James May from Top Gear was once fired for making a secret message in Autocar Magazine

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James May from Top Gear was once fired for making a secret message in Autocar Magazine

The laconic Captan Slow, James May, from Top Gear was once fired from Autocar when he inserted a secret message in the text of an article. Funny.

In an interview with Richard Allinson on BBC Radio 2,[ May confessed that he was fired in 1992 from Autocar magazine after putting together a hidden message in one issue.

At the end of the year, the magazine's "Road Test Year Book" supplement was published. Each spread featured four reviews and each review started with a large, red letter. May's role was to put the entire supplement together, which "was extremely boring and took several months". He went on to say:

... Quote:
So I had this idea that if I re-edited the beginnings of all the little texts, I could make these red letters spell out a message through the magazine, which I thought was brilliant. I can't remember exactly what it said, but it was to the effect that "You might think this is a really great thing, but if you were sitting here making it up you'd realise it's a real pain in the arse".

It took me about two months to do it and on the day that it came out I'd actually forgotten that I'd done it because there's a bit of a gap between it being "put to bed" and coming out on the shelves. When I arrived at work that morning everybody was looking at their shoes and I was summoned to the managing director of the company's office.

The thing had come out and nobody at work had spotted what I'd done because I'd made the words work around the pages so you never saw a whole word. But all the readers had seen it and they'd written in thinking they'd won a prize or a car or something.


May's original message, punctuated appropriately, reads: "So you think it's really good? Yeah, you should try making the bloody thing up. It's a real pain in the arse."

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By netchicken: posted on 14-11-2009








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