In an article, the headline is one of the most critical parts. This is the first thing that a reader would notice, and what you put into the headline will either make your article catchy or a failure.
A good headline shouldn’t be too long and too wordy. It should be concise yet intriguing. It should also entice the target audience by using words that spark curiosity.
However, to develop the best headline, people use words that are too complicated or have different meanings. This causes some articles to actually have funny headlines instead of interesting ones.
It happens even with the most popular media companies that we know. Here are 56 hilarious news headlines that are too funny to be true.
1. Don’t mess with ISIS
Honestly, what else could he expect when he joined ISIS? For people who routinely chop off people’s heads, taking sex slaves is like a walk in the park.
The meaning of this headline is so ambiguous it can be interpreted in many different ways. Most of our interpretations are pretty embarrassing so we’ll just keep them to ourselves.
3. An intruder in the forest
Now that’s quite a feat! Bears are creatures that are not easy to intimidate, but we guess the sight of a man dressed up in a bear costume was enough to bring a tear to their eye.
Sometimes you need to fight fire with fire. This was not a time to try something like that, however.
5. Bigger is better
Here’s a headline that will raise a few eyebrows. It was probably too late by the time the author figured out what he did.
6. A brand new tourist attraction
She must have felt really special when she found out that she’s included in the list of best Glasgow attractions! Next time when someone asks this woman what her profession is, she’ll probably say ‘I’m a tourist attraction’. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?
7. I Kid you not
It’s unfortunate when politics affects music in an adverse way. Kid Rock certainly has his disagreements with Eminem but he should keep politics out of it.
8. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, flies like a bug, then it’s probably a flying bug
Things aren’t always what they seem and that’s an undeniable fact of life. Well, sometimes things are exactly what they seem, though we’re not sure why this particular obvious thing ended up being a news headline.
9. Smoke and let others smoke
Not all churches have a same idea about what a holy sacrament is. Bob Marley would be proud of this particular church, as would most Rastafarians, we assume.
10. Hunger games
This is pretty messed up, we have to say, though also funny in a disturbing way. What we’re unsure about is why exactly this qualified as ‘breaking news’. The media these days will do pretty much everything to grab our attention.
11. Ur… what?
This kind of headline probably isn’t something new to you in case you regularly follow astrology news, but that doesn’t make it any less funny! We’re sure the author realized what he had done soon and blushed.
12. A billion dollar woman
Somehow, politicians tend to say things that come back to haunt them at a most inconvenient time. We may call it karma or law of attraction, depending on our philosophy, but it’s most definitively real, as Hillary herself found out the hard way!
13. A well-earned reward
Yeah, doing that to the leader of ISIS most definitively deserves a huge reward. Whatever some people may say, it’s a well-earned reward!
14. That’s one unfortunate headline
What would be your first guess if you opened newspapers and saw this headline? We’ll leave it to you to think about without saying anything else.
15. Come check your eyes, it’s free!
Seeing their favorite team underperform must be hard on any sports fan. This doctor came up with an idea of how to motivate his favorite team to do better next time. We wonder whether his method worked.
16. Say cheese!
Mugshots are no different from selfies, really. In fact, they get preserved for posterity so you better make sure you look you best in your mugshot, like this woman!
17. Born without consent
Giving birth to a child is a serious business and parents better make sure they have their fetus’ consent before the mother proceeds to give birth. Preferrably a written one to avoid legal issues later.
18. A visit to Uranus? Why not
Now it’s pretty clear that any title with the word ‘Uranus’ in it is bound to cause giggles and not just among kids. For some reason, guys reading this inevitably think it’s time to pay their urologist a visit.
19. It’s an emergency!
‘How do you mean you ran out of McNuggets! I’m calling 911.’ No, it’s not a joke, it actually made it into the news! Just goes on to prove that anything can become a headline these days.
20. Shake, shake, shake it
We think this headline is a bit redundant but that would be stating the obvious. There’s nothing wrong with stating the obvious, though. It doesn’t apply to headlines which, in our opinion, should be a bit more creative.
21. Something’s fishy here
Nobody really knows what exactly the intention behind this news headline was. Chances are, we probably won’t ever find out.
22. Acronyms are weird
For a moment, we had something entirely different on our mind while reading this headline. How can something so dangerous as an armed militant group have such a benign acronym?
23. ‘The Emoji Movie’
Wow. It’s hard to ascertain whether this headline is actually serious or not. Something’s telling us that it actually is serious and that’s what makes it even funnier.
24. An explosive combination
Next time you feel bold enough to combine Redd Bull and Vodka, be sure to stay away from people, especially people who get on your nerves. We didn’t need a study to know that it’s dangerous to combine Red Bull and Vodka but it’s nice to have science confirm it.
25. One step at a time
One Misippi, two Missippi’s, three Mississippi’s… it takes practice to achieve perfection. This also applies to proper spelling. It doesn’t happen overnight! Let’s keep our fingers crossed, they’ll get it right… eventually.
26. A greasy situation
There’s no such thing as a perfect crime but there may yet be such thing as a perfect weapon. Or not. Don’t try this at home!
27. Even Houdini couldn’t pull a better stunt!
It’s hard to say something to something like this. It’s just too good to be true. Or too crazy. Take your pick!
28. Mixtape is worth more than an ID card
Who needs an ID when you’re celebrity? We already know that celebrities play by their own rules so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
29. Black or white
Being a legal analysts usually means you should do your homework before you say something on a national television but that’s not always a given. Here’s what happens when you’re too lazy and don’t do your homework.
30. Sausages saved my dogs!
If you dog went missing and you’re despare to get him back home, now you know what to do! No dog will ever run away from home if their owners have some sausages at hand.
31. Not a nice way to go
Speaking about creativity… death is rarely creative. Quite the opposite, it’s often surprisingly dull, just like this headline.
Any fire is potentially life-threatening, even an imaginary one! The hero of the hour merely did his duty and saved the canine from a fiery doom. If only it were real, it would be awesome.
33. Middle name change
Macaulay Culkin indeed has a poetic ring to it. You just can’t stop repeating that melodic name. No wonder Macaulay wanted to be known as ‘Macaulay Macaulay’ instead of just Macaulay.
34. Caught red handed
Some urges are too strong to resist. This guy will be better off behind the bars. After all, there are no pool rafts in prison. At least the inscription on his T-shirt makes sense!
35. Happy hamburger
Pablo Escobar may be a dangerous drug lord but he does have a wicked sense of humor! We have to look at the positive side, don’t we?
36. It’s really big isn’t it?
He may feel cheated but we hope he sees the funny side of it. Everyone needs a magnifying glass at some point in life.
37. That’s not how you do it!
We have so many questions to ask but it’s best they remain unspoken – and unanswered. A tip for all the couples trying to have kids: make sure you do it the right way next time.
When your life is threatened, you use all means at your disposal, and in the lack of any weapons, you must reach for what nature has endowed you with. Now we know that guns aren’t the only effective means of self-defense!
39. Bad luck
Power is too big a temptation for some people. The next mayor should definitively be on his guard, for all we know, the office may be cursed!
40. Wild child at Walmart
This is what we’d call living life to the fullest. Next time you feel a bit rebellious at Walmart, remember that driving a motorized cart while eating chicken and drinking has consequences.