Jesus Lesus! That’s a Mega-Typo

Someone misspelled the name of the Vatican’s raison d’etre, Jesus, on a commemorative medallion, striking 6,000 gold, silver and bronze coins with the name Lesus. Several of the medallions were sold before someone noticed the error. The remaining medallions were recalled, making the four that were sold collectors items.

The coins were struck by the Italian Mint to honor the papacy of Francis I and carried a Latin inscription which the Pope said inspired him to join the Catholic priesthood:

Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me (Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, follow me).

I suppose the capital L could be confused with a J if you’re looking in a mirror. But more likely “Jesus” was presented as Iesus, since I was J in ancient texts–remember INRI (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum) the Latin reading as “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” — and whoever was doing the inscription for the coin thought I was a lower case L (l) not a J and made a copy-editing decision on their own.

Didn’t anyone who speaks Latin check the proofs? Maybe the devil IS in the details–and the Vatican!

Just for fun:

Using Latin gematria, Iesus= 67, and Lesus =70. Running those numbers in the gematria calculator, you can get some interesting results. Using traditional Jewish gematria for 67 produces fapfemale, and Im a geek, amongst others; in simple gematria, Elvis, Satanic, and iPhone are some of the meanings.  For 70, the traditional is not quite as interesting, resulting in, amongst others, I God, meme, and hidden. In simple gematria 70 is way more fun: robot, Yaweh, women, demons, Adam and Eve, Bernie Mac, cold feet, and zombies are just some of the results.

Amy Winehouse: Dead

Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse is dead. The British songstress was 27. While in recent years, Winehouse was known for her tabloid appearances and rather disheveled states, in 2008 Winehouse won five Grammys including  best new artist; her single “Rehab” won song and record of the year along with best pop vocal performance; and Back to Black was named best pop vocal album. Officials at U.S. embassy in London had denied her application to attend the 2008 Grammys, finally relenting just two days for the show. Travel logistics proved impossible for the singer, so she delivered her performance live from a rehearsal studio.

Details of her death are sketchy, but Winehouse had a notorious drug and alcohol habit. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed to the BBC

that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained.

Despite her hit single protesting

I won’t go to rehab, no no no

Winehouse had recently spent time in a London area drug and alcohol rehab facility, and had been told not to drink.

Daily Telegraph rock critic Neil McCormick told the BBC that Winehouse

had appeared focused when giving an “incredible performance” for a recent studio recording of a duet with Tony Bennett. “It’s deeply sad. It’s the most completely tragic waste of talent that I can remember.”

Winehouse canceled her comeback tour after the first show in June when she appeared onstage in Serbia, apparently too intoxicated to perform.

Winehouse divorced her husband Blake Clive-Felderwho spent time in prison in 2009.  Clive-Felder’s second wife Sarah Aspin told The Sun earlier this month that Winehouse

needs to keep her hands off him. He is mine and we are a family now. I’ve had enough of her thinking she can click her fingers and get him back whenever she wants. She phones him when she is really out of it and her texts are even signed off ‘your wife’.

Among those weighing in on Twitter: Kelly Osbourne and Sarah Brown wife of Britain’s former prime minister.

Alas Poor David Carradine, A Hanging Suit

Oh pity the movie Stretch;
Those they hired to carry and fetch;
And an actor found in the closet alone,
Naked and dangling, limp to the bone.
Whether sex act solo or robbery awry,
A star is dead; we imagine the why.
His widow seeks to be a wrongful death winner
Because a production assistant abandoned him for dinner.
Thus David Carradine met his fate,
And now a hanging suit awaits.

[Sources: MSNBC, Hollywood Interrupted]

photo: Creative Commons, Chris Bevans