I’ll admit that I judge people by they way they write. I try not to, but it’s really hard for some reason. I make assumptions about people based on spelling and punctuation. I cringe when I read Facebook updates that misuse homonyms, use apostrophes to pluralize, or simply forgo punctuation altogether. Of course, we all make typos from time to time. I’m definitely guilty of it, and I am aware that I’m probably being judged, too.
Typos may not seem like any big deal, but it turns out that there are some that have actually changed the world. From an $85 million “hyphen” to a misplaced decimal that still influences encyclopedia entries, this post at Cracked.com highlights some of the doozies. (By the way, there’s some swearing and stuff, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.)