If there's one thing all headline writers have in common, it's a love of clever wordplay. But puns aren't always a good thing. Exhibit A: the widespread misuse of Chinese President Hu Jintao's name, which offers too ripe a target for unrestrained wordsmiths. Herewith, a short list of the worst Hu headlines possible.
- Hu wants to be a millionaire
- Hu's your daddy
- Knock, knock. Hu's there
- It takes Hu to make a thing go right
- Horton hears a Hu
- It's a Hu world without Chou
- Look! Hu's talking
- Hu's on first
- If not us, Hu? If not now, Wen?
- Who's Hu in Chinese politics?
Honorable mention: Guess Hu's coming to dinner.
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