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I pulled in the pile of junk mail in the mail box last night and it included a copy of one of the local weekly newspapers, this time being the Moreland Leader.

Usually I throw them straight into the recycle bin, but for some reason I decided to have a look through them this time. So I sat down at the dining room table and started reading the paper. Mostly very little of interest, just local stuff.

And then I got to page 10/11...

Page 10 was a full page ad, and page 11 had two stories on it taking the top half of the page with the bottom half also being ads. I looked at the main article and the headline didn't make any sense. I assumed it was a joke based on the article, so I read the article to find out.

Nope, it wasn't a joke based on the article.

The headline in question was "Headline In Here".

I'm thinking to myself, "They couldn't have, could they?"

I looked at the other article. It's headline was "Headline In Here Thanks Ta".

Yep, they did. Oh dear...

Now, to make it worse, I work in a company that has about half it's business newspaper related, so we know a lot of newspaper people. I brought it to the attention of the people working here, and they immediately went off and found a copy of the paper (I forgot to bring my copy in) and checked it out.

Yep, they sure did.

This started lots of laughs that they had to share with the rest of the people working here, and then they rang the people responsible for the paper to laugh at them personally, and so on.

Oops! :)

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turner23
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
scan it in! put it on the web! send it to snopes before someone thinks it's only an urban legend!
aphephobia
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
ROFLMAO.

I WANT A COPY OF IT!! *cackles* Having that on a wall to glance at when I'm not feeling so great could at least bring a smile to my face. :)

That's most excellent.
paradigmshifty
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Ever think that it might have been deliberate? How much extra coverage has that article now received...?

Of course, never ascribe to cunning that which can adequately be explained by stupidity :-)
halloranelder
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
It wasn't deliberate. We had a look at the online version of the article and it had the real headline on it.

So, yep, stupidity wins again!

"I thought you were going to fix that!" "I thought you were..."
pastryproducts
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm so on getting a copy of that, my fantastic public service contacts are on the go!
travisjhall
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)

All the News Limited papers are stored in PDF format these days. You should see if any of your company's contacts is willing to send you a copy. (Use the codeword "sharepoint" if the staff don't know what you are talking about.)

halloranelder
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
As far as I am aware, Tanya has already grabbed a copy...
travisjhall
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)

Also, I can assure you, this sort of screw-up is not that unusual. If you watch carefully, you'll probably find similar SNAFUs a couple of times each year. (Usually, somebody hasn't followed procedure. Then they try to blame it on the computers.)

kashiichan
Mar. 13th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Man, I wish I had a copy.
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