We’ve been trawling the tabloids for Fantastic Headlines these past few weeks. And let’s face it, it’s easily done. It’s more difficult to find Fantastic Headlines in more cerebral publications because they are less likely to cover silly stories, of the sort that lend themselves to Fantastic Headlines.
Which is why this headline, from the New York Review of Books, no less, caught my eye:
Hitler vs. Stalin: Who was Worse?
To be honest, I wasn’t aware that it was a competition. It also appealed to my
sick impish odd sense of humour that it was styled as an “Alien vs. Predator” style competition too. The article itself is worth a read, even if it is understandably depressing.
The second article is on a similar subject:
The Trouble with Dictators
Again, this is Fantastic because it seems to state the obvious. Dictators are, to put it midly, rather bad. It’s like a headline saying that APPLES ARE FRUIT or PIERS MORGAN IS ACTUALLY A BIT OF AN ARSE. In other words, it’s another example of the banality of Fantasticness.
I found the last Fantastic Headline whilst doing my day job. I am a support worker for students with a disability, assisting them with their studies at university if and when they need it. Whilst helping Chris look through some archives of the Birmingham Post, to help with his dissertation, I found this beauty of a headline:
Claim by an electric hare inventor
This was a story from the Birmingham Post on Friday October 25, 1929. It does actually seem like someone invented an electric hare that, according to the article, was ‘capable of jumping over hurdles, wagging its tail and squealing’.
I didn’t take down all the details – because Chris was there to research the impact of the British Empire on Birmingham, not to find Fantastic Headlines (alas). But it seems the case was about a breach of contract between the inventor of this hare and one of his clients.
If anyone else finds some more Fantastic Headlines, please let me know through the usual channels. And they don’t have to be from the 1920s, either.