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NASTY-TYPO: A US newspaper has made one of the most embarrassing typographical errors in media history.


New Hampshire’s Valley News spelt its own name incorrectly –– in the masthead on the front page.

This Monday readers were surprised to see the paper’s name spelled “Valley Newss”. The newspaper, acknowledged the error the following day.

“Readers may have noticed that the Valley News misspelled its own name on yesterday’s front page,” it read.

“Given that we routinely call on other institutions to hold themselves accountable for the mistakes, let us say for the record: We sure feel silly.”

The misspelling has already been touted as favourite for typo of the year by the Regret the Error blog, which monitors media mistakes. –– Ananova.

TRIGGER-HAPPY: A 56-year-old US man has been arrested after shooting his lawnmower because it would not start.

“I can do that,” Keith Walendowski, (56) from Wisconsin, reportedly told police after his arrest. “It’s my lawn mower and my yard, so I can shoot it if I want.”

Milwaukee police charged Walendowski, with possession of a short-barrelled shotgun or rifle and disorderly conduct.

He could face a fine of up to US$11000 and six years and three months in prison, if convicted.

Walendowski said he would tell police “the truth”, according to the complaint.

“I got pissed because my lawn mower wouldn’t start, so I got my shotgun and shot it,” he said.

As for the mower, a local retailer said the gunshot damage could make its repair unlikely.

“Anything not factory recommended would void the warranty,” Dick Wagner of Wagner’s Garden Mart told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. –– Ananova.

OOPS!: A family heading for a week’s holiday in Lanzarote are back home after a mix-up meant they flew to Turkey instead.

Charles Coray, wife Tania and nine-year-old daughter Phoebe did not realise until they landed and a hostess said: “Welcome to Turkey.”

They had been issued the wrong boarding passes by a ground handling worker at Cardiff airport, reports the BBC.

The Corays, from Cardiff in the UK, had booked an all-inclusive holiday with First Choice and were supposed to be flying into Arrecife, Lanzarote.

But instead they found themselves in Bodrum airport, Turkey where they then had to pay a £10 visa charge per person before boarding a plane back to Cardiff.

Coray said: “We were half asleep and did not realise that the girl on the desk had put us on the wrong plane.”

The family flew back to Cardiff after there was space on the returning flight from Turkey. Coray said they were not willing to holiday in Turkey.

Coray said they were not willing to holiday in Turkey.

“We’re now booked on a like-for-like holiday in Ibiza. My daughter has looked at the pictures in the brochure and is excited again,” he added.

“I’ll make sure I check the boarding passes so we don’t make that mistake again!”

A spokesman for handling agents Servisair apologised for the upset caused and said the passenger service agent who accepted them onto the wrong flight had been suspended from duty pending a hearing.

A spokeswoman for First Choice also apologised for the mistake and said the Coray family would be refunded in full for any additional expenses incurred. — BBC.

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