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Get Your Free Nook Tablet Today!

Free NooksThis morning while looking over several internet news links about Barnes & Noble, I came across something that sounded too good to be true – a Barnes & Noble store in New York was giving away a free Nook tablet today to any customer coming in the door asking for one. Kyle Leary, mentioned as a spokesman for Barnes & Noble, confirmed the story.
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My reaction to the article was “what is going on with Barnes & Noble?”
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So, I decided to call the nearest Barnes & Noble store in town to check if the “free Nook offer” was on the level. I spoke with the Store Manager about the story I had just read on the internet. I filled him in on the details about the free Nook giveaway in New York, and added that Barnes & Noble was planning to do the same Nook giveaway across all their store branches.
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The Barnes & Noble Store Manager immediately said the article I read is not true. He then asked me where I read it. I told him it was posted on the Onion website. He told me the Onion is a comedic group and that their store even sells some of their books in their comedy section.
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I then told the store manager, “It sounds like a farce,” and he said, “Absolutely.” Nothing like a bit of fake news I guess.
Well, since I was a little inquisitive today, I learned something I really already knew – if it sounds “too good to be true,” it’s probably “too good to be true.”
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The OnionThe disclosure below, which is a quote directly from the Onion website, helped clear the fog for me:
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“The Onion is a satirical weekly publication published 52 times a year on Thursdays. The Onion is published by Onion, Inc. The contents of this material are © Copyright 2010 by Onion, Inc. and may not be reprinted or re-transmitted in whole or in part without the express written consent of the publisher. The Onion is not intended for readers under 18 years of age. The Onion uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”

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