Charting the decline of 'BREAKING NEWS:'
Breaking: Situation ongoing
The 'Breaking news' kicker on news stories should be reserved for assassinations, major scientific discoveries or, if there has to be a celebrity-orientated one, when Miley Cyrus lights herself on fire and runs into a firework factory killing 75.
Over the last few years however the term has become virtually meaningless, with the driest of events being strapped with it and rolling news channels employing it in an attempt to drum up interest in tedious ongoing stories.
Now a blog, thatsnotbreakingnews.com, has been set up to chart all the times news isn't so much breaking as just slowly oozing out with no real impact on anything.
Admittedly there's a few dodgy news sources in there, and some iPhone notifications being confused with 'breaking news' kickers, but it's worth a scroll all the same, displaying a worrying amount of Bieber-related 'breaking news'.
Here's some of the best/worst:
3.Breaking pop contest outcome
4. Breaking worse pop contest outcome
6. Breaking papal advice
BREAKING: Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 20, 2014
7. Breaking box office puns
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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