EDITOR’S NOTE: Life Behind the Pine Curtain is a series of anecdotes collected and edited by Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor.
Writing a newspaper headline is a task performed perhaps ten thousand times each day in the United States and around the world. Typically written near the end of the work shift, on deadline and to conform to a limited amount of space, newspaper headlines sometimes fall victim to the ambiguity readily available through the beauty of the English language.
Below are several double entendre headlines published in newspapers around the country.
“Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says”
“Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers”
“Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over”
“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 Awhile”
“Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures”
“Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide”
“Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges”
“Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge”
“New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group”
“Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft”
“Kids Make Nutritious Snacks”
“Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half”
“Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors”
“Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead”