Kindred Spirits: ‘The Great Typo Hunt’ hunters

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If you love the humor of typos (and who doesn’t?), read “The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing The World, One Correction At A Time”. This book is the story of editor Jeff Deck and bookseller Benjamin Herson, who bravely declared war on U.S. typos and set out on an adventurous quest to eliminate as many typos as possible nationwide.

During 2008, they and their friends traveled to places such as New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, Galveston, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Albany and worked their magic. At one point, Deck and Herson ventured further north and corrected typos in Vancouver, Canada. To aid them in their quest, they brought essential tools such as chalk, adhesive letters, pens, Pop-Tarts and the “elixir of correction”. Deck and Herson succeeded in eliminating numerous typos, but some offenders unfortunately resisted change.

So when you need a humorous escape from reality, I highly recommend you find this book at your local library or bookstore. Also, enjoy reading their blog or see their television appearances here.

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3 responses to “Kindred Spirits: ‘The Great Typo Hunt’ hunters

  1. I heard about these guys, and I did see a story on them on TV a while back. Didn’t they get in trouble once? I had forgotten about them. Thanks for reminding me — I will have to read the book now and looking forward to it.

    • According to the book, Deck and Herson corrected a 100-year-old sign at the South Rim watchtower at the Grand Canyon and were charged with vandalism by the National Park Service. The problem: They didn’t get permission first. Now, a video on The Great Typo Hunt’s website advises other typo correctors that permission should always be obtained before the typo is fixed.

  2. Yikes! I don’t want to mess up on an editor’s blog. Correction: I will have to read the book now, and I AM looking forward to it.

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