Reports of mangling were mangled?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2011/11/10 07:01 -05:00, original URI:

Over in the Suggestion Box, Aakash Mehendale asked:

Today's DailyWTF has an image of a newspaper article in which the text has come out mangled with a mangling I've never seen before. It seems to have become *mostly* x and z. Any ideas on what's happened here? Bad OCR? Some really oddball re-encoding issue?

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I can't find the article in question about the mangling.

Because, as may have noticed, my Blog seems to have mangled the text.

I don't know what to do with it now.

Except maybe revel in the irony?

I didn't do it myself, but I seem to have lost some info here...

Michael Madsen on 10 Nov 2011 7:38 AM:

The proper URL is - in case that link breaks as well, go to and click on ~QCCmp2Txt~.

John Cowan on 10 Nov 2011 8:56 AM:

It's (that's slash Articles slash tilde QCCmp2Txt tilde dot aspx, in case there is more corruption).  The newspaper picture in question is at .

Michael S. Kaplan on 10 Nov 2011 9:48 AM:

Weird. Doesn't look like encoding, it looks like corrupt text...

Van on 10 Nov 2011 2:20 PM:

The headline and the few pieces of text in italic are unharmed. Is it possible that a physical printing wheel of some sort was installed wrong?

Michael S. Kaplan on 10 Nov 2011 6:33 PM:


Daniel on 10 Nov 2011 10:35 PM:

Maybe you can try

Simon Buchan on 11 Nov 2011 2:57 AM:

Printing presses print from full-page plates, so a physical muck-up seems unlikely. Looks to me like the printer uses PostScript or PDF the regular font had broken glyph mapping; either a corrupt embedded font or, less likely, fall-back incorrectly applied (assuming identical glyph-ids or something).

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