Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Pasta Bible

Wanna know what the world's worst typo is?

I still laugh when I read this ... I hope you get a chuckle out of it, too.

SYDNEY — An Australian publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with that calls for "salt and freshly ground black people."

Penguin Group's head of publishing, Bob Sessions, acknowledged the proofreader for the Pasta Bible should have picked up the error, but called it nothing more than a "silly mistake."

The "Pasta Bible" recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for freshly ground black pepper, not freshly ground black people.

"We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don't know," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"We've said to bookstores that if anyone is small-minded enough to complain about this ... silly mistake, we will happily replace (the book) for them." Even though the reprint will cost Penguin $18,500...

Basically... "Freshly Ground Black People" is the world's worst typo and it left the publisher reeling. That's what the Huffinton Post reported.

This headline says this though...

'Freshly Ground Black People' Book Sees Massive Sales Jump After Awful Typo.

I wouldn't be reeling if my book sales just saw a massive jump!

But then, I wouldn't want freshly ground people of any color in my spelt tagliatelle. Or in my regular spelt, either.

I'm not even sure I can spell spelt.

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