Headline Faux Pas

Times when an editor was definitely needed:

Some are just slips of the tongue

    Grandmother of eight makes hole in one
    Deaf mute gets new hearing in killing
    Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers
    House passes gas tax onto senate
    Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted
    Quarter of a million Chinese live on water
    Farmer bill dies in house
    Iraqi head seeks arms

Grammar often botches other headlines

    Eye drops off shelf
    Squad helps dog bite victim
    Dealers will hear car talk at noon
    Enraged cow injures farmer with ax
    Lawmen from Mexico barbecue guests
    Miners refuse to work after death
    Two Soviet ships collide--one dies
    Two sisters reunite after eighteen years at checkout counter

Once in a while, a botched headline takes on a meaning
opposite from the one intended:

    Nicaragua sets goal to wipe out literacy
    Drunk drivers paid $1,000 in 1984
    Autos killing 110 a day, let's resolve to do better

Sometimes newspaper editors state the obvious

    If strike isn't settled quickly it may last a while
    War dims hope for peace
    Smokers are productive, but death cuts efficiency
    Cold wave linked to temperatures
    Child's death ruins couple's holiday
    Blind woman gets new kidney from dad she hasn't seen in years
    Man is fatally slain
    Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say
    Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation

Thanks to HelenMarie Pieszak for this contribution.

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