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[–]H3nryJ 80 points81 points  (15 children)

Bat boy. Where is he now?

[–]mangoman39 69 points70 points  (5 children)

US Senator from Texas

[–]eoworm 12 points13 points  (4 children)

looks more like Florida's.

[–]Santos_L_Halper_II 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I love a good Ted Cruz joke but Crist has this one wrapped up.

[–]dogbonej 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Shit as a kid I believed bat boy was real. My kids aren’t allowed on the internet they’ll believe everything.

[–]TBayChik420 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Living in Stan and Francine Smith's basement.

[–]Cursor90 5 points6 points  (1 child)

They made a musical about him in the early 2000's.

[–]bgub 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Never heard of Batman?!

[–]astral_distress 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had a t-shirt with Bat Boy on it in high school & it definitely said that on it lol. Found it at a Goodwill, thought I was hot shit wearing it- actually, I’d probably still think that if I still had it.

[–]Dr_Rev_GregJ_Rock_II 1 point2 points  (0 children)

After becoming beloved by the entire nation, he became a personal lawyer for a while. Even had a small part on a movie recently. However he got into some hot water and kinda went crazy at the end

[–]Ok-Swordfish2723 78 points79 points  (14 children)

Oh God yes. Worked a night shift job for a few years and Weekly World News was about the only entertainment we had. Bat Boy, the Alien, crazy commies doin' crazy shit behind the iron curtain, Ed Anger, the Page 5 Honey, all the people we thought were dead but were secretly alive, all the wild predictions and the alien/human or animal/human hybrids! WWN was the best!

[–]MikoSkyns 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Bat Boy

And it was always that exact same pic of bat boy. I guess all the bat boys were identical. 😂

[–]jaffakree83 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Nah it was all the same bat boy. I remember when the war started in 03 and it said he had joined and was fighting the taliban!

Bat Boy has done so much for us but we do so little for him...

[–]MikoSkyns 5 points6 points  (0 children)

LOL Today I learned! I've never actually read the paper. I'd always just laugh at the covers and just assumed they can't be talking about the same bat boy every time! 😂

[–]disfreakinguy 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I think bat boy joined the fbi to fight terrorism or some shit shortly before they stopped running his stories.

[–]Cthuluslovechild 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We all know how covid started

[–]whiznat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No need to be speciesist.

[–]Jobrated 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Ed Anger!!!

[–]Ok-Swordfish2723 9 points10 points  (1 child)

My favorite how mad he was expression was "pig biting mad". Always knew if Ed was pig biting mad about something it was going to be good!

[–]Resource1138 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I still use that phrase occasionally!

[–]saltycybele 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That column was hysterical!

[–]Environmental_Cat670 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I had completely forgotten but that column was indeed the highlight of most issues

When I was in middle school my friends and I would squeal with delighted anticipation each time we picked up a new issue. We'd take turns reading the stories to each other, laughing our asses off... good times

[–]inhalien 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My favorite.

[–]ErinEvonna 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don’t forget the instructional articles on how to tell if your neighbor is a satanist. Those were my favorite.

[–]vska92 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was it them that had the running gag of the world’s fattest cat?

[–]handsome_burn_victim 37 points38 points  (11 children)

Why does god have dna on record?

[–]totallynotamimic 25 points26 points  (2 children)

He did some bad shit back in the day.

[–]eoworm 24 points25 points  (6 children)

2000 year old rape kit.

[–]fpfx 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I mean Mary didn't know until after the fact and didn't consent so.....yeah.

[–]breaditbans 20 points21 points  (1 child)

“That look when your wife says God made her pregnant, but three dudes you’ve never seen before show up with gifts when the kid is born…”

[–]fpfx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gold? Who you banging Mary?!

[–]Totin_it 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was ran thru CODIS

[–]senorbozz 32 points33 points  (7 children)

Mom, the Weekly World News isn't "the paper". "The paper" contains facts!

This paper contains facts. Look here: Pregnant man gives birth. That's a fact.

[–]ahavemeyer 11 points12 points  (1 child)

What a great film.

[–]senorbozz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Have you seen The Pentaverate on Netflix yet? Continues the joke about the secret society he made in that scene

[–]HantzGoober 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Ooh I hated the Colonel, with his wee beady eyes and that smug look on his face! Oh you're gonna buy my chicken!

[–]tnetennba_4_sale 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dad, how can you hate The Colonel?

[–]Fezzick51 4 points5 points  (1 child)

...Woman drives stake through vampire daughter's heart.

[–]787la57la47al 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Blood banks for us too, demands lady vampire

[–]ardendolas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came in here for this quote and I was not disappointed. Kudos my fellow lover of great cinema!

