From the Oops! File: Universe Born in Italy!

Some solecisms provide delightful material for the imagination. Consider this opening sentence from a recent article in The New York Times:

In a throwback to another era in cosmic history, astronomers on Monday discussed the birth of the universe in a 15th-century palace, the Palazzo Costabili in Ferrara, Italy, where the amenities do not include Internet access.

After reading this, I couldn't help picturing, with astonishment and fondness, those moments just after the Big Bang, when the baby universe was crying out as it expanded inside that palace in northern Italy... 

But when I next looked at the article online, a few days later, my delight dissipated. A copy editor seemed to have come along and made an effort to put the universe back into its place: 

In a throwback to another era in cosmic history, astronomers on Monday discussed the birth of the universe at a meeting in a 15th-century palace, the Palazzo Costabili in Ferrara, Italy, where the amenities do not include Internet access.