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Fake news article headline generator

May 29, 2011

How many times has this happened to you?

At a news site or “Answer” page, a headline grabs your attention. It sounds so tantalizing, so appealing, so need-to-know and quirky.

Click — and there it is. Lame, a badly done mash-up or rewrite, loaded with references to brand names, misspelled words, unattributed pseudo-quotes and slanted opinion. Nothing of what the headline teased.

Fake news articles are posted, sold, resold, rewritten and re-seeded with key words to the point of lunacy, repeatedly flung onto the Internet to lure money-making hits. It’s sort of like human trafficking, but with words instead of hookers.

Because I’m all about fairness, here’s a little cheat-sheet. These sneaky headline words get rotated often, so check back now and then to generate all-new fake headlines at a glance.

Simply combine the words in each column to generate an audience-grabbing headline.

Descriptor
Inspiring
Costly
Miraculous
Insider
Stunning
Five
Weird
Seductive
Seven
Hottest
Dumb
Biggest
Expert
Unbelievable
Recent
Dramatic
Greatest
Mean
Scary
Best
Racist
Top
Heroic
Hidden
Shocking
Ten
Most
Secret
Unique
Ivy-League
Ugly
Popular
Least
Extreme
Oddest
Strange
Small
Deadly
Green
Bizarre
Worst
Touching
New
Three
Catchy

Modifier
Out-of-this-world
Jaw-dropping
Viral
Essential
Must-see
Cool
Shameful
Affordable
Timely
Freaky
Wacky
Terrifying
Top-shelf
Mysterious
Moving
In-demand
Patriotic
Psychic
Traditional
Unbelievable
True
Must-know
Sensational
Healing
Must-have
Tragic
Free
Cheap
Latest
Incredible
Painless
Weird
Important
Easy
Socialist
Seductive
Outrageous
Wild
Misunderstood
Defying
Successful
Painful
Five-minute
New
Horrifying
Historic
Proven
Hot
Inspiring
Long-lasting
Amazing
Hidden
Fantastic
Subject
Leaders
Muslims
Downloads
Islands
Risks
Homes
Revelations
Charts
Pets
Beliefs
Plans
Successes
Schools
Threats
Foods
Tricks
Cities
Facts
Nutrition
Gifts
Strategies
Myths
Dates
Teams
Habits
Relationships
Churches
Breakthroughs
Recipes
Pipelines
Deals
Science
Bargains
Studies
Banks
Ways
Fails
Rappers
Secrets
Religions
Plans
Diets
Downloads
Rules
Celebrities
Indicators
Theories
Programs
Lies
Must-haves
Predictions
Styles
Mysteries
Clues
Moms
Kids
Planets
Degrees
Conjunction
Experts use for
That increase
Smothering your
That bring
Proven to help
That indicate
Coming to
To improve
That shrink your
Controlling your
Holding back
That cause
Killing your
To blame for
Producing
To avoid
Signaling
Marriages need for
Kids need for
To stop
Promising
Claiming
About
That point to
Weakening our
To reverse
For
Hidden in
That guarantee
Experts use for
Associated with
Essential to
You need for
Related to
To reduce
For
That could mean
That curse
Promoting
That could spell
That want your
That mean
Offering
Robbing you of
That show
To prevent
Predicting
From
Linked to
Essential to
That may cure
SEO noun:
Your brain
Israel
Health
The Illuminati
Careers
Videos
Excess weight
Savings
Tips
Scandal
Gifts
Heros
Detox
Rome
Workouts
Debt
Washington
Aliens
Family
Cleansing
Prayer
Luck
Demons
Hollywood
Vacations
Addiction
Terrorism
Jobs
Dating
Angels
Wall Street
Values
Coffee
Fashion
Seawater
Porn
Immigration
Church
Mortgages
Discoveries
Creation
NFL
School
Pizza
The red carpet
Mistakes
Kids
Retirement
Guilt
Wealth
Fertility
Asteroids
Homes
Fast food
Success
Evolution
Belly Fat
Investments
Gun Control
Motherhood
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