You have heard that old saying that "Sticks and stones can brake my bones but words can never hurt me". Well, that is not necessarily true, sometimes words can really hurt you. I found an instance from back in September 21st 1987 about a misprint in the paper that almost cost a man his life. Actually, it was a computer that put this man in jeopardy. This guy was a Mafia loan collector and a New York paper's spelling checker didn't like the original which called him a "ruthless enforcer" and it changed it to "ruthless informer"!!
Of course the paper published a retraction and an apology, but I wonder if it was quick enough to save this "ruthless informer"?? Or maybe that paper just wanted to get rid of a really bad guy?? So, I wonder what other terrible things a computer error could cause? I know I have made some bad errors that I didn't catch in time, but none that could be classified as deadly. Have any of you? Now, watch what the spelling checker does and have a great day, you hear.