Spell Check, Anyone?

I bought a Don Williams CD from a fairly mainstream music store here in Beijing. It looked okay, had holograms in all the right places, and even had a silver ingot inside the see-through spine, bearing the name of the record label: “Bailey”. When I actually opened the package and turned the disc over, the recorded surface was all pitted and didn’t look right. So I wasn’t surprised when my CD player couldn’t read the Table of Contents. Fortunately, my computer’s CD player was able to read it without problems. But here’s the most interesting bit. The warning that goes around the outer label of the disc reads as follows:

ALL RIGHTS OF PRODUCLER AND THE OWNER REPRODDUCED RESERVED VNATHRISD COPYING HURING LENDING PUBFORMACE AND BROAD CASTING OF THIS RECROING IS PROHIBTEDFGHIDDGHH OFDREDFG ISDSHUE DFGJBCCMNHJ DOIUES FIHBXZSK DFIRUWERITIT REIWE EOERIR FUYUY

As a former Social Studies teacher of mine used to say, “I kid you not.” Spell check, anyone? Nope, not in China. I guess what I bought wasn’t legitimate after all. The music’s great, though.

3 thoughts on “Spell Check, Anyone?

  1. chris

    maybe someone was under the influence of alcohol when writing the label. wasnt it mr. pederson who said i kid you not?

  2. Darren Post author

    You could be right about him as well, but I was referring to Mr. Neremburg. He used to say, “Is that clear?” and “Do you understand?” almost after every thought. I started a tally one semester, just to keep track. The best moments of his class, though, occurred in the sleepy afternoons when people started to doze off. Without warning, he would break into a Hitler or Musolini speech and make us jump out of our seats! He was great.

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