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Billboard spelling error creates embarrassment
wsbt ^ | 09/20/10 | dianne daniels

Posted on 09/20/2010 8:25:45 PM PDT by hoosierboy

SOUTH BEND — If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make when it comes to a message, ask the thousands of people who drove by a digital billboard near the intersection of Ironwood and State Road 23 between Thursday and Monday morning.

The ad urged people to go to the "southbendon.com" website for a look at the "15 best things about our pubic schools." That's right, the billboard said "pubic" instead of "public" schools. The letter "L" had been left out of the word public.

Lee MacMillan of South Bend said his wife spotted the error on Saturday while sitting in traffic.

"She got home and said, ‘I can't believe it said what I think it said,’" MacMillan recalls.

"So we were out driving around yesterday and sure enough, it had that typo in it. So we took a picture and the rest is history, as they say," MacMillan adds.

MacMillan posted the picture he took on Facebook. He also emailed it to his neighbor, South Bend School Superintendent Jim Kapsa.

Responsibility for the spelling error has been claimed by the Blue Waters Group. The company does work for the city of South Bend's redevelopment commission to promote the city.

"I feel terrible. It's a mistake we made and we're guilty of it, and responsible for it. and we take full responsibility for the error," said Patrick Strickler, president of the Blue Waters Group.

"Four people looked at it, eyeballed it and didn't see the mistake, and those people all work for me,” Strickler explained. “We take responsibility for it. We simply blew it. We did not see the missing "L."

He says he became aware of the problem Monday morning.

"We jumped on it and immediately had it taken down by Burkhart. They took it out of rotation and began to repair it," Strickler said.

"We're the ones who made the mistake, not the city or the school," Strickler emphasized.

As of late afternoon on Monday, a representative from the Blue Waters Group indicated the content of the billboard had been fixed and the digital message was up and running again.


TOPICS: Government; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: billboard; bush; bushschools; bushsfault; bushymascot; creates; embarrassment; error; hairyschools; humor; obama; pubic; pubicschools; public; publicschools; schools; southbend; southbendon; spelling
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1 posted on 09/20/2010 8:25:49 PM PDT by hoosierboy
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You can’t make this stuff up.


2 posted on 09/20/2010 8:27:12 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: hoosierboy
Hope nobody got crabby about this hairy situation...
3 posted on 09/20/2010 8:27:21 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: hoosierboy

Self-fulfilling prophecy...


4 posted on 09/20/2010 8:28:20 PM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: hoosierboy

Hilarious...reminds me of another imbecile who said America has 57 states.


5 posted on 09/20/2010 8:29:11 PM PDT by max americana (I post 1st..and show up last)
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To: hoosierboy

I’m sure it’s on failblog.org already!


6 posted on 09/20/2010 8:29:15 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: hoosierboy

Your tax dollars at work.

Nonsense on stilts, and right before the election, too!

I love it!


7 posted on 09/20/2010 8:29:31 PM PDT by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government footprint!)
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To: hoosierboy

I fail to see the problem..... meh ;P


8 posted on 09/20/2010 8:31:20 PM PDT by CAluvdubya ("Sarah Palin fights, we cannot spare her."--GonzoGOP)
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To: max americana
Hilarious...reminds me of another imbecile who said America has 57 states.

And just today his VP said he was 2nd in line for the presidency. I guess Pelosi was pulling a trick on him in case Obama is impeached.

9 posted on 09/20/2010 8:32:02 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: hoosierboy

Hm?...So why are “pubic” schools using tax dollars to market their product? Hm?


10 posted on 09/20/2010 8:33:17 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: hoosierboy

I’ll bet a teacher wrote it out for the billboard guys.


11 posted on 09/20/2010 8:34:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Crimes Against Liberty" - David Limbaugh. See page 387)
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To: hoosierboy

Spelling error? Yeah, right.


12 posted on 09/20/2010 8:34:21 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: hoosierboy

The really horrible thing about this is that it took 5 days for someone to report the error.


13 posted on 09/20/2010 8:34:21 PM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: behzinlea

You can’t make this stuff up.

Years ago, my wife took a teaching job in New Jersey. She got a letter from the State of New Jersey on her acceptance to teach in that state.
The letterhead on the stationary was: State of New Jersey: Derpartment of Eduction.

NO FOOLIN.


14 posted on 09/20/2010 8:35:51 PM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: highlander_UW

LOL, no way! Biden said that? hahahaha..


15 posted on 09/20/2010 8:36:08 PM PDT by max americana (I post 1st..and show up last)
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To: hoosierboy

Pubic schools. Only happens at South Bend.


16 posted on 09/20/2010 8:36:55 PM PDT by paudio (The Democrats have been majority in Congress since 2006, not 2008!)
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To: hoosierboy

Surprised it didn’t cause a crash.


17 posted on 09/20/2010 8:39:18 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: max americana
LOL, no way! Biden said that? hahahaha..

There is a link on Drudge under a photo of Biden with that as a quote. I'm guessing it was from some Biden speech.

18 posted on 09/20/2010 8:41:03 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: highlander_UW
Obama himself is first in line, if he dares to claim it, which, for better or for worse, he did.
19 posted on 09/20/2010 8:41:31 PM PDT by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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To: hoosierboy
If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make


20 posted on 09/20/2010 8:41:48 PM PDT by South40 (Filled with hatred for those that disagree, democrats are the most intolerant bigots on earth)
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To: hoosierboy
"Four people looked at it, eyeballed it and didn't see the mistake

Okay....

