24/08/12 @ 09:54pm
Leviste, Maria Erica E.
An online magazine is published on the World Wide Web and is called a webzine.
An ezine (also spelled e-zine) is a more specialized term appropriately used for small magazines and newsletters distributed by any electronic method, for example, by electronic mail (e-mail/email, see Zine). Some social groups may use the terms cyberzine and hyperzine when referring to electronically distributed resources. Similarly, some online magazines may refer to themselves as “electronic magazines” or “e-magazines” to reflect their readership demographics or to capture alternative terms and spellings in online searches.
An online magazine shares some features with a blog and also with online newspapers, but can usually be distinguished by its approach to editorial control. Magazines typically have editors or editorial boards who review submissions and perform a quality control function to ensure that all material meets the expectations of the publishers (those investing time or money in its production) and the readership.
Many large print-publishers now provide digital reproduction of their print magazine titles through various online services for a fee. These service providers also refer to their collections of these digital format products as online magazines, and sometimes as digital magazines.
Some online publishers have begun publishing in multiple digital formats, or dual digital formats, that may include both HTML version that look like traditional web pages and Flash versions that appear more like traditional magazines with digital flipping of pages.
Online magazines representing matters of interest to specialists in or societies for academic subjects, science, trade or industry are typically referred to asonline journals.
Many general interest online magazines provide free access to all aspects of their online content although some publishers have opted to require a subscription fee to access premium online article and/or multi-media content. Online magazines may generate revenue based on targeted search ads to web-site visitors, banner ads (online display advertising), affiliations to retail web sites, classified advertisements, product-purchase capabilities, advertiser directory links, or alternative informational/commercial purpose.
The original online magazines, e-zines and disk magazines, or diskmags, due to their low cost and initial non-mainstream targets, may be seen as adisruptive technology to traditional publishing houses. The high cost of print publication and large Web readership has encouraged these publishers to embrace the World Wide Web as a marketing and content delivery system and another medium for delivering their advertisers’ messages.
In the late 1990s, e-zine publishers began adapting to the interactive and informative qualities of the Internet instead of simply duplicating print magazines on the web. Publishers of traditional print titles and entrepreneurs with an eye to a potential readership in the millions started publishing online titles. Salon.com, founded in July 1995 by David Talbot, was launched with considerable media exposure and today reports 5.8 million monthly unique visitors. In the 2000s, some webzines began appearing in a printed format to complement their online versions.
12 Steps to Creating an Ezine
Now that you’ve decided to create your own ezine, what’s the best way to begin? Here are 12 steps that have proven useful to many people just starting out.
#1 Create a list of topics
These can come from many sources. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Questions from customers or clients
- Problems overcome
- New trends in your industry
- New products or services you offer
#2 Decide on how often to publish
You’re probably better off writing once or twice a month. Less than that and people will forget about you. Writing weekly is tough on you and might be too often for your readers as well unless you keep your articles very short.
#3 Build up a backlog before you start
If you outline three or four articles at the beginning, it will give you the confidence that you can do this. Then, even if you get too busy to plan your next issue, you can relax a bit knowing a lot of the thinking has already been done.
#4 Keep your writing informal
If you write like you’re speaking to a friend across your kitchen table, a lot more of your personality will come through. It’s unlikely your high school English teacher will grade your writing, so relax already!
On the other hand, you don’t want to let a lot of obvious mistakes get out since your readers will make judgments about your attention to detail based on what they read. At the very least run your spell checker at the end. Also, it’s a good idea to have a trusted friend or colleague read your article before sending it out. It’s so easy to overlook your own errors since you know what you meant to say. Someone else will find words you left out, missing punctuation, grammar errors and so on. Plus, if they don’t understand your message, you have a chance to make it clearer before you go public with it.
#5 Consider using content written by others
At some point you might find yourself without enough time to prepare an article by your deadline. Or perhaps you’d like to bring a new perspective to your readers. For whatever reason, you may want to have someone else write an issue for you occasionally.
