T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this.

Cyclists traversing Johannesburg in the former South African president's honor wore T-shirts with one of his many inspiring quotations, along with a glaring typographical error in the word "freedom."

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride
In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 a cyclist wears a t-shirt with a typographical error in the word "freedom". Some 5,000 cyclists, wearing the T-shirts with the typo, which were made for the 35-kilometer (22-mile) "Freedom Ride," passed landmarks in downtown Johannesburg and the city's Soweto area in honor of the late former president Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Mark Straw)
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A man passes a mural with the face of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, July 18, 2014. South Africans marked the late Nelson Mandela's birthday on Friday with charitable acts in honor of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes. Organizers had urged people to perform acts of charity for 67 minutes, symbolizing the anti-apartheid leader's 67 years of public service. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
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The T-shirt read: "The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others."

Organizer Hugh Fraser said Tuesday that 5,000 T-shirts with the typo were made for Sunday's 35-kilometer (22-mile) "Freedom Ride," which passed landmarks in downtown Johannesburg and the city's Soweto area.

Fraser says the spelling mistake was "a bit of a PR hiccup" and that the cycling event was otherwise a big success. It came two days after the July 18 birthday of Mandela, who died in December at the age of 95.

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