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Funny lede to a story

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Rusty Shackleford, May 21, 2010.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I thought this was funny and wanted to share. And yes, I am Marilyn Lewis since I know you're gonna ask.

    By Marilyn Lewis
    MSN Money
    Question: What do newspaper editors and car thieves have in common?

    Answer: dead-end careers.

    Car thefts across the U.S. are dropping fast. And not just by a little. Most (83%) of the country's 366 urban areas reported fewer thefts in 2009 than the year before, continuing a trend that began in 1991.

  2. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    From a throw-away story about a 1995 varsity-alumni basketball game at a high school back in NJ, names changed to protect the innocent:

    John Smith can't go right, can't go left and has trouble making foul shots and layups.
    How the heck did he ever score 1,000 points for Central High in 1963?
  3. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    So a lede is making an inside joke and is in the form of a question?

    I had a few college professors and a few editors that might have frowned at that one.

    I did always want to write a lede that read...

    Bumble High School quarter back Billy Smith, who sucks, has a tough decision about where he will play college football this fall.
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