This one isn’t about investing at all …

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, October 28, 2013


But this comic from xkcd captures modern online marketing really well — and some of these sound like teaser pitches I’ve seen in my email box. A nice dose of perspective when an email pitch makes you start to quiver with desire, greed or fear:

Thanks to Randall Munroe at xkcd.com — I had a nice laugh at this one. Got a favorite historical (or current) headline you want to rewrite to get the attention of readers everywhere? Feel free to share with a comment below!

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kevron1228
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October 28, 2013 9:38 pm

???????????????????????????????????????????????
I DO NOT GET N’YET OUTTA DIS!

rbackdoc
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October 28, 2013 11:07 pm

Those are great. How hilarious. Good job

vivian lewis
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October 29, 2013 5:27 pm

dear Mr. Hartman
The headlines are the joke because the events are real but were never published on the internet to get clicks. 1905 was Einstein’s Theory of Relativity; 1912 was the Titanic hitting an iceberg and sinking; 1920 was votes for women resulting in, among other things, Prohibition and rules against night labor by women; 1928 the discovery of penicillin, a mold which kills bacteria, etc. Now that I have spilled the beans you can work out the others yourself. Good luck

kevron1228
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kevron1228
October 29, 2013 6:18 pm

VIV – YES, AND SO WHAT?

taxpayer
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October 31, 2013 12:29 pm

Prohibition was established by the 18th Amendment in 1919. Women suffrage was required by the 19th Amendment the following year, tho I know some states had done it earlier.

mindfulmoney
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mindfulmoney
October 29, 2013 5:55 pm

Well done, very funny. I felt like I was reading the msn.com homepage.

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October 29, 2013 7:31 pm

1. These Teasers Will Restore Your Faith in Investing
2. Thinkolator Reveals Condition of Your Underwear (if any).
3. Stansberry Predicts The End of Canada

ctorti
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ctorti
October 29, 2013 8:40 pm

Hilarious.

blufox
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October 29, 2013 8:46 pm

Excellent site. Thanks Travis.

Charles La Rue
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Charles La Rue
October 29, 2013 9:24 pm

You want to read something hilarious? Check this one out.
http://davesweb.cnchost.com/Apollo2.html

Jeremy
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Jeremy
October 30, 2013 12:11 pm

Before discovering this I didn’t even own a yacht!

justabob
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October 30, 2013 2:22 pm

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who noze
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October 30, 2013 2:39 pm

pay attn. when Vivian speaksits words of gold

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exephil
October 31, 2013 2:34 pm
Bending the rules, as is customary for a limey … 1573 (with apologies to Bob Newhart) new leaf imported from colonies – six things you can do with it and why they’ll never make you money 1773 New way you too can avoid paying ANY tax! Let’s have a party! 1789 the seven things THEY don’t want you to know and how it will make a small group of ‘FF’ very rich 1791 the inside track on the REAL reason THEY need ten more And to bring it back within the rules – 1917 – Brits in trouble, five hot… Read more »
vivian lewis
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October 31, 2013 2:54 pm

as usual the British show the greatest sense of humour (non-Webster spelling in their honour). Bravo Phil

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