In April 1985, Sports Illustrated ran a story about a prospective baseball pitcher named Sidd Finch, who could throw 168 miles per hour fast ball. Eagle-eyed readers caught on immediately: The first letters in the words of the story's secondary headline spelled out "Happy April Fools' Day." si.com/mlb/2014/10/15/cur…
There is an annual festival in Los Angeles to honor a mountain lion (affectionately named P-22) that once made headlines by being photographed walking in front of the Hollywood sign. The festival has drawn up to 8000 attendees. urbancarnivores.com/p22-t…
Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline "Japanese camera" nikon.com/about/corporate…
In 1973 the Irish Republican Army (IRA) hijacked a helicopter, flew to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, landed in the exercise yard and helped three volunteers escape. It was dubbed 'the escape of the century' and made headlines around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
"Yellow Journalism" was a 1890's term for journalism that presented little or no legitimately researched news and instead used eye-catching headlines, sensationalism, and scandal-mongering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Kato Kaelin, the man staying in OJ Simpsons guest house during the Simpson/Goldman murders, won a landmark libel case against the tabloid National Examiner for a headline saying "Cops think Kato did it!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
The second woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, Maria Goeppert Mayer, had to work without pay for most of her career, and was referred to as S.D mother in newspaper headlines when she won her Nobel. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Today I learned of Bekim Fehmiu, a Yugoslavian actor who was the first Eastern European to headline a Hollywood movie during the Cold War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bek…
Today I learned of Cincinnati Freedom, a cow that jumped a 6 foot fence at a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati, only to evade police officers for 11 days, making national news headlines, and eventually living out the rest of its life in NY. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Phrases commonly found in headlines (such as "experts say" and "new studies show") are called Weasel Words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
Suicides nationwide increased by 10 percent after Robin Williams’ death; researchers found a convincing parallel between the increase and sensationalized coverage/headlines of his death that violated CDC guidelines, focusing on the method of death theverge.com/2018/2/7/169…
The Nazis introduced raccoons to Germany on purpose, leading to some animal control issues and funny tabloid headlines about Nazi Racoons and the Furry Blitzkrieg dw.com/en/nazi-raccoons-o…
In 2003, as a response to Prime Minister John Howard's attitude towards peace protests, the Australian satirical newspaper The Chaser published his real home phone number on their front page. The headline read "Howard ignores the people. So call him at home on (02) 9922 6189". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A live chicken was given to Alice Cooper in concert. Thinking it could fly, he tossed it into the crowd who tore it apart. The next day headlines read: Alice Cooper bites head off chicken and drinks blood. Frank Zappa told him not to deny the story saying "You can't buy this type of publicity!" sickthingsuk.co.uk/conten…
When Michael Foot was put in charge of a nuclear disarmament committee, The Times reportedly announced the news with the headline "Foot Heads Arms Body." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Over 133,000 people signed a petition stating they would prefer a different artist to headline instead of Kanye West at the Glastonbury Music Festival 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Today I learned about a man that became famous for going in flight on a lawn chair. Larry the truck driver. He soared over 16k feet, made headlines, and was famous for a little while. Committed suicide a few years later. youtube.com/watch?v=-wWds…
During Napoleon's return from Elba, a Parisian paper printed headlines along the lines of: "Mar 9: The Monster has left his den. Mar 10: The Ogre has landed. Mar 13: The Tyrant has passed through Lyon. Mar 22: Yesterday evening His Majesty the Emperor made his entry and arrived at Paris." en.wikisource.org/wiki/Na…
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon with an official number. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after her trying to stop. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
"Larry Sanders" and "MIB" actor Rip Torn made headlines in 2010 when he broke into a bank in Lakefield, Connecticut, while intoxicated, claiming he thought it was his own home and had left his hat and boots by the door. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
When a mental health facility in New Jersey caught fire, a newspaper ran the headline "Roasted Nuts" articles.philly.com/2002-…
Today I learned about Pidgin, a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. Here is a current headline in Pidgin: "'Prostitute' orangutan: Dem shave her hair, wear her makeup come force her to dey sex men". bbc.com/pidgin
Omaima Nelson, an Egyptian model and nanny, was convicted of murdering her husband. Her case made international headlines due to allegations of bondage sex, decapitation, castration, and cannibalism. She has been compared to Hannibal Lecter, from Silence of the Lambs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oma…
