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BBC News Ticker on Queen Testing Positive for Morphine Has Innocent Explanation

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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 23, 2014

News broke on Tuesday that one of the Queen's racehorses had tested positive for morphine.

While the Queen doesn't train the horse personally, it had the potential to become an embarrassing story.

Not quite as embarrassing as the Queen herself testing positive for morphine, mind you—and yet, judging by the screenshot above, it seemed that was what the BBC had accused her of.

As it happened, there was a perfectly innocent explanation: The wording was such that an important part of the sentence had scrolled off. 

Good screen grab, but we didn't say the Queen tested positive for morphine - here's the rest of the ticker line... pic.twitter.com/QrE32p4rLG

— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) July 23, 2014

There you have it: "A racehorse owned by the Queen has tested positive for morphine" can become a viral hit all courtesy of a little scrolling to the left. 

[H/T @TheMediaTweets, Twitter] 

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