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Typos are commonplace. Who among us hasn't made mistakes in important documents / texts, etc.? But what if your inattention would lead to fatal consequences? What if a typo cost your life? We present to you 6 historical fatal typos that changed the fate of people.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the French geographer Malte-Brennes lived. One of his duties was to identify errors and typographical errors in the texts for printing in the atlas.
He noticed somehow a rather gross mistake: in the name of one of the mountains on the map of France, the place was attributed to 3600 feet, only 36 feet. The geographer corrected the margins of the map and sent it to the printing house for correction. In the reprinted text, Malte-Brenn noted that an extra zero was now added to the actual height of the mountain, and now it was 36,000 feet.
The enraged geographer corrected the figure again and sent the atlas for correction. What was it like for him when in the new release the height of the mountains was already 36 million feet! Unable to bear it, Malt-Brenn wrote: However, the workers of the printing house turned out to be creative guys who took the geographer's letter in a peculiar way. As a result, the final version of the geographic atlas was such that the mountain peak rises 36,000,000 feet. And she has a plateau where 36 thousand mountain donkeys graze.
Fatal letter "l"
It was for her that all the workers of the newspaper Pravda Vostoka paid with their lives. In the issue of October 25, 1944, a translation of a letter from the Yugoslav politician Josip Broz Tito to Joseph Stalin was published. In the address to the "Commander-in-Chief", the letter "l" was omitted.
Although the circulation was seized before it went on sale, the employees of the newspaper were still shot. The NKVD officers did not find only 6 copies of the newspaper. One of them was unveiled by a collector many years later.
When Napoleon's nephew Louis Bonaparte ascended the French throne, he decided to take the name of a famous close relative. Just a day before the coronation, all printing houses in the city were working on publishing leaflets, the beginning of which was the exclamation: The layout designer of the leaflet understood the handwritten version in his own way, and instead of exclamation marks he put the Roman numeral "III".
Because of this misprint, Louis Bonaparte became Napoleon III, although history does not know Napoleon II. Later, they tried to disguise this misunderstanding, talking about the son of Napoleon, that he could be considered the Second, if he survived.
Woman for sale …
An ad printed at the end of the 19th century can be called a classic French blooper. It was about renting a farm (ferme). However, the letter "r" was randomly replaced by "m", the word "femme", that is, "woman", was obtained. The announcement now went like this:.
Typo in Odessa
During the time of the Russian Empire, one of the Odessa newspapers talked about the coronation of the sovereign:. In the next issue, the editor of the newspaper decided to clarify. The revised version indicated:.