Created By: JAF1970 on June 11, 2011 Last Edited By: JAF1970 on June 25, 2011

Hix Nix Stix Pix

Newspaper headlines often like to get cute

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Due to the brevity of space for headlines, sometimes they get punny and cute - often making up words to fit, sometimes using rhyme or alliteration.

  • Variety's headline Hicks Nix Stick Pix, which evolved over time to Hix Nix Stix Pix, is the Trope Namer. It was used on July 17, 1935, over an article about the reaction of rural audiences to movies about rural life. It is one of the most famous headlines ever to appear in an American publication.
  • Frasier: The show often uses it at Frasier's expense.
    • When Frasier is caught with a crossdressing prostitute: Doc's Pal Mock Gal
    • When Frasier is caught having sex on the air, and refuses to identify station manager Kate Costas as his partner: "I Won't Fink" Says Kinky Shrink
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • June 11, 2011
    TonyG
    Animaniacs had a whole song spoofing Variety's headlines, "Variety Speak".

    Perhaps that should be an alternate title.
  • June 11, 2011
    SilentReverence
    Needs an Adverbly Adjectivy Noun redirect or something... while the curent name proposal looks the part, it's pretty much the most unsearchable title I've ever seen...
  • June 11, 2011
    Andyroid
    The Looney Tunes short "Punch Trunk" features a montage of newspapers covering the sightings of a miniature elephant that's been driving everyone crazy throughout the cartoon. One of the papers covering the event is the Hollywood Variety, which features the headline Picayune Pachyderm Panics Populace
  • June 12, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Played with in The United States Of Tara when Lionel Trane dies, and the family spends several minutes joking about how the obituary author must have wished Lionel had died in a slightly funnier way so he could have written a better title.
  • June 12, 2011
    MetaFour
    • The Police Squad episode "Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)" has two news headlines in quick succession. "Chump KO's Champ in Bar Fight", immediately followed by "Champ OK's Chump for Title Fight".
  • June 13, 2011
    jaytee
    I know for a fact they've done this more than once on 30Rock, but I cannot for the life of me remember the specific examples. If someone that's not at work feels like doing an Archive Binge...
  • June 13, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Don't like the title. Haven't been fond of using names, that are non-explanatory examples, for a while.

    It might be best to have a title written in self demonstrating form. News Headline With Cutsey Rhyme, or something like that.
  • June 14, 2011
    LancelotG
    I know this happened on The Flintstones. Can't remember which episode or the exact quote, though.
  • June 14, 2011
    halfmillennium
    This needs some guidelines on what counts. Most tabloids in this country do this on a regular basis.
  • June 14, 2011
    jaytee
    "A Man, A Plan, A Canal. Panama!"
  • June 14, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    Head Lines' Cute Rhymes, perhaps? Somewhat demonstrative and sufficiently searchable?

    Or perhaps Punchline News?
  • June 15, 2011
    Hukky
    By the way, it's "Sticks nix hick pix", not "Hix Nix Stix Pix".
  • June 15, 2011
    MetaFour
  • June 15, 2011
    Cidolfas
  • June 15, 2011
    jaytee
    Headline Punchline isn't as punchy (no pun intended) as Punchline News, but it better demonstrates that this is about headlines and not just "funny news" shows, like the Daily Show.
  • June 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the Simpsons episode "Colonel Homer" (where Homer becomes the manager of a country singer) we see this headline from Springfield Variety: HIX IN STIX LOVE CHIX LIX.
  • June 24, 2011
    JAF1970
    It may have been Sticks Nix Hick Pix, but it's evolved to "HIX NIX STIX PIX", thanks to the evolution of the term and a famous book.
  • June 24, 2011
    JAF1970
    Thirty Rock plays with this a lot, especially after Don Geiss' death.
  • June 25, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The New York Post does the punchline headlines so frequently that Tim Kazurinsky was able to make a comedy bit out of it on Saturday Night Live.
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