If your business is part of a larger organization, they may have material you can use in your newsletter. There are also many online resources that archive articles on every topic imaginable. My last newsletter suggested several places you could submit your original articles to. Those same websites might have just the thing you need to send to your readers. Be sure to include the author’s copyright and contact information.
#6 Start with a plain text e-newsletter
Although most people can receive HTML email (in other words, they can see colors and pictures in it), not everyone can and not everyone prefers that format. In the beginning it’s much simpler for you to create your documents in plain text.They will go out quicker and be received faster as well. Later on, if you decide to offer an HTML version, be sure to let your readers decide which version they’d prefer. List management software (see #11) can automatically send each person just what they want and you only have to prepare the HTML version.
For ease of readability it’s a good idea to format your text to 60 characters per line. If you use a monospaced font like Courier your lines should end at the same place on everyone’s system.
#7 Create and build your mailing list
So who are the lucky folks who will receive your words of wisdom? In these days of spam in every inbox, it’s critical that you have specific permission to send your ezine to everyone on your list. Current clients and customers already have a relationship with you, so they can probably go on your list if you have their email address.
Gaining new readers can be done both online and off. Your website can have a page or section describing your ezine along with a form to input an email address. If you ask for their first name as well, you can personalize each email. Your email signature box is another place to put a brief advertisement about your newsletter.
If you have a storefront business, you can put cards at the register or desk that can be filled out. You can enter the addresses into your system later. One client of mine has placed a computer kiosk right by the door. That way customers can sign themselves up as they leave and get on the mailing list automatically.
#8 Offer a way to leave the list
There are many reasons someone may want to stop receiving your ezine. A few will decide it doesn’t meet their needs, and some will find they just don’t have time to read it very often. At the bottom of each issue explain how to get off the list. Make it simple! If you’re creating quality content, you’ll always have more people joining your list than leaving.
#9 Put a copy on your website
This will add extra value to your site’s visitors and perhaps convince them to join your list. Put the article’s keywords into the title tag and when the search engines index your page it will act as an additional gateway to your site.
#10 Keep your list cleaned up
Each time you send out an article you’ll find some of the mailings bounced back to you. If the reason says, “mailbox full” I generally keep that address on my list until it happens a few times. If the address itself turns out to be bad, delete it right away.
#11 Consider purchasing list management software
You can certainly send out a newsletter using your regular email program, but as you grow your list you may find it can’t do all you’d like.
List management software is designed specifically for this purpose, so it has many extra features you may find useful.
Packages vary, but most of them will automate many functions, freeing you up for other tasks. Here are a few I find useful:
- Easily create a sign-up form for your website.
- An autoresponder can automatically acknowledge a successful signup and can be used to send out a timed sequence of follow up messages.
- Bulk upload of email addresses saves you the trouble of typing in your address book yourself.
- A way to track how many list members opened your mail or clicked on your affiliate links allows you to judge your success.
- Create a one-click way to get off your list, so you don’t have to deal with it.
- I prefer to send ad-free newsletters to my readers, which is why I avoided all the free choices.
These or other features may be important to you. Doing a search on Google for “list management software” will bring up plenty of options for you to consider. After doing lots of research based on my needs I chose Constant Contact. Check out their site or take their online tour to see if it meets all your requirements.
#12 Test, test, test!
Once you’re all set up and ready to do a mailing, be sure to send a single copy to yourself first. If you have a friend or colleague who will help out, send them a copy as well. Testing on as many types of computers and email programs as possible will keep down the number of surprises you get when you mail to your entire list.
Even though I have a template set up to keep the format consistent from issue to issue, I always find typos, omissions and other errors during my testing. Most of the time I get them all before I do a mailing, but no one’s perfect. Good luck to you!
