A writing experiment. Take some of these headlines and write them in a quick scene or situation where they are totally logical based on how they are written. example: A colony where the natives are trees that walk around slowly and have some intelligence. A painting is stolen, and one of the trees, a native, finds the painting.... Just giving you a thought for ideas for writing, to get you out of your normal mindeset.
Headlines: * Arson Suspect Held In Massachusetts Fire * British Union Finds Dwarfs In Short Supply * Lansing Residents Can Drop Off Trees * Local High School Dropouts Cut In Half * New Vaccine May Contain Rabies * Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing * Air Head Fired, Steals Clock, Faces Time * Old School Pillars Replaced By Alumni * Prosecutor Releases Probe Into Undersheriff * Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says * Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers * Include Your Children when Baking Cookies * Miners Refuse to Work after Death * Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant * Stolen Painting Found by Tree * If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
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Newspaper headlines tend to create double meanings when space consciousness truncates complete sentences, absents articles and particles, and uses passive voice, sometimes minus subject doer. Most of the above examples are double entendres, purposeful double meanings that arouse curiosity and humor. They also tend to be interjection phrases, rather than prose's narrative titles' noun and noun phrases. Inculsion of a predicate verb makes newspaper headlines interjection phrases.
President Slips Mickey at Disney Park Terrorist Blows Opposition Stronghold Killer Sentence Imposed by Judge Fait Town Upset By Dog Death Husband Tied and Beaten by Jumper Hollister