SPECIAL REPORT: Assholes Anonymous

A recent study found that nearly 87% of all Americans are either assholes right now or have been assholes at some point in their lives. Many assholes go their entire lives without ever knowing what they are, whereas others will recognize their problem and refuse to deal with it. A new social program, however, aims to treat those afflicted with asshole syndrome with acceptance and tolerance.

“Assholes Anonymous” is a non-profit organization that forces assholes to deal with their assholism head-on. Members gather once a week in a public place and talk about how their assholism affects the lives of themselves and their loved ones.

“I’ve been coming to AA meetings for going on seven months now,” says AA member Don Eberts. “It helps just to have people who will listen, and to know I’m not the only one suffering from a need to wear shirts with jokes on them or never use a turn signal.”

The organization was founded by Marvin Alejski, a longtime sufferer of assholism.

“My father was an asshole, he raised me to be an asshole,” says Alejski. “I know firsthand what assholism does to a family. A lot of these assholes who show up for meetings are never given a chance anywhere else. Assholes Anonymous is a safe place for assholes all across the country.”

Alejski helps fund research into the phenomenon of assholism, working closely with psychologist Dr. Amelia Luz, the world’s leading expert on assholes. Dr. Luz thinks it might even be possible to create a cure.

“The truth is, we still don’t know much about assholes,” says Dr. Luz. “We can easily identify the symptoms, for example, frequently holding up lines for no reason, ordering off menu, spending money on a bumper sticker, things like that. What we’re still unsure of, however, is what makes someone an asshole; what compels people to do such inane things.”

Treating assholes has proven to be no easy task since those afflicted with assholism are obstinate by nature. Dr. Luz says she’s seen the best results in Alejski’s program.

“Assholes Anonymous is, in my opinion, the best place that recovering assholes can go to get help,” says Dr. Luz. “The first step to beating assholism is recognizing it within yourself, and introducing yourself as an asshole to group of people who know what you’re going through. You can’t quit being an asshole unless you first acknowledge that you are one.”

As Assholes Anonymous continues to grow across the nation, more and more assholes are getting the help they need. If you or anyone you know is an asshole then don’t be afraid to seek out help. If you don’t, you’re a schmuck.

 

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SPECIAL REPORT: The Night-Eagle

Sovereign City has been America’s crime-ridden embarrassment for decades. Once a benchmark of metropolitan greatness, the city has devolved into a cesspool of violence and moral destitution. With the local government seemingly unable or uninterested in saving Sovereign City and its people, is there any hope that the city will have its time in the light again? Is there anything that can inspire the citizens of SC to build a better society? Some SC residents say they have found a source of hope and inspiration in their dying city, and that source is the elusive and mysterious vigilante known as “The Night-Eagle.”

The first sighting of this costumed crusader was last November. Rose Carlisle, an elderly woman who has been living in SC her whole life, was walking down a darkened, deserted street one night when she was mugged by an unknown assailant. The assailant took her purse, pushed her to the ground, and said something that was insulting but still age appropriate. Before Rose knew what was happening, a masked man in an eagle suit swooped down and tackled the mugger.

“It was the second most incredible thing I have ever seen,” said Rose. “The first was seeing Muse in concert eight years ago.”

The masked man beat the mugger senseless before returning Rose’s purse to her.

“He was muscular. He had a long beak instead of a mouth and nose, and black bulletproof feathered wings. I thanked him and asked who he was, but he just squawked and flew off into the night.”

Since then, dozens of sightings of the Night-Eagle have cropped up all around Sovereign City. Each sighting took place at night and involved the prevention of a crime.

“I saw him tear into a carjacker,” said Devon Lucas, another witness. “He landed on top of the car and ripped off the roof with these big talons he had, then he pecked at the thief driving it until he crashed.”

Since his appearance, the Night-Eagle has been a major point of controversy in local government. The mayor of Sovereign City officially denounced the Night-Eagle’s actions in a recent press conference.

