Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Curiousity (for Curiosity)

"The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing." This was written by Oscar Wilde several centuries ago. Fortunately, that is no longer true of today's news-reading public. The typo Curiousity is found on the B, or, High Probability section of Typographical Errors in Library Databases. That means that it was present in more than 16 but less than 100 records in OhioLINK at the time of its discovery. Its presence on the list is Curiousi* which just gets it over the line for the B list with 20. Without the truncation it is in 13 records. This should make you curious enough to check your own catalog to see if you accidentally loaded one of the more than 150 records with this typo that are still present in WorldCat.

Today's photo portrays a young girl climbing on the famous statue of Alice in Central Park. Alice was, of course, famous for the phrase "Curiouser and Curiouser." The original is found at

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