My wife and I "rate" books and articles on their topic sentences - the initial declarative sentences - and whether or not that initial sentence grabs and holds our attention or not. Those that do, we continue to read, Those that do not, we dismiss and move on.
From the Orlando Sentinel yesterday, here's one that grabbed me ...
"Stowed in the cargo hold of space shuttle Endeavour for its final launch Friday is a science experiment that could upend astronomy in ways unparalleled since the Hubble Space Telescope. Or — if it flops — it could end up as a $1.5-billion hood ornament on the International Space Station."
Read more about the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer at NASA's Web site.