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Posted by rstegman (Member # 3233) on :
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.

* 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
Posted by Grumpy old guy (Member # 9922) on :
Oh, my! I had a really good laugh reading those.

Posted by Reziac (Member # 9345) on :
Here are some genuine police reports you may wish to cannibalize...
Posted by extrinsic (Member # 8019) on :
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

[ June 23, 2014, 08:11 PM: Message edited by: extrinsic ]
Posted by Robert Nowall (Member # 2764) on :
There are whole books full of these things. Jay Leno used to have a series of them. Found humor.

Farmer Bill Dies in House
Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim
Officer Wise to Retire From Force

I'll haul out a few more examples, maybe, soon as I find my books.

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