January 27, 2005

Why the staff of the Encyclopedia Britannica chipped in and bought a young boy an X Box . . .


A 12-year-old British schoolboy “has uncovered several mistakes in the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica — regarded by readers as an authority on everything,” notes Justin Parkinson in a BBC News wire story. Lucian George, who goes to Highgate Junior School in London, found numerous mistakes and complained to the editors, who wrote back thanking him for “pointing out several errors and misleading statements.” Among the errors George uncovered: “the terrain of the European bison.” Says Parkinson, “He argued successfully that it encompassed parts of Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Belarus — not just Poland.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives