A New York Times print headline:
"Plane vanishes carrying 228; cause puzzle"
That cause a puzzle with me. The subject is "Plane," so the verb after the semicolon should be singular, as is "vanishes."
Perhaps the headline writer was so traumatized by the terrible news that his or her grammar flew away, too.
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