The Cost of Accuracy

We all make mistakes, especially when typing at high speed, but this article in yesterday’s i makes me feel a bit better about the errors I’ve overlooked:

“Companies House in London has been ordered to pay £8.8m o the owners of a family business in Cardiff forced into administratin after a typo made by the government body. In 2009 it erroneously listed Taylor and Sons as having been ‘wound up’ – when it was Taylor and Son (with no ‘s’) tht had gone bust.

The UK’s biggest tourism drive, which cost £125m, sought to entice visitors to our shores in 2012. Unfortunately a global poster campaign had to be pulled as it referred to the Brecon Beacons as ‘Breacon Beacons’.

A trader on the Tokyo stock exchange wanted to trade 1 share at 610,000 yen in 2005. Instead, he accidentally sold 610,000 shares at 1 yen each. His firm lost an embarrassing 27bn yen (£150m).

A US car dealership produced 50,000 scratch-cards offering $1,000 in 2007. a mispring resulted in every ticket being a winner. The firm appeased customers by offering them gift cards, setting t back $250,000.

A single missing hyphen in the coding used to set trajectory and speed of Mariner 1, Nasa’s first interplanetary probe, cause the craft to deviate from the correct course moments after take-off in 1962. the £53m craft was destroyed.

IN 1631 printer Robert Barker produced 1,000 bibles for Charles 1. But an omitted ‘not’ meant the 7th commandment read ‘Thou shalt commit adultery’. The book was dubbed the Wicked Bible and Barker went out of business.

The search engine giant Google was supposed to be named ‘Googol’, but when registering the domain name in 1997, a slip of the finger resulted in the website we know today.

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