Ridiculous Typos & Piss-Poor Proof-Reading

Schrodinger's Zebra

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What is also interesting is that they've used a photo of an accident, unrelated to smoking, to warn of the dangers of smoking.
Yes, exactly. I did consider posting this in the 'Things that make you go WTF' thread but the grammar mistakes overwhelmed me so I put it here :)

Makes one wonder if this isn't the first time a photo unrelated to smoking, has been used for the smoking campaign. Can't be the only time, can it? Honest mistake, guv, and all that?
 

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Does one still technically 'own' an amputated leg after it's been medically removed? What would you do with it if you kept it? I do recall the strange story of (if I recall correctly) an American guy who had a foot removed, asked to keep it and subsequently cooked it and served it to his friends who were all well aware of what they were eating.
 

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Does one still technically 'own' an amputated leg after it's been medically removed? What would you do with it if you kept it? I do recall the strange story of (if I recall correctly) an American guy who had a foot removed, asked to keep it and subsequently cooked it and served it to his friends who were all well aware of what they were eating.
Yes, you do own your amputated body parts although the custom is to relinquish them to the surgeon for examination/research and/or hygienic disposal.
As we know, this can go horribly wrong.

(The issue in the photo dispute is the ownership of an image of the patient. Photographers own copyright to the images they make, or their employers do, but they should be used sensitively and anonymously and only for educational purposes in accordance with medical ethics.
The photo is claimed to be of an identifiable patient and to have been used without consent, and is anyway irrelevant if it's of a shooting victim and not a smoker. All very muddy.)
 

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Does one still technically 'own' an amputated leg after it's been medically removed? What would you do with it if you kept it? I do recall the strange story of (if I recall correctly) an American guy who had a foot removed, asked to keep it and subsequently cooked it and served it to his friends who were all well aware of what they were eating.
*sets down mug of hot chocolate and grimaces*
 

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I vaguely remember a poster campaign against Childhood Obesity that got one of the political parties (Labour ?) in trouble. Not only did they use a picture of a grossly overweight 3 year old without permission, but they'd neglected to check/mention that the child suffered from Prader Willi Syndrome (always hungry). The kid would have been even fatter if not for the constant dilligence of the demonised parents (who stated that they would never ever vote Labour).
 

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Long, fascinating article in the Guardian on typos and how, in some cases, lives have been destroyed – far too easily – by the misplacing, addition or subtraction of a single digit. In one case a 200-year-old company was ruined, in another a man's life was torn apart when he was accused of pornography offences – because one digit was accidentally added to an IP address so the police investigated the wrong, totally innocent person.

https://www.theguardian.com/technol...-life-saving-romance-typos-that-changed-lives
 

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Long, fascinating article in the Guardian on typos and how, in some cases, lives have been destroyed – far too easily – by the misplacing, addition or subtraction of a single digit. In one case a 200-year-old company was ruined, in another a man's life was torn apart when he was accused of pornography offences – because one digit was accidentally added to an IP address so the police investigated the wrong, totally innocent person.

https://www.theguardian.com/technol...-life-saving-romance-typos-that-changed-lives
I may have mentioned before the (UL of the ..?) poor Soviet telegraphist who missed the letter R out of the city name Stalingrad. Given that Russian almost always elides the verb to be, the typo Stalingad ended up meaning "Stalinisashit." Not the sort of message you'd want to send... Adding insult to injury, if she'd missed the G instead, she would have transmitted Stalinrad, or "Stalinishappy", which might (although, given the weird paranoia of the times, there was no guarantee) have spared her the all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime to Siberia...
 

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When I first started at the college campus where I still work today, my job required me to email my boss about courses taken at other institutions. The subject line would be the name of the school where the courses were taken. Frequently they would involve the City University of New York, so the email would be marked CUNY Hunter College, CUNY Queens College, etc.

In my first couple of weeks I sent her one that I thought was marked CUNY, but instead of the Y key, I accidentally hit the nearby T. I only discovered it a year or so afterwards while searching old email. When I mentioned it to my boss, she said she was momentarily shocked at first, but realized by the context that it was an innocent mistake.
 
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