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California nonprofit cited in fake Onion story saying everyone's miserable

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A California organization has been forced to respond to a fake news story. Satirical news organization the Onion credited the California Parenting Institute with a fake study in the article "Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults." It led to a deluge of calls to the institute from those wanting to know more, including those concerned that how you parent doesn't make a difference.

CPI marketing director Wendy Hilberman said that it even fooled people who worked for the institute. “We even had parent educators who work here say, ‘When did we do a study?'”

Comedy site Splitsider didn't have much sympathy for parents duped by the article, writing, "It's the Onion, it's not real, stop being dumb, learn to use the Internet."

This isn't the first time people have been duped by the Onion; you can see example after example of misinterpretation on Facebook at LiterallyUnbelievable.com.