Crime Pays Royalties

by Robert Pondiscio
January 8th, 2010

Two men who went around the country correcting typos on signs in public places–and ended up being convicted of vandalism for their good works–have been rewarded with a book deal about their exploits.  Jeff Deck of Somerville, Mass. and Benjamin Herson, of Virginia Beach, Va blogged about their grammar-driven crusade as TEAL, the Typo Eradication Advancement League.

The pair were banned from the National Parks for a year and fined over $3,000 after using whiteout and a permanent marker to edit a sign on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in 2008.  “The overreaction of the government probably helped us a lot in terms of getting this deal,” Herson tells UPI. “It’s one of those true lemonade-out-of-lemons stories.”

They reportedly landed a $150,000 advance to write “The Great Typo Hunt,” which will hit bookstores this summer.


  1. They actually did what we all yearn to do.

    Let’s hope they don’t need a good editor.

    Comment by Claus — January 8, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  2. Priceless!

    Have you ever noticed how people hate being corrected?

    Comment by Andrea — January 10, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

  3. Then they should get it right in the first place. ;-)

    Comment by Robert Pondiscio — January 10, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

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