Saturday, June 22, 2013

Incredibly Stupid Headline Alert

On today I found this gem of a headline:
3-year-old dead after drowning in hot tub

Yeah, most people are indeed dead after drowning.  In fact, I've never heard of anyone who drowned and lived through it.  Yes, a few lucky souls technically die and then are revived, but drowning is fatal. Otherwise it's called "near-drowning."
A better headline for this unfortunate incident?  How about "Three-Year-Old Drowns In Hot Tub"?  Not that anyone's pleased a child drowned, mind you, but at least the headline itself would befit a tragedy and not a comedy.


  1. At least the Salt Lake Tribune did better:
    "Child drowns in hot tub at wedding reception"