Copyright trap in "Copyright Traps" column?

There is a typo in: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a4_165.html

Come now, they shouldn’t have to swear about it. Can’t they just show us one they used?

Just kidding. I think there is a missing “not” in this paragraphy, right before the “use”. The question is, did Cecil leave this out just to catch people plagiarizing him?

I post this mainly in jest, but I’m also wondering if columns like this can be edited, or are they cast in stone? I mean, it is a Classic after all … should I report this to somebody? The moderators? The administrator? Adams himself? The FCC?


Any similarity in the above text to an English word or phrase is purely coincidental.

This column in included in The Straight Dope Tells All, and the word never appears there, so this looks like an editing error exclusive to the web site.

I particularly like your idea of reporting this error to the Federal Communications Commission. Preferably the Chairman. Good luck in your endeavors. Let us know how it turns out.

I believe that the proper solution would be an addendum.

I’m just wondering, like the good natured cynic that I am, if the map companies just say that so they don’t have to admit that they are wrong.

Well, I was thinking about reporting it to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, but I heard he/she’s kinda busy. So I figured the FCC was next on the list.

The response I got back from the FCC was, “Look, dude, either you pay your $1.10, or you get off the bus. And I dunno nothin about no map traps. My map is up hear.” At this point the guy tapped his temple.

Who’d’ve thought the FCC would have disguised its local office to look like a city bus?