Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Golden Grahams®, Frankenberry® and Mueslix®.

Can you spot the mistake in this article from the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday?  You may have to click on it to make it large enough to read.

The article was written by Robert Kirby, a columnist for the paper.  He usually writes pretty funny stuff, so part of me wants to believe that the mistake is on purpose.  But after reading the entire article, that kind of humor just doesn’t seem to belong there.

Let me know what you think, ‘cause I can’t make up my mind whether he meant to make that pun or if it is a case of spellcheck going bezerk. (Click on “Read more” to see the error of their ways.)







The gifts from the three wise men are supposed to be gold, frankincense and myrrh,  not Frankenberry.


Lisa Shafer said...

It's Kirby. Of COURSE he meant to put "frankenberry" in there!
Usually he makes Mormon jokes -- and some of them you might have missed, as you haven't been dragged to Mormon Sunday School meetings often enough. For example, he often refers to his pioneer great great grandfather, Korihor Kirby. This might zip right over the heads of some readers, but to every reader who's slogged through the Book of Mormon dozens of times, it's a complete joke. You see, the good old BofM has three Anti-Christs who appear in its tales, and one of them is named Korihor. No pioneer Mormon would've named their kid Korihor. It'd be like naming your kid Lucifer or Hitler.
The whole point of this is that "Frankenberry" as one of the three gifts of the wise men is right up there with Korihor Kirby: a religious joke.

Now, what totally pleases me is that I've gotten you hooked on looking for errors and typos that are funny. Look! I've corrupted you! First I get you doing writers' games and exercises, and now you're PROOFREADING!!!
My work here is done. :)

Karen S. said...

Maybe Lisa has really answered this, although thanks for bringing him to light, he'd be interesting to follow, (I like how he delivers his real message) BUT Frankenberry of course, it's cereal first created right here in Golden Valley Minnesota! He was talking about children and what do they LOVE to eat and eat! CEREAL! Not a typo and he was by no way mocking or being anti-Christ...just what's really important in a kid's world anyway ..right!!!!

Lisa Shafer said...

Oh, no, Karen. I didn't mean that Frankenberry was an Anti-Christ; I just meant that Kirby loves throwing in little religious twists for humor in his works. Of course, sometimes they're not religious. He also claimed to have a cat named Bob Valdez for years. No doubt this was supposed to make those of us old enough remember all those 80s commercials about Juan Valdez picking coffee beans by hand.
But congrats on living next to the sugar rush capital of the world. :)