Mistakes. Lai See likes them. They keep life interesting. An unusually large crop of them was produced yesterday. First, there was the Hong Kong Tourist Association. One of its minions popped up on RTHK at lunchtime, offering a run-down of the week's events. Emphasis on 'run'. The main item on the agenda was the Standard Chartered Marathon. The HKTAer (someone called Suzanne) said this was a 10-kilometre race that would start on Nathan Road. Drivers should avoid the cross-harbour tunnel as the runners would go through there, then round Hong Kong Island to end at the Convention Centre. Which would be helpful were it not for the fact that the half-marathon is 13 miles, the full marathon is 26 miles (more than 42 km), and its route takes runners along the west side of Hong Kong, with views of the Tsing Ma and Ting Kau bridges, before returning through the Western Harbour tunnel to finish at the Convention Centre. Lai See congratulates Suzanne somebody for getting the start and finish locations right. She said she wasn't going to be running in it herself, which we'd kind of worked out anyway after she said that the 10 km race would take two to three hours. We wonder how fast Suzanne walks. Then there was the Education Department Web site. A Lai See colleague was looking for information on NET (Native English Teaching scheme). The last time we remember that one hitting the headlines, people were complaining about salary disparities and the way work was doled out. The disaffected likened it to a lottery. Which brings us to the site. Under 'What's New' is a section entitled 'NET Teachers, Examples of Good Professional Packages'. In search of an educational experience, the SCMPer clicked on it. And found himself in a casino. 'Casino on the NET' to be exact. Featuring 'your favourite casino games', from roulette to blackjack to cyber slot machines. Amazing. Education sure has changed since Lai See 's day. We wonder if this isn't some form of politically motivated sabotage. Maybe a dissident teacher set up that link to prove that the NET scheme is a real gamble. But on to the next participant in the error fest. This very newspaper joined in with an item about a theatre project at the Arts Centre. It said, 'Conceived approximately a year ago, senior manager Ribble Chung says that . . .' Well, it doesn't really matter what she's supposed to have said. That quote must be wrong. If she was conceived a year ago, she's only three months old and there's no way she can talk yet. But on to the next mistake: Penguins don't topple over backwards when helicopters fly overhead. Some while back, everyone got it into their heads that they did. The creatures were supposed to become so mesmerised by the sight of an aircraft in flight that they would follow it with their eyes until they keeled over. Naturally, this meant that a fleet of 'copters and a gang of scientists had to rush off to the Antarctic to fly back and forth over a bunch of penguins. Eight days and 17 overflights later, their results have at last been made public. 'Not one king penguin fell over when the helicopters came over Antarctic Bay,' Richard Stone of the British Antarctic Survey told Associated Press. Turns out it was all just an urban myth. Good to see all those resources being put to good use. You wouldn't want to squander them on something dull, like earthquake victims.