A recent article in USA Today* reported on several typos that cost certain individuals a fair amount of money.
One such was for monies that were to go to cancer research. As the article highlighted, due to incorrect wording, rather than receiving the expected $13million, cancer research was only going to receive $1.03. And that’s not a typo there. They’ll receive a mere one dollar and three cents. And of course, given the way the government does things, the cancer research folks will need to wait till the government next convenes a session to rectify this (quite obvious) mistake.
These should help us keep the importance of proofreading and thorough reviews in mind.
* I only get USA Today when it’s delivered to my hotel room. Now, I have never requested that the paper be delivered but it often shows up. I’ve always thought that the complimentary paper each morning was a nice touch. Imagine my surprise when I saw the fine print recently that stated the paper would be delivered, and I would be charged for it, unless I requested it not be delivered. Most clever on the part of the hotel (and I won’t be getting the paper in the future).