People make mistakes in their writing all the time. I understand that. I make mistakes too. But after my beg bug post I decided to dig a little deeper into the world of typos, and found that a missed letter or number here and there can be really quite catastrophic. Here are five of the best (or worst):
1. The Crowne Plaza Quarto D'Altino hotel in Venice, Italy, decided to honor reservations made on August 9th, 2009 after its rooms were advertised online for 1 cent per night. Although the mistake was quickly rectified, the hotel lost over $129,000 in revenue. (Meanwhile, yours truly was on vacation in Texas at that time and paying $89.95 to stay at a Motel 6. Life is so unfair.)
2. This is a picture of the Mariner 1 launch on July 22, 1962.
3. Note to self: If I ever get anything indelibly inked on my skin, it will only be from someone who can satisfactorily pass an impromptu spelling test.
Even I would have caught that one.
5. And finally, the most horrendous of all typos. Earlier this year Penguin Books Australia issued an apology for a recipe in the Pasta Bible cookbook which called for "salt and freshly ground black people." Ouch. 7000 copies of the book were destroyed, although those that had already been shipped to retailers were not recalled. Hmmm...just goes to show that spell check isn't always your friend.