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article imageOp-Ed: Humorous headlines provide comedy relief

By Greta McClain     Oct 6, 2012 in Odd News
"If it bleeds it leads" is an old saying in journalism, but sometimes we just need a good laugh and newspaper headlines can be the best source.
With limited character space for headlines, journalists oftentimes try to get their point across in a brief, not always grammatically correct way. Many times the effort works, but there are times when brevity backfires.
The headlines may get the point across, most of the time, but one has to wonder if there could have been a better choice of words. Then again, one has to admit that these headlines do add a bit of entertainment to the coffee and morning paper routine.
I am sure both Reagan and Ford would have preferred the wording to be a bit different in this headline.
Wow, a committee set up just to study joints?
I sure hope they are at least using super strong Duck Tape!
Milford Citizen headline
Milford Citizen headline
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I think I could give them an idea or two.
A South Haven newspaper headline
A South Haven newspaper headline
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Who would have ever guessed gun stores had guns?
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You can't necessarily blame the reporter or editor for these headlines, but one has to wonder what the people behind the headlines were thinking.
Glad to see the government being so thrifty with our tax dollars.
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Now that IS news! Who knew teen pregnancy dropped once you were no longer a teen.
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I am not the world's best proofreader, but I never have claimed to be, nor have I ever tried to work as one. I certainly could not do much worse then the one that approved this headline though.
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Next time we are trying to shake off the Monday morning blues, maybe we'll be lucky and find a humorous headline to start off our day.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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