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.
12. “Inmate Overdoses on Underwear”
One of the most double-take-worthy news graphics.
Prison food is certainly not the tastiest nutrition on the planet, but it is unlikely that underwear is more delicious.
Other humorous hypotheses are that the inmate was trying to smoke them like a drug or get themselves sent to the hospital to avoid trial.
11. “Average British Man Has Slept With 2.8 Million People”
This humorous scroll featured on the bottom of the screen during the highly popular and respected TODAY Show is a real head-scratcher.
One can only imagine how the discussion for this news flash carried out, but apparently Hoda Kotb enlightened America to a strange (highly improbable) fact that fateful morning.
10. “Buckle Up, Slow Down & Drink & Drive”
This very, very bad Memorial Day weekend advice aired on a local news station in Minnesota.
This well-intentioned public service announcement would have served a much better purpose with a single “don’t” slipped in at the proper place. At least this is a mistake that is easy to laugh off, and—hopefully—no harm was done.
9. “Live From AAMI Park”
Looks like someone has a sense of humor. Or this is simply a fantastic coincidence.
Either way, this local news station made an excellent choice in sending Amy Parks to report at AAMI Park.
8. “Police Have Found Missing 11-Month-Old Baby In Sandwich”
The only logical explanation for this graphic is that there is a town by the name of “Sandwich” somewhere in the country.
If not, the alternative is the most baffling child rescue case we have ever heard.
7. “Marathon Bomber Zooey Deschanel”
FOX News mistakenly framed actress Zooey Deschanel in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013.
As one can imagine, Deschanel probably did not appreciate the attention despite the caption obviously being incorrect.
To be fair though, aren’t captions on live television usually filled with goofy errors?
6. “Elie Wiesel: Holocaust Winner”
In a 2010 “Fox and Friends” interview, FOX News accidentally boasted author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel a “Holocaust winner.”
While thinking of someone as a “winner” of the Holocaust may be accurate on some small level, it is still an insensitive wording none-the-less. The station realized the mistake and the graphic was quickly changed to read “Nobel Prize Winner” instead.
5. “SunChips ‘Bags’ Noisy Bag”
The “SunChips ‘Bags’ Noisy Bag” chyron is already confusing enough on its own; but when paired with “14 people killed when vehicle plunges from cliff in Nepal,” it becomes even more strange.
The contrast between two news anchors joking about a bag of SunChips and the severity of a deadly vehicle accident seems a little insensitive, even if it was accidental bad timing.
4. “Captain Sum Ting Wong”
There sure is “sum ting wong” with this caption. This image aired on a local FOX newscast in San Francisco in the wake of the 2013 Asiana Airlines plane crash that killed two and injured the remaining 180 passengers.
This offensive, racist joke has been debunked as the result of an intern’s prank on the news station. The station quickly apologized for the incorrect names but it is unbelievable that this image aired at all.
3. “Man Killed to Death”
Someone at Charlotte’s CBS station did not think this one through.
Man killed to death, you say?
It’s hard to believe this graphic saw the light of day, but the proof is in the screenshot.