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Spot the Difference

2008 August 15

This week, this story caught my eye. It is probably familiar to UK readers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7560392.stm

The City Council of Birmingham, England – note, England – sent out a leaflet which showed the skyline of Birmingham, Alabama – note, Alabama – to promote the city. The English city, not the Alabaman one.

An eagle eyed resident called Jon Cooper spotted the difference and wrote to the council. They replied, the “generic skyline [was] intended to symbolise an urban area”.

  • I found that particularly funny: The generic skyline intended to symbolise an urban area just happened to be Birmingham, Alabama, then?

What followed was even funnier: “Birmingham is immensely proud of its recycling record and this leaflet has helped to get the recycling message across to thousands of our enthusiastic citizens over the last 15 months.”

  • It took them 15 months to deliver all the leaflets…?
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