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“Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day”

This is what happens if you leave it all to the spellchecker!

The quote appeared in a piece by Reuters about the decoding of the honeybee genome in 2006. Apparently, the autocorrect dutifully replaced all mentions of “the queen” with “Queen Elizabeth”, thus informing us about some yet unheard of capacities of the British monarch.

Thanks to  Radiolab for referring to this beautiful typo in “Oops. Stories of unintended consequences” and to Craig Silverman for gracefully preserving it on Regret the Error.

3 comments
  1. Bug Girl says: June 24, 20121:29 am

    This is possibly the best thing I’ve ever read on the internet! :D

  2. Jiving us that we were voodoo says: July 5, 20128:51 pm

    […] experience with big launches.”“Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day.” (via Ed Yong)(Four decades of Ziggy Stardust via Nevermind the Bricolage.) Filed […]

  3. Cor Aquilonis says: July 5, 201211:19 pm

    Little known fact: eggs are where Corgis come from. Now, it all becomes clear.

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