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Typo Vigilantes Get Banned From National Parks 13

Jeff Michael Deck and Benjamin Douglas Herson travel the nation removing typos from public signs. As you can imagine, nobody cared, that is until they 'fixed' a historic marker at the Grand Canyon. The pair were charged with vandalism, sentenced to a year's probation, during which they cannot enter any national park, and ordered to pay restitution. Deck, a Dartmouth graduate, told reporters he became passionate about grammar after winning junior-high spelling bees. It's a shame that you can't spell your way into a life.


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  • So did they use that money to fix it so that it is now incorrect again?

    • by pla ( 258480 )
      So did they use that money to fix it so that it is now incorrect again?

      Probably not, fines like that almost never go to actual repairs.

      Even if the government does restore the sign to its incorrect original state, however, these heroes need not fear their efforts went unappreciated - I fully expect we can look forward to a wave of copycats correcting atrocious grammar wherever it may lurk. And I for one thank them for their sacrifice, for the sake of all of us.

      As for the "work of art" angle - Sorry,
      • by mysidia ( 191772 )

        If a misspelt sign constitutes a work of art -- then so does the hand-correction of it!

        If they try to correct the sign, they'll be defacing a work of art!

  • Finally (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Let this be a lesson to any of you grammer nazis.
  • by jrboatright ( 843291 ) on Monday August 25, 2008 @06:05PM (#24743353) Homepage

    It's important to actually READ TFA.

    They didn't just "fix" a historical marker, they vandalized an irreplaceable historical ART OBJECT -- a hand painted sign painted more than 60 years ago by the architect Mary Colter.


    Fortunately, if I read TFA correctly, they used white out... which can probably be removed.

    • by emart ( 1343753 )
      yeah, i believe that they crossed over the boundary between 'harmless fun' and 'property damage' when they went after something like that. poor form on their part, because some of the other work they have done is quite hilarious.
    • by grantgw ( 855927 )
      huh - $3000 + a year probation for "correcting a misplaced apostrophe and comma". Isn't that a more serious punishment than a first time offender who assaults someone?
      • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

        by QuasiEvil ( 74356 )

        If it is, I'm okay with it. Assault is just against one person, and they'll most likely heal - the destruction of historic artifacts is a crime against society, an affront to all of our heritage. Much like I believe intentional arson against historic structures should be punished by life imprisonment or possibly capital punishment. Then again I'm a historian in my spare time, and I take such things quite seriously considering the number of irreplaceable items we've lost to such pointless acts of stupidit

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          Handwaving away assault, and then going on about "crime against society" (please) and "an affront of all our heritage" (nonsense). What he did was vandalism, pure and simple. He did something stupid, but 1) he didn't destroy it 2) injuring someone is far worse than petty vandalism even in the name of "history".

          You're a fanatic. Life is going to go on just fine for everyone over a minute and stupid change to some mostly unimportant sign anyway, and guess what? Nobody really is hurt.

          "Affront of all our he

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      60 Years! Noo! Nobody was alive then!

  • Not that there is really anything on it: []
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  • How ignorant do you have to be to get a sign made and not check the spelling and grammar like ten times before you get it printed? The morons in government who are responsible for these mistake should be ousted and cut off without pay.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb