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Newspaper Bloopers

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As newspaper subscriptions decline and as newspapers either lay off workers or publish only online, we will be losing a great source of humor. Some writers for our local newspaper seem to take great delight in writing headlines that are puns. It's more fun, though, when bloopers appear. Online news can have its comedic moments too, like earlier this week when the Boston Globe had a Chicago-Tribune-type "Dewey Defeats Truman" blooper when they posted an election map Tuesday evening declaring Coakley the winner over Brown — before the polls had even closed in Massachusetts! Oops!

The humor in many of today's clippings is the statement of the obvious — not exactly breaking news. Here are some bloopers from newspapers and some corrections they've published later.

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The redundancy in this one makes me scratch my head:

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This one was news to me — I did not know that there were people out there who might try this!

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Here are several corrections newspapers have published.

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Looking forward to reading your comments on this post.


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6 Comments on “Newspaper Bloopers”

  1. #1 Tony
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 10:29 am

    As I read this, I was reminded of what is known in the publishing business as “tombstoning” (not to be confused with cliff-diving and similar sports), which is defined on about.com as follows: “In multi-column page layouts, tombstoning occurs when two or more headlines or subheads appear horizontally adjacent to each other on the same line. Designers consider tombstoning undesirable.” While the result of this is often merely confusing, it can sometimes also be humorous.

    An example of this appears in your blog post Extra! Extra! Read All About It! where the articles “Lakes hit critical levels” and “Trout asks for damages” appeared next to each other.

    I also saw something many years ago in our local paper The Oakland Press, which I wish I had cut out and saved: there was an article announcing a visit by Santa Claus to a local business, and placed next to it was a photo of Ayatollah Khomeini. Cruel perhaps, but still humorous in a dark sort of way.

  2. #2 Michael
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Newspaper bloopers are hilarious. I normally don’t watch late night television, but I do enjoy Jay Leno’s segment each week on “Headlines”.

  3. #3 Sharon
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Little known fact is that urine has been used medically for centuries, and that it is more sterile than many other liquids. Never tried it myself, but there’s an interesting book that has a whole chapter on it. Now if only I could remember the title!

  4. #4 Rob
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    @Tony – Thanks for the explanation and examples of “tombstoning.” You mentioned its being “humorous in a dark sort of way” so I guess the name tombstoning may be appropriate.

    @Michael – Glad you enjoyed them. I’ve heard Leno do that several times in my life since I rarely stay up late enough to catch shows like that.

    @Sharon – Don’t try too hard to remember the title of that book … I’m not sure I’d race out to locate it. 🙂

  5. #5 Jenny
    on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the great laughs!!! 🙂

  6. #6 Rob
    on Jan 28th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    @Jenny – Glad you enjoyed the post.