Most of our favorite newspaper errors are due to dummy text, the practice of typing in a bunch of gibberish to see how it'll look in the space allotted. They're funny, but they also require a complex series of missteps. That's why this unfortunate mistake, from Saturday's Register Citizen in Northwest Connecticut, is wonderful: it's a pure typo. Someone missed an "f." Just that simple. A copy editor missed it too, perhaps because the first instinct is to scan the dense copy, not the prominent subhead. And apparently everyone else missed the "shits," for four days. [Twitter]
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