Fantastic headlines: nos 2, 3 and 4

This occasional series is intended to collect fantastic headlines from wherever they come. I’ll mainly be concentrating on contemporary headlines, but for the second post in the series I thought I’d post a few of my favourites from the past year.

Many things can make a headline fantastic. The previous one had a wonderful juxtaposition – who expects to see George Galloway and Dusty Springfield in the same sentence? It’s similar with this headline from the Mail last year:

“Former French President Chirac hospitalised after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle”

It’s the addition that the poodle is “clinically depressed” that always tickles me.

Next is this one, which does not have great wordplay but I am sure you can appreciate its majesty:

Courtesy of Fleet Street Blues.

One my housemates said, “why doesn’t Ed Balls change his name to Ed Ball? Ed Ball sounds fine. Ed Balls……no!” It can lead to some cracking headlines, like this gem from Left Foot Forward:

“Abbott supports AV but blasts Balls”.

Apologies to those of you who are now experiencing disturbing mental images as a result of that headline.

If you have any examples of Fantastic Headlines, past and present, please let me know. In the comments, twitter, e-mail, whatever. I don’t mind which.

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