The Ohio State University and Apple recently entered into a new agreement, but that hasn’t stopped them from poking a little fun their way during a recent OSU football game.

As a quick backgrounder, some folks noticed that typing in the letter “I” may confuse Apple’s machine learning algorithm and yield an autocorrect suggestion of “A[?].”

Apple offered a convoluted workaround solution, but the autocorrect problem still ignited plenty of entertaining comments on Twitter (it fixed this issue with the release of iOS 11.1.1).

Ohio State took this as an opportunity to pull a lighthearted prank. In the midst of a chant where each quadrant of the stadium yells out one of the letters of “Ohio”, those in the students section held up signs that formed “A[?]” instead of an “I”.

They often use giant cards to show an image or message during the game, though not usually to taunt anyone other than their rivals. We’ve embedded just a few of the images and videos that were shared across social media.

How do you like Ohio’s subtle dig at Apple’s autocorrect problem?

Let us know in the comments!

  • 9to5Slavery

    That’s funny. Didn’t know they would be into tech current events. Wonder if they would get fined too lol. NFL gets fined I don’t see why they wouldn’t ?

    • Icebox766

      It almost certainly wasn’t the team. If that was the student section, it was either a group of clever students or some pep group that thought that up. You can only do that O-H-I-O chant so many times before you get antsy to do something different. Kudus to them. Buckeye parent here.

      • Andrew O’Hara

        Hi there! Just thought I’d clear it up!
        This was in the student section of the stadium, though that technically takes up almost the full south side.
        In particiular, this is Block “O”. Block “O” is a student organization (the largest student organization in OSU history!) that serves as the official cheering section during the games. So while OSU didn’t specifically do this, they do endorse and enable the student-led organization that did think this up!

      • Icebox766

        There we go; I figured with 45,000 undergrads and more than 500k alums (and more than 2M in the metro area) that one of you would see this. ?

  • OtterWithKids

    I never experienced the bug (despite using iOS 11.1), but that’s still hilarious.

  • Iskren Donev

    I love it!

  • Rowan09