Top 20 Absolutely Ridiculous News Headlines of 2015

When it comes to running a news outlet, one of the first things you need to learn is what makes a good headline. It needs to not only describe the story to the reader, but it needs to be engaging enough to catch their attention. This becomes even more paramount with social media continuing to keep our attention divided.

The best headlines are often the ones that make you go ‘huh?’ Whether they are funny, offbeat or just random, the best headlines truly are the most unbelievable. After all, no matter how intense your sewing contest gets, it won’t compare to the editor who got to write about the Meth lab that was found in a Wal-Mart (read more below!).

Some of the best headlines are also ones that are made at the misfortune of others. I may do rebellious things once in a blue moon, but dumb criminals will never fail to make me laugh. If you’re going to commit a crime, why not make sure you took all the necessary steps to avoid being caught? But you wouldn’t believe the way that some of these dumb criminals got caught up.

Last but not least, the best headlines need to contain something that is out of the ordinary. Sure, a story about marijuana gets attention, but what bout the town that burned 3.3 TONS of it?

All of these headlines and more came out in the year 2015, and as we get ready to welcome in a 2016 full of absurdity, it can be nice to reflect on the year that was.

Sit back, laugh, and enjoy the 20 headlines from 2015 that you truly need to read to believe.

20 Drunk Polish hammer thrower pays for taxi with gold medal after celebrating success at World Championships in Beijing


19 BBC Accidentally Tweets Queen's Death

Via Biography

We are not far into 2016, and we have already unfortunately lost many prominent members of beloved members of society such as Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmiester. On June 4th, 2015 the world got a bit of a scare as well when it was accidentally tweeted out that the Queen of England had died. The mistake was linked to BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja who “was taking part in a training exercise to teach staff about how to handle a royal death when a series of misleading tweets were accidentally sent out from her official Twitter account.

The messages began: "BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly," and later added, "Queen Elizabeth has died."

18 Duo Steals Jewelry From Art Gallery, Leaves Names, Number In Guestbook, Cops Say

Via Bigstock Images

Who doesn't love reading about stupid criminals? If you are going to break the law, you know that is a serious thing and you should think about all the potential steps and ramifications of your actions. There are several mistakes that Megan Ohara and David Ziskoski made. First off, Ohara stole a bracelet and ring that were valued at over $6,000. They didn’t get far because when they were confronted by police at the nearby Publix, Ohara had the items in her purse. Their second mistake?

“As officers arrived back to the gallery, the artist said he had noticed something in his gallery's guestbook. Someone had written multiple fake email entries into the guestbook, including ','" according to the arrest report.

Two of the fake emails included the name Meg and one included Ohara's phone number next to it. Also on the page was a drawing of male genitalia and a woman's face labeled as Meg.

….Give me a break. When asked about why they did it, Ohara stated “If I knew that they cost that much, I wouldn’t have taken it”

17 Man Starts Gas Station Blaze Trying To Kill Spider With Lighter

Via Bigstock Images

16 Mr.T Lands Home Improvement Show 'I Pity The Tool'

Via YouTube

15 Boyband  Member Collapses On Flight After Wearing All His Clothes To Avoid Extra Luggage Costs

Via Vanyaland

When it comes to going on flights, one thing that people need to be prepared to pay for is to store your bags. If you have too much stuff? Too bad, pay extra, or you’re going to lose it. Boyband ‘superstar’ (from the band Rewind) James McElvar was told he would need to pay a 45 pound charge because of his excess clothes. Instead of pay the charge, he attempted to wear all of the clothes (because that’s the smarter option!).

14 Florida Man Calls 911 To Brag About Muscles, Hits On Dispatcher

Via Bigstock Images

13 Parents Force 14-Year-Old To Live In Woods After Eating Pop Tart

Via Bigstock Images

12 LeBron James Wants Colleges To Stop Recruiting His 10 Year-Old-Son

Via SBNation

11 Woman Texted "Driving Drunk Woo," Just Before Fatal Crash

Via Bigstock Images

10 Texas Grandmother, 81, Smashes Beer Mile, Says She Could Have 'Run A Lot Faster' Drinking Scotch

Via Caleb Kerr

9 Radio DJ Plays Wham’s "Last Christmas" 24 Times In A Row After Barricading Himself In Studio

Via AudiophileParadise

8 Texas Man Accused Of Assaulting Girlfriend After She Wouldn't Smell His Armpit

Via Bigstock Images

7 No Liquid Allowed in Carry On, Woman Drinks Entire Bottle of Cognac at Beijing Airport Security

Via Bigstock Images

6 France Train Gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani ‘Dumbfounded’ At Terror Allegations, Claims He Found AK-47 ‘By Chance’ In A Park

Via Bigstock Images

5 Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Has Switched From Whisky To Vodka for Health Reasons

Via RollingStone

4 Nintendo Of America Hires Bowser as New VP of Sales


3 Man tries to 'time travel,' drives his car straight through the wall of a shopping center

Via YouTube

2 Meth Lab Found Inside Walmart Restroom in Indiana

Via Wikipedia

1 Police Burn 3.3 Ton Pile Of Cannabis And Get An Entire Town High

Via YouTube

Do you know that if you light marijuana on fire, it can get you high? I know, that’s an incredibly shocking thing, but for some reason, cops in Indonesia didn’t think far enough ahead when burning 3.3 TONS of it. Now sure, they had gas masks for themselves (duh) but didn’t realize that it was going to end up getting an entire neighborhood high as a kite. There were several reports of people going to the police complaining of a headache and feeling dizzy. There were no official reports on the impact that this event had on the town’s overall Dorito availability, but I imagine they became hard to come by.

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