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#1 Farming guy

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:13 AM

A headline on the front of the Sports section of the local newspaper read "Record Falls in Cross Country Meet"

 

My first thought was "Was it a slippery course?"

 

My second thought was "Some poor person named Record  fell"

 

An then I realized that someone ran the course in record breaking time.

 

English is such a fun language!


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:49 AM

A headline on the front of the Sports section of the local newspaper read "Record Falls in Cross Country Meet"

 

My first thought was "Was it a slippery course?"

 

My second thought was "Some poor person named Record  fell"

 

An then I realized that someone ran the course in record breaking time.

 

English is such a fun language!

My all-time favourite headline was the following: "Olympic Swim Squad Vice Ring Drug Probe Summonses". 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:45 AM

My all-time favourite headline was the following: "Olympic Swim Squad Vice Ring Drug Probe Summonses". 

 

That is better than my favourite "Bank Rate Rise Leak Probe Row". Of course, the Grauniad newspaper is supreme in original headlines, like the time when the (West) German government was promoting cycling for health reasons, and the headline was something like "Bonn Boosts Bicycle Boom in Bid to Beat Battle of Bulge". 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:46 AM

That is better than my favourite "Bank Rate Rise Leak Probe Row". Of course, the Grauniad newspaper is supreme in original headlines, like the time when the (West) German government was promoting cycling for health reasons, and the headline was something like "Bonn Boosts Bicycle Boom in Bid to Beat Battle of Bulge". 

And then there was that story, which sadly seems only apocryphal, of the competition to get the most dull-sounding headline past the sub-editors of the Times, which Claude Cockburn supposedly won with: "Small Earthquake in Chile - Not Many Dead". 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 02:18 PM

There is an article in the Grauniad as we speak with the headline: (how old are you to qualify as antique?)

 

Antique gun dealer supplied weapons and bullets used by gangsters

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:25 PM

Typos are fun too. From just this week:

 

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If typos are God's way of keeping a writer humble, plot holes certainly keeps one on their knees, :phones:

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 01:26 PM

And then there is the auto-fill feature on cell phones.  Always read your texts before sending.  Once I  texted to my wife that I still had about an hour of choreography left to do.  (And she thought I was busy doing chores!)

 

And the talk to text feature is so bad I don't even bother with it anymore.  A text went out once that there were 4 peppers to breed.  ( It was supposed to be heifers.)