Ian Betteridge has proposed a law, humbly named Betteridge’s Law: “Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’.”
Let’s test that with news headlines ripped hot off the press just now:
BTN Live: How Many Teams Should Make the Playoffs?
CNET: How Much Would Jabba the Hutt’s [...]
My favorite line from the story, came from the “hero” who had to grapple with a fake bomb: “Anybody who doesn’t stare me in the face, I get a little nervous with.” [...]
CNN International: “Sanford spending holiday weekend with family in Florida”
The poor dear. If he weren’t such a policy hypocrite on marriage, I’d give him a break.
CNN Headline: Stronger, faster iPhone 3GS will hit stores June 19
Be prepared: candles, extra water, an an emergency radio and two days’ supply of food are advisable if you live in close proximity to your community’s Apple Store. Experts advise cracking a window open to allow for equalization of air pressure as the [...]
Threats against judges mushroom, marshals say
A little misapostrophization makes the world a more enjoyable place.
Go. Find a headline to willfully misinterpret. Bring it back.
It’s bad enough that business journalists follow the Dow Jones Industrials Average as if it is a general economic indicator. If they’re going to make that mistake, the least they could do would be to stop pretending that they know why the price of the stocks in that index are really going up or down at any particular time. [...]
It’s not because I’m making any money off of it. I won’t see a cent. A CNN representative asked me if I’d feature it on our website, and I agreed for one reason… because all shirts on which this design is sold are made by American Apparel, so you know that the shirts are [...]