21 posted on 09/20/2010 8:42:22 PM PDT by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: Mobties

The missus and I went away for a few days and had our mail held while away; with delivery to recommence today. NO MAIL! When I phoned the P.O. they checked and told me the mail carrier FORGOTEN. So I drove down and picked it up myself. As I drove to the Post Office I was thinking: “So these are the people you want to handle your healthcare?!


22 posted on 09/20/2010 8:43:21 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: dufekin
Obama himself is first in line, if he dares to claim it, which, for better or for worse, he did.

Obama is president, rather he acts the part or not...the VP is first in line, and the speaker of the house is 2nd in line.

23 posted on 09/20/2010 8:43:34 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: hoosierboy

Freudian slip, but I use the term PUBIC schools all the time.


24 posted on 09/20/2010 8:45:34 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: paudio

Wonder what they call the school mascot?


25 posted on 09/20/2010 8:45:34 PM PDT by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
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To: South40
If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make

Not only that, capitalization matters too... just one capital letter between bestiality and helping your uncle Jack off his horse.

26 posted on 09/20/2010 8:48:08 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: wintertime

More truth in this than not! Health clinics in high schools now hand out birth control pills and have explicit sex education classes including the proper donning of a condom.


27 posted on 09/20/2010 8:59:02 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: hoosierboy

Huh? I don’t notice any misspelling.


28 posted on 09/20/2010 9:03:44 PM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM - America's inevitable road to destruction.)
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To: bleach
>Wonder what they call the school mascot?

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29 posted on 09/20/2010 9:04:46 PM PDT by TYVets
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30 posted on 09/20/2010 9:08:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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No surprising at all.


31 posted on 09/20/2010 9:10:14 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I really wanted to steal the road sign at the University of Georgia. It said “Daed End”.

My wife saw a McDonald’s sign advertising their new Anus Burger.


32 posted on 09/20/2010 9:11:31 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: hoosierboy

When I was a kid living in a small Midwestern town our local paper, which was legendary for printing typos, ran an ad for a local church. The ad was supposed to say the church was holding a pot luck supper that sat night in their basement.

They replaced an L with an F, it was epic. :-)


33 posted on 09/20/2010 9:12:53 PM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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I really wanted to steal the road sign at the University of Georgia. It said “Daed End”.

Let the Big Dawg Read.

34 posted on 09/20/2010 9:14:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (Rangers Magic Number - 6)
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> Wonder what they call the school mascot?

I don't know, but school spirit must be high -- I heard that nearly every boy in the place stands up for his school.

And I can't believe nobody has yet mentioned that this is clearly "BUSH'S FAULT"!

35 posted on 09/20/2010 9:14:17 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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36 posted on 09/20/2010 9:16:46 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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> My wife saw a McDonald’s sign advertising their new Anus Burger.

"I can't believe I ate the hole thing" ???

37 posted on 09/20/2010 9:17:03 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: max americana

I have heard, however, that there are 57 islamic states ...


38 posted on 09/20/2010 9:20:01 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: dayglored

And they compete in the Bush league.


39 posted on 09/20/2010 9:21:53 PM PDT by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
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To: hoosierboy
When I was a kid I thought (for a long time) that it was public hair.
40 posted on 09/20/2010 9:25:11 PM PDT by 386wt
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To: hoosierboy

I worked as a typesetter with the comp department of our local newspaper many years ago. An ad for an “organ recital” ran for about two weeks before someone noticed that the ad was actually announcing an “organ rectal.”


41 posted on 09/20/2010 9:28:31 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: South40

I’m sure that wasn’t intentional-—NOT!


42 posted on 09/20/2010 9:43:37 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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That’s public schools for you. It is really bad out there.


43 posted on 09/20/2010 9:47:33 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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Just missed spelling it right by a hair...


44 posted on 09/20/2010 9:50:24 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: highlander_UW

VP said he was 2nd in line for the presidency.

Biden also said, “Don’t compare us to the Almighty, compare us to the alternative.”


45 posted on 09/20/2010 9:50:45 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: hoosierboy

It is not a spelling error.


46 posted on 09/20/2010 9:53:50 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: abner

“Four people looked at it, eyeballed it and didn’t see the mistake, and those people all work for me,”

The really horrible thing about this is that it took 5 days for someone to report the error.

Indiana?


47 posted on 09/20/2010 9:56:29 PM PDT by dragnet2
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Biden also said, “Don’t compare us to the Almighty, compare us to the alternative.”

You have to give Biden credit, he may not be smart, but he is honest.

48 posted on 09/20/2010 9:58:37 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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I’m sure that wasn’t intentional-—NOT!

Oh it wasn't intentional; he's a Republican so they meant to say 'House Nigger'.

49 posted on 09/20/2010 10:00:43 PM PDT by South40 (Filled with hatred for those that disagree, democrats are the most intolerant bigots on earth)
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Wow, MSNBC calling a black guy the N-word, imagine if Fox did that the FCC would pull their license. Of course since it’s MSNBC we know it had to be a mistake. But then again, it says he is a “Republican Consultant” so maybe it wasn’t a mistake . . . . . . . .


50 posted on 09/20/2010 10:02:29 PM PDT by decisis
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