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Perot Museum Needs a Copy Editor

Yesterday Bradford posted this picture from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The metal benches throughout the museum have various factoids cut into them. Pretty cool. Except, as a commenter named Adam pointed out, this sentence needs some help. Makes me wonder if the museum has any other benches with similarly grammatically challenged sentences. Here’s what Adam wrote:

Okay, this place is a museum? For, like, teaching our children and whatnot? If so, then how does a sentence like the one above literally get itself cut into metal? The grammar is horrible. It’s barely even English. Exactly how many “lives” does an average person get these days? I could have sworn we each got just one. How about:

“The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of his or her life.”

Or, better still:

“The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs per year.”

  • Anne

    Forget the grammar. There’s a bigger issue here.

  • Tim Rogers


  • Anne


  • David Burrows

    Oh I see. They forgot to add… “on the Earth”

  • Chris Chris

    I saw that claim yesterday and aside from the atrocious grammar, I call into suspect on the actual claim itself. I spent extensive time (5 minutes) researching multiple sources (Google) to find out where this delectable vermin-related factoid originated but came up empty.

  • Kitti

    Lack of grammar and lack of a decent editor. What a shame! Spend all that money and then that little poor grammar culprit reflects that no one literate is behind all that expense. Perhaps the Perots will catch the mistake and engage the work of a midnight editor. Perhaps…….

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  • Daniel

    Since when is typography a “bigger issue” than grammar? What are you, a mass murderer or a graphic designer or something?

  • mynameisbill

    In a multi-universe this works splendidly. I learned that by watching the film ‘The One’ starring Jet Li.

  • Joy

    Who is “the average person”? And how about using copy that’s more engaging, too?
    “How many bugs did YOU eat last year? Try 430! That’s the average eaten each year per person, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.”