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Dear Ann Landers: This is from the Cazenovia, NY Republican. I thought it was hilarious. If you agree, please run it. J.R., Syracuse, NY Dear J.R. It cracked me up. Thanks for sending it my way. Ann Landers

It is a miracle that newspapers have so few typographical erros considering the number of people who handle each piece of copy and the pressure of deadlines. But now and then, something goes wrong and has to be corrected. Those corrections are also subject to error. This bulletin from the New York Press Association shows what can happen when a paper tries to set something straight.

Monday: FOR SALE: R.D. Jones has a sewing machine for sale. Phone 555-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelley who lives with him cheap.

Tuesday: We regret having erred in R.D. Jones ad yesterday. It should have read: One sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 555-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him after 7:00 pm.

Wednesday: R.D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in his classified ad yesterday. His ad should have read as follows. FOR SALE: R.D. Jones has a sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 555-0707. Ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him after 7:00 pm.

Thursday: NOTICE: I, R.D. Jones have no sewing machine for sale. Don't call 555-0707. The telepnone has been taken out. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday, she was my housekeeper. She quit!

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