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Some Mistakes Stand Forever

Today in the Word, July, 1989, p. 16

Some Mistakes Stand Forever

1. The distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate in baseball&md;60 feet, 6 inches&md;stands today because someone back in 1893 misread an order for measuring 60'0" as 60'6"!

2. The "front" of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., faces away from the main part of the city instead of toward it because architect Pierre L'Enfant mistakenly thought the city would develop eastward, not westward!