One bane in newspaper work is that when typing on computers, they can be ornery and misspell words, sometimes with embarrassing results. Then there are the boo-boos that turn into hilarious howlers.
Earle Tempel has made a living scanning newspapers from all over, and has collected typos, lapses of observations and wacky reporting into, at last count, four books.
For example, “Mrs. Perry told the reporter she was happy to learn that her long-lost nephew was now a leading thespian in New York. For years she had worried that he might become an actor.”
“The 2-year-old boy came down the sidewalk peddling furiously on his tricycle and smoking a cigarette. He was rather small to be riding a tricycle.”
“Miss Perkins will have a baby at the meeting so that she can illustrate the points to look for.”
“With or without a bathing suit, Barbara Williams is a mighty pretty girl.”
“It was a sad day when the physician felt the patient’s purse and decided that there was no hope.”
“These retailers know that good beef is one of the best magnets for drawing customers in their stores, and they’re not sparing the horses to get it.”
“The weather in Vermont is so bad that most of the inhabitants live in other states.”
“The Garden Club will meet Thursday. The study topic: ‘My Potted Friends.’”
“This paper wishes to apologize for yesterday’s editorial in which the statement was made that half the members of the City Council were crooks. We are sorry and wish to state that half the members of the City Council are not crooks.”
Names of papers were left off to avoid further embarrassment.