News stations are generally accepted as very trustworthy places to receive accurate information about our communities and the world. Or so we think. Unfortunately, mistakes are a part of everyday life and no news station crew is perfect one-hundred percent of the time. While many mistakes are easy to brush off, some eye-brow-raising moments are too entertaining or bizarre to ignore and become immortalized by viewers who notice them.
22. “What Are You Gonna Do, Stab Me?”
This is a question you never want to see come true. Unfortunately, it appears it did for the stabbing victim in this newscast.
There is a story behind this screenshot that the viewer is missing, as well as more pieces of the conversation (or 911 call?) that leave them curious about the circumstances of the violent altercation.
21. “Horse Herpes”
This almost sounds like a made-up news story. But who knew horses could actually get herpes?
And we do not want to imagine how the horse acquired the disease. Or how a person got the disease from a horse.
20. “Suspicious Flashlight”
That is one suspicious-looking flashlight if I’ve ever seen one.
Most likely abandoned from the bed of a truck after it hit a bump, this flashlight had the cops called on its case by a paranoid citizen.
I think we can agree it is more of a threat to the next car’s tires than it is no any citizen on the street.
19. “Surprisingly Not Dead”
This laugh-out-loud caption aired on FOX News and depicts the “surprisingly not dead” crocodile hunter Michael Newman.
Whoever wrote the caption sure has a sense of humor and tips their hat to this man for educating viewers about the deadly creature on the other side of the fence.
Or maybe it is their way of warning viewers of how dangerous crocodiles are—a substitute for “do not try this at home!”
18. “Wife Stabs Husband With Squirrel”
How exactly does one stab their spouse with a squirrel? The logistics just do not make sense.
Catching the squirrel would be difficult enough on its own. Maybe the best explanation here is that the weapon in question was a taxidermy squirrel.
17. “Man Forced to Eat Beard”
This news station must have been starved for content if this is their “big story” of the day.
Either this man suffered a hostage situation in which he was forced to eat his—or someone else’s—beard to stay alive, or this is a strange addiction that should be featured on a TLC Network or Discovery Channel show.
16. “Florida Teen Myths”
Let’s hope no one followed the advice displayed on this news graphic—emphasis on “myths,” people!
This sounds like the kind of news teenagers would share online with one another rather than the information they would receive on behalf of the state’s curriculum. Hopefully this is the case, at least.
15. “White House: Obama Can’t Go Back in Time”
It is hard to tell where CNN means to go with this chyron, but the network seems to be defending the past president from his critics over historical events he is somehow blamed for time and time again.
Obama cannot be responsible for 9/11, the Iraq War, the Challenger explosion, etc. because he was not the president during any of those occurrences.
14. “PB&J Sandwiches: Are They Racist?”
This one is a real head-scratcher. I would have loved to hear the discussion the news anchors had about this one.
Maybe the debate centered around the fact that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are usually made on white bread.
Or maybe a recent poll exposed them as the favorite lunchtime meal of racists.
13. “Where Is Europe?”
The saddest explanation for this graphic is that these two men do not know where Europe is on the world map.
A much more likely reason behind this strange caption is that they were debating where Europe stands on a geopolitical issue and their writer just made a poor phrasing choice.