The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

While typos are usually harmless little annoyances, sometimes they can completely change the meaning of a religious edict, embarrass a nation, or cause an engineering project to end in disaster. Here are some particular doozies from the history of typos.

Printers Bible, 1612

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

In some copies, Psalm 119:161 reads "Printers have persecuted me without a cause" rather than "Princes have persecuted…" Above, you can see the text as it was meant to be read, without the errata.

(via King James Bible Online)

The Wicked Bible, 1631, published by Robert Barker and Martin Lucas in London

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

In the Ten Commandments the word "not" is missing from the Seventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not commit adultery."

(via David C. Lachman)

The Fools Bible, 1631

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

The text of Psalm 14 read, "The fool hath said in his heart there is a God," rather than "The fool hath said in his heart there is no God." Above, you can see the text the way it's supposed to be written.

(via King James Bible Online)

The Vinegar Bible, printed by John Baskett in Oxford, 1717

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

It has a nickname of "A Baskett-ful of Errors" because of its numerous typographical errata. The most-known one is in the chapter heading for Luke 20, reads "The Parable of the Vinegar" instead of "The Parable of the Vineyard."

(via Cambridge University Library)

The preface of The Vocabulary of East Anglia, by Robert Forby, 1830

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

(via Reddit)

The word 'Dord', from the second edition of New International Dictionary, by G. & C. Merriam Company, 1934, only removed in 1947

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

Webster's chemistry editor, Austin M. Patterson sent in a slip reading "D or d, cont./density" in 1931, but it was misinterpreted as a single word.

Wikipedia says:

This was a plausible mistake because headwords on slips were typed with spaces between the letters, making "D or d" look very much like "D o r d".

http://io9.com/5962730/the-greatest-scientific-typo-in-history

(via Cool Stuff4819)

Owl Bible, 1944

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

In 1 Peter 3:5: "For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their owl husbands." instead of "own husbands."

(via Public Domain Image)

The Mariner 1 mission in 1962 ended in failure above the Atlantic Ocean, never flies by Venus. The cause was a missed hyphen.

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

(via NASA/Wikimedia Commons)

1.5 million 50-peso coins that spelled Chile as "Chiie", 2008

The Most Disastrous Typos In Western History

(via Frank Vedel)