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Topic: SCUTTLEBUTT (rumor or gossip)( 10/03/19)
| TITLE: You Can’t Make It Up |
By Corinne Smelker
| ~ 6th Place |
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Spanish man builds 60-foot spaceship to visit planet from his novels.
Lottery winner arrested after dumping $200,000 of manure on ex-boss’s lawn.
Runaway pig lured home by deputy's Doritos.
Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood.
Two elderly men sneak out of nursing home to attend heavy metal festival.
Can you guess the fake headline? Don’t worry, the answer is at the bottom!
We love a great story, don’t we? And if it has lurid detail, all the better. From the time humans sat around fires and the official storyteller recounted the great exploits of the hunt, to today where anyone can tweet an outrageous, albeit entertaining headline, we’ve been captive to a great story.
The stories have not changed, but the scope of the audience has. From fireplace to Firefox, from rock paintings to Reddit, our delight in hearing the gory particulars remains unchanged. Even better when it happens, or not, to someone we know, or think we know. Remember the week that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were both going to renew their marriage vows AND get divorced? How many times has Duchess Katherine been pregnant? With twins? And Elvis is still alive and well in Idaho, or Hawaii, New Zealand…
For better or worse, the world has become our water cooler; no more the local gossip, now we deal with international intrigue and conspiracy.
Turns out, we CAN make it up!
P.S. The Lottery winner headline is fake.
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