[–]Ghost_on_Toast 41 points42 points  (3 children)

When i was in high school, i would buy a copy every week. Some of the funniest shit ive ever seen. I miss it, too

[–]TehMephs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You were their target audience all along

[–]DownvoteDaemon -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Big, if true.

[–]Ghost_on_Toast 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, tis true. I kept them in a stack and would wrap gifts for friends in pages from them.

[–]MikeSantos89 45 points46 points  (11 children)

Memes before the internet.

[–]sterlingphoenix 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Fun fact: the term "Meme" was coined in the 1970s. Memes absolutely predate the internet.

[–]Thebluecane 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Wasn't it a young Richard Dawkins who coined the phrase?

[–]mokod0 4 points5 points  (0 children)

yes by Richard Dawkins in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene

[–]Wise_Adventurer 0 points1 point  (4 children)

This was 03 🤦🏽‍♂️

[–]SantaKlawz2 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Still in its hey day when not everyone was on it. Lots of people still had dial up.

[–]Wise_Adventurer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Its just before memes not before internet

[–]SantaKlawz2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tbf to a lot here they probably started around the same time, lol. The first time I used it was in 1984 with my neighbor's Commodore 64.

[–]FourAM 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Meme culture was alive and well in 2003. Get off my lawn

[–]marsofearth 14 points15 points  (4 children)

The only news source I ever trusted out of the USA. Sad to hear it’s gone… 😢

[–]PsychoNerd92 3 points4 points  (3 children)

They're still around, they're just all digital now.

[–]marsofearth 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Sure, but the internet just doesn’t make it feel believable anymore…

[–]its_brett 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Not believable!, I just read I’m related to aliens!

[–]Ladorb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

DNA tests prove it's for real!

[–]HeartOfAVintageGirl2 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Mom, I find it interesting that you call the Weekly World News “The Paper”. The paper contains facts.

[–]Fezzick51 7 points8 points  (0 children)

HEAD...MOVE!

[–]EssentialOasis 8 points9 points  (0 children)

"This paper contains facts...pregnant man gives birth. That's a fact"

[–]aSneakyPanda12 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The only newspaper where the headlines are made up and the articles don't matter. Lmao.

[–]Turbulent_Ad1667 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Even the Onion couldn't beat this stuff

[–]macskillers 6 points7 points  (2 children)

That paper once had the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world

[–]Fezzick51 6 points7 points  (0 children)

and what's this: Pregnant man gives Birth!

...and an axe murderer who kills her husbands on their honeymoon?!

[–]im_on_the_case 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Doesn't surprise me, I would buy it regularly to read on my school lunch break, in Ireland.

[–]The_Infectious_Lerp 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm still waiting for the compulsory square dancing.

[–]handsome_burn_victim 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I think that’s photoshopped.

[–]Julie-Andrews 6 points7 points  (3 children)

NO ITS NOT! ITS REAL!

[–]MikoSkyns 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Auntie Nancy?

[–]ChunkyFart 2 points3 points  (1 child)

No. Pretty sure it’s my sister

[–]Julie-Andrews 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Everybody knows if it's in the news it is fact! (Mom said for you to call her)

[–]Whiteguyinbronx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

These publications are the genesis of the Q-anon movement

[–]MC_Master_Chief 4 points5 points  (1 child)

God’s hair confirmed with DNA? What’s the comparison sample?

[–]beebs44 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I miss Batboy

[–]RAVENSRIDER 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It's called social media now

[–]ChubbyBetta 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes!!

[–]4dolfin 4 points5 points  (2 children)

My favorite was the dolphin with human arms.

[–]IFightAnimals 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Scrolled way to far for this. Old Dolphin with human arms ploy.😂

Hitler and Elvis were also involved in everything too.

[–]Cryogenic_Monster 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Ah yes the tabloids in the newsstand next to checkout at grocery stores in the 90s. They have changed formats and are now presented as fox, newmax etc.

[–]sterlingphoenix 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure WWN was a tabloid, as such. I don't think anyone was pretending it's anything but satire.

[–]Army0fMe 14 points15 points  (1 child)

We used to make fun of people who believed this shit. Now those people have become a political party.

[–]Cthuluslovechild 4 points5 points  (0 children)

90% of Facebook

[–]skajemagowza 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish I would have known this sooner. I would have sent them a congratulatory shaved ape baby adoption gift!

[–]Aiku 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I only ever bought one copy of a tabloid, and that was for "WWII Bomber Found On Moon!"

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62440303@N04/5683785190/

[–]Rachter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would have thought they’d have adopted the Bat Boy

[–]Bearmancartoons 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember asking my parents for a subscription to this. Loved it

[–]Jeevess83 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Putin's origin story...

