...But not total lapses: I renewed my amateur radio license recently. Any more, Uncle Sam doesn't print you up a nice new one on (what once was) anti-counterfeiting paper; you get a PDF file with "Reference Copy" over it in see-through gray, and that's okay. Amateur licenses haven't had monetary-quality engraving in, like, almost forever, and not always the fancy paper, either. I'm fine with that.
But current-issue U.S. amateur radio licenses include a "wallet size" version, which you cut out and fold along a "Fold Here" line -- that is nowhere near the center of the thing! The end result of following directions results in a size and shape that is not at all wallet-sized. Folding at the actual center makes it about the right size and doesn't obscure or distort any of the information. Apparently on some updating, the fold line was moved to clear the form number and last revision date, presently "FCC 660 - May 2007." No one noticed until it was already Official, and then it was too late.
Ham operators are, of course, just folding them in the middle at the "wrong" place and moving on -- if they bother with it at all.
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