Fun With Headlines

I got very excited last Friday, when I turned to the Indiana section of the Courier-Journal and saw:

Fix for ‘stupid’ ID law advances

I was like, “It’s about time! Do they have to show it to you if you ask for it, or do they have to wear it clipped to their shirts, or what? This is going to save everybody so much time and aggravation!”

Imagine my disappointment when I read the article and found it was about revising a bill requiring everyone buying alcohol to show ID, no matter how old he or she obviously is, and calling the bill as it stands stupid.


In the first place, it’s been a long time since I was carded, and I rather enjoy it. In the second place, I was really looking forward to the convenience of stupid IDs.

~It’s Tuesday, and I’m posting at Fatal Foodies with an illustration of how I use food history books to inform my writing, an expansion of my post here yesterday.

WRITING PROMPT: Pick a headline and think of more than one way it could be interpreted.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Fun With Headlines

  1. Bodie P

    February 8, 2011 at 12:33pm

    So do we who do not require a “stupid” ID get to assign it to others of our acquaintance? Perhaps we should start a national database of stupid people? Think how helpful that would be to the rest of us.

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      Marian Allen

      February 8, 2011 at 1:34pm

      Maybe there could be a big database of everybody in the world, and we could all wear ‘stupid’ IDs, with letters or icons to indicate who thinks we’re stupid. So if one met somebody else considered stupid by the same people who think one, oneself, is stupid, one knows that one would consider the somebody one has met is smart. The idiot of my idiot is my friend.

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  2. Sarah G

    February 9, 2011 at 11:33am

    I prefer Bill Engvall’s ‘Sign’ notion. That way, you don’t need to ask for an ID if the stupidity is not immediately apparent.

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      Marian Allen

      February 9, 2011 at 3:07pm

      Our #1 daughter once, amidst the agony of dating, said she wished boys had to wear tattoos on their foreheads identifying their personality dysfunction, just so you’d know upfront.

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