Red-faced Egyptian postal authorities are scrambling to redesign a new stamp commemorating the Expansion of the Suez Canal. [Gulf News]
Can you spot the problem? You can bet Egyptians spotted the egregious error in an instant. Believe it or not, they managed to put the wrong canal on the stamp. Major photo-shop fail.
Gulf News: The state-run Egypt Post drew online rebuke and sarcasm after the stamps were leaked. The controversial stamps show a map of the Suez Canal and its building along with an image of a green area in which a two-lane waterway is seen looking like the Panama Canal that links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
The mix-up has been the butt of sharp criticism on local TV stations and from artists.
“This is an extraordinary scandal!” said celebrated TV host Amr Adeeb on his popular show Cairo Today. “The head of the postal authority must be sacked or step down to show regret over this disgrace. The man didn’t notice that the stamps show greenery on both sides of the canal while the Suez Canal runs in the middle of the desert!”
Meanwhile, Egypt Post admitted the mix-up in what it called an “initial design”. “The initial design of the stamps will be revised and modified so that the new stamps will be officially launched in the next few days,” the agency said in a statement.