Weston Jr. entered the U.S. Capitol with a .38 caliber revolver and killed two guards, prompting calls for tighter security in the building that houses our nation's top lawmakers. What do you think?
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Man Considers Nodding Approvingly After Friend’s Drink Purchase

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Man Commits To New TV Show Just Hours After Getting Out Of 7-Season Series

UNION CITY, NJ—Recommending that he give himself the chance to pause and explore the other options out there, friends of local man Jonathan Gember expressed their concerns to reporters Wednesday that the 29-year-old is already committing to a new television show just hours after getting out of a seven-season-long series.

New Product Available

Americans were finally given another outlet for their discretionary-income spending Tuesday, when it was announced that a new consumer-product item is available for retail purchase.

The TapTeaser

The TapTeaser, a specially designed styling tool that doubles your hair's volume without damage, is in stores and can be purchased for the suggested retail price of $9.99.

"This is a very exciting time to be a consumer," said Nancy Wopat, a Santa Cruz, CA, mother of four and self-described "shopaholic." "Everyone loves acquiring top-quality brand-name material goods, whether for the home, the office or the yard. And now that a new product has finally hit the shelves, you can bet I'll be picking up one for my household right away."

"I can't wait to purchase this exciting new product," she added.

As seen on TV, the TapTeaser contains not only two revolutionary styling combs with double-hooked teeth to double hair's volume without damage, but also an informative how-to styling video and a helpful, easy-to-follow pamphlet filled with a wide variety of styling and accessorizing ideas.

"My fellow Americans, I am proud to salute the creators of the TapTeaser for having the courage and vision to make available a new product in this country," Vice-President Gore said Tuesday at a special ceremony honoring the TapTeaser. "It is indeed a sign of our nation's continued economic vitality and strength that a brand-new consumer product is being manufactured, distributed and made available for purchase in retail outlets nationwide. I would urge all of you to support these bold visionaries in their efforts to bring the American people bigger, bolder, more beautiful hair."

The new styling tool is reportedly not only a great buy, but can actually save consumers money in the long run, giving them that expensive $30 salon look in just minutes. This is due to the TapTeaser's unique two-tiered system: The green Volumizing Tool gives medium-to-fine hair a fuller, more teased look, and the lavender Bodifying Tool works on thick hair to create a full, spiked effect.

"This revolutionary dual hairstyling technology," said Cambridge University physics professor Dr. Wallace Beckford, "can make even drab, nine-to-five hair come vibrantly alive at night."

According to retailers, nothing tops the TapTeaser when it comes to being buyable.

"If you wanted to buy something, this is totally something you could buy," said Gary Elia, manager of a Dallas-area Walgreens. "We've got a bunch of them over in aisle three next to the Sobakawa pillows and the 'Magik-Wisk' Flexible Telescoping Ionized Dusting Rods."

The TapTeaser is expected to appeal primarily to two types of people: those who want to give their flat, lifeless hair double the volume in just seconds, and those who enjoy purchasing things they don't already own.

"I can't wait to spend a portion of my disposable income on this fantastic new material good," said Reno, NV, homemaker Joanne Kraft. "Just think–my hair will be fuller, healthier and more glamorous... the TapTeaser way!"

Retail-industry experts predict robust sales for the TapTeaser among other demographic groups, as well, confident that consumers of all stripes will respond to the product's message of "thing to buy." According to Emil Horace, editor of the trade magazine RetailWeek, even those consumers who don't want a TapTeaser can still enjoy the thrill of spending money on one.

"The vast majority of Americans are totally uninterested in volumizing and bodifying their hair," Horace said. "This will not significantly hurt TapTeaser sales, however, as this product does not need to be used in order to be bought. Even though relatively few consumers will be motivated to actually use the TapTeaser, we are confident that millions of people will nonetheless buy it before opting not to use it."

Though the TapTeaser is available in stores nationwide, consumers say another big advantage is that it can also be purchased over the telephone while watching television.

"It's great, because not only do you get the fun of TV, but you get this great new product, too," said Dover, DE, consumer Ken Giancuso, who recently ordered the TapTeaser when he saw an ad for it during a Silk Stalkings episode. "You get to copy down the number, you get to press the buttons on the phone, and you even get to talk to the operator lady when you give the number off your card. It's a little adventure, kind of like going on a fun boat ride."

"Plus, if you eat while you watch and dial," Giancuso added, "you get the TV and the product, and you get food, too."

Tallahassee, FL, consumer Helen Kolodiczek was similarly excited about the breakthrough hair-volumizer. "I already bought all the other things, so I'm glad they finally came out with something new to buy," she said. "Now I can buy myself a whole other thing."

"I enjoy buying new things," Kolodiczek said. "I hope there will be another new thing to buy real soon."

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