Guess which news outlet produced the following headline: “Marge Simpson’s Playboy Vs. Other Playboy Cover Models: Who’s Hotter? (PHOTOS)”?

Yes. If you guessed ‘The Huffington Post,’ you are correct: Apparently getting into the Halloween spirit a week early, the HuffPo has come dressed as a delightfully parody-tastic version of…itself.

We’d point out that, per the overall layout of Mrs. Simpson’s HuffPo page, this is more accurately a “(PHOTOS, SLIDESHOW, POLL)” situation…but that would mean that the HuffPo is actually underselling its content, which would mean that there has been some kind of rupture in the space-time continuum, which would mean that humankind may soon be sucked into a vortex of darkness the depths of which our small minds can’t fully comprehend. So we’ll leave it alone.


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.