Somewhere in West London this morning, a sub editor has been relegated to photocopying duty. In a great spot for Kath Arney on the You Do Too Much blog, an Independent hack has been caught out copying text directly from Wikipedia. The cosy friendship between hard-pressed journalists and the online encyclopedia usually goes unremarked – unless they accidentally copy toilet humour and/or mild swearing verbatim:
Although the Wikipedia article has now been corrected, revision histories clearly show a mischievous contributor changing the name of of a Herefordshire music festival to, erm, “Wanky Balls”. As Bitter Wallet puts it:
It won’t surprise you that Big Chill was never called Wanky Balls, Sweaty Nads, Greasy Schlong or anything else for that matter
That’s one way to make an impression your new proprietor.