Friday, September 18, 2009

The Best Lede...

The best lede from the Science Times this week is by far the one from, "In a Shark's Tooth, a New Family Tree."

Normally I am not a fan of using a quote in a lede, but this article is the exception. Sean B. Carrol uses one short, yet intense quote from the movie Jaws to draw the reader in and almost guarantee that he or she will read the entire article, hanging on every word. What's most interesting is that the quote isn't even a complete sentence, but it simply doesn't matter because the visual is so intense that you must find out the context of the quote.

The article begins:

"Like a locomotive with a mouth full of butcher knives."

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