Awesomely Inappropriate Newspaper Headlines

There are fewer things in life that are better than the accidental double entendre…especially when it is obviously overlooked. 

While I may be an advertising gal by day, I do have roots in the newspaper industry. Back in the day I had a brief stint at the Kansas City Star (long enough to know that’s not what I wanted to do with my life), but during my brief stay the newspaper had what is arguably the most embarrassing goof since its inception in 1880. 
In July 1999 the paper ran a section called “Family Fun” during National Clown Week. On the cover of this section, they featured “Pogo the Clown” a seemingly innocent gesture at first glance. However, most of the world knows “Pogo the Clown” by his name given at birth…
…John Wayne Gacy.
Obviously a goof. And to make the screw up even more epic, paired with the photo was the tagline: “It’s a rule. You MUST celebrate Clown Week.” Needless to say, calls and letters flooded in, the editor issued a formal apology, and I’m pretty sure someone lost their job over the whole debacle. 
But the truth of the matter is goofs of this nature are all too common. And while folks aren’t necessarily publishing photos of world-renowned serial killers on the front page, they are doing things (hopefully unintentionally) that clearly should be caught before heading to press.
But don’t take my word for it…see for yourself. Here’s a look at some awesomely inappropriate headlines…

Have you witnessed a tragically awesome and inappropriate newspaper goof? Leave a comment and let us know what it was! 


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  • Very funny! That molester one scares me a bit!

  • In reply to jtithof:

    Agreed, Jackie!! And on top of it, the "Student excited dad got head job" headline is from my college newspaper. I actually knew the girl at the time. :)

  • In reply to RunningJayhawk:

    OMG and was the title an accident, I wonder?

  • In reply to jtithof:

    A revelation =

  • In reply to jtithof:

    If we didn't get a funny headline out of the condom truck tipping over, something would have been seriously wrong with the world.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    I'm SURE some of these were intentional. There's just no way you could miss these!

    My fave: "Republicans turned off by size of Obama's package", probably written by some liberal.

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