Weekly World News
The Weekly World News was a largely fictional tabloid published in the United States from 1979 to 2007, renowned for its outlandish cover stories often based on supernatural or paranormal themes and an approach to news that verged on the satirical. Its characteristic black-and-white covers have become pop-culture images widely used in the arts. It continues to exist as a website.
The WWN was launched in 1979by publisher Generoso Pope, Jr. as a means to continue using the black and white press that the higher-profile tabloid,The National Enquirer, had been printed on, when the sister publication switched to color printing. Like many supermarket weeklies in the U.S., the Weekly World News was published in Lantana, Florida, until it moved to Boca Raton in the late 1990s. It was unique as a tabloid because it was printed entirely in black and white.
Its longtime editor, Eddie Clontz, a 10th-grade dropout from North Carolina and former copy editor at small newspapers, joined the paper in 1981. In the 1980s, the circulation of WWN peaked at 1.2 million per issue.
In 1999, David Pecker bought American Media Inc., which owned the Weekly World News. Within the next two years, many of WWN’s longtime writers and editors, including Clontz, Sal Ivone, Derek Clontz, Susan Jimison, Joe Berger, Bob Lind, Dick Kulpa and Leskie Pinson, were gone. Clontz left the paper in 2001, having been there 20 years, and died in 2004.
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in March 2007, American Media said that sales of WWN in 2006 were only 83,000 per issue.
WWN ceased its print publication in 2007. It is currently being published as an insert within Sun magazine, with new material being printed alongside articles and columns from older issues. It maintains a website that is updated daily.
In January 2011, the Weekly World News made available to fans an online paid subscription. This online edition is emailed to subscribers bi-weekly. The format of the online edition is classic Weekly World News right down to the old Weekly World News logo used from 1979 to 2001. The stories are classicWeekly World News, for example the first issue’s headline screamed, “Werewolf Sues Airline Over Flight Delay.”
General approach to stories
The WWN traditionally claimed that it always printed the truth (typical slogan: “Nothing but the truth: The Weekly World News!”). Many stories, however, appeared to have comedic intent. Confirming this, in Batboy Lives! a semi-serious introduction admitted that while Reader A reads the tabloid for real news, Reader B will read it for laughs. While the tabloid’s main rival, Sun, carried a fine print disclaimer, the WWN never publicly questioned the accuracy of its own stories until 2004, when the paper began stating that “the reader should suspend disbelief for the sake of enjoyment”. In recent years, Sun moved more toward articles on health, and miracle cures, mostly leaving WWN alone in its unique niche of basing a weekly publication almost entirely on ‘news’ that the traditional media dared not report, such as sightings of Elvis Presley and the Loch Ness monster. Today, Sun publishes a small WWN insert as “bonus pages” within its weekly magazine.
On occasion, it ran strange-but-true stories, such as “DEVOUT CHRISTIAN ATTACKED — AND HE’S THE ONE FINED!” referring to conservative English street preacher Harry Hammond being fined after he was threatened by “homosexual liberals.” Other verifiable stories included, but were not limited to, those of a giant mutant hog monster attacking Georgia, and the arrest of a Tallahassee, FL man whose pants were on fire at the time . It reported on the discovery of an infant dragon preserved in formaldehyde proving the existence of dragons, although this was later proven to be a hoax. It also quotedVatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth on Pope John Paul II’s battles with Satan, and ran a story on the copyright dispute between O, The Oprah Magazine and a German erotic periodical, also named “O.”
However, these stories were the exceptions. When most of the supermarket tabloids were acquired by Fleet Street publishers, they switched to celebritygossip, but the Weekly World News remained devoted to weirdness. In the introduction to Batboy Lives! Sal Ivone, former managing editor, said, “If someone calls me up and says their toaster is talking to them, I don’t refer them to professional help, I say, ‘Put the toaster on the phone’.” Derrik Lang, a formerstringer for the paper, said, “That fat guy with the sunburned belly and that kid abused by his own shadow were living, breathing people with wilder-than-wild stories to tell — in my head. I can’t attest to the entire publication, but everything in my stories was fake — you know, depending on how you define fake.”
WWN was a journalistic leader in following the progress of Bat Boy, the half-bat, half-boy superhero; and P’lod, an extraterrestrial who became involved in Earth politics and had an affair with Hillary Clinton. Other important issues regularly reported on included the oncoming great depression/apocalypse, and newly found lost prophecies.
WWN was also in the forefront of informing the public about alien abductions, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and time travel. WWN once carried a story about inhabitants of the planet Mercury who had proposed to establish a colony in San Francisco — presumably they sought a more temperate climate, where lead was generally a solid. (In one of the latest, Iraq was revealed to possess a “time tunnel” capable of facilitating time travel.)
Occasionally, stories published in the Weekly World News sent shock waves through the legal and law enforcement communities. For example, in early 1989, WWN published startling photographs on the front page of executed serial killer Ted Bundy on the autopsy table. Electrode burns on Bundy’s shaved head with his fixed and dilated pupils staring into space could clearly be seen in the photographs. Angry and surprised officials in Florida vowed to catch the person responsible. Eventually, a low-level employee of the Alachua County, Florida Medical Examiners office was arrested and charged with taking and selling the photographs.
Columns and features
Regular columns included Ed Anger (opinion), Hi Dolly (relationship advice), first Dear Babs and later Dear Dotti (outspoken advice columnists), Horse Sense (medical advice), Monkey Business (financial and business-related advice and information) and Madame Malisa (psychic).
Beginning on May 9, 2005, the Weekly World News went “All New”, along with other tabloid papers, such as the National Enquirer which had become “Bigger•Bolder•Better”. In the new Weekly World News, Serena and Sonya Sabak’s psychic column was replaced by the horoscopes of Madame Malisa and Dotti Primrose’s “Dear Dotti” was supplanted by an advice column called “Hi Dolly” written by a middle-aged, blonde woman reared somewhere south of theMason-Dixon Line. The new WWN included a weekly “Weird Picture Search” by Mad cartoonist Sergio Aragones. Other features included Trivia, Test Yourself, Jokes and “Miss Adventure”, “The Gayest American Hero”, who has penetrated the mob, gone to Hollywood, and fought DRAG-U-LA traveling from the depths of the Earth’s center to Outer Space.
Two pages of comic strips became a popular feature, many spun off from feature stories. “SpyCat”, created by Dick Siegel, was drawn by Ernie Colón. SpyCat spoke nine different languages ranging from Persian to “dog” and was armed with “Adamwestium” claws and deadly cat-of-nine-tails. He wrote free-form poetry when not waging war on America’s enemies—at home and abroad. “Matthew Daemon”, also created by Dick Siegel, was written and illustrated byMike Collins and was a spin off from the “SOS Matthew Daemon (Seeker of Obscure Supernaturals)” feature. Daemon’s lair was located beneath Grant’s Tomb. Daemon specialized in B-List Monster hunting. “Alien Baby” by Craig Boldman chronicles the adventures of Moogera the dead beat alien dad, alien baby Ethan, and Stacy, his Earth-born mother. “Bat Boy” is written and drawn by Danielle Corsetto and is a fictional creature that made several appearances in the tabloid.
Bat Boy was first featured in a 1992 issue after being found in a cave in West Virginia (Lost World Caverns). He has since led police on a high speed chase, fought in the war on terror, led the troops to capture Saddam Hussein, bitten Santa Claus, and traveled into outer space. In 2000, he gave his endorsement toAl Gore. It was foretold that Bat Boy would become president in 2028. The story of Bat Boy was the basis for an acclaimed off-Broadway musical, Bat Boy: The Musical, though the play ended tragically and ignores the continuity of the original stories. In addition to articles, Bat Boy has been featured in a comic strip since 2004, though it’s said that only the articles are the “true” story of Bat Boy. The strip was originally written and drawn by Peter Bagge, and then byDanielle Corsetto.
