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Spelt Check

The rampant racism of the Tea Parties has now spread to dinner parties:

SYDNEY — An Australian publisher is reprinting 7,000 cookbooks over a recipe for pasta with “salt and freshly ground black people.”

Penguin Group Australia’s head of publishing, Bob Sessions, acknowledged the proofreader for the Pasta Bible should have picked up the error, but called it nothing more than a “silly mistake.”

The “Pasta Bible” recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for black pepper.

“We’re mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don’t know,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says: “Mmmm! It’s so yummy for a moment I almost forgot it was black people!”

My favorite printing error of recent years came in Survive, an anthology from Sports Afield magazine of helpful tips for the great outdoors. Mostly the usual stuff – rub a raw potato on poison ivy, roast a wood bug before you eat it – but on page 70 I was startled by this novel approach to mountain lions:

Do not approach one, especially if it is feeding or with its young. Most will avoid confrontation, so provide an escape. Do all you can to appear larger. Raise your anus, and open your jacket if you have one on.

I tried this but it only made him angrier. For some reason, it always reminds me of John Kerry’s preference for deer-hunting on all fours.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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