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Can you be a headline writer?

Asked by TheProfoundPorcupine (2549points) November 23rd, 2012

I don’t know about other countries in the world, but the newspapers here in the UK love to insert a pun as a headline for a story. Some are clever, some are terrible and quite often you can guess the kind of headline that should go with it.

So your task is as follows. What are the best puns or headlines that you have ever seen on the news or what are the best ones you can make yourself?

A real headline: A football team in Scotland called Inverness Caledonian Thistle (nickname Cally) beat Celtic years ago in a real shock result. The headline: SuperCallyGoBallisticCelticAreAtrocious (think Mary Poppins)

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Shippy's avatar

Probably not, but I do know a person who could his name is Ucme

ETpro's avatar

Yes, but not for the Science pages of The Register. Here’s the headline on that. “Writer Never Ate at Boffin’s, but Overstuffing of it Makes Him Sick”.

For those unfamiliar with The Register see these headlines:
Reg boffins blow lid on sheepsecs
Plenty more fish (and other eukaryotes) in the sea, say boffins
Wireless boffins boost Wi-Fi hotspot performance 700%
And these are just a sample. There are plenty more where those came from.

If you’re not British, here’s what boffin means.

ucme's avatar

I remember that footy headline, genius stuff.
One I recall is, How do you solve a problem like Korea?
It’s taken from The Sun newspaper a few years back when Kim Jong flexed his nuclear test muscle…..great line.

flutherother's avatar

The Sun (inevitably) had this caption to a picture of a kestrel and a barn owl seen fighting for food…
Hawk Kestrel Maneuvers in the Park

bkcunningham's avatar

I can’t remember for sure but I think it was Poynter which had a section called Headline of the Day. Some of them included such classics as Dead Body Found in Cemetery, Kraft: Who Cut the Cheese? Tiger Woods Plays With Own Balls: Nike Says…

jaytkay's avatar

‘Headless Body Found in Topless Bar’ is objectively the best headline ever.

My dad was a copy editor in the 60s and 70s. Reporters wrote the stories but copy editors wrote the headlines. I wish he were around for this question, he had a great sense of humor and probably wrote some good ones.

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