God, I love epic spelling errors. And to think this sign passed through four different people at the sign company and nobody noticed the missing letter!
SOUTH BEND — If you ever wondered how much difference just one letter can make when it comes to a message, ask the thousands of people who drove by a digital billboard near the intersection of Ironwood and State Road 23 between Thursday and Monday morning.
The ad urged people to go to the “southbendon.com” website for a look at the “15 best things about our pubic schools.” Thats right, the billboard said “pubic” instead of “public” schools. The letter “L” had been left out of the word public.
Lee MacMillan of South Bend said his wife spotted the error on Saturday while sitting in traffic. ” She got home and said, ‘I cant believe it said what I think it said,’” MacMillan recalls.” So we were out driving around yesterday and sure enough, it had that typo in it. So we took a picture and the rest is history, as they say,” MacMillan adds.
This reminds me of a funny thing that happened during my high school days. A local supermarket called Public Market lost its “L”, and being the juvenile-minded person I was (am), I ran home and got my camera as soon as I saw it. Thus, I have the only existing photo of the Pubic Market of Winslow, AZ! (It’s black-and-white because I was taking some photos for the yearbook and that’s the kind of film we used.)