“Surfrider fight to remove narly butts”
Did you ever read a newspaper article headline, scratch your head, read the headline again to see if you read it correctly the first time, say to yourself “what the hell,” and then feel compelled to read the article to find out what it could possibly be about?
That exact situation happened to me this week when I read the headline pictured above in my local neighborhood monthly newspaper.
At first I thought the article may have been about some surfer dude at a local nude beach who was upset about people who were exposing their fat, ugly, bare asses.
But I was wrong. It turns out that “Surfrider” is not some surfer dude’s nickname. And “narly butts” are not what you think they are — or at least not what I thought the headline was referring to.
No, actually “Surfrider” is the name of a non-profit foundation. And “narly butts” are cigarette butts strewn all over the sidewalks. Who knew?
It turns that the Surfrider Foundation is fighting to keep cigarette butts off our community’s streets by asking local merchants to install cigarette disposal boxes outside of their places of business. That’s quite a noble undertaking, don’t you think?
And so I offer my congratulations to the person who wrote that article’s headline. He or she enticed me to read the article beneath the headline. That said, I was kind of hoping that it would have been about some angry surfer dude fighting a horde of bare-assed beach goers.
This post is for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.