Fixing the BBC News homepage to lighten the mood. By @steevbishop
Is it meant to be funny?
Well, yes but it does depend on the news on any given day. Some are easier to subvert than others. Sometimes the stories aren’t even gags but more an outlet for the author’s bitter streak; and just because the lead story is the main headline doesn’t mean it’s the best gag, so get digging.
I don’t get it—why do you bother?
That’s the question I ask myself every morning before I get out of bed, but I get up anyway.
I wanted a side project that could be quick enough I would want to do it regularly. Each weekday morning over breakfast, I take a look a BBC News and have fun with it. Some days are funnier than others, but the beauty of it all is that it’s disposable. It’s here, then it’s gone and there’ll be another chance the following day. And I don’t even care about the typos.
Why are the references weird?
I’m a British gentleman. I make no apologies for any jokes or references that are oblique due to location or time, or on occasion lyrics to a song you haven’t heard of. Try again tomorrow, it might be your lucky day.