Heds will roll
: Inappropriate but amusing headlines that never made it to print.
Which is the real link-baity headline?
(real being a relative term these days...)
... and other quality headlines by Headline Smasher
"Soon, however, with the strength of eight men, Pépée became an uncontrollable tyrant
who would strip guests – including once a government prefect and wife – of their clothes and valuables, bite others who failed to accede to its whims and once stole a baby, which it took to the roof despite Leo
waving a toy pistol at it and shouting: "Daddy's
not happy. Daddy's
going to shoot."
"There isn’t a style book for this stuff," Tom Bodkin, design director of the Times explains
. "There’s no consistency."
The Onion's great for a witty skewering of current events. But its historical editions, as collected in the book Our Dumb Century
, are a gem all their own, full of razor-sharp satire, trenchant social commentary, period-accurate advertisements, running gags, historical irony, photoshoppery, and even some editorial cartoons for every year of the twentieth century. Luckily for history (and humor) buffs, nearly the whole run of the series is available piecemeal on their website. Click inside for an organized timeline of links to all the front pages from this brilliant work (plus a bonus!). [more inside]
Digital news is broken. Actually, news itself is broken. Almost all news organizations have abandoned reporting in favor of editorial; have cultivated reader opinion in place of responsibility; and have traded ethical standards for misdirection and whatever consensus defines as forgivable. And this is before you even lay eyes on what passes for news design on a monitor or device screen these days. Suggestions for clarifying online news sites from Andy Rutledge. [more inside]
is a blog that posts amusing newspaper bloopers and oddities - bad headlines, poorly chosen pictures, strange advertisements, etc. The blog only has the past month's worth of posts, but it's archived in its entirety here
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F*ck Yeah Headlines!
Each weekday Eric Wedum finds a headline on a major news site, and illustrates it without reading a word of the story.
Frankenstein Defeats Evil Computer. Mysterious Grass-Roots Gal-Revolt Rocks Gotham! Are Hippies Slowing Down Space Progam in Protest? Headlines ripped from the pages of such great newspapers as the Daily Bugle and the Gotham Gazette await you at Dateline: Silver Age
For those of you, like me, who giggle uncontrollably at Jay Leno's "Headlines" schtick (but cannot stand him or the rest of his show) here's the screenshot version*
. You can also get a daily dose of News Fail on the web via Probably Bad News
. And the Media Relations blog has a "funny-headlines" tag
that's worth a few extra gaffaws**
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Yes, we've made history. Here is what it looked like, via the headlines of the newspapers around the world.
Best headline ever.
The AP lets it's geek flag fly in an article about high-wire artists crossing a river in Korea. [thanks kottke]
Uncle Jay Explains the News.
Sit down and let Uncle Jay explain the current news headlines to your kids. (Not really.) Yes, it's YouTube, and yes, it's a one-link post. Don't let that blind you to the fact this guy is really quite funny.
The Corduroy Appreciation Club
meets annually in New York on November 11, "because 11/11 is the date that most resembles corduroy." Pictures
, as well as an interview
with a corduroy fan who came all the way from the UK to the meeting.
Multiple orgasms trap benefit cheat
is one Times
headline that I wish I had written myself. The story is so far as I can tell quite true; The Daily Mail
has it too, under a much duller headline. On the other hand, it does have readers grumbling at the end: "The more benefit cheats they find - the better. I have two slipped discs, have to sleep sitting up and am entitled to, yes, you've guessed - nothing." writes one, as if Ms Byron were being subsidised for her orgasms.
Cardiff Terrifies Me.
Daily news-stand headlines from that bastion of quality journalism, the South Wales Echo.
Newzoid: wacky headline generator.
I've been checking this site daily for at least a week now. It polls for online news headlines and does a simple "cut-up" which usually cracks me up like, "Tireless British Rocker, 50, To Be Auctioned," "Iraqis Fighting Back In Playground," "VH1 Vogue Is Dense, Demanding," "Listeria Outbreak Probably Enjoyed Off-Duty Time," "US Man Linked To Breast Cancer: Study"
Headlines as Haikus /
Written by a computer /
Robert Frost's corpse spins
takes all the hard work out of reading Slashdot
. On a single page, it compiles the day's headlines, along with the top five rated comments on each, and graphs the signal % over time for each thread. Think of it as an automatic digest, showing just the best of Slashdot, each day.
From the poorly chosen headlines department.
I guess the Seattle Mariners need a better "reliever." (NYT link, you know the drill...)
Why the media has no credibility....
Read the title, then read the caption under the picture.
The Examiner spells it out.
As a newspaper page designer (for a much smaller, tamer paper), I wonder what you all think of the San Francisco Examiner's semi-profane but heartfelt front-page headline. On one hand, it's editorializing, but on the other, it expresses what an awful lot of people are thinking. I think I like it, but I also know it'd never get printed in a lot of papers, including my own.
More google ???: phone/address listings
(with a map right to your house!), and (useless
) news headlines which contain search terms
in case they are just testing).
Bush Eager to Go on Vacation, Commune with Cows
I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist this headline.
"I love to go walking out there, seeing the cows. Occasionally they talk to me, being the good listener that I am," Bush said.
"Model tax legislation under study"
Another strange headline. Let's see; there's Elle, and Claudia, and... yep, they can sure afford to pay higher taxes with all they make.
"Shinty Squad Probed!"
Just found this headline amusing....
"Dolly team creates designer chicks"
Another headline gone bad. Did the designers of Barbie start working on their own line of fashion clothes for young women?
"Chirac flatly denies posthumous graft charges"
Yet another headline gone wrong. Before you read the article, see if you can figure out what they think they mean. I sure couldn't figure it out.
Chirac isn't dead, and what good is posthumous graft, anyway?
"Hackers amass new zombie army."
When headlines go bad, part IX. Courtesy of MSNBC.
You've got to hand it to the British. First they create the world's most dangerous joke,
and now they've created the world's deadliest exam. When headlines go bad.
To paraphrase George Carlin, don't you find it just a little strange that Linux Daily News
is running stories about Dynamic Probes
right next to stories about Brown Orifice
hasn't exactly gone *bad*... but it's starting to smell a little. [actually, I thought it was hilarious, though I couldn't quite tell you why.]
When Headlines Go... OVERT?
(the surrealist headline generator strikes again)
Those sadistic Russians.
When Headlines Go… HUH?!?!?
"Clock Reset in French Yahoo Nazi Sales Battle"… Yes, there's a relevent story about web freedom in there somewhere, but the headline looks like output from the Surrealist Compliment Generator
When headlines go bad part N+1.
However, the article is as important as the misused title, so read on up. Go Aussie, Go!
When Headlines go wrong, part III
Do they know whose eyes they were?