Out of compassion for those trapped at work with nothing better to do than stare at blogs on this extended holiday weekend, let's not mention the unpleasant irony of the news that our governments, both federal and state, are spying on citizens appearing just before our national celebration of our political liberty, and instead turn our attention to a bit of good news. The Onion, “America's Finest News Source”, is celebrating 10 years online with a retrospective. Click over there, and you can check out the top stories of 1996. And as always with The Onion— which predicted with uncanny accuracy back in January 2001 that the presidency of George W. Bush meant “our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over”– some of the satire seems almost clairvoyant. Read 1996's “Nasa Baffled by Failure of Straw Shuttle”, and then read this.