You Won’t Believe How These Fictitious Clickbait Headlines Seem True IRL

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readFeb 28, 2021

An internet-inspired parody.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

“You May Not Be Talking Dirty to Alexa, But the Rest of America? Think Again.”

“12 Mind-Blowing Secrets Your Spouse Is Using Against You”

“These Famous Men Are Making Advances…But Are They Unwanted?”

“You Won’t Believe What Is Contributing to the Spread of Apathy — The Scandalous Truth the Establishment Doesn’t Care About.”

“Our President Was on Twitter While You Were Asleep…Guess What Happened Next!”

“They Were Just Experimenting, But How These Students Got High May Have Fucked Them Up…For Life.”

“What Happens When You Put Harassment Claims on The Internet? Justice.”

“Ever Wonder When to Start Hurting People to Get What You Want? These Police Tactics Will Totally Blow Your Mind.”

“10 Everyday Things Only Closeted Racists Will Understand”

“Shocking Truths About Trickle-Down Economics That Politicians Won’t Tell You!”

“Inside Google’s Secret Plot to Conquer the World”

“These Women Demand Equal Pay. You Won’t Believe Their Reasoning.”

“These Citizens Were Forced to Migrate North for Decent Healthcare. What Happened Next Will Surprise You.”

“You NEED to See This Hot New Model (NSFW) of Divisive Foreign Policy”

“8 Tourist Traps That Aren’t on Your Bucket List (But Should Be)

“How to Use Infographics to Tell Lies: 5 Easy Steps”

“Meet the Bad-Ass Activists Who Changed the Way You Experience Freedom”

“Think Political Leaders Are Spending Too Much Time on Social Media? Or Do You ‘Like’ What’s Going On?”

“This New Threat Has Sensitive Men Scared…of Themselves”

“Dictator Warns Us to Look for Missiles in The Sky. Why We Can’t See Them Is Out of This World.”

“Think You Know How Tax Reform Works? Listen to This Guy. First He’ll Make You Think. Then He’ll Steal Your Money.”

“9 Sneaky Racial Code Words and Why Politicians Love Using Them”

“There’s A War Happening Right Now. And You Might Be a Casualty in It.”

“You’ll Be Outraged at How Easy It Was to Get You to Read This Article”

Adrian S. Potter is an author, engineer, consultant, and public speaker. He writes poetry, short fiction, and articles on a variety of subjects, including creativity and personal growth. He is the author of the poetry collection Everything Wrong Feels Right and the prose chapbook The Alter Ego Handbook. Visit him online at

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