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901688.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:53 am Reply with quote

There was a classic misprint on a sign in a hotel...

'In case of fire in the Hotel, please consult embers of staff'

Any more?

901694.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:50 am Reply with quote

Yes, there's the classic OHMS on British Government envelopes way back last century; should have been HMSO (Her Majesty's Stationery Office), but somebody didn't check the proofs, and ordered millions of them.

Spud McLaren
901744.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:36 pm Reply with quote

One from the Derby Green 'Un (sport newspaper) a long time ago:

"O'Hare trapped the ball, turned and shat all in one movement."

901756.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:20 pm Reply with quote

Reminds me of Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

In a near-death experience, the poet Slade sees a tall white fountain. Later he reads about a woman "whose heart had been / Rubbed back to life by a prompt surgeon's hand" and who reports that she "glimpsed a tall white fountain".

Shade tracks the woman down, only to find her impossibly gushy. Rather than have her swamp him with claims to a mystical bond between them, he backs off, and calls on the journalist who had written the story:

He took his article from a steel file:
"It's accurate. I have not changed her style.
There's one misprint--not that it matters much:
Mountain, not fountain. The majestic touch."

Life Everlasting--based on a misprint!

901764.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:38 pm Reply with quote

Good stuff, guys. (& gals, ofcourse)

I believe I may have posted about this before on QI some time ago, but I remember back in the eighties, our local rag reported on a spate of vandalism in a nearby town where nearly every vehicle in a certain road or street had had its aerial bent. The very last paragraph of the article stated:

'Police are appealing to anyone who say anything suspicious to contact them'.

901767.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:56 pm Reply with quote

A famous headline in a Major Dutch Newspaper, back in 1966:

(by our Royal Correspondent)

Spud McLaren
901770.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:06 pm Reply with quote

I have a copy of The Land God Gave to Cain, by Hammond Innes, which contains the immortal line, "Bill Lands turded away from the door..."

901774.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:14 pm Reply with quote

What must his diet been like?!

901775.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:15 pm Reply with quote

Maybe he ate a lot of Bran Flakes. Or prunes.

901778.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:24 pm Reply with quote

No, it must have been something sturdying (pardon the pun). It made him turn away fom the door.

<tries to keep image at bay - fails massively>

901810.  Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:38 pm Reply with quote

One of my favourites.

Janet H
901841.  Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:02 am Reply with quote

The Guardian used to be famous for their typos. None finer than
this -

The Guardian is no longer so celebrated for its misprints but there will always be those of us who are nostalgic for the days when it was, and when the opera critic Phillip Hope Wallace, for example, could wake up to find that he had reviewed last night's Covent Garden performance of Doris Godunov.

901848.  Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:45 am Reply with quote

And yes, it's true that the most celebrated opening line of any Fleet Street war correspondent was that of the hack in the Congo who yelled: "Anyone here been raped and speaks English?"

Oh Janet - what a priceless piece. Thanks for that.

901849.  Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:58 am Reply with quote

In the original Private Eye Book of Boobs the Guardian (or Grauniad) was quoted as mentioning the London borough of "Hammershit".

That particular typo has burrowed into my brain so deeply that I have to be very, very careful pronouncing "Hammersmith". Luckily, I don't often find myself discussing the place.

901855.  Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:18 am Reply with quote

As I may have recounted before - this one from my quite short-lived time as typist with Hexham Police.

I had typed up a long statement from a long-hand report about some incident. The witness in case was somebody called Mr Gormley. As usual I used the spellcheck, but didn't register everything that was suggested. As a result I got a severe bollocking coz the man's name, throughout the many pages, had been changed into 'Mr Gormless'.
Those statements may well be read out in Court.
You dread to think....

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