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The Queen’s (Misspelled) English

May 4th, 2011 by

If there’s one thing I learned after last weekend’s Royal Wedding, it’s that a whole lot of people took it really, really seriously.  That might be different in other countries around the world, but in Canada we still have the Queen on all our money and there are many, many fans of her even though she does absolutely nothing.  As you can probably tell, I’m no fan of the monarchy.

However…I know that I don’t have to tell you about all the different types of big fans of the English monarchy or of all the things that they did in preparation for the wedding or the things that they did on the day of the wedding…except for one dude.  One dude by the name of Stephen Nesbitt was so in to the wedding between William and Kate that he decided he was going to have “Good Luck William and Kate” as well as the date of the wedding tattooed on to his upper thigh.  Why exactly he chose the upper thigh for this sort of tattoo I’ll never know – but then again, I don’t understand why he got the tattoo in the first place, so let’s not split hairs.

Stephen Nesbitt with his royal wedding tattoo

Anyway, Nesbitt got his tattoo, trusting tattooist Alan Fleck with the task of getting the little details down – like the exact date of the wedding, for example.  But guess what?  Alan Fleck actually tattooed the wrong date on to Nesbitt’s upper thigh.  The tattoo now reads: Good Luck William and Kate, 28th April 2011.  Uh oh…the wedding of course, took place on the 29th.  So now Nesbitt is left with an inconvenient typo permanently inked into his upper thigh.

This entire incident has actually reconfirmed two things for me, which I will now share with you: 1. Never leave important dates, correct spellings, etc, up to your tattooist.  It’s your responsibility to not only get those things right, but to also double check that everything is in its right place after the tattooist removes the stencil from your skin.  And 2. The Royal family are shape shifting lizards.

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