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Hey, hey, LBJ. How many orthographic infelicities did you execute today?


It was reported that 4 proofreaders had checked this sign before it appeared on the streets of Indiana in 2010:

Just last month we had another telling example of quis custodiet custodes from an educational establishment. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas in Austin, managed not merely to print this cherished souvenir for its graduating students:

… but really should have quit when it was behind. It then proceeded to trump itself by sending out this apologetic tweet:It didn’t end there, though. The Lyndon B. Johnson School really is a gift that keeps on giving. Can anybody parse the garbled drivel of the highlighted sentence?

I suppose it was inevitable that they would score this ignominious hat-trick of own goals. Jamais deux sans trois, after all!


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  1. Werner permalink

    Hello, (I suppose, to keep your anonymity, I must address you as) Mr. W – I do not understand the headline. Please explain to us.

  2. Hi Werner – You make a happy man very old. The distorted reference was to a chant of dissident US students of the late 1960s. For some curious reason, they felt that they would prefer not to be drafted and sent to fight and die in Vietnam.

    Before he became a School of Pubic Affairs, Lyndon B.Johnson had been President. He inherited the war in 1963 from John Kennedy. As the death toll mounted, and even an ‘establishment’ figure like Walter Cronkite reported that the war was unwinnable, popular opposition grew more vociferous. Wherever he went, Johnson was heckled by students burning draft cards and chanting: “Hey, Hey, LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?”

    Total US deaths in Iraq 2003/11: 4,477
    Total US deaths in Afghanistan so far: 1,803
    Total US deaths in Vietnam: 58,209

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