“A Scientist” is typically shown and quoted. He was known as “A Scientist” to distinguish him from A Baffled Scientist. His findings are as close as WWNgets to having a reliable source.
Page 5 Honey
Each week a different model was featured on page 5 and on the back page. She was usually wearing a bikini and a description of her was printed. This article has been absent from WWN since the Halloween issue of 2006.
ALIVE!”, starring (often) Elvis Presley
One of the other many recurring subjects was the occasional “ALIVE!” cover story. Most often the story pertained to some sort of human or creature, such as a mummy, prehistoric creature and occasionally a human who had been frozen in a block of ice (ex. Santa Claus.)
Another subject often tackled by WWN is the reemergence of many prominent figures believed by most to be deceased, including Hank Williams, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Adolf Hitler, and Michael Jackson. Survivors of the Titanic and Hindenburg were also occasionally featured. Among the most frequently printed reports were those asserting that “Elvis is alive.”
The WWN frequently reported Elvis sightings with a series of articles claiming that Elvis Presley had faked his death and had recently emerged from years of seclusion to prepare for a comeback. Obviously altered photos purported to show a gray-haired balding Elvis sneaking into a movie theater and coming out of a Burger King restaurant. When the US Postal Service conducted a poll to determine the design of the Elvis commemorative postage stamp, the WWNconducted its own poll pitting the USPS’ 1950s Elvis and 1970s Elvis versus their own 1990s Elvis. The WWN’s Elvis won.
In 1994, the newspaper broke the news about the death of a popular rock musician long presumed deceased, running a front cover that said “Elvis Presley Dead!”, revealing that he had been living a secret life since 1977, but was now “really dead” from heart failure after slipping into a diabetic coma. In a 2004Washington Post article on Clontz’s death, humorist Gene Weingarten claimed that he and Dave Barry were the sources of the story. According to Weingarten, the WWN later reported that claims of Elvis’ death had been a hoax. In an earlier telling of his story, Weingarten varied some details.
The World’s Fattest…
Numerous stories regarding shockingly obese people and animals made the pages of WWN, the most popular of which being Tonya, the world’s fattest cat. After first being discovered, WWN encouraged readers to send in their guesses as to exactly how much they believed Tonya weighed. Weighing in at over 80 lbs, Tonya has been featured being adopted, and possibly sat on by the world’s fattest woman. Later stories involved Tonya’s attempts to lose weight through the “Catkins” diet, her struggle with anorexia, and claims that she had been eaten by the world’s thinnest woman. Other stories have featured the exploits of the world’s fattest couple at the gym, the world’s fattest baby, and even a similar weight guessing contest featuring the world’s fattest dog. One continuing story featured a morbidly obese man named Buster Simcus who had lost so much weight, it left 80 pounds of loose skin hanging off his body that he was planning to have surgically removed. By the next story, he blew up again, severely damaging his scars.
Upcoming economic depressions
WWN covered stories that featured analysis of a coming Great Depression in the immediate future, in which many prominent celebrities, politicians, and icons of business would become penniless. The cover story of the June 6, 2005 issue warned that the second Great Depression was “just weeks away.” Because of this, Texas Oil Tycoons were planning to flee to Luxembourg, the only country to survive this economic crash. The consequences of this depression would include:
§ An 80% unemployment rate
§ A collapse of all the nation’s banks, causing them to call in all loans and mortgages, leaving a vast majority of Americans homeless
§ An inability to afford any military program at all, forcing America to put an end to the War on terror
§ A Somalia-like famine
§ Hyperinflation, leaving all paper money worthless
§ Enormous mobs of looters, ravaging towns and cities who cannot afford to pay police
§ The absence of food forcing starving citizens to resort to cannibalism of deceased relatives
§ China replacing the United States as the world’s #1 superpower
§ Americans overcome with despair will turn their backs on their religion and return to pagan religions, and possibly sell their soul to Satan. Christians who stubbornly continue to adhere to their religion will be burned alive, and have their virgin daughters sacrificed
§ The world completely running out of oil.
