Headlines Gone Awry

As a writer, I particularly enjoy the ambiguity of the English language. Many jokes, including puns, rely on our ability to understand words more than one way. Newspaper headlines which require minimum words are notoriously susceptible to being interpreted in two different ways. Below are examples I collected many years ago. They still make me laugh.

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Say

Police Begin Program to Run Down Jay-Walkers

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

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

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