Thursday, May 29, 2003

World's Worst Lede Challenge

Today, I came across a particularly horrid lede [first paragraph of an article, for you non-journalists] from The Calgary Sun. Here it is:

Urine won’t be the only thing Calgary city hall is flushing away with the installation of new urinals.
The renovations will save $50 a year in water costs, but will cost $1,800 for the four units.
The city installed the new water-saving urinals Thursday, as part of its move to make civic facilities environmentally friendly.

So here's the challenge. Try to come up with a worse lede for this story and send it to jkelly@cup.ca or post it on this site.

Here is the article, if you want more details. [I see that they've changed the lede since yesterday. Wise move.]

Here's a sample to get you going:

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to flush my pee.
If Coleridge's Ancient Mariner worked at Calgary city hall, perhaps this is what he would have observed upon entering its newly renovated washrooms.
The city installed new flushless urinals Thursday, as part of its move to make civic facilities environmentally friendly.

Think you can do worse? Send those ledes in... I'll put the best/worst ones up next Friday.

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