A follow up in the August 15, 2005 issue reveals plans by China to buy a controlling interest in all of America’s banks, effectively buying out the nation’s economy. According to the article, China currently owns more than 100 US banks totaling roughly 17 trillion dollars, making them the majority shareholder in America.
Religion and Biblical relics
Weekly World News was often the first to report the findings of biblical relics, including Noah’s Ark, the Garden of Eden (claimed by the tabloid to be inColorado), and the discovery of additional commandments from God. The magazine obtained information about when Jesus will return to Earth. WWN was also the first to speak of a pair of sandals worn by Jesus. Other stories disclosed that natural disasters such as earthquakes have opened up gates and portals to Hell from which demons have escaped which are now wreaking havoc upon the earth. A story shortly after September 11, 2001 showed the face ofSatan appearing in a cloud of dust caused by the collapse of the World Trade Center. Similar stories had appeared before, wherein Satan’s face had appeared in a thunderstorm.
Following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 WWN featured articles exposing plans for possible future terrorist attacks on the United States of America. A 2004 cover story leaked plans by Kim Jong-il to eventually invade and conquer the United States. Other stories featured profiles on the location and nature of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, including the news that Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of giant slingshots, the missing link andDinosaurs. In 2003, a series of articles profiled the ongoing relationship, and eventual marriage of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. Other stories have made claims that Bin Laden is actually a dwarf, that he recruited a cloned Adolf Hitler to join Al Qaeda or that he is in fact dead and that the CIA is keeping it a secret. Since being captured by Batboy, Saddam has been humiliated by female prison guards, won the United States lottery, and even demanded that the government pay for his sex change operation.
Saddam Hussein’s heartbreak
Throughout 2003, just prior to the capture of Saddam Hussein, and persisting after his capture, WWN ran a series of articles on an alleged romance between him and Osama bin Laden. The setup of the plot alleged Saddam Hussein once starred in gay porn films.
The “couple” apparently had a steamy, sensual affair, before a wedding was performed, with Hussein as the bride and bin Laden as the groom. Later, they traveled the globe, ending up in France. They adopted a shaved ape baby (Robert) that posed as a human child. After an argument, Hussein left for Iraq to be comforted in his home town of Tikrit by family and friends, and hid in the spider hole until Bat Boy discovered him.
Saddam’s Nuclear Submarine
In 2002 WWN reported that Saddam Hussein was hiding in his nuclear submarine, called the “Saddam-tilus”, in Lake Michigan. In this submarine he had a theme park and half the Iraqi military. It was also reported that he was planning to launch his nuclear missiles at New York and Los Angeles, saving Washington, D.C. for his new capital, where he would demolish the White House and build a new palace made of the ruins of the White House. Also he planned to carve a statue of himself out of the Washington Monument. The article went on to further describe how he got the submarine into Lake Michigan. He used the help of bin Laden’s “alien allies”.
WWN is often the home to political satire regarding current and past Presidential Administrations. The magazine disclosed that the founding fathers were allgay and that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were actually women. Abraham Lincoln, according to the paper, was insane and his ghost has also been spotted in the White House giving President George W. Bush advice on the War in Iraq. Stories about President George W. Bush capitalized on the public’s perception that he lacked intelligence. The paper has chronicled his plans to run for pope, his love affair with Janet Reno and his intention to nominateYoda as Secretary of Defense. The paper also reported his secret plans to invade the moon and mine it for the rich oil reserves discovered underneath. The June 21, 2004 issue stated that Vice President Dick Cheney was actually a Robot, and that his frequent trips to the hospital allowed him to rewire his circuits.
Aliens are another subject frequently tackled by WWN.
