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BS: The worst typo I've ever seen

SharonA 06 Nov 02 - 09:52 AM
Amos 06 Nov 02 - 09:56 AM
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Subject: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: SharonA
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 09:52 AM

I was at K-Mart last night, in the Christmas-decoration section, looking at the Nativity figurines. I came across a boxed set and was reading the side panel of the box to see what was included in the set... and there it was, The Worst Typo I've Ever Seen. Quite possibly the worst typo of all time!!!

The box listed the set as including a stable plus:
Mary figurine
Joseph figurine
An Angel
The Baddy

Now, I have to assume that they meant to say "baby", and it was obvious from other boxes by the same manufacturer that the copywriter's first language was not English. I work in the graphic design field, so I've seen some awful typos make it to press, but I can't believe that this one made it to the store shelves!

Jesus Christ as "The Baddy"?!? The bad guy?!?!?!? I was tempted to buy the Nativity set just to have that box!!! What a great gift for an atheist friend... ;^)

So what's the worst typo you've ever seen?


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Amos
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 09:56 AM

Too funny, Sharon. And boldly put, too!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Skipjack K8
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:03 AM

jOhn from Hull9, the seminal dyslexic, with his sleevenotes for the Cara CD he generously put up for the Mudcat auction. Track number three. 'Standing in the rath' is the correct track title. The rath is a fairy ring, and I have stood in the very rath with the author, so feel qualified to bear testament to the personal intensity of the tune.




However, jOhn has enhanced the title by replacing the 'r' with a 'b'.


Now that should get the bidding up. It is a marvellous CD. I'm in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:10 AM

I enjoy this kind of typo--and have been known to buy products just to get the lables. My ex brought home a double-sided multi-suction cup thing for holding soap called "Suck All" that is still around here somewhere. I found this recently on a plastic jar at a local dollar store:

    No use in microwaves or convecional furnace

    Dishearten the foods and hot liquid at the ambient temperature before paking in the pot

    Wash with tepid water or cold water, avoiding the use of the aluading agent

    Only the lid may be to carry at top in the dishes-wash

Dictionaries can be marvelous things, can't they?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:13 AM

tables, lables. . . make that labels.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:14 AM

According to one letter I received, I used to live at
   Stonegate Condom


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:23 AM

Pope laid in South End. (Headline on a story about a new sewer line being installed in southerly district of city. It was supposed to say "Pipe laid in South End.")
Listing of volunteer opportunities said baby sitters were sought to work four-hour shits. (supposed to be shifts).
Story about a pod of pilot whales becoming grounded referred to this as an "ass beaching." (Was supposed to be mass beaching.)
All come from the newspaper where I work. I was the editor responsible for the second two.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Alice
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:23 AM

When I worked for a souvenir sportswear company that sold to gift shops in national parks and other destination resorts, we created designs that were then sold with the appropriate destination name on them. Doing the custom name changes to fit each order was an intense rush time. One artist in the department was particularly bad at spelling. An order made it out of production and all the way to the customer in Virginia City before the typo was spotted - Virgina City.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Mooh
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:29 AM

I grew up in Anglican church rectories, which often received misdirected mail. On more than one occassion we got mail for the United church down the street addressed to the "Untied" church, much to the amusement of clergyman in the house.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:36 AM

Near Miami Airport, there is a store on 36th St which sports a large sign stating that they were "suppliers to the airlines of the wold".

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,IanB at work
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:38 AM

Yes, I once saw a newspaper which referred to The Untied States, which I rather liked.

Apocryphal story from the Oxford Times many years ago, when the car factories were closing down here, and the sub-editor's original heading 'Jobs Blow for Oxford' got scrambled.

It came out as: Blow Jobs for Oxford.

- Ian B


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bobert
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:40 AM

Sorry, thought you folks were talkin' about me...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: jeffp
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:07 AM

At a company where i used to work, the newsletter once carried an article on how resumes that were too wordy might cause you to be passed over for a job. The headline was, "Windy Resumes Blow Jobs." Always take a second look after you write it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Wolfgang
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:25 AM

Two examples from Mudcat I remember:

(1) 'Jew Jersey' (and it was a typo and nothing else)
(2) Wolfgang Schussel (if you click you get the explanation)

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:31 AM

When I was a kid I was given a catapult-powered "rocket", complete with parachuting astronaut. According to the Japanese-into-English instructions, "the spaceman will eject at the top of his fly". Gains something in the translation...!

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Trevor
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:36 AM

When I worked in a department store about a hundred years ago, the promotional cards were made on site by a signwriter. The best one I saw, which had escaped the notice of four people before it reached me on the menswear department was 'Special Reductions in Shits'!


