The End of Bat Boy? Weekly World News Goes Plop!

Reuters and other sources have recently reported the demise of Weekly World News from grocery stores and quickie marts all across America. Weekly World News was one of several black-and-white tabloids you would gawk at in disbelief while waiting for the cashier to ring up your cokes and onion dip. It featured various comical absurdities including pics of Bin Laden and Hussein dressed up like ballerinas and exchanging fluids, Bush Jr. consorting with evil aliens to divide Earth, Big Foot photographed in a college math class, the Elvis cadillac stolen from Graceland and spotted in earth orbit by shuttle astronauts, and so forth. WWN told Reuters, "Due to the challenges in the retail and wholesale magazine marketplace that have impacted the newsstand, American Media, Inc. today announced it will close the print version of the Weekly World News, effective with the August 27 issue. Weekly World News was AMI's smallest weekly publication." An SEC filing noted that sales of WWN had declined to 83,000 in 2006 from 153,000 in 2004.

But fans will shortly want an answer to the most important question of all. What the hell happens to Bat Boy? BB was the favorite creationof WWN. They launched him into Afghanistan to comb the caves for Osama.

I know I will miss him. I can't help but get teary knowing he will not be there to cheer my long and boring waits in the Safeway checkout line.

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