The Tome of Urquizá

Photo by: Kent Bonham

Dr. Olazábal gasped. “Can it be?”

Kimmy helped him move the ancient book to a stone table. The cover was made from jaguar hide, the pages from human skin. Carefully, Olazábal opened it. “It’s The Tome of Urquizá!” cheered Olazábal. “It is said the spells within could move entire continents! The sorcerer, Apezteguia died casting a spell from it in 1943.”

“It killed him?” goggled Kimmy.

“A volcano erupted beneath him.”

Olazábal read the rarest hieroglyphics in the world. “Uh…oh, I see.”


“Apezteguia was a fool. I know why he died.”

“What happened?”

“Look! There’s an obvious spelling error right there!”
Author’s Notes:

The Mexican Vocano, Parícutin, formed in 1943:

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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43 Responses to The Tome of Urquizá

  1. oldentimes says:

    Proofreading is a good thing!

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Wow, Olazábal sure knows his rare runes! Although just in case he doesn’t have as good a grasp as he thinks, if he tries casting something from that book, I’ll be standing faaaaaar away.

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Great take! A spelling error killed this sorcerer. Someone should have mentioned to him, details are important 🙂 The detail about the pages being made of human skin — creepy. I would not touch this book.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Me neither. Books made like that have nothing I want inside. The sorcerer was dealing with fantastically powerful forces. You really need your I’s dotted and your T’s crossed when working with such things. 😉 Thanks so much, Mandibelle! 🙂

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  4. IfeomaO says:

    I like the blend of history and the ending is obviously hilarious. 🙂 Wish they had auto correct hehe

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  5. Dear Eric,

    I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking or eating when I came to the last line. OMG a spelling error. LOL!



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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I’ll have to try harder to catch you unprepared next time. 😉 Don’t wonder if they ever made “human mistakes” in hieroglyphs? There had to be one somewhere, right? 😉 Thanks so much, Rochelle! 🙂


  6. The Voice says:

    The devil is in the details. Too bad the ancients couldn’t have developed Spell Check. Good piece. 🙂

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  7. neilmacdon says:

    Yeah, yeah, Olazábal. Nobody likes a smartarse

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  8. Lyn says:

    Apezteguia should have listened to his mother and finished school. Too bad he can’t warn his children not to make the same mistake. A classic Eric last liner 😀

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  9. wmqcolby says:

    Whoopsie! Should have sent the galleys to the proofreaders. Tune in next time when the sequel, “The Golden Screw,” gets removed and the entire earth’s keister falls off. 😀

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  10. emmylgant says:

    Love the humour in this piece! Caught me off guard and laughed out loud!

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  11. And that is why spelling matters! Great build-up to the that very witty ending.

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  12. Harumphed with laughter!

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  13. jellico84 says:

    Spil – uh, spelling will get ya’ every time.

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  14. gahlearner says:

    Of course it’s a spelling error, everyone can see that… snort. Great funny twist, I love it.

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  15. Dale says:

    *Snort*! Indeed.. a spelling error… The equivalent of measure twice, cut once; or rather, proofread twice, incant once!

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  16. Margaret says:

    That was very good. I love the fun twist at the end. Who says spelling doesn’t matter?

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  17. Mike says:

    Now I know why I keep away from magic. Can’t spell. Laughter will have to do instead, and you made me laugh.

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  18. Josslyn Rae Turner says:

    Even magical books have typos? Great ending! 🙂

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  19. Wow, Eric. That’s far worse than anything the grammar police would do. No National Spelling Bee Championship for him. Hilarious. 😀 — Suzanne

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