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Great Comic Typos No. 1

April 2, 2014

 I have before me one of the best misprints of all time. It occurs in the Christopher Hitchens-edited The Portable Atheist, in an extract from Ibn Warraq’s Why I Am Not a Muslim, quoting Palgrave on why the notion of Hell is so unjust:

“In a word, He bums one individual through all eternity amid red-hot chains and seas of molten fire, and seats another in the plenary enjoyment of an everlasting brothel between forty celestial concubines, just and equally for His own good pleasure, and because He wills it.”

I love the way the typo operates all the way through the sentence, so that “for his own good pleasure and because he wills it” gets a new meaning too.

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