Despite the best efforts of diligent armies of proofreaders, plenty of slip-ups and mistakes find their way into print. Some of these goofs turn out to be quite amusing, and a few have achieved legendary status.
Technical glitch on CNN web site revealed obituaries for several famous but not-yet-dead people.
Newspaper reporter falls for the old “funny name” gag.
Captioning glitch on national TV news program transforms an “enlarged prostate” into something considerably more exciting.
Urban legends TV show falls for joke about Blackbeard’s using a nursery rhyme to recruit fellow pirates.
Photograph from FOXNews web site depicting the New York City skyline the morning after the 2003 North American blackout includes a view of the World Trade Center towers.
During an interview with CORE national spokesman Niger Innis, MSNBC displayed a graphic identifying him as “Nigger Innis.”*
The New York Times issued an unusual correction to the obituary of photographer Marvin Smith.
An Associated Press dispatch mistakenly sent out to newspapers included home phone numbers for hundreds of well-known sports figures.
A ‘Dear Abby’ advice column was pulled because it included a letter taken from an episode of The Simpsons.
Urban Myth board game falls for joke about Blackbeard’s using a nursery rhyme to recruit fellow pirates.
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