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Diary - Good marks

If you have ever despaired of having to correct another misplaced apostrophe, now there is proof that pedantry is worthwhile. Two men convicted of vandalising signs have been given a book deal to write about their fight against bad grammar.

Benjamin Herson and Jeff Deck were put on probation and ordered to stay out of national parks after they defaced a board at the Grand Canyon in Colorado. They replaced an apostrophe and added a comma to the 70-year-old sign, as part of a mission to correct grammatical mistakes across the United States. The friends have now landed a $150,000 (#163;94,000) advance to write a book about their hunt for errors.

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