In 1980 the Boston Globe referred to a speech from President Carter as "Mush from the Wimp", 161,000 copies of the newspaper were printed with the headline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
An Eastern Island statue washed ashore on the beach in the Netherlands 29 March 1962 . It made international headlines and was put on display and it attracted thousands of visitors. On 1 of April the man who found it, a local artist, confessed to making and planting it hoaxes.org/af_database/pe…
Betteridge's Law states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The famous headline "Foot Heads Arms Body" (published after Michael Foot was chosen to be the chair of a nuclear disarmament committee) was written by a sub editor as a joke and never intended to be published theguardian.com/theguardi…
Serial killer James French's last words in the electric chair were "How's this for your headline? French Fries." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
In 2010, a two-year-old boy from Sumatra, Ardi Rizal, made global headlines for having a 40-a-day cigarette habit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
When Michael Foot was put in charge of a nuclear disarmament committee, The Times announced the news with the headline "Foot Heads Arms Body" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The techniques employed by clickbait authors are derivative of the "yellow journalism" rampant in US newspapers in the late 19th century, which attempted to increase circulation by relying on eye-catching headlines that included exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
On the day before the 1996 Presidential election, the NYT Crossroad puzzle had a clue that required knowing the future: "Tomorrows headline". Except, either of the likeliest answers fully completes the crossword youtu.be/VNqNnUJVcVs?t=52…
In 2006, Petra, a female black swan made headlines in Germany after falling in love with a swan-shaped pedalboat, following it around and sheltering next to it for two years. Petra then disappeared, causing a nationwide search, and was spotted several years after with a real swan this time. spiegel.de/international/…
Phrases commonly found in headlines such as "experts say" and "new studies show" are called Weasel Words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
In 2009 China cancelled the debts of 32 African countries. I don't remember seeing banner headlines about this. It was good news, wasn't it? focac.org/eng/ltda/dscbzj…
The actor that plays Hodor is a DJ, and he headlines events titled "Rave of Thrones" skywaytheatre.com/event/r…
James D. French was an American murderer who was put to death in 1966 by the electric chair. His last words were: "How's this for your headline? 'French Fries'". murderpedia.org/male.F/f/…
Today I learned of Betteridge's law of headlines which states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
When ArgΓ©lico Fucks, a retired Brazilian footballer, left FC Porto and joined the rival S.L. Benfica, the headline on Eurosport.com read "Fucks off to Benfica" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
"Roasted Nuts" was the paper headline for when a mental hospital caught on fire. articles.philly.com/2002-…
Steven Stayner, who was abducted as a child in California and made national headlines, was the younger brother of Cary Stayner, who was responsible for the murder of four women in Yosemite National Park back in 1999. abcnews.go.com/US/steven-…
Today I learned about 'Betteridge's law of headlines' (aka 'Davis's Law' or 'the journalistic principle'), which states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Today I learned of Betteridge's law of headlines, which states that any headline that ends with a question mark can be answered with the word no. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Betteridge's law states, "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Joseph Pulitzer, for whom the Pulitzer prize was named (to award outstanding journalism), was the creator of "yellow news" which is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In 2000, when Pope John Paul II stated that β€œthe Armenian Genocide, which began the century, was a prologue to horrors that would follow" the Turkish newspaper Milliyet responded with the headline "The Pope has been struck with senile dementia." armenianweekly.com/2012/1…
A girl who made headlines for hiccuping 50 times per minute in 2007 was convicted of first degree murder and will serve life in prison. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
In 1911 the New York Times ran with the headline "Martians Build Two Immense Canals in Two Years", which later turned out to be random dark spots that an astronomer's mind had seen a pattern in timesmachine.nytimes.com/…
During his trial, Manson stood up and displayed a newspaper with the headline "Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares." After polling the jurors, the judge was satisfied they would remain impartial and the trial resumed. The lawyer who left the newspaper within Manson's reach was jailed for three days. encyclopedia.com/topic/Ch…
When asked to headline a show with The Pixies opening, Radiohead refused to headline, saying "That's like the Beatles opening for us". youtube.com/watch?v=w8CnE…

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