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"Queen Elizabeth has 10 times the lifespan of workers and lays up to 2,000 eggs a day."

The style guide for the Reuters news service calls for all references to Queen Elizabeth II to refer to her by name and/or with her title capitalized. When this 2006 article about honey bees reached the spell-checker, it got the sovereigns confused.

Queen Elizabeth does not lay 2,000 eggs per day. She's 89 years old and no longer up to that kind of work. But it wouldn't surprise me if she ends up with 10 times the lifespan of the average Briton.

-via Kevin D. Williamson


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Long ago, we used MS Word to write reports in the lab. The autocorrect would change all instances of "DNA" into "and". This was very unhelpful for molecular biology.

Of course, "cyclic adenosine monophosphate" is commonly written as "cAMP", which was inevitably corrected to "camp"
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