Entrepreneur and longtime entertainment executive Neil McGinness bought the deadpan supermarket tabloid Weekly World News from American Media, according to the Times, 14 months after the last issue was printed amid anemic circulation. McGinness has "revived" the website, which AMI had promised to keep open (as publishers tend to do), and might even bring back the print edition. The idea is that online advertising, licensing and movie deals can succeed where the prior incarnation failed. Plus, it's something of a golden age of satire, what with the Onion and Daily Show and so forth. The new site already has old staples Bat Boy and Ed Anger, but the headlines aren't quite up to snuff yet. Perhaps the site's distinguished editors can take some inspiration from this list of headlines from the past (add your own in the comments!):
Bigfoot Kept Lumberjack as Love Slave [via Times]
Hillary Clinton Adopts Alien Baby
Dick Cheney Is a Robot
Garden of Eden Found: Original Apple Recovered! [via Times]
Grossed-out Surgeon Throws Up Inside Patient
Bat Child Found In Cave! [via Gawker]
DEAD ROCK STARS RETURN ON GHOST PLANE! [via Washington Post]
BLIND MAN REGAINS SIGHT AND DUMPS UGLY WIFE!
12 U.S. SENATORS ARE SPACE ALIENS!
FLORIDA MAN SCREAMS FROM THE GRAVE, MY BRAIN IS MISSING!
ELVIS TOMB IS EMPTY
HEAVEN PHOTOGRAPHED BY HUBBLE TELESCOPE
SPACE ALIENS ATE MY LAUNDRY
PLANE MISSING SINCE 1939 LANDS WITH SKELETON AT THE CONTROLS
TIME TRAVELER BUSTED FOR INSIDER TRADING [via Planet Of Strange Things]
Hitler Arrested in Panama on His Way to Help Saddam Hussein [via Mindreader.com]
HOUSECAT TURNS TIGER AND BATTERS HAPLESS GRANNY [via commenter zibby]
MAN BEATEN TO DEATH WITH SAUSAGE
FAMED PSYCHIC'S HEAD EXPLODES! [via commenter KarenUhOh]
[via WWN online store]
(Unsourced are ibid.)