Mad Lib Headlines

Tonight, on the front page of Yahoo, I was scanning headlines and saw:

Price of rat meat quadruples in Cambodia as inflation bites

Wow. Slow news day I guess. I’m sorry if you live in Cambodia and like yummy rats. I really am. But this headline sounds like it came straight out of a Mad Libs book!

Price of _________________ (an animal)
__________________________ (a multiplier)
in ________________________ (a foreign country)
due to ____________________ (a negative event).

You might end just as easily have ended up with:

Price of hamsters doubles in Canada due to power shortage.


Price of rubber duckies in Botswana triples due to flooding.