Is it me or has it been pretty serious here in Gristmill as of late? This is Grist — “gloom and doom with a sense of humor,” you know? Plus, it is Friday. So, I’ve decided to launch a new weekly tradition here in Gristmill: “The Daily Grist Headline Battle Royale”!

Here is how it will work:

  1. The Daily Grist Headline Battle Royale nominating committee (yours truly) will pick the top five Daily Grist headlines from the week based on humor, wit, and the presence of soy milk coming out of my nose.
  2. I’ll post the top five headlines for your consideration.
  3. You vote. (Must be a registered Gristmillian.)
  4. The following week I present the winner and the new batch of nominees.
  5. And maybe — just maybe — at the end of the year we’ll have a “Daily Grist Headline Deathmatch” where you choose the most punny headline of the year.

So here it goes — the nominees are:

  1. Utahward Bound: NRC approves nuke-waste dump on Utah Indian reservation
  2. Mapled Crusaders: Community forests help revitalize New England towns
  3. The Midas Crutch: EPA may replace ozone-depleting chemical with cancer-causing chemical
  4. Finger-Lickin’ Bad: How poultry producers are ravaging the rural South
  5. One King to Bring Them All and in the Darkness Bind Them: An interview with Sir David King, U.K.’s top scientist and climate crusader*

* As it was a short week due to the holiday, I included this one from last week. And it is a LOTR reference — I just had to! (My precious made me do it.)

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Now it is time to vote (click “Link and Discuss” below)! Remember, you have to be registered and logged into Gristmill to cast your vote.

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Update [2006-2-25 9:7:16 by Chris Schults]: Apparently you don’t have to be registered or logged into Gristmill to vote. We encourage you to register anyway so you can enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Remember: this is supposed to be fun. Happy Friday!

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