A few years ago I got bored one evening and coded a Twitter bot that generates New Scientist-headlines, as seen on Buzzfeed. I like NS but I was basically just taking the piss out of the more sensationalist headlines. I realised that the funniest tweets were the surreal ones so I gave it permission to experiment a bit more with bizarre headlines and made it learn what people liked based on retweets and favourites. After 1000 tweets and 800+ followers I chose to retire it. But now it’s back!
Feel free to follow @NS_headlines! Sometimes the headlines are nuts but occasionally it’s hard to tell the difference between my bot and the real thing: