Originally Posted by Pelagic
Lol....The guy was just following orders from his dyslexic boss
....Deck the balls with lots of holly
Reminds me a of (possibly apocryphal) tale about the Winnipeg Free Press. My interlocutor swore he was there and every word was true but ....
It seems that late one Christmas
Eve, just before the presses were to roll, the police reporter filed a short item about a chap named Oliver, who had come home from tomcatting one too many times, His irate wife, police said, met him the hallway of their house with a large knife and nutted him then and there. She was in custody; he was in hospital facing a future as a eunuch.
The senior editor, eager to get to the next-door bar, threw the story to the lone copy editor who hadn't already made his escape and said: "Give this a two-line hed and stick it on A1. I'll order you a beer
Minutes later, the copy editor appeared, grabbed his glass, and took a long, satisfied slug. The senior editor, taking a sip himself, idly asked: "What hed did you put on?"
The copy editor replied: "You Should Have Seen Oliver Twist."
The senior editor sprayed his beer
over the bar and told the editor to get the hell back in there and change the hed.
A few minutes later he was back again and, as the rumble of the presses next door started up, picked up his glass again. The senior editor again asked what hed had been put on the story, to which came the reply:
"She Decked The Hall With Balls of Ollie."