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When George Lucas’ Star Wars premiered in 1977, the movie quickly became a phenomenon. On its 40th anniversary, The Onion looks back on the franchise’s defining moments:

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OMAHA, NE—Saying she felt disgusted and saddened by the shocking discovery, local woman Beth Loomis told reporters Thursday that she was deeply disturbed after finding recruitment reading material from the Baylor University football team in her teenage son’s bedroom.

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Rural Working-Class Archbishops Come Out In Droves To Welcome Trump To Vatican

VATICAN CITY—Arriving in their dusty pickup trucks from as far away as the dioceses of Oria and Locri-Gerace to express their support for a leader who they say embodies their interests and defends their way of life, droves of rural working-class archbishops reportedly poured into St. Peter’s Square today to greet U.S. president Donald Trump during his visit to the Vatican.

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Zweibel's ABCs

I was recently informed that quite a large number of Americans remain illiterate, a fact I initially considered good news. Once people are taught to read, I reasoned, in a flash the wealthy and powerful will find their severed heads atop pikes! But then I realized: If every-body is illiterate, there will be no-one able to read The Onion, the Republic's finest herald of news-worthy events! There-fore, I have composed an alphabet-primer to tutor the nation's unlettered masses. I am only doing this once, so look sharp:

A is for Absinthe, for which I now thirst,

B is for Bastard, such as William Randolph Hearst;

C is for Centaur, magical beast of lore,

D is for Death, which is constantly at my door;

E is for my Estate, which has 652 rooms,

F is for the Foreigners who seal the Republic's doom;

G is for Gangrene, eating my foot, to my shame,

H is for Herman, my beautiful middle name;

I is for Illuminate, synonymous with "elucidate,"

J is for the vicious Jackals which I often hallucinate;

K is for Kaiser, or Wilhelm as he is known,

L is for my Leprosy, which I fear has rather grown;

M is for Misery, rarely from it do I stir,

N is for Nurse; where is that filthy cur?

O is for Obtuse, describing my sons to a T,

P is for Pornography--Is there any around for me?

Q is for Quinsy, another malady of mine,

R is for Rudy Vallee, curse the vulgar swine!

S is for the Spaniards, our enemies across the sea,

T is for the Tin of the ro-bot who so hates me!

U is for Ugly, Urine, Unfortunate and Upset,

V is for my Vitality, drained by this alphabet;

W is for Whig, a party I have long despised,

X is for Xenophobe, which I am, you've doubt-less surmised;

Y is for Yellow, the sallow color of my skin,

Z, of course, is for the Zweibels, the great newspaper-man and his kin!

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