‘UNC Gets Head From Duke’ Is a Very Misleading Headline

Photo via dailytarheel.com

It’s Valentine’s Day. A lot of people are in an amorous mood today. Even groups of people who despise each other with the fury of hundreds of thousands of suns (or a few dozen Grumpy Cats, at least) can set aside their differences a make a little love today, right?

That’s certainly what the headline below indicates.

“UNC Gets Head From Duke,” it says. It appeared in The Daily Tar Heel, the University of North Carolina’s student newspaper, yesterday.

Sadly (or perhaps thankfully), the headline has nothing to do with oral sex. It’s a story about how students from UNC stole the head of Duke’s famous Blue Devil mascot and had some fun with it in the few hours before it was confiscated by the Department of Public Safety and returned to representatives from Duke. The two universities, of course, have perhaps the fiercest rivalry in all of college sports — stemming from the fact that their men’s basketball teams frequently battle atop the national rankings.

Like the authors of all cheeky college newspaper headlines, the editors over at The Daily Tar Heel knew exactly what they were doing when they conveniently left out the word “mascot” from their headline.

“All the credit goes to Melvin Backman, one of our senior writers, and Sarah Glen, who leads our enterprise,” editor Andy Thomason told Jim Romenesko. “And while I was in class when the headline was conceived, I’m certain the decision not to use the word ‘mascot’ had to do with ruining the pun. I think the headline still works since Twitter had been blowing up for an hour at this point about the mascot head, and we had a photo of the head with the blog.”

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