“He’s a menace to society,” said the mayor, “no different than the criminals he assaults. We don’t need a bird of prey running around with no authority, dealing out justice as he sees fit.” The mayor of Sovereign City has approved a special taskforce to arrest the Night-Eagle, despite the vigilante having the support of many law enforcement officers.

But as with any major issue, the question must be asked… what do wealthy celebrities have to say? Vick Vaughn, a local billionaire playboy and owner/inheritor of Vaughn Inc, the largest corporation in Sovereign City, says the Night-Eagle is a disgrace.

“He hasn’t done any good for this city,” said Vaughn at an annual fundraiser he hosts that raises money to install helicopter pads on yachts. Vaughn has a personal connection to crime because both his parents were murdered in front of him as a child when a moviegoer shot them for loudly talking throughout a showing of “The Angry Birds Movie.”

“If you want to see good being done for this city then just look at me,” continued Vaughn as he scratched at a mysterious injury on his neck. “The Vaughn Foundation raised over 36 million dollars last year to help restore the orphanages that were blown up by the Night-Eagle’s arch-nemesis ‘The Poacher.’ I don’t support the Night-Eagle’s actions and I distance myself from him in every way possible.”

But who is the Night-Eagle beneath the beak? Is he a hero, a criminal, or just a weirdo? Is he like a pride parade in that he’s having a positive effect on the city despite being controversial, or is he more like an erection on an airplane in that he’s doing more harm than good? Do I have time to write a better ending than this?

 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Video Game Violence

As violence increases in America, so has the prevalence of violent video games. When video games first became popular they featured simple, relatable stories such as rescuing your girlfriend from a giant ape or trying to eat ghosts, but modern-day video games put the player in control of morally corrupt characters like professional assassins, habitual drug users, and non-married women. In the video games of the past, players completed objectives and defeated enemies by jumping or running. In the video games of today, players must shoot, stab, punch, steal, and sex their way to victory. Should we be bothered by this trend, and fear the video games of the future? What effect do violent video games have on our children? Have we finally found the perfect scapegoat for shitty parenting?

Many who play video games say there is no evidence to suggest that video games have an effect on their temperament, however some of history’s worst eggs were gamers. Genghis Khan famously loved his Nintendo Game Boy so much that he was buried with it. Lee Harvey Oswald practiced his shooting abilities in “Big Buck Hunter II” before the Kennedy assassination, and there is mounting evidence to suggest that Jack the Ripper had the high score on a local tavern’s arcade version of “Cruis’n Exotica.” Does this mean that all gamers are destined for violence?

“I don’t know if they’re destined for violence, but they’re certainly trained for it,” says former gamer Tyson Rich. Tyson was part of an “esports” team; a group of gamers who compete against other teams for titles, prizes, and the chance to have a girlfriend.

Tyson specialized in a game called “Brothers of Combat IV: Armed Warfare: The Blood Reckoning,” a popular “first-person shooter.” He says his unorthodox training made him into a more violent person.

“Our coach wanted us to be ruthless, to be emotionless gaming machines,” says Tyson. “He had us dress up like our avatars, go out into the wild, and shoot baby animals so that we would learn to never hold back. We had to break bricks with our fingers to learn how to properly use a keyboard or controller. We were forced to drink yellow Powerade because that was one of our sponsors, and yellow’s the worst one. It was torture.”

Clearly video games have a negative effect on competitive players, but how about amateurs? A recent study conducted by the Guild of Outraged Parents found that 97% of young gamers are too antisocial and aren’t going outside often enough.

“When I was my son’s age I spent my afternoons hanging out with the other boys in the neighborhood, playing sports, and actively suppressing my bisexuality,” says area father Dale Brenning. “Now my son spends all day on his computer, chatting with his ‘online friends,’ playing ‘God Knows What,’ which is the name of a video game he plays where you have to find ways to outsmart God. It’s despicable.”

So what’s the solution to the violent video game problem? Who’s to blame when a gamer does something awful? The Guild of Outraged Parents says it’s the fault of the developers.

“I know my child would never hurt another person,” says Margaret Tribene, a member of the GOP. “Whenever my son hits another child or yells at his teacher, video game developers should be punished, not my son. His bad behavior is due to his exposure to video game violence, and his good behavior is due to my parenting.”