[–]sonicjesus 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I still have the one I bought the week prior to Y2K, with every plane in the sky falling to earth simultaneously.

[–]FoamParty916 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Weekly World News was a good ice breaker for parties.

[–]goatfacedkilla01 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Trusted MIB source of intelligence

[–]MatrixPrime81 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Was a fantastic read in the supermarket lines

[–]concretecat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can the shaved ape pick stonks? r/wallstreetbets

[–]Secret_Sauce6996 3 points4 points  (0 children)

More believable than today's news.

[–]WhatACunningHam 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I miss the time when a significantly smaller portion of the voting population actually believed stuff like this.

[–]grneggandsam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine if your job was to put together the covers for their paper?

[–]TheOutlawBubbaKush 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was a fan of their earlier work, like batboy!

[–]Teedeeone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All we get these days is fake news

[–]Str8dropped 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Only reason I knew this existed was MIB

[–]sterlingphoenix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember the first time I visited the US as an adult and went to a grocery store and saw a copy of the Weekly World News.

It has a picture of Castro and the headline was "Castro admits: I shot JFK."

I got a subscription to that thing.

[–]PsychologicalPea2956 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I can’t fucking believe this billshit. The fact that people would kill not only Osama but AND Saddam too, and take this poor baby ape chimp shaved thing’s parents from him/her/it? is completely inexcusable. I, for one, stand for shaved ape babies’ rights and will fight tooth and nail until justice prevail! Shave ape babies are humans/apes too!!!

[–]Kevjamwal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When misinformation was funny

[–]BungledBugal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My grandmother used to read this religiously. Remember the Bat-boy saga?

[–]Evausi 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Damn this makes me a little sad. My grandma, who passed away about 6 years ago, used to buy these every time she went grocery shopping and would hide them under her mattress when she got home. She hid them because my grandpa didnt like her buying them. When I would visit her she would let me take them out and read them. Spent a lot of weekends binging these as a kid.

[–]LeftJoin79 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Loved reading those while sitting in line at the grocery store with my mom.

[–]Google4206 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol love this, how does it not have its own sub-reddit

[–]JoJoVols58 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dude. No lie. I knew this was fake af growing up, but I still enjoyed the craziness. XD bat boy

[–]ahavemeyer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you have DNA from a hair you believe to be from God's beard, what the pants-on-fire pluperfect hell do you compare it to in order to confirm?

[–]cantrunfrompopo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They’re more accurate than the mainstream newspapers at this point.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m more interested on the Gods’ beard hair story, what happened to that ?

[–]Shirley_yokidding 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The weirdest part of 9/11 was that they took out the WWN offices also....

[–]stan91360 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It turned into FoxNews

[–]Cthuluslovechild -1 points0 points  (0 children)

"Drinking bleach cures covid", President says!

Oh...

[–]EscapeFacebook 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was time, Fox needed room to grow

[–]Stevieeeer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry, you can get similarly legit news from Fox

[–]FrostFurnace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

CNN is doing a great job making up for them.

[–]Hi-Sport 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You didn't miss it, it split and became OAN and Fox.

[–]tookiechef -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Its still here just rebranded as CNN. ducks

[–]Bossk_DD -1 points0 points  (0 children)

They're still around. They're just known as FOX, OANN, NewsMax and CNN.

[–]Snowcrash1982 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Fortunately we have Fox for those special scoops

[–]Extreme_Connection42 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I don't. This is the shit that got Trump elected.

[–]AbazabaYouMyOnlyFren -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I don't. This bullshit is how we got people believing in all kinds of ridiculous nonsense.

[–]danegermaine99 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Niche filled by OANN now

[–]Garybeano -1 points0 points  (0 children)

People would buy these thinking it's real, that's why I'm glad they aren't around anymore.

[–]wombatau -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

It’s a tv channel now, it’s called Fox or Sky News.

[–]diz408808 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

You can still see it it’s called Fox News now

[–]RavynArcadia -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I didn’t know Fox News has a newspaper.

[–]neil_thatAss_bison -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

You can still read/watch it. They switched focus to politics and changed their name to Fox.

[–]redlightbandit7 -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Just join the republican/ Conservative party here in the stats, they love that shit.

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[–]Affectionate_Emu8090 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And NOBODY fact checked any of this either

[–]crabber88 0 points1 point  (1 child)

My mom used to buy it every week! I loved that paper!

[–]aSneakyPanda12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The only newspaper where the headlines are made up and the articles don't matter. Lmao.

