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Harry Potter Typo Could Make You $34K Richer

First edition copy will be sold in November

(Newser) - It might be time to revisit your old copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A hardcover first edition of the book, published in 1997, is expected to fetch up to $33,700 (or about 4,585 Galleons ) at a Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in... More »

Famous New York Bridge's Name Is Actually 52-Year-Old Typo

And one proud Italian-American is out to change that

(Newser) - We've all been guilty of a typo or two, but usually they don't cost $4 million to fix. CBS New York reports a Brooklyn college student is petitioning to correct the 52-year-old misspelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The bridge, which opened in 1964 and connects Brooklyn and Staten... More »

Time's Full-Page WSJ Ad Has Big Typo

Really, editor's?

(Newser) - Go big or go home, they say—though in this case, someone may be going home for good after a big mistake in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. The Time Inc. promo for Motto , its new website geared toward millennial women, appeared in Tuesday's print edition... More »

$1B Bank Heist Thwarted by ... a Typo

Hackers still made off with $81M, say officials

(Newser) - Hackers helped themselves to $81 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last month—but the massive theft could have been far worse if not for a typo, reports Reuters . Investigators say the heist began when the hackers breached the security systems of Bangladesh Bank and then, posing... More »

Tiniest of Typos Looms Large on College Billboard

Yep, apostrophes matter, as the University of South Dakota has discovered

(Newser) - A University of South Dakota billboard erected east of Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 boasts that it's the "Best in the Dakota's," adding an apostrophe that shouldn't be there, the Argus Leader reports. The director of the university's marketing department tells the Leader that... More »

How a Missing 'S' Killed a 134-Year-Old Company

Court rules in Taylor & Sons' favor

(Newser) - There are bad typos and there are bad typos. This story is a case of the latter. Taylor & Sons is a Welsh engineering firm founded in 1875; on Feb. 20, 2009, Companies House, the UK agency that incorporates and dissolves limited companies, listed it as being "wound up,... More »

Sheriff's Rug Typo: 'In Dog We Trust'

Sheriff in Pinellas County, Florida, will replace

(Newser) - Maybe the K-9 unit could use it? A new rug in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida proudly proclaimed "In Dog We Trust," reports WFTS-TV . The best part is that the rug in the sheriff's administration building in Largo was in place for several weeks... More »

Rockies Make an Epic Typo— on 15K Jerseys

Troy Tulowitzki's name is light one 't'

(Newser) - The Colorado Rockies love their All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki so much that at last night's game the team gave out 15,000 replica jerseys—emblazoned with his name spelled as Tulowizki. The rather large-scale typo was in fact noticed, the Rockies say, but they decided to go ahead with... More »

Vatican Misspells Jesus —on 6K Medals

FYI Vatican officials, it's Jesus, not Lesus

(Newser) - You'd think if anyone was going to misspell the name of God's son, it wouldn't be the Vatican. But some 6,000 gold, silver, and bronze medals to commemorate Pope Francis have been recalled after a misspelling in a Latin phrase turned Jesus into Lesus, der Spiegel ... More »

Muddled GOP Demands '6% Employment'

Democrats gloat over pair of typos

(Newser) - House Republicans won't stand for any new regulations until the employment rate drops to 6%, thus putting unemployment at 94%. At least that's what a typo in a new bill suggested—they meant unemployment, the Hill reports. Democrats spotted the error, and the bill's sponsors rushed to... More »

Oosp: Romney's New App Misspells 'America'

(That's a joke in our headline)

(Newser) - There are typos, and then there are typos, and then there's the gift Mitt Romney just handed his online detractors. Romney's campaign just launched an app that was supposed to let people show their support by taking pictures, overlaying stirring messages on them, like "American Greatness" or... More »

Ballot Typo Results in Election of Non-Candidate

A son is elected even though his father was the one running

(Newser) - Democrats in Derby, Connecticut, have a bizarre problem on their hands: Voters easily elected James J. Butler to serve on a local finance board. The problem is that it was his father, James R. Butler, who was supposed to be on the ballot. "I was the one they nominated,... More »

Typo in Romance Novel Is ... Really Unfortunate

Our male lead loses control in a bad way

(Newser) - Sometimes a typo can slip quietly into the ether ... and then there's this one in the new romance novel Baby, I'm Yours: "He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shitted on the ground." Author Susan Andersen is mortified. "... More »

Sarah Palin: 'Refudiate' Was Just Sloppy Typing

Former governor attempts to explain famous gaffe

(Newser) - Sarah Palin used her TLC soapbox last night to repudiate, er, refute, er, whatever, that whole refudiate ruckus, explaining that it was a mere typo. "I pressed an F instead of a P and people freaked out," Palin said. "Make lemonade out of lemons." Critics, however,... More »

Typo on Ochocinco's Cereal Advertises Phone Sex

Instead of Feed the Children charity

(Newser) - Even Chad Ochocinco, whose very name is his own little joke, probably isn't laughing at this one: Boxes of the Bengals wide receiver's OchocincO's cereal feature a typo in a phone number meant to send callers to a charity called Feed the Children. Instead, FailureMag notes, a breathy young thing... More »

Recipe Calls for 'Freshly Ground Black People'

Penguin reprinting 7K cookbooks over 'silly mistake'

(Newser) - Some 7,000 copies of an Australian cookbook are being reprinted after readers discovered a recipe calling for "freshly ground black people." Books already on the shelves will not be recalled. Penguin Group Australia spokesman Bob Sessions said he found the misprint "quite forgivable" because "proofreading... More »

Stanley Cup Could Use Spell Check

(Newser) - As hulking as NHL players may seem on ice, they can be even more daunting to etch in silver, reports the Wall Street Journal in a look at the quirky typos that decorate hockey's storied Stanley Cup. An influx of Eastern European and Scandinavian players has the league's official silversmith... More »

'Cahier's Check' Typo Sinks Fraud Scam

Thief ordered phones to FBI office, but agents were waiting

(Newser) - A Tennessee man is being held on two counts of forgery in a scheme that included fake cashier’s checks spelled “cahier’s” and the delivery of merchandise to an FBI office, the Monroe News Star reports. The Monroe FBI received a package of refurbished cell phones and a... More »

Stevens Jury Finds Typo; Defense Urges Acquittal

On indictment, feds charged senator checked 'no' box when he checked 'yes'

(Newser) - The jury in Ted Stevens’ corruption trial has uncovered an error in one indictment, and the defense is springing at the chance, the Hill reports. Jurors sent the judge a note today questioning a discrepancy in the prosecution’s allegations regarding the senator’s 2001 financial disclosure. Where the indictment... More »

'Osama' Ballots Spark Probe by NY County

Absentee voters picked up on typo multiple proofreaders missed

(Newser) - "Barack Osama" appears on 300 Rensselaer County absentee ballots, and the upstate New York county’s government wants to know why. Legislators from both parties have ordered an investigation into the board of elections, which prints its own ballots rather than contracting out the work. The board says... More »

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