Betteridge's Law of Headlines

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Betteridge's Law of Headlines

Postby richardfm » 16 Aug 2019, 7:18pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridg ... _headlines

I expect it can be applied to thread titles e.g Is Trump Mad?, Is electric the end of the bike as we know it? Brompton + electric motor = The ultimate bicycle? LeJog on the NCN | Leaving in September | Is there ANYTHING else that I should know? Lejog for wimps please- or am I on my own?

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby 661-Pete » 17 Aug 2019, 6:51pm

Is this a genuine Law?
Suppose that this room is a lift. The support breaks and down we go with ever-increasing velocity.
Let us pass the time by performing physical experiments...
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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby Mike Sales » 17 Aug 2019, 7:06pm

661-Pete wrote:Is this a genuine Law?


Yes, sure. Passed all its readings in the H of C and enacted last week. Like Murphy's, Parkinson's and Gresham's Laws.

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby 661-Pete » 17 Aug 2019, 8:06pm

Mike Sales wrote:
661-Pete wrote:Is this a genuine Law?


Yes, sure. Passed all its readings in the H of C and enacted last week. Like Murphy's, Parkinson's and Gresham's Laws.
Don't forget Godwin's. The grammar nazis are sure to bring that one up... :mrgreen:
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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines

Postby Freddie » 17 Aug 2019, 8:58pm

Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no".

In my defence, the Brompton title was somewhat sarcastic, whether it carried or not, I don't know.

That is my story and I'm sticking to it.

BTW, I like that someone used all caps for the word ANYTHING. I might do that for all instances of the word ANYTHING from now on...or I might not...

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby reohn2 » 17 Aug 2019, 9:06pm

661-Pete wrote:Is this a genuine Law?

No :)
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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby richardfm » 18 Aug 2019, 8:44am

reohn2 wrote:
661-Pete wrote:Is this a genuine Law?

No :)

Doesn't that show that the answer is 'yes'?

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby reohn2 » 18 Aug 2019, 8:53am

richardfm wrote:
reohn2 wrote:
661-Pete wrote:Is this a genuine Law?

No :)

Doesn't that show that the answer is 'yes'?

Well spotted or maybe not :wink:
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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby Mike Sales » 18 Aug 2019, 8:54am

richardfm wrote:
reohn2 wrote:
661-Pete wrote:Is this a genuine Law?

No :)

Doesn't that show that the answer is 'yes'?


No, not a headline.

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines?

Postby richardfm » 18 Aug 2019, 9:14am

Mike Sales wrote:
richardfm wrote:
reohn2 wrote:No :)

Doesn't that show that the answer is 'yes'?


No, not a headline.

That's lucky, if the answer was 'yes' we could have had some explaining to do.