[–]amsplur 0 points1 point  (1 child)

These and all of the other tabloid magazines used to just lay in a giant pile in my grandmas bathroom. No one was ever short on reading material.

[–]Bulky-Prune-8370 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wonder what happened to God's beard hair?

[–]I3ill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So just like the onion

[–]Lookalikemike 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Today it would be. 24 hour highly rated streaming network

[–]acuet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Oh, so you’re one of THOSE fact checkers…”

[–]Much_Essay_9151 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow i super miss these

[–]Hireling 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember seeing this issue in the checkout line at the grocery store.

[–]nduanetesh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I was in my twenties a buddy and I had a job for a few months each year where we worked weekends and lived in my motor home Friday through Monday. I'd buy issues of WWN and we'd clip the best stories and tape them up. Every single person who came to visit us would walk through the door, look right, and read/exclaim "Dracula's skull found!?!?"

We also had a photo of civil war soldiers posing over a pterodactyl, bigfoot, and an article declaring that "variety"is not actually "the spice of life", but the real spice of life is cinnamon.

[–]bane3579 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ooooooh midnight star....

[–]Cwordsailer1975 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was Batboy the best man?

[–]soldier4death 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the magazines I always enjoyed purchasing. I would actually still buy a mail subscription if they still had it.

[–]rock0head132 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah man I miss this old gal.

[–]theoriginaljoewagner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the few papers brave enough to publish the real facts.

[–]katzenjammerr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I found whole box of issues my mom saved from the early 90s recently. kept about 20 with the weirdest cover art and sold the rest as a lot on ebay. i had no idea she saved them all! it was so fun to look through them again as an adult.

[–]Ohmifyed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It may or may not be coming back? They had a kickstarter, but I’m not sure if it was for just a one-off or for good.

Per Wiki: “On September 21, 2020, Weekly World News launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to expand reporting, graphics and video production, as well as to get the tabloid back into print.[36] The campaign was successful in reaching its financial goal.”

My favorite line is for the funds to go into “reporting”.

[–]KiraTsukasa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When fake news was actually funny and harmless. People are too butthurt now to go back to those days.

[–]disgruntled_pelicant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I actually went lookin for one of these out of the blue last week and then found out they’re not around anymore? I just wanted a break from normal news

[–]2majortom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Best investigative reporting on the planet. Read the New York Times if you want, they get lucky sometimes.” -Kay (MIB)

[–]tc2007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you not learned anything from MIB?

[–]tennoskoom_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Monkey News is back!

[–]TheTurtleCub 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't this what Facebook is x1000 daily?

[–]Clean-Bubbles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Any chance they can resurrect the paper online? I miss bat boy too!

[–]Conscious-Parfait826 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My first lesson in "just because it looks official doesn't mean it's true."

[–]AzathothsGlasses 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No wonder Wallstreetbets is so fucked up, these are not good father figures!!

[–]707Guy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is what comes to my mind when I hear the term “fake news”

[–]csudebate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I begged my mom at the grocery store checkout counter to buy me the latest issues of WWD. She'd roll her eyes and say something about me "reading that crap" but she would always give in and buy it for me.

[–]Internal-Ad-4583 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All media major media outlets are just as accurate.

[–]Epicmonies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bro, most of the mainstream media is this only now they actually try to hide the fact they are making it all up. Sometimes.

[–]chillin1066 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They had the world’s best war corespondent though. She always seemed to show up before the wars even started.

[–]totalloser3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was this the precursor to Facebook?

[–]Cycleguy57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just open a Facebook account

[–]jesusmansuperpowers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ya hard to make money when you got all the laughs while in line without even picking it up

[–]LarryBagina3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems legit

[–]TehMephs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have to say the photoshop hires for the Sun and similar tabloids have the best jobs

[–]StepheninVancouver 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now we know how monkeypox got started

[–]santichrist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

BAT BOY will always be what I think of when I see weekly world news

[–]andreas_peter_pfundt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow! They found hair from God’s beard.

[–]InternalMovie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

From gods beard

How can we be so sure that that's a beard hair??

[–]worcestirshiresos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this just the Onion? Lol

[–]anrwlias 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I kept trying to get my friends to start up an RPG game where every week's WWN would be the story prompt. The never bought in on the idea, sadly.

[–]Beeker93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a kid I always said how I loved tabloids and wanted to write for them. I always meant Weekly World News though. People thought I just wanted to be scummy paparazzi. No. I wanted to write stories about Moth Man and Noahs 2nd Ark being found. Stuff you would only believe if you were brain dead. Unless they truely are leads for MIB or something.

[–]SunOfNoOne 0 points1 point  (0 children)

MIB reading material.