No editor likes to have missed a mistake, as I did this week. So today I bring you links about mistakes, serendipitous and otherwise!
(Re-open your More.ca newsletter and play spot the grammatical error, if you want to play along. By the way, if you’re not signed up, you really should be!)
“I make mistakes; I’ll be the second to admit it. ”
― Jean Kerr
If you have friends like mine, “spot the continuity error” is a common party game. Funny mistakes in our favourite movies:
And also from Cracked.com: 6 Baffling Mistakes Every Movie Criminal Makes.
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte
From Photoshop Disasters: The missing thigh. I remember that one!
One of my favourite ethics – and Joe Morgenstern – stories regarding an engineering mistake made in building the Citicorp tower in New York: “‘I had information that nobody else in the world had,’ LeMessurier recalls. ‘I had power in my hands to effect extraordinary events that only I could initiate. I mean, sixteen years to failure–that was very simple, very clear-cut. I almost said, thank you, dear Lord, for making this problem so sharply defined that there’s no choice to make.’” (The New Yorker via Duke University)
Wired‘s Stupid Engineering Mistakes.
The Business Insider‘s 15 Life-Changing inventions that were created by mistake.
Flickr’s Beautiful Mistakes group.
And no mention of mistakes is complete without a mention of Canada’s own Craig Silverman‘s website.
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
- Elbert Hubbard
And of course, More.ca sincerely regrets the error.