The debate over violent video games will likely rage on for generations to come, but most Americans agree that violence in America will not end until the government takes our video games away.

 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Facial Hair

It is said that a man can command a room with his facial hair. Because of men like Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, and Borat, history has been peppered with an eclectic mix of glorious beards and ‘staches. But why is it, exactly, that the facially endowed seem destined for greatness? What is the mysterious power behind magnificent facial hair, and is there a way to control it?

Circus Killer News special reporter Fatima Azzraf spoke with Caleb Cho, Head Curator at the National Museum of Beards and Moustaches in Washington D.C.

“America has a rich history of bearded and mustachioed men,” said Caleb. “Every good President the U.S. has ever had wore some kind of facial hair, even if it was temporarily out of fashion.”

Fatima was shown a display that held Ronald Reagan’s secret moustache.

“Reagan only wore this when no one was looking. As you can see from the charring around the edges it was once set on fire. This was done in a deliberate attack by the democratic party who was as the time seeking to snuff out the President’s vitality. Most of the moustache was saved, but they burned enough that it affected Reagan’s cognitive abilities. It was after this event that his dementia started.”

The museum displays the facial hair of other American greats, including Martin Van Buren’s sideburns, John Philip Sousa’s moustache, and Cesar Romero’s eyebrows.

“We’re very proud of our collection,” said Caleb. “This is undoubtedly the most erotic job I’ve ever had, and I once worked at a gun store that was next to a Hooters.”

Facial hair has always held power in Western culture, but how about other areas of the world? We sent Fatima to a Tibetan monastery where a group of monks claim to have unlocked the secret power of facial hair. The monks believe that beards and moustaches are a direct reflection of a man’s lifeforce, and that men can lengthen their lives by lengthening their locks.

“We spend our days growing our beards and pointy moustaches to strengthen our qi,” says Shui Fey, a monk who claims to have reached the age of 236 thanks to his fourteen-foot long beard. “We practice moving bricks with them, fighting each other with them, and tying them around tree branches so we can swing around in the wind while high-fiving each other. It strengthens our hair, and that strengthens our lifeforce.”

We then sent Fatima to the other side of the world where she met an Amazon tribe who hunt with their facial hair. Men journey into forests with nothing more than their beards and must strangle animals with them. In this tribe, a boy is not considered a man until he suffocates a jaguar with his lip hair.

With so many cultures around the world using the power of facial hair, the question must be asked: why does this power only exist in men? Is there a way for women to utilize facial hair as well? Jillian Tacoma, of Reddingham, Iowa, says “yes.”

“I didn’t believe my life would get better at first,” said Jillian to Fatima, “but it certainly did. My beard is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Jillian has been living her life as a “bearded lady” for over twelve years now. Her chin hair is not fake and she doesn’t use hormone treatments, rather Jillian’s thick, full beard came in one day after she was bitten by a radioactive Italian guy.

“My life before my beard was honestly very sad. I was a spinster who took pleasure in talking to strangers while vacationing alone. I used to eat frozen dinners and blog about HGTV and get laughed at whenever I wore a dress. But now, whenever I have something to say, people listen. People are drawn to me now and they don’t think it’s weird of me to send food back at restaurants. Yesterday I got a bank loan approved that I didn’t even apply for, all because of this,” she said while combing her luscious beard.

Jillian was asked if she recommends facial hair to more women.

“Honestly, you don’t need it,” she said. “The way I get treated now is the same way my sister has been treated all her life, so if you want to learn anything from her, then just try to be blond and have large, amazing breasts.”

We might never be able to unlock the full potential of facial hair like the Tibetan monks, the Amazon tribes, or Tom Selleck, but its effect on people is as undeniable as it is deeply sexual.

 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Is Supercuts Stereotyping Against Bald Men?

Every American has been to a Supercuts at one point in their lives, whether it was for a drastic new look, a cheap touchup before an important interview, or to eat hair off of the floor because that Eastern European guy said it was the only way you could star in his movie. But what if this affordable staple of passable fashion was secretly stereotyping against the nation’s least fortunate demographic? What if the welcoming atmosphere of Supercuts is just as fake as that Eastern European guy’s film company turned out to be?

