From the old St. Louis Sun, referencing a man’s awkward attempt to seduce a woman in a bar.
I think one of the best ever is the SF Examiner’s headline from 9/11 (OK, 9/12):
The Smokin Joe’s boat beat the Budweiser boat in a hydroplane race. Our front page headline the next day…
Joe Smokes Bud
Two old favourites from WWII:
**Eighth Army Push Bottles Up Germans
MacArthur Flies Back to Front**
One of the true marks of brilliance where it comes to headlines is brevity: the ability of the subeditors to sum up the entire story in the minimum number of words.
Which is why I love this one so much - there is really no way to sum up the story other than:
so … it is not a case of live nude girls?
Ike Beats Tina To Death
The Sun has the best ones:
Super Cally go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious
Freddy Starr ate my hamster
How do you solve a problem like Korea?
Stick it up you Junta
Wham Bam! Sam Cam to be mam (she’ll need a new pram)