I'm absolutely positive that the people who write the news make up comedy moments to keep themselves from getting terminally bored, but at times I wonder how the news-readers can keep a straight face.
Take these two gems from this morning's radio news on the ABC:
"Man assaulted with swordfish bone"And
"Car crashes into house on highway."
Now, at first glance that second headline doesn't sound all that funny. So a car leaves the road and crashes into a house? Fairly standard accident report.
The car crashed into the house on the highway. The house was on the back of a massive lorry being moved, which is a particularly Queensland thing to do with old houses. Imagine trying to explain that to your insurance company!
Now, a history in theatre and a few jobs connected to telephones has taught me how to focus and not to give the game away by laughing at the wrong moment, but I think I would struggle to read the headline "car crashes into house" if I knew what was coming.