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: mooman
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:40 AM

Not exactly a typo but a memorable UK newspaper headline from the early 70s:

"Sewage crisis - Heath steps in"

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:42 AM

a lady I knew at the US Environmental Protection Agency one showed me her treasured stamp she had gotten from the in-house 'store'...
   It was used to stamp internal communications to ensure attention and rapid delivery, and it stated clearly: EXPEDIATE!


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,Tim
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:47 AM

It wasn't a typo, but the best headline I've seen lately (Cape May Star and Wave) was

"Mobile Neutering Van a Welcome Site"

I puckered slightly when I read that.

Tim


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: sian, west wales
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:53 AM

In the early '70s my church 'back home' in the Niagara Penninsula hired an extremely nice middle-age woman as Christian Education Worker. The local rag ran a full page article on her and listed her hobbies as, "reading and pornography". I doubt if her interest in "photography" actually lay in this direction...

Also, the local paper here in Carmarthen put up some new signage a few years back. The English read, "The oldest paper in Wales". The Welsh read, "Y papur hunaf yng Nghymru"; trans.: The sleepiest paper in Wales. If dozy = sleepy, they just about got that right!

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: KingBrilliant
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:57 AM

One of my faves is a friend "talking" to me on a Unix machine - he blamed an error on cutnpaste (except he misspelt it.......).

Also - I am the proud owner of a TV remote control handset with a bass control AND a "trouble" control.

Kris


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Ebbie
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:01 PM

The promotional foreword on a Notary Public manual was written by our lieutenant governor. Among other things, she assured us that "the Office of Notary Pubic has a long and honorable history."


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,Tim
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:04 PM

Ahhhh, that's a classic. In college, our course offerings one year included "Pubic Management". Hard to believe that wasn't intentional subversion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Willie-O
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:14 PM

The motto of Perth Ontario is "Make Haste Slowly".

It's not a typo, they think they mean it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: HuwG
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:23 PM

Quoted on the "News Quiz" on BBC Radio 4:

"For sale: Kennel [US = Doghouse]. Would suit medium- to large-sized dog. Very turdy."


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,allen woodpecker
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:24 PM

Similarly a headline, rather than a typo. A local Councillor in Carrickfergus (N. Ireland) was both supporting and opening a bowel disorder, Crohns disease type medical unit in the area (maybe it was a bowel cancer charity hospice, i don't quite recall) and was photographed at the opening under the headline "Local dignatory supports bowel movement". a.w.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Burke
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:43 PM

I once sent a message to an e-mail discussion group about my 'bother-in-law.' I got several very confusing comments on my opinion of him. My replies to them gave the senders an additional laugh before I finally realized my mistake.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Watson
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:52 PM

Big banner on the side of a mobile phone shop over the road from my office says they sell "excessories".


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bert
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 01:36 PM

Sharon,

perhaps it was written deliberately by someone who wanted to buy a beer on a Sunday.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Nemesis
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 01:41 PM

IN the Daily Times of Malawi when I lived there re. what was on at the local flea pit cinema

" .....STARRING CLINK EASTWOOD!"

The next day there was an errata message, apologising and advising us that the advert should have said

" ..... STARRING CUNT EASTWOOD"


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 01:59 PM

Many of the Wendy's hamburger restaurants in the Fort Worth area are owned by a single franchiser, and someone at the head office had an embossed sign made to stick on the drive-through window at each restaurant. It says

No Checks Excepted

After complaining many times and getting no response, I finally stuck a Sharpie permanent marker in my glove box, and when I drive through one that I haven't edited yet, I leave with it looking like

No Checks Excepted Accepted


SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Deda
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 02:15 PM

An acquaintance of mine whose last name is Claypool got mail address to Mr. Claypoop.

And then there was the Black Angus restaurant in Denver, which I've mentioned before. One of its neon letters blew out, leaving a big sign reading "Black Anus restaurant".


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Joe_F
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 02:17 PM

The worst typo I have intercepted in my career as a copyeditor was in an article on modeling the spread of AIDS. It said that "viral counts were high", except that I had to supply the o.

Some years ago Time Magazine perpetrated a delightfully distracting word division, strictly according to the rules, in a discussion of arms control. It went something like

...it no longer matters which
combatant has the bigger arse-
nal...

In less than a saccade, a vision of sumo wrestlers flashed into my mind.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Pooby
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 02:28 PM

When I'm not Pooby the folkie, I'm a full-time newspaper editor, so I've seen bushels of typos (probably more than a few that I'm personally to blame for). But hands down, my all-time favorite (must be, because it dates back about 30 years) was from a New York Times article on the wedding of Tricky Dick's daughter Tricia Nixon to a guy named Edward Cox. A couple paragraphs into the story (but still on Page 1) the reporter was describing Tricia's attire, but a few words or so got left out. The sentence ended up reading: "The bride's gown was decorated with white Cox...."


