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Monday, June 11, 2007

The Best Tagline Ever!

Quite a few people I know have added taglines to their emails (below their signature) and to the banners of their blogs.  Sometimes these taglines are inspirational passages or a bit of well-chosen poetry.  More often than not they are something humorous.  Truth be told... those are usually the ones I usually remember. 

Don't get me wrong... I need inspiration from time to time, and I enjoy a nice bit of poetry as much as the next guy.  But who doesn't love a really funny turn of phrase?

My blog tagline is simply a definition of the blog name.  Not too funny.  My email tagline, "Laying the groundwork for an insanity defense since 1961", seems to have been well received (I get frequent comments about it) but it isn't what I would call 'genius'. 

No, genius is the following tagline I saw on a message board the other day:

"Stupid should hurt"

Now that's a tagline!

Another one I saw on a message board that had me giggling:

"Mohamed; The L. Ron Hubbard of the Seventh Century"

Still others I've seen and admired:

Mighty Girl:

"Famous among dozens"

The Sneeze:

"Half zine. Half blog.  Half not good with Fractions."

Defective Yeti (just a sampling):

"Liking The Cut Of Your Jib"
"The Buckhorn beer of weblogs"
"Will Thicken Upon Standing"

"Don't make me pull this Internet over!"
"Putting The "i" Into "Teaim""
"Haphazardly Spellchecked Since 2002"
"Funny Strange Meets Funny Ha-Ha"
"Sturgeon's Law Strictly Enforced"

Dooce (just a sampling):

"A Steaming Prozac Burp"
"The Cutting Edge of Mediocrity"
"Valedictorian of Bottom Feeders"
"Peddling a Trademarked Brand of Crazy"
"Neither Representing Nor Keeping It Real"
"Celebrating Five Years of Public Stupidity"
"Not Your Average Clenched-Cheek Sprint to the Bathroom"
"More Shabby Than Chic"

Protein Wisdom:

"because not just anybody can summarize the news."


"Dressed up all year round"

Seen any taglines worth sharing lately (please give credit if you share truly original stuff)?


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I've never done it here, (I'm not that Treppenwitz savvy, yet) but on other blogs I use the always appropriate:

"I hate Illinois Nazis" - Jake

Posted by: dfb1968 | Jun 11, 2007 3:19:11 PM

Hehe. I've found that while I notice the funny ones the first time, I remember the little thoughts or quotes better in the long run. I think that's true for a lot of people: Many people have noted the quote at the top of my blog to me a number of times. "Be yourself, because the people who care don't matter, and the people who matter don't care." (My wife said it to me after our first date; that was a good selling point. Dr. Seuss has a very similar one, but she didn't know it.)

Posted by: Ezzie | Jun 11, 2007 4:26:01 PM

The problem with taglines and the net is that so many are easily lifted from elsewhere.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 11, 2007 6:05:24 PM

"Sturgeon's Law strictly enforced." -- Defective Yeti

For those who missed the reference, Sturgeons's Law came from Theodore Sturgeon, the famous American science-fiction writer. The law states: 90% of anything is crap.

Posted by: antares | Jun 11, 2007 8:07:33 PM

Dooce is genius.

Posted by: val | Jun 12, 2007 2:33:28 AM

You have to love spammers who have the time to enter these things. It is that personal touch that just brings a tear to my eye.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 12, 2007 6:50:04 AM

dfb1968... Excellent quote! I've recently introduced my older kids to the Blues Brothers and they loved it.

Ezzie... Clearly you're more sensitive than I am. ;-)

Jack... The great thing about the 'Net is that you can quickly figure out who is an original genius and who is a thief. :-)

antares... Thanks for posting the explanation for the folks. I figured that anyone who was really interested would google it. :-)

val... agree 100%

Jack... Sorry to leave your perfectly valid comment stranded like that, but I opted to delete the spam comment to which you referred.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 12, 2007 3:01:31 PM

I came up with this blog-tagline, but never used it:
"Like the news, only less relevant."

And back in college, we used this for a Jewish group, but it could very well work as the tagline for a number of jblogs out there:

"Putting the fun back in fundamentalism since 1958."

Or how about these:

"because someone made the mistake of giving me a keyboard"

"480,000 pixels can't be wrong!"

"when the purpose of life is to serve as a warning to others" - adapted from despair.com

"Now with more words than ever before!"

"Free speech meets basketcase. Hilarity ensues."

Ok, I should stop before I start getting not funny...

Posted by: ilan | Jun 12, 2007 4:35:09 PM

“…Save the fire fighter…” adopted from the Heroes series and yeah, I know its not original. :)

Posted by: Rami | Jun 12, 2007 5:39:06 PM

I've always felt that a tagline could be made out of the following: “I believe in the one thing that can come out of people's mouths: vomit!”

---Philip Marlow, from The Singing Detective.

[The entire rant:

Doctor: I know it's an embarrassing question, even between husbands and wives, but what do you believe in?

Philip E. Marlow: Malthusianism.

Doctor: Come again?

Philip E. Marlow: Malthus, but mandatory. Compulsory depopulation by infanticide, suicide, genocide or whatever other means suggest themselves. AIDS, for example, that'll do. Why should queers be so special?

Doctor: I see.

Philip E. Marlow: I also believe in cigarettes, cholesterol, alcohol, carbon monoxide, masturbation, the Arts Council, nuclear weapons, the Daily Telegraph, and not properly labeling fatal poisons, but above all else, most of all, I believe in the one thing that can come out of people's mouths: vomit.]

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Jun 13, 2007 12:46:10 AM

I wish I had a witty tag line. I should just put "Insert witty tag line HERE" and save myself the thought process.

Posted by: mercurial scribe | Jun 13, 2007 4:37:54 AM

I have to mention Dr. Bob's tag on the Stravaigin' Aboot travel blog: "Insanity is a relative term if you are the mother of three and a forensic psychologist."

Posted by: wrymouth | Jun 14, 2007 7:53:49 AM

I remember one from usenet days (I don't remember who used it)
There are three kinds of people in the world, those who are good at math and those who aren't.

And while not a tagline I saw the following up at a vetrenarian's office:
I've been an amnesiac for as long as I can remember.

Posted by: soccer dad | Jun 19, 2007 6:06:09 PM

I've always liked this quote and have placed it as my header:

“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted by: jacob | Jun 20, 2007 6:19:03 AM

Drivers who run red lights should be punished severly

Posted by: ann | Oct 6, 2007 4:28:18 PM

I've always liked this quote and have placed it as my header:

omly god will judge me

Posted by: omkar da coolest of all | Feb 14, 2008 1:04:46 PM

I've always liked this quote and have placed it as my header:

"only god will judge me"

Posted by: omkar da coolest of all | Feb 14, 2008 1:07:51 PM

The funniest tagline I ever saw was a billboard with a big picture of a plate and some meat, ham, bacon and other stuff. It was an ad for a restaurant. It read:

"Plenty of room for all of God's creatures."

It was the funniest one I've seen yet.

Posted by: DanD | Sep 3, 2008 11:33:55 PM

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