10 Best "Surprise" Headlines From Surprise, Arizona

Typical "Surprise Man" in his natural state.
Typical "Surprise Man" in his natural state.
Image: David Thompson via Flickr

When you live near a city named "Surprise," local news headlines can be eye-catching for the wrong reasons.

Instead of a real surprise, the story may be about some routine happening. Yet the town's name adds pizzazz to every headline -- though not necessarily in a sensitive, appropriate manner.

We found 10 recent headlines that undoubtedly caught a few more eyes than they would have otherwise.

Quick history before our list:

Surprise, Arizona, was founded in 1938 by real-estate developer Flora Mae Statler, according to a 2010 book put out by the city.

Historians had long believed Statler's husband, Homer C. Ludden, founded the city and named it after his Nebraska hometown, a tiny village of fewer than 50 people. In fact, as city researchers found, Statler was the founder. According to her daughter, Statler named the city "Surprise" after once stating that she's be surprised if the town ever amounted to anything.

Surprise is now a suburb on the west side of the Phoenix metro area, with a population of more than 100,000. At that size, the town has many of the same problems as other Valley cities -- but each problem is a "surprise."

Check out these examples:

10 Best "Surprise" Headlines From Surprise, Arizona

10. "Surprise car accident" is, of course, redundant. If you're surprised because your car hit something, that would be one definition of an accident.

10 Best "Surprise" Headlines From Surprise, Arizona

9. Nobody expects their school bus to hit and kill a burro. But it's a heck of a surprise when it does happen -- particularly in Surprise.

10 Best "Surprise" Headlines From Surprise, Arizona

8. This sounds like a unexpected-but-happy event, especially if you're hungry. But we see a couple of other connotations in this one. There are darned few Filipino restaurants in the Valley, so it actually is a surprise to see one open. Considering the state's reputation as Bigotland, we thought this headline also captures the shock some readers may feel upon learning something ethnic is taking place here.

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