Monday, July 13, 2009

Emperor Visits Neptune

9 Comments:

Blogger Passer-by said...

Great mind, and that:
http://www.tomharris.org.uk/2009/07/13/is-this-the-best-headline-in-the-world-ever/

4:51 PM  
Blogger Kurt Langmann said...

And unemployed bloggers keep saying journalism is dead and "citizen journalists" will fill the job for free? Perhaps if it's about celebs like Michael Jackson or Paris Hilton. Citizen journalists are welcome to be first in that department. But when it comes to news and great headlines about things that matter or amuse they are no competition.
But it could happen, right? Sure, and a citizen carpenter, plumber and electrician will build me a house for free, right?

11:51 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Good one Terry. I'll have to give the last headline the nod. Because that really is outrageous. Although I must say I found the one about the wrestling midgets and the fake prostitutes was pretty good too. And I was so intrigued by the leapfrogging Mayor and the woman dressed as a tomato I'm going to have to find out MORE !!!! :)

12:18 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

Hi Terry it's me again...actually I think you're right.I hadn't noticed that the hero cabbie was from Glasgow. So now I just have to say that one is the best.
How does the old saying go? If you're looking for a fight Glasgow is NOT the place to find one... :)

12:34 AM  
Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Me, I hesitate between the alligator and the burning terrorist.

Mahmoud, though - oh well, he is getting to be so XX century ;-)

2:33 AM  
Blogger L said...

Good stuff, Dr G; a Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, in fact.

1:35 AM  
OpenID alakurda said...

Finally - and be warned that trying to understand this made my head hurt - two readers, Gus Murray and Andrew Blow, separately contributed the daddy of all headlines.

This story traces its origins back to a small Scottish fishing village called Bridge of Allan which is known for harvesting tench and, more to the point, for holding annual events to see who could eat the most of the stringy fish in one sitting. It started off quite small but as it is the only contest of its kind, it soon attracted widespread, even international, contestants. The year in question is 1990 and the final saw portly local Graham Hicks (from Fife - not far away) up against Sweden's Sven Larssen.

In what was described by locals as a tough encounter, the final took place every Saturday until a best-of-five result was achieved. Hicks ran out the eventual winner in the fourth round, eating 11 fish and beating his much fancied opponent by two.

But no one summed it up better than the local rag, The Bridge Bugle, which ran with the headline: "One to three for Fife's Hicks; Sven ate nine tench."

8:43 PM  
OpenID alakurda said...

Hmm! Earlier post incomplete. Error detected. Take Two!

"Worthwile Canadian Initiative"

Ah! The understated classic! I wish Aussies were as good.

My most recent fav headline is two years old:

"From the jaws of a shark comes a ripping yarn"
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/diver-saved-from-jaws-of-a-shark/2007/01/23/1169518709539.html

And this has to be the all time best. But first you have to read the story:

"Finally - and be warned that trying to understand this made my head hurt - two readers, Gus Murray and Andrew Blow, separately contributed the daddy of all headlines.

This story traces its origins back to a small Scottish fishing village called Bridge of Allan which is known for harvesting tench and, more to the point, for holding annual events to see who could eat the most of the stringy fish in one sitting. It started off quite small but as it is the only contest of its kind, it soon attracted widespread, even international, contestants. The year in question is 1990 and the final saw portly local Graham Hicks (from Fife - not far away) up against Sweden's Sven Larssen.

In what was described by locals as a tough encounter, the final took place every Saturday until a best-of-five result was achieved. Hicks ran out the eventual winner in the fourth round, eating 11 fish and beating his much fancied opponent by two.

But no one summed it up better than the local rag, The Bridge Bugle, which ran with the headline: "One to three for Fife's Hicks; Sven ate nine tench."
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/12/20/1040174394322.html

8:49 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Alakurda:

By far the most astonishing and brilliant headline I've ever read. Thanks for the contribution!

9:23 PM  

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