Weekly World News blamed these creatures for holes in the ozone. A Roswell crash survivor, “Altair Bob”, made contact with “WWN” via telepathic e-mail. Several factions of extraterrestrials have been using the moon to dump garbage. Martians have been monitoring the Mid-East crisis. Warrior aliens have been resurrecting the dead, fighting Big Foot and training in a mock US town hidden in Antarctica. San Franciscans have opened their hearts to immigrants from Mercury.
One such alien who made several appearances in WWN named P’Lod, has been known to fraternize with known women of politics. It was reported that he and Hillary Rodham Clinton once had a close relationship, which ended up in a brawl between him and Bill Clinton who went on a jealous rage. After P’Lodd left Hillary, he expressed a lot of interest for Condoleezza Rice.
In the June 7, 1994 edition, WWN reported that 12 U.S. Senators were aliens from other planets. The piece quoted several Senators or their spokespersons humorously “confirming” the story. The Associated Press ran a follow-up piece which confirmed the tongue-in-cheek participation of Senate offices in the story. WWN quoted Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) as saying he was “amazed it took you this long to find out.” Senator Alan Simpson’s (R-WY) then-spokesman Charles Pelkey told the AP: “We’ve got only one thing to say: Klaatu barada nikto.”
In the August 11, 1998 edition, WWN reported that autograph dealer Steve Koschal offered to pay $1 million for anything signed by an extraterrestrial. Koschal said he would pay the million dollars to anyone who had a signed letter or signed photograph or anything signed by a visitor from outer space. “Hundreds of people claim to have been abducted and taken aboard UFOs and yet there’s not a single verifiable signature of an extraterrestrial being anywhere on Earth,” said Koschal in an exclusive interview. “Someone out there must have asked one of these creatures for an autograph. If not,” continued Koschal, “someone will in the future. When they do, I want to be the first collector to acquire it.”
Cryptids and half-animal half-Human hybrids are frequently the topic of many issues of Weekly World News. Creatures such as Bigfoot, Merpeople, Real-life Catwomen, Half-Alligator Half-Humans, Frog Babies, Kangaroo Women, and many other creatures have swept the world by storm on various covers (Abominable Beachman strikes terror in Hawaii!)(Bigfoot Steals Race Car!!!!)
The existence of merfolk is also frequently reported in the pages of the Weekly World News.
The most detailed account from the Weekly World News, recorded a mermaid being caught in a fishing net off of the coast of Florida on April 17, 2004. She was at least half-human, very sociable, and extremely intelligent. The mermaid measured five feet from the tip of her upturned nose to the end of her spiny, translucent tail. Experts which talked with WWN reporters say she was able to talk in a sophisticated “three dimensional language” that depends heavily on noises that could possibly be connected to the “click languages” prevalent in parts of Africa and on hand movements that look like sign language instructed to deaf people around the globe. A linguist who had spent several hours with the mermaid at an undisclosed marine study facility in Florida declared that once they are able to establish communication, everything known about human evolution, the specialness of human intelligence, everything thought about fish – “It’s all going out the door”.
Similar to their female counterparts, mermen are found within the pages of the Weekly World News. On June 17, 2003, a merman was reported to have been caught in the South Pacific. The bizarre creature measured 28 inches, significantly shorter than a mermaid caught the following year in a fishing net (which measured five feet from the tip of her upturned nose to the end of her translucent tail). Though this most likely points to the fact that they might have been two separate merpeople species. Another contributing factor might have been the different area of the world in which it was caught. See also: Fiji Mermaid
§ A fossilized tornado found underground.
§ Bigfoot had stolen a Race Car during a race, earning the name BigLEADfoot!
§ Raw sewage being sold as hamburger meat in Japan.
§ In May 2001, the WWN had a cover story which stated they had photographs of Timothy McVeigh after he had been executed. The problem with those claims was that McVeigh had just received a temporary stay of execution, and he was not killed until June 11, 2001.
§ The WWN once reported the story of a cruel surgeon who re-attached a pair of conjoined twins (the actual article referred to them as “Siamese” twins), after they failed to pay their medical bill for the initial surgical separation he performed.
