[Via The Globe and Mail]
You may have seen THIS ARTICLE pop up this week about how Burger King, as new owners of Tim Hortons, would be removing Timbits from the menu.
Sometimes it blows my mind how quickly some people believe things that they read on the internet. In fact, it reminds me of a classic quote from David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap, during the end credits for This Is Spinal Tap:
“I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn’t believe anything.”
Now in most cases, when you’re browsing a news site online, the news you’re reading is legitimate actual news… But there are at least a few websites that are modeled to look like real news sites that are actually parody or satire sites. The Onion is at the top of the heap as far as satirical news goes, and The Lapine seems to follow the same kind of framework.
Spending as much time as I do on the internet, I do believe I’ve come across The Lapine before. At first, unaware that it was a parody site, it didn’t really take too long to figure it out. A couple things that jumped out at me: Where most news sites are lined with ads, there are very few on The Lapine. Next, you’ll notice links to another articles on the right side of the page and up top. There’s no way a legit news site would use a headlines like ‘Wikipedia Admits Some Articles Made Up “Just to Mess with Ya,”‘ or ‘Study shows Pregnant Women Might Not Be Idiots.’ That Wikipedia article is also 3 months old, which seems odd given that it’s a featured article. If you dig a little deeper to find out what “lapine” means, you get this tidbit from Professor Wikipedia:
Lapine is a fictional language created by author Richard Adams for his 1972 novel Watership Down, where it is spoken by fictional rabbit characters.
That explains the rabbit in the logo, but there you have it: the name of this news site is literally a made up language. Well that, and also it’s just French for rabbit.
So for those of you who might still be wondering at this point, Timbits will NOT be going anywhere. This has been confirmed a couple different places online. Would you believe that there’s a third-party website dedicated solely to Tim Hortons news? There is, and insidetimmies.com had this to say:
‘We reached out to Tim Hortons for a statement and Michelle Robichaud, spokesperson for Tim Hortons, said, “This is absolutely not true, the Timbits are not going anywhere.”‘
The Lapine is all about poking people and things that deserve to be poked. It is satirical commentary written by all kinds of people from here, there and darned near everywhere. Given that so many, many people, events, opinions and trends deserve to be shown in a tongue-firmly-in-cheek way, The Lapine is not limited to just trending topics. Our writers will guffaw at anything really.The word Lapine is French for rabbit. There’s no deep logic behind the name so please don’t get a brain hernia trying to figure it out. We’re just two people who believe that satire can be very effective in pointing out that the emperor is buck naked.
No Lapine content is intended to hurt even the most delicate of feelings, but it’s bound to happen. Get over it. But if you have concerns, let us know. Did we mention that The Lapine is satire?