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Choose your top media funny of 2011

It’s that time of the year again and once more we are asking HTFP readers to choose their favourite media funnies of the past 12 months.

As usual we’ve assembled a shortlist of the best – or should that be worst? – media gaffes of the past year to help you in your choice.

Last year’s prize went to the Leicester Mercury for its memorable story of a children’s event at which the Lord Mayor’s trousers fell down.

Scroll down to view our 2011 shortlist, then choose your winner in our seasonal poll. And please keep them coming to editor.htfp@and.co.uk


Possibly the most tweeted headline of the past year came from the Gloucestershire Echo with this report on that extra special something offered by all-girls’ schools.


Smokin’ Joe Frazier – or possibly his ‘other’ great rival George Foreman? The South China Morning Post delivers a further knockout blow to the deceased ex-champ.


This double-page spread from the Ham and High surely took the old gag about a story being ‘so good they used it twice’ to a completely new level:


Another memorable incident from former Worcester News editor Kevin Ward’s daily commute to work.


We doubt if the organisers of an ‘It’s a knockout’ style fun-day in the South Wales Valleys would have been too pleased with this headline from the NewsWales website.


Closer inspection of this Bexhill United line-up from the Bexhill Observer reveals one of the players giving a bit too much of the ball away.


This Weston and Somerset Mercury tale about strip joint owner Jesus Rodriguez-Casas provided ample opportunity for some fun and games on the subs desk….


And finally…the Hackney Gazette lived up to its well-earned reputation for hard-hitting crime coverage with this headline about the conviction of a local drug dealer.

Made your mind up? Now cast your vote below. The poll will remain open until Twelfth Night – January 5 – with the winner announced shortly after that.

Best media funny of 2011?

  • Girl's schools' special offering (49%, 148 Votes)
  • Man jailed for crack in bum (22%, 66 Votes)
  • Jesus rubbishes mum's sex claims (17%, 51 Votes)
  • Added exposure for Sussex weekly (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Editor mistakes dog for woman's hat (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Headline fail in Tonyrefail (1%, 4 Votes)
  • So good they used it twice (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Joe or George? (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 300

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  • December 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm
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    For my money the best was the toddler with the missing panties and the pixellation as a fix.

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  • December 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm
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    I want Glos Echo to win for no other reason than imagining the look on Captain Mainwaring’s face.

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  • December 13, 2011 at 8:46 am
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    can anyone confirm if the Echo one is for real? Surely that wouldn’t get through check – or don’t regionals have a check sub anymore?

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  • December 13, 2011 at 9:04 am
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    Well, they know what they’re doing with subs!!! just ask the people in the Bristol hub

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  • December 13, 2011 at 9:06 am
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    I can confirm the Echo headline got through… Although I will preserve the sub’s dignity and not reveal his identity as he is a legend.

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  • December 13, 2011 at 9:35 am
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    @pedrowe – Definitely genuine – we have it pinned to our (Cheltenham) office wall!

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