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The erratic Lauču Stone in Vidzeme, Latvia. Wikipedia photo by Gatis Pāvils (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In his autobiographical volume Memories, Charles Kegan Paul tells of a writer who had occasion to describe a tract of land between the base of a volcanic mountain and the sea, and who did so to his own satisfaction by relating that "the whole plain was strewn with erratic blacks [a geological term]'. But the printer must have been thinking of something else; for when in due course the book was published, the author was dismayed to find that he had been made responsible for stating that `the whole plain was strewn with erotic blacks'."

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