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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 12:57 pm 
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I've had a couple of complaints that the old topic was pruned, so I'm starting its replacement here.

This first one should be perfectly comprehensible to the Brits, but it had me genuinely puzzled for a bit:

Woman's boobs weigh nearly 4st


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I should've known.

I create a thread for confusing headlines in Ephemera, people post confusing headlines to it.
I create a thread for confusing headlines in NotA, it turns into an unedifying discussions of Americans' perception of the word "stone".


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Discussing units of measurement is perfectly reasonable . This thread is for discussing confusing headlines! :)


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On to an actual garden-path headline: . Seriously, all I had to do was visit Google News with the intention of finding a garden-path headline so as to add something topical to this thread, and there it was, right in front of me.

Not that it's necessarily a very confusing headline, but it is most certainly a garden path: only when you get to warrant do you discover that the intended structure can't have been "ICC requests [that] Gaddafi arrest [someone]".


Another fun one that appears to have been corrected in the interval while I wrote this post:
. This certainly gives the impression of the Queen sticking out her foot in front of poor historic Ireland as it walks by...


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The old thread died because it was boring, so now it's being reposted in NotA just so it'll linger for months?


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So there's a genetic or infant disease called "staffer" now?



So is the debate between O'Reilly and Stewart a common controversy, or is the thing they were debating a common controversy?

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Language Log has an : "Sack rape row Clarke - Miliband".

And it's not a headline, but I caused a parsing problem for my friend Lee when buying a copy of his for a friend. I told him to inscribe it to "Ken, who like the river never sleeps" and because I didn't pause sufficiently after "who", he could make neither head nor tails of it even after three repeats.


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I found article via cracked.com: "Science fingers natural bullies"

Oh dear. That was too much information about the intimate relations between science and natural bullies!


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Bin Laden raid was humiliating to Pakistanis, Gates, Mullen say

though the actual article uses an "and"


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