Rod Skagleyfoot contacted Circus Killer News after being victimized by the hair cutting giant. He says he was denied service for no other reason than that he was bald.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” said Skagleyfoot to Circus Killer News reporter Chip Chambers. “I’ve never heard of something like this happening before, except to people who are black or gay or women or something else weird.”

Skagleyfoot recalled times in the past when visiting Supercuts was a fun and relaxing experience; a time before he identified as a bald man.

“It used to be that in this country you was free to go to Supercuts and wait on a wobbly, uncomfortable bench in the lobby for 40 minutes while reading all the fancy French words on that wall of shampoos, and wondering if you can get away with taking one of those lollipops from the bowl by saying your kid is in the car. That’s the America I remember. And it’s gone.”

Skagleyfoot isn’t the first bald man to complain. In fact, many bald men complain about a lot of thing all the time. But Skagleyfoot isn’t the first to come forward with complaints about this specific thing. Bald men across the country have reported being denied service from Supercuts due to nothing more than their shiny, hairless tops.

To get to the bottom of this conspiracy, Chip Chambers went undercover as a bald man. Chip did everything he could to project a truly bald image. In addition to wearing a bald cap, Chip put on sandals, a t-shirt with words on it, and learned everything he could about canned beer. Chip was driven to a nearby Supercuts in our Circus Killer News van, which for this experiment was disguised as a 2002 Ford Taurus – a stereotypically bald car.

Chip was thrown out not soon after entering. No recording devices were allowed in the establishment due to recent Great Clips espionage attempts, so none of what transpired could be captured on film or audio. According to Chip’s reports, however, the stylist who greeted him did so at gunpoint and ordered him back out onto the street.

Chip returned later that day without the bald makeup. He was surprised to find that the exact same stylist who had just hours earlier threatened to “scalp [his] freakishly naked head and hang it up on the scalp wall for all to see” now greeted him pleasantly and without a firearm. As Chip sat wrapped up in that black tarp that protects people from the radiation of the electric shavers, and the hair stylist trimmed his hair while droning on about her friend’s sister’s fiancée’s landscaping business or whatever, Chip felt as though the world was supposed to be better than such vile, petty prejudices. In those few minutes he spiraled into a deep, inescapable depression that radically shook his entire worldview at its core. In the middle of his haircut, Chip activated his emergency Circus Killer News cyanide tooth, and became the thirteenth thing to die in that particular hair stylist’s hands.

Rest in peace, Chip Chambers. This Circus Killer News Special Report is dedicated to you.

 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Coke Vs. Pepsi

Nothing has divided our nation more than the answer to the ultimate question: which is better, Coke or Pepsi? Many Americans argue the title of best soda belongs to Coca-Cola, the original cola company. Some, however, suggest that Pepsi has caught up and surpassed the original soda giant in terms of both freshness and taste. Others still have no preference, but those people are losers. To settle the debate once and for all, Circus Killer News sent it’s top investigative reporter, Abdulla Schmidtenhaüser, out into the field to learn a little more about this lightly refrigerated war.

Abdulla began his investigation by interviewing people in the street. Not surprisingly, many Americans took a hard stance on the issue.

“I wouldn’t drink Pepsi if it was the last beverage on Earth,” said one woman who was seemingly unaware that there was a fully untouched fried drumstick sitting in her cleavage. “My daddy was a Coke drinker, his daddy was a Coke drinker, and his daddy couldn’t drink anything ‘cause he got his throat slashed open in a bar fight as a three-year-old and any time he tried to drink somethin’ for the rest of his life it would just spurt out of his neck, but I’m sure he’d’ve been a Coke drinker, too.” Abdulla received similar remarks from devoted Pepsi drinkers.

But what makes these two beverages so different? After immersive research that lasted about fifteen seconds, Abdulla found that the ingredients for the two beverages were exactly the same. Not only that, but Coke and Pepsi are distributed by the exact same bottling company, the “Render Word Owl” Co.

