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Newspaper Nonsense

Despite the best efforts of diligent armies of proofreaders, plenty of slip-ups and mistakes find their way into print. Some of these goofs turn out to be quite amusing, and a few have achieved legendary status. Newspapers and magazines are also notorious for slipping up and running apocryphal stories from time to time. And then there are the fictitious items that supposedly ran in the news but really didn't. Which ones are real, and which ones are imposters? Who knows? Here we're not concerned with such trifling details.

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        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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White bullet A collection of typographical errors.

Red bullet How to defend yourself if you're attacked by an anaconda.

Red bullet Calamity strikes at pianist Myron Kropp's recital in Bangkok.

White bullet "Actual" headlines from 1997 newspapers.

Green bullet Australian programmers added armed kangaroos to a military defense simulation program.

White bullet The 'SBF' in a personals ad turns out to be a female labrador retriever.

Red bulletATM embedded in rancher's tombstone doles out weekly stipends to heirs.

Red bullet Trombonist triggers catastrophe by placing a firecracker in the bell of his instrument.

White bullet Article bemoans the plight of childless couples.

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