News of the world

From the ABC News website:

‘Ecstatic’ Britney Spears Has Baby Boy

That’s the main headline, or “hed,” as we j-bots say. Here’s the subhed:

Pop Star Britney Spears ‘Ecstatic’ Over the Birth of Her First Child, a Baby Boy

Gotta love it, eh? The subhed repeats the main, and manages to get in my favorite stupid redundancy — that it was a “baby” boy. As opposed to those common cases where women go into labor and produce a toddler or, rarely, a full-size adolescent.

My hed: Pop star Spears, future trailer-park resident reproduce: ‘It’s a boy’ is the call in the delivery room as lawyers stand by for formal-separation squeeze play.

Eh. Maybe a little wordy.

Posted at 5:23 pm in Uncategorized |

4 responses to “News of the world”

  1. brian stouder said on September 15, 2005 at 5:31 pm

    further subhead –

    “Proud father proclaims ‘It takes a man to make a man’, with his hands in his pockets searching for their prey”

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  2. alex said on September 15, 2005 at 7:42 pm

    Atrocious editing that befits the subject matter, if you ask me.

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  3. deb said on September 16, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    how about “pop tart pops one out.”

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  4. brian stouder said on September 16, 2005 at 5:14 pm

    “how about “pop tart pops one out.”


    Sound like a British tabloid. The effect would complete with either a really unflattering pic of the Brit-meister, or else an ‘accidently on purpose’ picture of a baboon cleaning her teeth at the zoo (or some such)

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