It was then that Abdulla started receiving mysterious death threats. Abdulla received a message on his answering machine where a man with a voice changer told him to “stop meddling in things he didn’t understand.” A brick came crashing through a window in Abdulla’s home with a note tied to it that read, “stop asking questions, we’re watching.” Then, another brick came through another window with a different message that read, “also, who the fuck still has an answering machine? It’s 2017.”

Determined to get to the bottom of this conspiracy, Abdulla looked up information about the Render Word Owl Company. Soon he was contacted by an illusive whistleblower who went by the codename “Backdoor Tooter.” Tooter turned Abdulla onto a factory in the Midwest and told him to follow the corn syrup, so he did.

Abdulla discovered that the factory that produces Coca-Cola is the exact same one that produces Pepsi. Abdulla reported watching in horror as black, fizzy liquid from one giant vat was funneled into two separate conveyer belts, one for Coke bottles and another for Pepsi. All the workers were children who were being whipped by a man wearing sandals, a skirt, and a cloth headdress. It was a gruesome sight.

Abdulla reported all of this over the phone, but the call was cut short before he could tell us where he was. That was several weeks ago, and we haven’t heard from him since. Circus Killer News is presuming Abdulla Schmidtenhaüser dead, making him the fifteenth reporter this year who was killed by getting too close to something, although the other fourteen all died at once when our printer exploded.

We are hereby suspending our investigation into the Coke/Pepsi war.

 

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SPECIAL REPORT: The Beach

For decades scientists and experts have known that the beach is just about the worst place to spend large amounts of time, yet that doesn’t stop ordinary Americans from flocking to the shore every warm-weather weekend. Recently, Circus Killer News sent an undercover reporter, Chelsea Realperson, to the Jersey shore to try and figure out what makes people return to these hellish scenes and how they manage to survive.

First, Chelsea sought to discover what draws beachgoers to the shore. After interviewing several people, Chelsea found that many meander to the shores every weekend to relax. Beachgoers are seemingly unaware that things like sitting, napping, and reading are all activities that can be done in their own homes. Aspects of the shore that beachgoers find aesthetically pleasing, such as “listening to the sound of the waves” and “smelling the salty air,” can easily be replicated with smartphone apps.

A handful of beachgoers said they enjoyed the sand but could not explain why. Chelsea asked if they were aware that sand tracks back to their homes and often hides glass shards, used condoms and discarded drug paraphernalia, and all of them shrugged those facts off like they were no big deal. As a test, Chelsea asked a different group of strangers if they would continue to frequent a movie theater, mall, public park or any other social gathering area if the ground there was littered with garbage, band-aids and bugs, and the responses she received ranged from “of course not” to “god, no” to “ma’am, please, this is a funeral.”

Many beachgoers report taking pleasure in laying on the ground and exposing as much of themselves as possible to harmful solar radiation. Instead of wearing clothes, beachgoers will rub chemicals into their skin or even take shelter under umbrellas, which are traditionally used for protection from the exact opposite kind of weather. Our reporter, Chelsea, attempted this “sunbathing” herself and was unable to feel the spiritual connection that most beachgoers report feeling with their Sun God, whom they often refer to as Uv. Soon afterwards Chelsea’s skin turned red, which she believes is Uv punishing her for her rejection of the beachers’ ways.

When wanting to feel active, beachgoers will often charge headfirst into the ocean – yes, the literal ocean – which is its own separate horror. Beachgoers enjoy sloshing their bodies around in this salty liquid-landfill despite the fact that it is often the site of hurricanes, drownings, and is the only place where sharks exist. There are groupings of attractive high-school dropouts called “lifeguards” whose job it is to keep swimmers safe from the oceans’ many terrors, but not a single one of them ever carries a weapon.

Chelsea was never able to figure out why people return to the beach whenever they can, and for that she has been demoted to an overcover reporter. One thing she did discover, however, is that regular beachgoers will continue this ritual every weekend from Labor Day to Memorial Day, or possibly the other way around. I forget which is which.

 

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