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No pun intended?



Healthcare reform sorecard?

Was this a typo or was it meant as a pun?


I’d like to claim it was a clever bit of wordplay, but since the actual piece refers to a “scorecard,” then I guess it was a typo. We fixed it: GBU Editor

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OUCH! indeed…


OUCH! Oscar-winner Cotillard stuck with award pin

gbu mitterrandCotillard has spent much of her time in Hollywood since winning the Oscar for her performance as the singer Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose” in 2008 but she was back in Paris to receive the decoration from Culture Minister Francois Mitterrand.

The French culture minister is Frédéric Mitterrand, not François (the former, deceased President).

910 BC?


gbu islamic period 280Excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Annette Nagar holds a fragment of a marble plaque with an Arabic inscription discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem February 17, 2010. According to Professor Moshe Sharon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the inscription, which is characteristic of the first centuries of the Islamic period, dates back to the year 910 BC. Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

The caption under this image is not fully correct. I am sure Professor Moshe Sharon wouldn’t give the date as ” BC ”

Not a tough period?


Stec continues to see inventory impa gbu stec

BANGALORE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Stec Inc, which makes flash memory storage products, posted quarterly earnings in line with estimates, but an inventory overhang at its top customer EMC Corp dampened first-quarter forecast and sent the company’s shares down 30 percent in extended trade.

Stec, which makes the new solid-state drive optical media format, said it expects the first half of 2010 to be a tough period as the inventory carryover at EMC is expected to continue to hurt sales to that company during the period.

Not the Virgin Mary?



A statue of Virgin Mary sits amid the destruction left by a major earthquake in La Pezca March 1, 2010. Chile’s government scrambled on Monday to provide aid to thousands of homeless people in coastal towns devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunamis, as 10,000 troops patrolled to quell looting. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

This photo is NOT the “Virgin Mary” it is Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Gibe vs. Jibe


Vonn hurt by Mancuso jibe over popularity

OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/SUPERG-Does anyone there have a journalism degree or maybe English?

Jibe = sailing term. Gibe = mocking term.

How does this make a worldwide article headline?


In British English, jibe is the correct spelling for the word Americans know as gibe: GBU Editor

Bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is wrapped in her national flag as she adjusts her skis on the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s Alpine Skiing Super-G race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

No, the other Korea…


north korea490

south korea flag cropPlease see this page. I can see our national flag on the sled, called ‘Taegukgi.’

It is the South Korean national flag. Yes, I’m South Korean and want to correct the caption that says North Korea.

Playing his what?


For New Orleans, victory is about more than football

BRITAIN HARRODS“I wouldn’t trade these memories for all the doubloons in Mardi Gras,” said Robert Peri, who said he spent Sunday night on the balcony of his French Quarter hotel, playing “When the Saints Come Marching In” on his coronet.

In the story about New Orleans’ reaction to the Saints’ Super Bowl win, you mention that a man played his “coronet” during the game.

Born in Washington?


mei lan 490

Mei Lan, whose name means “Atlanta Beauty” is a Giant Panda who was born on September 6, 2006, at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. You erroneously reported that she was born in Washington, DC.

I have watched this panda grow up ever since she was born. For you to report that she was born in Washington, DC, is not only an unfortunate misrepresentation but completely undermines Zoo Atlanta as the most successful Giant Panda breeding and conservation program in the United States. A correction to this story is necessary, and I believe an apology is in order to Mei Lan, Zoo Atlanta, and all of us in Atlanta who have been combing the news to keep up with our Atlanta Beauty since her departure, and we shall continue to do so.

Dear John…


“Avatar” loses box office crown to “Dear John”

USA/Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried star as lovers whose romance is curtailed by the September 11 attacks. It was directed by Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom and based on “The Notebook,” a novel by Nicholas Sparks.

Your article states that the movie Dear John is based on the novel The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. This is not correct. It is based on the novel Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Just thought you should know.