Hours before the historic Paris climate accord was to be ratified in a final vote, someone noticed that a word had been changed in the final draft of the text—a single word that threatened to derail the entire deal.
While typos are usually harmless little annoyances, sometimes they can completely change the meaning of a religious edict, embarrass a nation, or cause an engineering project to end in disaster. Here are some particular doozies from the history of typos.
On July 22, 1962, at 9:20 PM, the Mariner I sat idly on its platform, ready to make history. After investing years of construction, calculation, and funding, NASA had high hopes that its rocket would successfully conduct a flyby survey of Venus, thus shifting the Space Race's momentum back to the home front. In every…
The Internet is a landscape filled with—some would say plagued by—typographical errors. But how much should we really worry about a misplaced apostrophe or a mistyped word?
Spot a typo on the Internet? Get your pitchforks, saddle up the horses, write to your Congressman and raise hell until it's fixed. Or... just leave a nasty comment! Truthfully though, typos suck. When you're reading something, blatant tyops (heh) can smack your eyes and snap you back to consciousness. It's like being…
Chicken soup is prescribed for the common cold, but, despite its ingredients, this magnificently named broth from the Forgotten Perfume restaurant in Beijing's Shimao Mall somehow manages to cure hepatosplenomegaly and "tuberculosis embolism." Yes, "strong Tibetan sheep placenta nourishing soup AIDS" (a.k.a. "a fish…
Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains to mimic legitimate domains belonging to Fortune 500 companies say they managed to vacuum up 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail over six months.
Being useless at English myself, I will be the last one to criticize other people's mistakes. I just find weird that, in the middle of the rush to get the news out, many people killed Obama instead of Osama tonight.
People get tattoos commemorating the things they love most: mothers, lovers, flaming skulls, et cetera. But in this spell check era of ours, it's good to see someone who appreciates that squiggly red line enough to keep it around permanently. [Neatorama]
The folks over at Notcot were using a microscope to check out their old US Visa and Border Crossing Card, a document which features tiny portraits of every U.S. President, when they noticed something strange. Who is John Quincy Adames?
A great democratizing technology, the internet is supposed to let everyone fulfill their unique, individual potential. But some internet experiences are eerily universal. Like the way we forget we're not listening to music. Or the way we respond to typos.
In today's Remainders: wishful thinking. Nikon fans hope they've stumbled on a viral campaign for new cameras; magazine companies hope their slick new ads will keep you buying magazines; Google CEO Eric Schmidt gets pranked in 1986, and more.
In today's bursting-at-the-seams Remainders: laziness. We've got a new Adesso keyboard for the couch-potato web surfer; a Taiwanese truck driver sleeping behind the wheel; a lazily conceived concept car; a demo that takes Farmville procrastination anywhere; and more!
"It's even faster than the old iPhone G3."
Elecom's TK-U09FG keyboards have gears mounted under each key, depressing evenly even if just hit on a corner. Apparently, the cause of typos is hitting a key on a corner and having the keystroke not regstr. By detecting and activating the keys on the corners, this keyboard supposedly cuts down on typos. We don't…