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Ed Henninger

Laugher headlines

This month, we’re taking a break from design thinking, design approaches, design instruction, design evaluation, design criticism … well, you get the idea.
Instead, we’re gonna take a look at what I call “laugher headlines.” Having written at least a few of them during my time on a copy desk years ago, I can understand how they happen. Some appear to have been written this way on purpose, with someone’s tongue placed firmly in cheek. That doesn’t make them any less funny.

Take a look:

Police begin campaign / to run down jaywalkers

Safety experts say school bus / passengers should be belted

Drunk gets nine months in violin case

Survivor of Siamese twins joins parents

Farmer bill dies in House

Iraqi head seeks arms

Stud tires out

Prostitutes appeal to Pope

Panda mating fails; veterinarian takes over

Soviet virgin lands / short of goal again

Eye drops off shelf

Teacher strikes idle kids

Reagan wins on budget, / but more lies ahead

Squad helps dog bite victim

Shot off woman's leg / helps Nicklaus to 66

Enraged cow injures farmer with ax

Plane too close to ground, crash probe told

Miners refuse to work after death

Juvenile court to try shooting defendant

Stolen painting found by tree

Two Soviet ships collide, one dies

2 sisters reunited after / 18 years in checkout counter

Killer sentenced to die for / second time in 10 years

Never withhold herpes infection from loved one

Drunken drivers paid $1000 in ’84

War dims hope for peace

If strike isn't settled quickly, / it may last a while

Cold wave linked to temperatures

Enfiels couple slain; / Police suspect homicide

March planned for next August

Blind bishop appointed to See

Lingerie shipment hijacked -- thief gives police the slip

L.A. voters approve urban renewal by landslide

Patient at death's door -- doctors pull him through

Latin course to be canceled -- no interest among students, et al.

Diaper market bottoms out

Croupiers on strike -- management: "No big deal”

Stadium air conditioning fails -- fans protest

Queen Mary having bottom scraped

Something went wrong / in jet crash, expert says

Henshaw offers rare opportunity to goose hunters

Women's movement called more broad-based

Antique stripper to display wares at store

Fund set up for beating victim's kin

Cancer Society honors Marlboro man

Nicaragua sets goal to wipe out literacy

Autos killing 110 a day -- let's resolve to do better

20-year friendship ends at altar

Half of U.S. high schools require some study for graduation

Blind woman gets new kidney from dad she hasn't seen in years

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IF THIS COLUMN has been helpful, you might be interested in Ed’s books: “Henninger on Design” and “101 Henninger Helpful Hints.” With the help of Ed’s books, you’ll immediately have a better idea how to design for your readers. Find out more about “Henninger on Design” and “101 Henninger Helpful Hints” by visiting Ed’s website: www.henningerconsulting.com.

ED HENNINGER is an independent newspaper consultant and director of Henninger Consulting. On the web: www.henningerconsulting.com. Phone: (803) 327-3322.

POSTED 8/25/16


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