Wikipedia Finds Mysterious Typo That Created a Clandestine Jewish Immigrant Ship

A tiny decades-old typographical error that snowballed into a historical inaccuracy is discovered by a Wikipedia editor.

A tiny typographical error from 74 years ago made it into the history books, creating out of thin air a clandestine Jewish immigrant ship with 699 passengers that never existed. That, at least, is the claim of the Israeli editors of the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia. A lively discussion among the editors over the past month ended recently in a bit of real and rare drama: the deletion of an entry.