Not an S


Cambridge recently completed a new addition to a classics building. According to an article at the Huffington Post:

The automatic doors at the entrance of the… addition were supposed to be inscribed with the Aristotle quotation “All men by nature desiring to know.”

Instead, the typesetter placed a Roman “s” where a Greek one was supposed to go in the word “phusei,” which means “by nature.”

The school quickly brought sign painters in to scrape off the offending letter and insert the correct character. It could have been worse. As the Times of London put it:

It is not as embarrassing as King Minos’s discovery that his wife had slept with a bull, nor as cringeworthy as Ares and Aphrodite being caught in an adulterous embrace in a golden net.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer