ok, what I love about this is that "hot" is the only word here that would make borderline sense if it was quoted. Evidently auto technician is not, in fact, a career. And there's fuzzy math going on with the counting. thanks, Tim.
Megan saw this in the building that houses Cornell's ROTC. She comments "Don't ask don't tell just got a little more complicated". As a side note, ladies' rooms at historically male institutions are often hilarious - I have a deep love for one at Calvin Theological Seminary. Maybe it's the "womens" room when the line for the mens' gets too long.
Several people pointed me to this blogging.la post. Silly string may or may not be legal on Halloween. Given that the law has the word silly IN IT, I wouldn't take it too seriously anyway. PLUS can the silly string merchants who don't get rid of their wares on the 30th get arrested for possession? (Yes, I'm a month behind on reading and posting submissions.)
I spotted this one on a road trip through mid-Michigan. I realize that the quotes probably signify a slogan for this church, but it's a really bad slogan and deserves mocking. Unless of course this slogan is for the church softball team - then clearly we're all "daring" and "winning".
Elizabeth saw this at a hotel. I feel a little bit bad making fun of housekeepers since parts of the blogosphere that I read have been buzzing about activism because they are often treated unjustly (salon article). But still. Housekeeping with a pseudonym?
This from Brooke. In spite of the sunspot, I think you can see it says that the van "runs" great. Maybe it comes with all those cool-looking bumper stickers too, so you can sit in the driveway in style.
Adam saw this at a hotel in Reading, UK. They are very interested in keeping your personal items "safe". That's not at all sketchy. My favorite part about this sign is the weird clip art. Especially the calculator.
Audacity, who happens to blog about my own institution quite a bit, spotted this one in Evans, GA. She suggests the "Mojitos" are actually Margaritas. Or maybe they're made out of those new mojito-flavored rums, not with real mint and lime. Regardless, that's a decent price for a cocktail. You can all wish you lived in GA now.
This is from Dean in South Africa. It makes me think there's going to be a passive-aggressive ranger watching you litter saying "FINE. Litter all you want, it's not like we'll need to use this EARTH again!"
Lindsay's boss is hardcore about misused quotation marks. These are all three from her work. My favorite is probably that the employees "rock" - that is to say, they don't actually play guitars, bass, drums etc. However, I think we can all agree that poor cell phone etiquette is not very lady/gentleman-like.
Rick sent me this from the back cover of a small press publication by Mr Miller (cartoonist). He says any written text by this guy is full of quotes. It's kind of like he took a Zagat survey of all his friends to write his own bio. That would be an oddly appropriate strategy for the "book" of "unnecessary" quotation marks, which has become a glimmer in my eye.
I wish I could have given all of you some of the thanksgiving dinner I hosted today, but instead, here is a picture of a place where you can get a "hamburger" - maybe it's made out of turkey and mashed potatoes. Thanks, DeWitt.
Since we in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving today by eating a lot, I thought it was an apt time to share this website, which is a smart way to help feed others. Their ad revenue is donated to UN food programs to feed the hungry. PLUS it's a fun vocabulary game. If you're competitive like me you can try to get to higher levels than your loved ones. My record so far is 42.
The owners of the coffee shop Manilo took these in seem to know how irresistible that one is. He said it was a few years back, maybe when everyone was watching Amelie (I couldn't find the relevant clip... if someone else does, please comment).
I'm skipping ahead so I don't forget about this one. Jim and I spotted this with our own eyes on our recent pilgrimage to Wrigley Field (we also saw people laying the sod, which was cool). I suppose when it comes to lifting, there aren't that many gradations of achievement.
While the image from the menu is a little fuzzy, please squint a bit to read the legend, Grilled "Yellowfin" Tuna Sandwich.
When Jessica Simpson asked her immortal question about Chicken of the Sea, who knew that it would cause this kind of ripple-effect? Who knew that restaurateurs everywhere would begin to question the very origins of their ingredients?
Is it really "Yellowfin" Tuna or is it "Redcowl" Chicken?
Submitter Sean suggests that this one might make sense if you "envision this as some radio ad where one person reads the part in quotes and then the phone number comes booming in with substantial echo on it." I agree.
Jim took this picture when we were at the Korean War memorial. This is, by the way, our favorite of all the memorials in DC - it communicates how miserable the war was while still respecting those involved (as opposed to the overly-jubilant WWII and the overwhelming Vietnam). However, evidently sign-maker is not sure if it is truly an act of respect to stay off the stones. Or is pointing to a famous quotation that I don't know.
A couple of weeks ago, my dear pal Jessica called me from her car to say, "I found one!" She was pretty excited about the quotes, especially since it was found on a sign that she passes regularly and I drive by all the time. Today I stopped for a picture.
So if you're in Grand Rapids near the corner of Kalamazoo and 60th, stop in for a Quick Lube - and who knows what "else".
this is from the same place as this picture. My trip to DC last month was just FULL of quotation marks. I got some more from this weekend in Chicago. "don't forget to press button for your receipt" is a crappy slogan.
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I don't usually post the following: newspaper headlines, personal email, craigslist postings, unprofessional websites. I also tend to not crosspost things from other blogs, since I have so much unique material waiting for me to get to it.
Things I see a lot: silica gel "do not eat"; hair dryer labels; inside the bus "do not drill"; Wal-mart sign about IDs; coffee machine with "2" cup sizes; employees must "wash hands"; that failblog post.