Tuesday, June 27, 2006

In case you thought ...

... your friendly neighborhood J4400 coven sat around on weekends and made up fiendish sentences and errors that could never possibly occur in real life, just to make the quizzes difficult:

President Kennedy was shot and killed in 1963. An article on page D1 of Friday's Herald about author Harry Livingstone incorrectly identified the year of the president's assassination.

Why make stuff up when all you have to do is read the papers? (Tnx and a hatlo to Regret the Error, another invaluable source.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite occurred in my own paper, the Daytona Beach News-Journal (Daytona proper has a large black population and the several city officials are black) in which a story about the anniversary of the Tuskeegee Airmen called them the Tuskeegee Experiment.

11:24 AM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger fev said...

Ouch. That's worthy of a spot in the books.

6:13 PM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger Stephanie Milner said...

Here's a recent fun one, thanks to Poynter:


3:47 AM, July 01, 2006  
Blogger Stephanie Milner said...

Sorry, as that's illegible, I'll just cut and paste:

(Why dummy text is dangerous)

The campus newspaper for Iowa State University students will distribute a corrected version of its Special Olympics special section next week, after a headline in its table to contents titled a guide to events, "Ames for Dummies."

The Special Olympics in Ames will be the first national event for the
competition that features people with intellectual disabilities. Organizers have said a major goal of the event is to dispel stereotypes and improve treatment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Iowa State Daily Editor in Chief Chris Sigmund said the headline, published Thursday, was "something that slipped by. It was a reference to the popular book series and in no way meant to demean anybody.

"It is something that is well-known, and not derogatory to members of our generation," he said. "We’re not trying in any way to be insensitive or to hurt anyone's feelings – to show that we don’t recognize everything that goes into this with the volunteers and the athletes."

Sigmund said even before the mistake, the newspaper had planned to distribute inserts to participants and spectators during the games, which last from July 2 through 7.

He also said the person who wrote the headline will not be disciplined.

3:48 AM, July 01, 2006  
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