The Funny Side of Newspapers

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The Funny Side of Newspapers
As a newspaper collector, I have come across lots of newspapers with funny headlines or content. Here are a few of my favorites:
In a 1768 American newspaper, the back page had a small ad offering a reward. In that era the were many indentured servants that ran away from their “owners.” (An indentured servant was a person that willingly agreed to work for a craftsman with only room and board for payment. It was this method that they could learn a trade to support themselves after the contract expired.) I started reading the ad and it related that a man’s wife had run off with a salesman. The ad went on to give a description of his wife and of the salesman; weight, height, color of hair, etc. Then at the bottom it offered the following reward: “5 pence reward for information leading to her whereabouts, or a 5 pound reward if you keep her.” (Remember, we were still on British currency then.)
Another favorite of mine appeared on the front page of a rural newspaper from the late 1960s. The top half of the front page was a headline “40 Chickens Stolen From Local Farmer” as well an article giving details. What made this front page funny was what was on the lower half of the page. The headline was: “Scout Troop to Host Chicken Dinner.”
Sometimes I have to wonder if the editor chose the correct words for their headlines:
Grandmother of eight makes hole in one
Deaf mute gets new hearing in killing
Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers
House passes gas tax onto senate
Stiff opposition expected to casketless funeral plan
Two convicts evade noose, jury hung
William Kelly was fed secretary
Milk drinkers are turning to powder
Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted
Iraqi head seeks arms
Queen Mary having bottom scraped
NJ judge to rule on nude beach
Squad helps dog bite victim
Dealers will hear car talk at noon
Enraged cow injures farmer with ax
Lawmen from Mexico barbecue guests
Miners refuse to work after death
Two Soviet ships collide – one dies
Two sisters reunite after eighteen years at checkout counter
Nicaragua sets goal to wipe out literacy
Drunk drivers paid $1,000 in 1984
Autos killing 110 a day, let’s resolve to do better
If strike isn’t settled quickly it may last a while
War dims hope for peace
Smokers are productive, but death cuts efficiency
Cold wave linked to temperatures
Child’s death ruins couple’s holiday
Man is fatally slain
Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say
Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation

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