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Photos: Denver Post admits to setting new "sh*t record"

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Big photos below.
There was a major profanity on page one of yesterday's Denver Post -- sort of.

In news boxes all over the city, attentive folks looking at copies of the print edition saw the words "s hit record" above the fold. But it's not as if the remaining copy editors at the paper somehow missed a bold print S-bomb. The obscenity appeared by happenstance -- something explained by a Post executive in a hilarious editor's note.

Here's how it happened.

There's nothing objectionable about the main headline, as can be seen in this photo:

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The problem comes when a wraparound National Jewish Health ad known as a spadea is folded around the paper, partially covering part of page one:

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Let's take a closer look at the result, shall we?

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And now, a confession: This oddball occurrence was brought to my attention by the Post itself, in the person of newsroom operations director Linda Shapley, who told the story via pics -- because the paper won't print the word in question -- under the headline "An unintentional ad juxtaposition in Wednesday's Denver Post."

Shapley notes that such situations can cause "hilarity -- or embarrassment," and proves it with a link to the website of visual artist Charles Apple and his post featuring other examples of the phenomenon. Shapley adds another link to a site photo to illustrate the line "it could have been a lot worse:"

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Or a lot better, depending on your point of view.

More from our Media archive circa October 2012: "Denver Post: Lance Armstrong lost Tour de France titles for 'systematic hoping.'"


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18 comments
JP Thomason
JP Thomason

Amen! Al Jazeera could do a better job...RIP - Rky Mtn News....*holds hat across chest *

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Can't possibly be any lower than the DP copy desk....oh right, that no longer exists. Burn!

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

....laughin' at all of the dumbass, butthurt replies from the Very Serious Commenters. LuLz.

Ken Champion
Ken Champion

This is sad westward, pathetic even... losers.

Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott

That really is trying too hard. The whole damn staff at Denver Westword must be working on the MMJ reviews now. They are all just sitting there laughin'...

Brielle
Brielle

This was incredibly pointless.  I don't know why I wasted my time.

smlestina
smlestina

This is funny!  I appreciate Westword for these kinds of articles. :-) 

Micah Carmack
Micah Carmack

Really? Are we all 8 years old? Why don't you do a story about spelling "80085" on a calculator?

Bill
Bill

Well, it's a sh*t paper, so this just confirms it.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Bill          Gee wiz Bill, did it confirm it, really? 

RockyDeadEnd
RockyDeadEnd

@michael.roberts @Bill  

Here, let me take care of all the stock quotes from Mike's amen-chorus of RMN Dead-enders/DP haters:

1. I miss my Rocky.

2. I hate the Post. It sucks.

3. I wish everyone on the Post staff would die a horrible, painful death and that the Post building would burn to the ground.

There. The rest of you can take the day off.

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