A hastily programmed Chrome plug-in was the culprit.
And yesterday stuff happened - hilarious stuff - to Jason Tanz of Wired Magazine.
Jason wrote a story about that memorable appearance of a zombie-faced Chris Christie standing woodenly behind Donald Trump as the reality show star gave his victory speech Super Tuesday. The story was about how Twitter interpreted Christie's blank stare, but for unsuspecting readers, the substance of Jason's article was quickly lost in a spit-take moment. Somehow, the phrase "Someone with Tiny Hands" had been substituted for the word "Trump."
"Suddenly, Someone with Tiny Hands was only the nation’s second-most-compelling political psychodrama," read Jason's piece as he recounted the Twitter's outburst. "Within minutes, Viners had re-cut the video, editing Someone with Tiny Hands out of the frame entirely and zooming in on Christie’s face.
The error persisted throughout the story, right down to the concluding paragraph which observed:
"It’s also a fitting metaphor for these chaotic times, a moment when—to paraphrase the much-paraphrased William Butler Yeats—the center cannot hold. Despite the GOP’s best efforts to sideline him, Someone with Tiny Hands remains the favorite to win his party’s nomination."
Wired magazine caught the error, and posted this correction blaming technology:
Correction at 9:58 a.m. on 3/09/2016: Due to an oversight involving a haphazardly-installed Chrome extension during the editing process, the name Donald Trump was erroneously replaced with the phrase “Someone With Tiny Hands” when this story originally published.
The Chrome extension that caused the substitution is called Make America's Hands Tiny Again, which tells appstore browsers:
"Tired of reading about a certain presidential candidate? This extension replaces his name with his most distinguishing feature."
The correction was posted without an explanation about how such a mistake came to be made, but Jason Tanz seemed to take the error in stride - after all stuff does happen - tweeting about the unforced error.
Speculation abounds on whether the narcissistic Donald Trump is more likely to sue for undervaluation, or insist Wired Magazine post photos of his hands or - heaven help us - corresponding body parts, next to a ruler.
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