News headlines that make news in themselves…

There’s something about the large letters used in newspaper headlines that can make their writers blind to what they actually say. Here are some examples of headlines where someone, somewhere, should have read them again before hitting “publish..”

Something went wrong in jet crash, expert says

Miners refuse to work after death

Juvenile court to try shooting defendant

War dims hope for peace

If strike isn’t settled quickly, it may last a while

Cold wave linked to temperatures

Enfield couple slain; police suspect homicide

Red tape holds up new bridges

New study of obesity looks for larger test group

Kids make nutritious snacks

Hospitals are sued by seven foot doctors


Many thanks to my good friend Angelika Davey for bringing these to my attention…

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  1. I can relate to that, in the sense that a good headline will ‘stick out’. Making news? I don’t know, but a while ago I wrote something on my blog about restrooms on the I10 coming from Jacksonville to Pensacola.I tried to promote that blog post on Twitter with the ‘headline’ We finally made it!” No responses. Then I changed it to ‘Public restrooms, Everything on the differences between men and woman!’
    Instant hits. So a good title can make a difference.