Arms and Anuses

I come out of long retirement to share this remarkable blurb from NPR.org:

Sarah Wendell of the blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has discovered a fatal flaw in Optical Character Recognition, a text-recognition program used to quickly scan printed books and put them online: It can’t distinguish between the words “arms” and “anus,” resulting in unprecedented levels of anus-raising, anus-flinging and anus-wrapping in lots of e-books. Wendell points to sentences like this one: “When she spotted me, she flung her anus high in the air and kept them up until she reached me.” And this one: “Mrs, Nevile, in exquisite emotion, threw her anus around the neck of Caroline, pressed Her with fervour to her breast.”

This is perfect.

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