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…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
"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…
Phrases commonly found in headlines (such as "experts say" and "new studies show") are called Weasel Words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 a mental health facility in New Jersey caught fire, a newspaper ran the headline "Roasted Nuts" articles.philly.com/2002-…
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…
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 actor that plays Hodor is a DJ, and he headlines events titled "Rave of Thrones" skywaytheatre.com/event/r…
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 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/…
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…
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-…
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…
Phrases commonly found in headlines such as "experts say" and "new studies show" are called Weasel Words. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
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…
The headline of an article can heavily opinionate ones understanding of an article, even damage the ability to actually properly understand the article itself. newyorker.com/science/mar…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
"Roasted Nuts" was the paper headline for when a mental hospital caught on fire. articles.philly.com/2002-…
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…
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/…
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…
Betteridge's law states, "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
After a false claim of the WWI armistice on Nov. 7, 1918, an Arlington, WA, newspaper got so excited the headline was "Armistice Pobable" historylink.org/File/8541
The famous NY Post headline "Headless Body in Topless Bar" almost didn't run because fact-checkers at the paper could not be sure if the bar was indeed a topless bar npr.org/templates/transcr…
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…
Betteridge's Law of Headlines is not actually correct. Even for yes/no-questions in the headline, the answer is only "no" roughly 1/3 of the time. calmerthanyouare.org/2015…
The last execution by electric chair in the United States before Furman v. Georgia was done to James D. French whose last words before his death were "How's this for your headline? 'French Fries'". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
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…
16 year old Ryan White contracted AIDS through a tainted blood transfusion and was denied access to his school. The ensuing lawsuit made national headlines, and his case is widely credited with bringing about AIDS awareness and education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
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…
Today I learned of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, two rival criminal underworld bosses in Sydney in the 1930s, who resorted to using newspaper headlines as weapons in their feud rejectedprincesses.com/pr…
The last person executed under Oklahoma's death penalty law, James French, famously said as his last words before death; "How's this for your headline? French Fries." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Yellow Journalism, coined in 1890's, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
Today I learned of Betteridge's law of headlines - if a headline is a question, the answer is no en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
While visiting America shortly after Pearl Harbor Winston Churchill suffered a minor heart attack. Fearing the possible headlines, his doctor didn't tell anyone, including Churchill, that he had a heart attack. loc.gov/exhibits/churchil…
The continually scolling news headline at the bottom of the screen only became commonplace after 9/11, to allow viewers to catch up on other news unrelated to the attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When dangerous side effects are reported to pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary company is hired to execute a 'phantom recall' sweeping every retailer selling the tainted medicine before the FDA has a chance to order an official product recall which would make headlines and cut into future profits. mnat.com/files/206.pdf
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. 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, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
In 2010, The Sun newspaper ran a front-page headline claiming that a recent live episode of Coronation Street (the UK’s longest-running soap) was under threat of an Al-Qaeda attack. This was completely unfounded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
When James French was executed by the electric chair in 1966, his last words were "How's this for a headline? French fries." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The reason there are so many "Florida man" headlines is because the press has access to all criminal history in florida, whereas most states don't allow this miaminewtimes.com/news/ho…
The Chicago Daily Tribune was so sure in Thomas E. Dewey winning the 1948 presidential election, they printed the next day edition with an incorrect headline "Dewey Defeats Truman". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
The famous Times headline "Foot Heads Arms Body", (in response to Michael Foot being put in charge of a nuclear disarmament committee) was actually a joke meant for the sub editor and wasn't intended to be published. theguardian.com/theguardi…
Betteridge's law of headlines which states "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." Also adding " The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The NY Post ran a cover which showed a man struggling to get out of the way of an oncoming subway car. The headline ran, "Pushed onto the subway track, this man is about to die" and "DOOMED" as the subheading. news.nationalpost.com/new…
