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'Rapefruit' Headline Embarrasses Minnesota's Free Press Of Mankato, As Social Media Has A Field Day (PHOTO)

03/06/2013 01:19 pm 13:19:14 | Updated Mar 06, 2013

A typographical gaffe that appeared in Minnesota's Free Press of Mankato caused quite a stir in the social media universe this week.

On Tuesday, the Free Press splashed the following headline -- dubbed the "most unfortunate article headline in print journalism history" by Gawker -- to accompany a piece about a heart-healthy citrus fruit:

rapefruit headline

(Credit: Twitter/Jonah Goldberg)

Tragically, the slice of grapefruit was deemed not sufficiently "G-like" by Free Press readers, and the attempt at achieving a visually appealing headline turned awry for the newspaper.

Before long, images of the headline began appearing on Facebook and Twitter, and an inevitable explosion of "rapefruit" jokes and puns ensued.

"You are absolutely right that rape is not funny and nothing to joke about. Rapefruit on the other hand is frigging hilarious," wrote one tickled netizen on the newspaper's Facebook page.

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Free Press staff responded to the headline faux pas Tuesday, publishing a post entitled "Next time, we'll just use the G."

“Obviously, in hindsight, we would have done this differently,” Jim Santori, the newspaper's publisher, said.

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