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Smarter than a TED Talk (and sillier, too)

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Everyone who reads SmartPlanet is familiar with the TED Talks video series, in which thought leaders, experts and artists take the stage to explain -- in plain language -- innovations and learnings from various industries.

Some of those talks are massively popular on the Internet, and the organization has since seen backlash for popularizing ideas as a (massively lucrative) industry. Knowledge isn't just power; it's currency in the age of globalization.

American satirical news organization -- read: it's fake! -- The Onion has decided to train its satire beam on TED with "Onion Talks," a parody that claims to be "intelligent" and "genius" for its presentations on such topics as, "What is the biggest rock?"

The teaser, below:

"No mind will be left unchanged," it claims. We'd have to agree.

— By on October 15, 2012, 7:36 AM PST

Andrew Nusca

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Andrew Nusca is editor of SmartPlanet and an associate editor for ZDNet. Previously, he worked at Money, Men's Vogue and Popular Mechanics magazines. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and New York University. He is based in New York but resides in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure