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Enquiring Minds

DAVE:
Enquiring minds, huh. I read my wife’s in the can. You know what I want? I want to know when that Alien Baby grows up, you know. They got tons of pictures of this Alien baby for years, that kid oughta be in junior high by now, right?

The National Enquirer is an American supermarket tabloid that specializes in sensationalist celebrity news. They are known to pay sources to provide tips for stories, a practice that is derided in most mainstream publications, as it encourages people to submit things that aren’t true.

Here are some covers from 2009, when this scene takes place (and check out our previous blog post about Tiger Woods):

Though I couldn’t find any examples of alien baby stories, here are some real National Enquirer articles dealing with extraterrestrial subjects: http://bit.ly/1fYsMcg  http://bit.ly/19dn9FQ

Despite a lot of crazy articles, though, the Enquirer does get things right now and then. NPR, introducing an interesting 2008 episode of Talk of the Nation about why, when the National Enquirer broke the legitimate story of John Edward’s affair, the rest of the media ignored it for so long, writes,

You probably know the stock in trade of the National Enquirer — alien babies born to all-American families, Bigfoot sightings, celebrities’ cellulite and botched plastic surgeries — supermarket checkout line perusing par excellence. I know I usually assume the stories are fakes, and it’d be hard to blame you if you do too. This time, however, the Enquirer bested us all when John Edwards, subject of months of Enquirer coverage for his (then-alleged) extramarital affair, came clean in the mainstream media. Oops.

On a similar note, here’s a list of 11 seemingly unbelievable stories that turned out to be true (including the Tiger Woods story, as discussed in a previous post).

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