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February 21, 2007

Salon Headlines? Oh, Yes!

When Salon's recent interview with Yoko Ono was published under the title "Ono? Oh, yes!" it reminded me that last year Salon's own King Kaufman had compiled a very funny list of similar headlines that several media outlets had used in the aftermath of US speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno's Olympic performance in Torino. (For example, the San Francisco Chronicle came up with "OHNO—OH YES! No need to Apolo-gize for gold-bronze finish.")

What I didn't realize at the time was that four years earlier, Salon had used a similar headline in its own article about Ohno's results in the 2002 games. Gary Kamiya's article was titled "Oh yes! Ohno!" In order to bat a thousand on silly headlines, though, Salon would have to profile a third famous person with a homophonic surname. As of yet, Salon has left soccer star Shinji Ono alone.

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