An all-time great news lede

In newspaper lingo, the first paragraph of a news article is the “lede.”  It is supposed to stimulate the reader’s interest while telling the essential facts.  It is spelled “lede” rather than “lead,” because a lead (pronounced “led”) was a thin strip of metal used for spacing between lines of type metal.  I’m not sure how to even explain this in an era where printers no longer use actual type.

This lede from Reuters is one of the greatest of all time.

A German student created a major traffic jam in Bavaria after making a rude gesture at a group of Hells Angels motorcycle gang members, hurling a puppy at them and then escaping on a stolen bulldozer

Click on this for the full news item.  It concludes by noting that “the puppy was now in safe hands.”

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