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Take this with a grain of salt

Penguin Australia acknowledges costly one-word error


Some typos are worse than others. The Australian arm of Penguin books was forced to reprint 7,000 copies of Pasta Bible last week after a recipe called for “salt and freshly ground black people” – instead of pepper – to be added to the spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto. The exercise will cost Penguin $20,000, the head of publishing, Bob Sessions, said. At $3,300 a letter, it’s a pricey typo. Stock will not be recalled from bookshops because it would be “extremely hard” to do so, Sessions said. Copies remained on the shelves in city bookshops yesterday, selling for $20. Sessions could not understand why some readers had found the slip offensive. “We’re mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don’t know,” he said.

Sydney Morning Herald

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  1. This is, of course, just another smear attack against Pastafarianism! For His Noodly Appendage touches more of us each day and those of the "normal" order of things are feeling challenged.

    Have no fear though, for FSM saw this aeons ago and planted all sorts of venomous creatures in Australia as pre-revenge. We shall over come.. or perhaps over garlic..


  2. Some people are born without a sense of humor. Why don't these offended and obviously bored people focus on some real discrimination (there is plenty to be had) and not some stupid typo?

  3. I am one of those offended people and I think this was an outrage and definately not an inocent mistake. Heads should roll!

    • Give it a rest, you made a typo in your comment. Now you can see how easy it is to do that. Should your head roll? It is a sad society that thinks no one can make a mistake because of all the sensitive egos that run around the world. Your typo is forgiven by me Glendita, you should now apologize to anyone else you offended with bad spelling and grammar.

    • I too am one of those offended peppers!

      But seriously, why anyone would get offended by this is beyond me. It's probably their need to feel self righteous. Would it have been as big a deal if it was white pepper that had been spelled incorrectly? Me thinks not! Plus, the $20,000 they are supposedly spending on a reprint is nothing compared to the worth of the free publicity that this book has now received internationally. Bet they sell a swag more copies because of this.

      People and peppers of the world – unite and chill out!