New York Post Headline Writer Shows Restraint

 New York Post front page with headline  HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR. April 15, 1983.
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The man whose crime the New York Post famously described with the headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar” is seeking release from prison, reports the paper. You can see by the article’s URL that the original headline on the new story was a variation on “Uh-oh, Head’s Up,” which is fine, but no HBiTB. Wisely, probably, the paper opted to play it a little straighter and rewrote the title to simply reference the 1983 headline — why try to compete with a masterpiece?