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: SharonA
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 02:28 PM

Bert: LOL! Nah, I'm pretty sure it was an honest mistake, especially since there was also a Shepherd's Stall set (misspelled "Shepher's Stall") that included a figurine of "A Shepher's"!

On the Tonight Show on Monday nights, Jay Leno has a feature called "Headlines" in which he displays various newspaper clippings with the sort of misspellings and double-meanings seen on this thread. This past Monday, he showed a newspaper ad for a business in Spring House, PA that was described as being across the street from the "Puke Restaurant". It's actually called the Pike Restaurant, but having eaten a few meals there I have to say that, in this case, the typo may indeed have been deliberately made!

I have an egg carton that I've kept for years simply because the brand name was printed at the same size as the word "eggs" and in a very similar font, so that it appears to be a carton of "Wolf Eggs".


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 03:58 PM

Not exactly a typo, but Alice's story of the tee-shirt misprint reminded me of it. When I was working in the college bookstore business, a paper products manufacturer in Atlanta took an order for several thousand spiral-bound notebooks from Florida State University. The books were to be printed with F.S.U.'s name and university seal in the school colors, "garnet and gold". When the order arrived, the books had the correct school name and seal, but they had been printed in orange and blue, the school colors of F.S.U.'s hated arch rival, The University of Florida.

Of course, the order had to be redone. The store I was working in bought the defective notebooks from the paper company for a ridiculously low price and we sold them as novelty items. They actually sold like hotcakes.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Dave Swan
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 04:06 PM

A friend of mine lived in Whittier, California and commented on the frequent typos in mail addressed to him. Just below the W on the keyboard lies the culprit.

D


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,Tim
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 04:26 PM

In the 80's, I lived in Rhode Island. The megaplex in Warwick had a giant marquee announcing the new Star Trek movie "The Search for Spark". Undoubtedly not a typo per se -- just Vo Dilan phonetics. No offense to the Biggest Little, I still luv ya.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 04:55 PM

being In the printing business Ive seen tons of them.
but probably historys most notorious typo was the so-called Devils BIble in
the 16th century (where the 'Not' was left out of the 6th commandment)

THou shalt kill.

on another note, our local set dancing group made up little posters
advertising the set dances our group met once a week, with a drop in fee ($3.50).

except the ad ended by saying for a drop-in feel call Aizlynn & phone number.
petr.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Peter T.
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 06:49 PM

"Arrange your private parts here for Christmas" is one that I saw recently on a Portuguese building on College Street in Toronto. The "y" had gone missing. yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 07:13 PM

This was back in the 70s: a local blues record store published a monthly newsletter for its customers, announcing new releases and sale items. An album titled "The Immortal Mississippi John Hurt" lost a letter and was advertised as "The Immoral Mississippi John Hurt."

Mary Katherine


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 09:05 PM

I am VERY careful when I type "hard disk"....not everyone is....


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Genie
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 09:30 PM

I worked for a while in a day care center called "Cub Corner Early Childhood Learning Center." The owner was livid when the Yellow Pages made a typo in her (rather expensive) ad, so that it read "...Early Childhood Learing Center." (Even though that's not how you spell "leering," it would sound the same.)

The phone company would not give her any kind of refund on the ad. (They're the phone company. They didn't have to.)

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bert
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 11:03 PM

Hard disk is alright Bill. It's floppy disk that I'm careful about.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: GUEST,steve
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 08:26 AM

I like the one about the Goons.

A fan wrote in asking for a singed photograph.

I believe they obliged.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: SharonA
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 08:49 AM

Petr: You're close, but that Bible's typo was in the 7th commandment (Exodus 20:14), which then read "Thou shalt commit adultery." See this page on the Wicked Bible: http://www.catholicapologetics.net/wicked_bible.htm (click on link: http://www.catholicapologetics.net/wicked_bible.htm)


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Bill D
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 10:49 AM

bert... them 'floppies' just need a pic or two of a cute cheerleader on each one.....virtual Viagra


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: mooman
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 11:07 AM

Again not a typo but a radio announcement...from Radio Malawi I believe some years ago:

"The time is now 11 am Greenwich...

...meantime here is the news"


moo


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Melani
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 12:21 PM

I committed a strange sentance myself last week, but it was rather subtle, so I let it stand. After I wrote, "Whaling afforded black men employment opportunities they did not have on shore," one of my co-workers pointed out that of course it did, since one seldom hunts whales ON shore.


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Subject: RE: BS: The worst typo I've ever seen
From: Fossil
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 12:22 PM

We once employed an agency that shortly afterwards changed its logo and letterheads to read "X (better spare their blushes) Pubic Relations". They sent me several mailings (which I carefully preserved) before discreetly inserting the missing "l".


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