Headline of the Day
Eight hours ago, northeast UK resident Ross Loraine tweeted the following:
The article is from the Times of India. The online version, wisely, currently displays some much more palatable “Licence to Thrill” wordplay in reference to James Rodriguez, the star of Colombia’s FIFA World Cup 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Above a strong lede paragraph:
There, you have your Colombian James Bond now. Born in Cucuta in 1991, far removed from Ian Fleming’s world and time, the boy James Rodriguez was named after the fictional secret agent by excited parents Wilson and Maria, who probably never thought he would have the World Cup in Brazil ‘shaken and stirred’ a little more than two decades later.
How do you react when you read the following headline, first published Tuesday afternoon by the New York Post?:
Does it make you never want to eat at a McDonald’s again? Does it make you more fearful of living in New York City? Or does it simply remind that the City That Never Sleeps is also, alas, the City That Never Ceases to Shock?
Usually, it’s the players and coaches that get top billing in Stanley Cup Final summaries. But not today, thanks to not one but two heart-stopping Game 4 moments involving hockey pucks magically sitting on the Rangers’ goal line behind Henriq Lundqvist.
“Puck Chooses Rangers in Game 4”
[The Sporting News]
The way our mind works, we were more immediately struck by the fact that NYU student Peiqi Su‘s name bears a striking resemblance to a certain Buddy Holly song. However, most of our media colleagues prefer to focus on the fact that her art installation features 81 3D-printed penises.
Notable headlines include:
“University Student’s Penis Wall Does Mexican Wave”
[South Africa's The Times]
It’s a click-eat-click world. Which means that even when the topic is of a scientific and impacting-us-all nature, a little extra headline-oomph is still sometimes deemed necessary.
From today’s OnEarth:
The headline – “What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks” – at first almost seems like a gag. But on this 4/20-minus-three Thursday, New York Times parenting columnist Ron Lieber (pictured) is entirely serious:
Few mothers and fathers prepare themselves for a circumstance I’ve encountered twice in just the last month: What to do about a child who wants to buy stock in marijuana companies? Should the fact that we probably don’t want our children consuming the stuff mean that they shouldn’t try to make money off of it either?
Lieber offers three general directives for parents seeking to guide their progeny’s stock market picks. The reader comments to this one are definitely going to be worth watching; here’s some early reaction from mom Joanne:
I’d absolutely give my daughter supportive advice to invest in marijuana companies as I believe that it is time for the pox to be over regarding marijuana AND it is an enormous new business opportunity that will change the economics of our country. On the other hand, it’s most pharmaceutical companies that I would advise her against investing her money.
Because in this case, there’s no need to be clever, pun-tastic or salacious. The straight Dixon, IL facts are enough to hang some very bizarre headlines and first paragraphs on:
“No Plans to Change Shape of Illinois Church That Looks Like Penis from the Sky, Officials Say”
[New York Daily News]
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