Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Stranger Than Fictitiousness

Dear Person,

Did I ever tell you about the time Chan and I were watching the credits roll after some movie or show (might have been a Louie episode), and we noticed a typo in the line about the people and events being fictitious? I really should have. But I think I forgot. Anyway, after that we started noticing the same mistake in other movies and shows. The paragraph is obviously getting cut/pasted all over the place, with nobody noticing the error in it.

And I guess it's still "going around," because Kim and I watched a movie called The Words tonight, and here's what we saw:

See the typo?

How about now?

Ficticious! That's not how that word is spelled!

We should make a list of movies with the incorrect spelling. Or you should, or something. Okay fine, me.

To lighten the mood, here's a screenshot of Papi and Victor I got from NESN on Sunday:

Sox/Rox, 7:10. I predict a 9-3 win.

That's interesting, I wonder if they're all coming from a common production company, or if there is a template in some editing software that everyone uses with the misspelling. The Words looks like it came from some pretty small-time production companies, so I doubt that they could be responsible for it. (Incidentally, despite the fact that everyone uses that phrase, it has absolutely no legal effect.)
Just noticed at the end of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, they spell it NEITHER of the two ways spelled above! Check it out!

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