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I've become somewhat of a headline collector - the headline being
one of the most important of copy writing skills. I can't help but
admire the writing skills displayed in many of the tabloids. They live
and die on their check-out stand, attention getting headlines.

Below are some funny ones - hopefully you will share some of your own.
The first few are from the New York Post and their book available on
Amazon Headless Body In Topless Bar - a must have for the headline fan.
enjoy.

No Nudes is Good Nudes!
-high court rules 5-4
(Community leaders moving for topless ban)

Let U$ Prey
Priest fleeced flock member for 500G

BAD LAY
Enron's Kenny Boy guilty, faces 165 years.

HEINZ IN A PICKLE
Foot-in-mouth Teresa goofs on Laura Job Jab.

From other sources...

Fire Officials Grilled Over Kerosene Heaters

Man Found Dead In Cemetery

Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing

Bills Overwhelm Chargers

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery;
Hundreds Dead

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
#funny #headlines #power words
  • Profile picture of the author Azarna
    Thank you for sharing those :-)

    I used to regularly get the magazine Fortean Times. Every month they would have a collection of headlines from around the world which readers had sent in.

    Many are in their forum thread - Fortean Times Message Board :: View topic - Fortean Headlines

    Always good for a giggle, and to admire how some people can play games with the English language :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Cohen
    Originally Posted by lenlatimer View Post

    I've become somewhat of a headline collector - the headline being one of the most important of copy writing skills. I can't help but admire the writing skills displayed in many of the tabloids. They live
    and die on their check-out stand, attention getting headlines.
    Tabloid headlines are nice to study in one sense, because they're pithy. And writing pithy headlines is good.

    In another sense, they're not. A headline for a product or service is best if it has both an element of curiosity and a big benefit that touches the emotion of the reader. Many tabloid headlines don't.

    Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author neojiphre
    Haha i think i've read this b4
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  • Profile picture of the author ahlexis
    One of my favorite things to do is watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, only for the "Headlines" section. People send him some real doozies!
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  • Profile picture of the author kcfried
    One of my favorites is from the movie PCU. The flier read "Tonight, at the Pit: Everyone Gets Laid." That'll get most college students scheduling the Pit for their evening!
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      Just created an ad to show how my client makes it easier for their customers to do their job. Underneath a re-branded laxative packet, 'making your business easier'.

      Hope we can push it through..
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      • Profile picture of the author Azarna
        A clever, witty headline would certainly attract my attention far more than the usual 'Attention! Warning! Urgent! You Must Read This!' stuff (it is never urgent in the least, heh).
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  • Profile picture of the author jrlsage
    Headlines are a skill that tend to escape me.

    Mine are bland. Always good to see some funny ones out here. Gives me some time to improve.
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