§ Christer Hilding, a Swedish baby who died after drinking household ammonia, whose parents had his remains freeze-dried by a taxidermist. When the couple died in a boating accident, his remains were bought for $10 in a garage sale.
§ Another popular story involved a cannibal food critic, who rated the people he had eaten, based on their nationalities. For example, he didn’t like Mexican or Chinese people as food, because they were “too spicy.” Germans, on the other hand, were fattening and “greasy” while the one American he had eaten was rated highly for “taste, texture, and appearance.”
§ The latest purported discoveries from the RMS Titanic were often featured on the Weekly World News’s front cover, particularly in its later years. Examples of objects being found onboard were puppies, live babies, and the remains of gay lovers still in embrace.
§ In late 2010, WWN ran a satirical story, written by Frank Lake, indicating that the Los Angeles Police Department intended to purchase 10,000 jet packs, at a total cost of one billion dollars. This story was later reported as fact by the Fox & Friends morning news show.
§ In early 2011, it claimed that Facebook would shut down in March 2011. The story was confirmed to be a hoax.
§ In 2012, it claimed again that Facebook will shut down in March 2012. And again the story was confirmed to be a hoax with an official reply from Facebook to the technology blog Mashable which reads, “The answer is no, so please help us put an end to this silliness. We didn’t get the memo about shutting down and there’s lots to do, so we’ll just keep cranking away like always.”
In October 2006, Weekly World News relaunched its website in color. The site included video reportage and an Interactive Bat Boy Map. Other new features include “Share your Sightings” and categorizing breaking news in “National”, “International”, and “Intergalactic” news bureaus.
Headlines on the website are refreshed daily. Samples:
§ “Security Blanket Actually Saves Child’s Life” 
§ “Astronomer Rebuked For Endless Staring into Space” 
§ The Sun
3. ^ “Former Weekly World News editor Eddie Clontz dead at 56”, Associated Press, January 29, 2004
5. ^ Richard Corliss, “The Late Great Weekly World News”, TIME, 30 Aug 2007.
6. ^ Clifford, Stephanie (October 22, 2008). New Adventures for Bat Boy, and His Tabloid Creator.. The New York Times.
9. ^ Weekly World News, April 2, 2005, p. 25
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18/08/12 @ 08:30pm
A beautiful house, a father and mother, brothers and sisters, a whole family.
I am still dreaming, dreaming to have this kind of family and a home. But just I thought it was just a dream and far from reality. Now, I have a grandmother, sister and a brother and I used to have a Auntie who makes our life complete and when she’s there I know I don’t need to dream for a whole family anymore, I know that she’s enough. But now that she’s gone I don’t know how to be complete again, and I don’t even know how to dream again. Just like an old clock, it stops, my heart stops for beating and mind stops for thinking. In just one moment, that very moment when she goes and leave was the moment that made me cry, that made me cry over and over again.
I asked him, I asked God. Why? Why this early? Why didn’t you healed her and make her life longer for just two years. Two years to see me graduate and be proud of me. Why didn’t you listen to me? And suddenly, I came back to my belief that everything happens for a reason. That everything he do, the God do, he do for our goodness, he do it for my goodness. Maybe she left us because her mission is fulfilled, maybe she left us to be stronger. Maybe she is happy now.
All these maybes, I don’t know. I just know that I still miss her. I do miss her, a lot. To God, I know that she is with you. And I know that she is happy. Other questions are still not answered, still searching for the answer but I know in God’s time, his time I will understand.
15/08/12 @ 09:15pm
There’s a thing called friendship, you don’t know where it started or how it started but the happiness that brings you is something that you can call a miracle. Some of us may have few friends but to have them when you need them is the bonus part. When all walks out real friends walks in, that’s what friends are for through thick or thin. I am lucky enough to have friends I can share all the things in my life. I am lucky to have you as my friend.
08/08/12 @ 07:06pm
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey"