Do you know where I can find examples of really bad writing?

I'm looking for garbled sentence structure, errors in spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, redundancy, tautology, internal contradictions, go-nowhere phrases, truncation, abuse of idioms, anything like that.

Ideally it would be scientific or technical writing, but anything factual rather than poetic would be helpful. It needs to actually have some meaningful content, albeit badly presented. Thanks.

Clarification: I'm looking for paragraph-long examples, not fragments. Here is an illustrative example.

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    Have you heard of YouTube?
    – RegDwigнt
    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:22
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    – anemone
    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:26
  • I'm looking for extended pieces of writing -- failed attempts to communicate something substantial.
    – spraff
    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:32
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a request for resources. And since it requests paragraph-long examples containing many mistakes rather than examples of individual mistakes (which I agree could be useful teaching materials), this request seems more judgmental than instructional in intent. Feb 2, 2015 at 10:37
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    Welcome to the Internet. Many questions pre-edit in Stack Exchange are prime examples of the type requested.
    – SrJoven
    Feb 2, 2015 at 13:22

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Wikipedia has some great examples.

Look on Wikipedia:Template messages/Cleanup#Style of writing for links to lists of articles that have been marked as (in various ways) lacking.


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