No, it's not a prank--The Onion's international readers may soon have to pay fees to continue reading its articles.

The next time you visit the website of American news satire organization The Onion and find yourself blocked by a paywall, don't be surprised, and don't even call it a prank; The Onion has recently begun testing a paywall model that required a $2.95 monthly or $29.95 annual charge from non-U.S. visitors. This is the second time The Onion mounted a paywall model, six years after the ill-fated Onion Premium paywall, which launched in 2004 and was taken down in 2005. Under the current system, readers may get five free articles per month, after which rates are set at $3/month or $30/year for access. Onion, Inc. chief technology officer Michael Greer explains:

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