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Best newspaper correction ever (Original Post) nxylas Jan 2016 OP
Snort! Scuba Jan 2016 #1
Blind link. lpbk2713 Jan 2016 #2
Here it is. Denzil_DC Jan 2016 #3
Thanks lpbk2713 Jan 2016 #4
Sorry, I was on my phone at the time nxylas Jan 2016 #5
Not a problem. lpbk2713 Jan 2016 #6
Yeah, I don't blame you nxylas Jan 2016 #8
Both versions make sense... Wounded Bear Jan 2016 #7
LOL! lovemydog Jan 2016 #9
Funny, but still only second-best ever, IMO Jim Lane Jan 2016 #10
Lol Liberal_in_LA Jan 2016 #11
I heard that the guy who invented autocorrect died recently central scrutinizer Jan 2016 #12
Great! LOL. I edit docs for people who need a Hortensis Jan 2016 #13
The funfair will be held on monkey nxylas Jan 2016 #14


(6,440 posts)
5. Sorry, I was on my phone at the time
Fri Jan 1, 2016, 01:50 PM
Jan 2016

I haven't figured out yet how to copy and paste URLs of pictures directly from Twitter's Android app.


(42,638 posts)
6. Not a problem.
Fri Jan 1, 2016, 02:32 PM
Jan 2016

Not saying anything derogatory about you or what you did. It's just my habit to not go where
I don't know what to expect; lots of cookies, loud video ads, etc. Thanks for the clarification.


(6,440 posts)
8. Yeah, I don't blame you
Fri Jan 1, 2016, 02:47 PM
Jan 2016

I hoped that the subject line and URL would at least give an idea of what to expect. I don't click on links where I have no clue what I'm supposed to be looking at either.


Jim Lane

(11,175 posts)
10. Funny, but still only second-best ever, IMO
Fri Jan 1, 2016, 03:21 PM
Jan 2016

Almost a century ago, Robert Goddard was working on developing rockets that could ascend to the upper atmosphere and, much more important, reach such destinations as the Moon and Mars. After The New York Times carried a news story about his work, the paper ran an editorial (January 13, 1920) ridiculing the idea. It stated in part:

That Professor Goddard, with his "chair" in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action and reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react—to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.[45]

The Times ran what it titled "A Correction" on July 17, 1969. The day before, Apollo 11 had been launched toward the Moon, using Goddard's method (he was the first to build a liquid-fueled rocket, the technology still used today). In its correction, the Times summarized its 1920 editorial, then stated:

Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th Century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error.[50]

These quotations, and more information about skepticism about Goddard's work, can be found in his Wikipedia bio.


(58,785 posts)
13. Great! LOL. I edit docs for people who need a
Fri Jan 1, 2016, 05:02 PM
Jan 2016

little help, so the parents of a couple of our grandkids bought me a t-shirt that says,

"Let's eat Grandma."
"Let's eat, Grandma."
(Grammar saves lives.)
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