Three days ago I announced a contest in which readers were asked to make up two satirical Huffington Post headlines, with the prize being an autographed copy of Faith Versus Fact (or an audiobook) with a cat drawn on it. The deadline for the contest is tomorrow at 5 p.m. Chicago time, so this is a reminder to enter if you wish. The post gives a list of characteristic HuffPo features, which you may or may not wish to incorporate.
If there’s any flaw in many entries, it’s that they’re either too heavy-handed or too long. They should be in PuffHo style, and not so bizarre that you couldn’t conceive of them appearing on that ragsite.
Here, for example, are a couple of pretty good ones that have been entered:
Bad boy, bad girl! How you’re harming your dog by indoctrinating them into the gender binary.
Yale students demand that Economics professor rescind Final Exam; accuse him of Macro and Micro aggressions.
Ramadan is for Everyone: Genuis Ways How to Avoid Cultural Appropriation with Light Day-Eating
A selfie-stick and an iPhone: how men over 40 are doing their own colonoscopies
This one is deliciously sarcastic:
Fox Shows Bias in Hillary Coverage
Get the idea? Short, sweet, and right in line with PuffHo’s philosophy. Remember, two entries per person, please.
And, just to get your juices flowing, here’s a real one (click screenshot if you really want to read it):
Who, exactly, is “we”? The whole U.S.? I doubt it. No, what author and Associate Editor Minou Clark means is “We privileged college-educated white women who work for slave wages at PuffHo and, as compensation, pronounce on what everyone should think.”
Imagine if a real news outfit worked this way; it’s as if the New York Times had a piece with the title, “We’re over the moon about Hillary’s economic platform.”