Swedish school has made headlines after introducing compulsory Minecraft lessons for 13-year-old students, with teachers hoping the Swedish computer game will encourage the children to develop their thinking thelocal.se/20130109/4551…
The Church of Scientology was one of the first sponsored content clients for The Atlantic. Their headline read: David Miscavige Leads Scientology to Milestone Year washingtonpost.com/blogs/…
In 1986, The New Republic's most-boring-headline award went to The New York Times for "Worthwhile Canadian initiative." beta.theglobeandmail.com/…
Today I learned of Betteridge's Law of Headlines: any headline ending with a question mark is invariably a "no" wow.com/wiki/Betteridge's…
When his record label stipulated Weird Al Yankovic to write a new song for a best-of box set, Weird Al insisted that the song – "Headline News" – be available as a single, as well, so that fans who would not have to purchase the expensive box set just to get the new song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Today I learned of Betteridge's Law of Headlines, which states "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The "penis snake" that made headlines last year is actually a giant limbless amphibian that was only discovered because its habitat -- a river in the Amazon -- is being drained for a massive dam news.mongabay.com/2012/08…
In 1994 Nirvana was supposed to headline Lollapalooza, but pulled out of the festival April 17th. The next day Kurt Cobain was found dead. lineup.lollapalooza.com/p…
The term "It's not rocket science" took the place of "it's not brain surgery" and originated as a newspaper headline about football. phrases.org.uk/meanings/i…
Metallica landed their first European headline gig in 1984 due to a mistake by the venue owner in a Dutch village, who gave them top billing over the intended main act Twisted Sister because he was unable to tell how big either band was. youtu.be/6uk8nVfkxBE?t=5m…
Alice Cooper's manager threw a chicken on stage during his tradition of ripping up a pillow on stage during his performance. He threw it in the crowd, they ripped it up and threw it back. Next day the headlines read "Alice Cooper tears the head off chicken and drinks it's blood" a star is born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
In 2013 Esquire.com published an article titled "Making your morning commute more stylish" which erroneously had the infamous 9/11 picture of the "Falling Man" next to the headline. poynter.org/2013/esquire-…
Ambiguously worded headlines (like "Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim") are called Crash Blossoms, after the 2009 headline "Violinist Linked to JAL Crash Blossoms". nytimes.com/2010/01/31/ma…
When 26 new black holes were discovered in the center of Andromeda, Fox News used the headline "black hole bonanza discovered near earth". foxnews.com/science/2013/…
British doctor Harold Shipman is the most prolific serial killer in recorded history, killing a confirmed 218 patients (mostly elderly), via heroin overdose. About 80% of his victims were women. When he hanged himself in his cell in 2004, The Sun ran the headline, "Ship Ship hooray!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The New York Post created a tasteless headline when Ike Turner Died: "Ike Beats Tina To Death" brendan-nyhan.com/blog/20…
The USA originally denied that atomic bombs caused lingering radioactivity, calling such claims Japanese propaganda. The New York Times ran an article with the headline "NO RADIOACTIVITY IN HIROSHIMA RUIN," citing only military sources and ignoring eyewitness accounts of radiation sickness. commondreams.org/views04/…
Today I learned of Betteridge's law of headlines, which is an adage that states: "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…
Fred Phelps, head of the Westboro Baptist Church, once mistakenly cited a headline posted by The Onion as truth, posting the article "'98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal" on his "God Hates Fags" in an attempt to prove that gay people were actually trying to "recruit" others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
The onion had this headline that the refused to run in the wake of 9/11: "'America Stronger Than Ever', Say Quadragon Officials." newsweek.com/fast-chat-on…
Argel Fucks is a Brazilian retired football player who played as a central defender. An unforgettable newspaper headline once declared "Fucks Off to Benfica". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arg…
There is an abbreviated writing style used in newspaper headlines known as 'Headlinese" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
After successful weekend negotiations over a transit strike, the New York Daily News ran the headline: "Sick Transit's Glorious Monday". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic…
There is a fake Time Magazine cover floating around the Internet, which purports to be a 1977 cover displaying a lone penguin underneath this headline: β€œHow to Survive the Coming Ice Age: 51 things you can do to make a difference.” scienceblogs.com/greglade…
An 1863 story recounts the tale of two Japanese visitors in Holland whose chonmage hairstyles caused such an uproar that the play they were attending was forced to stop and made national headlines. books.google.com/books?id…
The word 'frenemy' first appeared in a 1953 newspaper headline "Howz about calling the Russian's our Frenemies?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The New York Post, with more recent headlines like "Headless Man in Topless Bar" was founded by Alexander Hamilton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In NYC 1983, a man went into a bar, shot the owner, held 4 women hostage and forced one to chop the owner's head. After finding out there was a sign in the bar that read 'Topless Dancing', a NY Post reporter created the headline 'Headless Body in Topless Bar' npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/…
James French's last words before being executed by electric chair were, "How's this for your headline? 'French Fries'." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…

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