The Corner

Headline of The Month


One of the great old Fleet Street stories is the one told by Claud Cockburn,

about the competition among a roomful of bored subs to see who could come up

with the dullest headline. The winner was: SMALL EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE — NOT

MANY DEAD. I think this one trumps it. (Or perhaps not — I simply had to

read the story to find out what it was all about.)

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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