Thursday, January 31, 2008


Alden saw this one at Kroger. Given the recent reports about mercury, maybe "seafood" is a better choice....

also, check out this new post at PAN - quality quotes!


Timothy in Somerville, MA saw this one at the local liquor store. Clearly, the sign-maker was skeptical about the word "cautions" but feels slipperly should be introduced into Standard Edited English. I'm inclined to agree.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

don't actually think

This from Marco. I like to believe that "think cheese" is the official slogan of fall.

ambiguous credit cards

Tara saw this in Brooklyn. I guess whether you can pay with your visa depends on just how badly you want that pretty cake.


Matthew saw this at a Starbucks in Bellflower, CA. I'm guessing they are 1) served all day 2) not really wraps?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

not at all like chicago

Jennifer from that's punny sent me this ages ago, and now I'm posting it. She writes "I found this on the wall at a chicago bears themed bar in burbank, california. first of all, i love that not only do they mis-use quotation marks, they also have no idea what an apostrophe is for. the other major blunder (and perhaps this is why they use quotes, though i doubt it) is that those ingredients are NOT what make a chicago style hot dog. not even close."

extra credit

Extra credit to this website titled, Encouragement "Blossom's" In The Trauma.
This image comes from their website, from which I'll dutifully save you.

Not only do they imply that encouragement actually dies in the trauma, but the Blossom seems to possess something not appearing in that sentence. Perhaps it's a contraction? Blossom + is = Blossom's?

Also, and slightly further off-topic, is the "Welcome!!!" really exciting enough for three exclamation marks?

So, way to go, and a gold star awarded for providing a snarking tri-fecta.


Maybe they put the quotes in case the signs stayed up until it should have said "yesterday". Thanks, Samantha.

Monday, January 28, 2008

small chance

My site was nominated for Best Geek Blog!

Ok, we probably still can't win this category, but the "blog" is on the front page! I like to feel popular, so please vote for me!


Emily and her mom saw this one at the dentist office. I don't know what is classic about this thing, which appears to be a paper towel dispenser. The whiteness of it? Now I'm starting to sound like Melville.

part time-ish

Brian saw this and a few others at a stop-and-shop in his hometown. I suspect they will pay you for part time, but expect you to work full time without benefits. I'm sure it's a "good job".

absolutely kind of

Mark saw this at an obstetrics office - NMUE is the initials of all the doctors. What I like about it is the contrast between "absolutely" and "'no'". Is it absolute or not?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

not that special

My friend Kristy and her friend Justin spotted this one in DC. My guess: party platters are not their specialty, but they aren't willing to tell you about the thing that is.

Friday, January 25, 2008

not a burg at all

One good thing that came out of Jason's car breaking down is he took this picture. I'm guessing they are trying to highlight that this edinburg is not pronounced like the Edinburgh in Scotland. But seriously?

I'm at a conference again this weekend. I'm doing lots of exciting things, but not having much time to blog. I haven't forgotten you, but we'll be slow for a few days here.

Heath Ledger too soon

The recent tragic death of actor Heath Ledger has many people feeling a sense of mourning and loss. He was so young and he has passed too soon. He seemed to exhibit such talent. I personally appreciate a truly gifted actor who then shuns stardom and the trappings thereof. I'm saddened by his death, and perhaps even more-so by the media's obsession with trying to expose what may have been Mr. Ledger's personal demons.

However, on the morning news they were covering the funeral arrangements and I caught a shot of the awning outside of Frank E. Campbell "The Funeral Chapel" and I felt better.

It's actually a speakeasy.

Too soon?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

totally frozen

Ok, slogan police, let's all agree that if "fresh not frozen" is a slogan, it's a stupid one. And that pizza joints are so well known for their freshness.... Thanks, Disa.

doesn't do anything

Sharon saw this on the packaging for a nightlight. I like to believe that the sucker doesn't light up at all ever.

live or whatever

I guess if you're really in pain it's not much of a life. And I don't know what a "weekend warrior" is. Thanks, Lorraine.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Claire says the "goody" bag described contained shampoo samples. To me, "goody" implies chocolate, but I'm willing to let that go because, um, "Lock's"??


I get a lot of examples of fake negatives, but this one is next to an ambiguous location. I guess it doesn't mean right under the sign. Thanks, Amanda.

if you call that virtue

Fred alerted me to the presence of this sampler on his blog. If you click to enlarge you can see the quotes also present around the word "husband." I've always had some sarcasm about the way this Proverbs passage gets deployed. I think this stitcher did too.

Monday, January 21, 2008

something like freshness

Stacey took this small but clear photo in Mississippi. I get the sense that freshness does not, in fact, matter.

one or so

Jim saw all of these at the same restaurant. Evidently you can get some amount that resembles 20% off at some or other times. Or it might not always be off either. And it's some anniversary. Their copy writer has a problem.

here for you during business hours

Margi found both these refrigerator magnets. That's how I feel about for-profit health care too.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

just taking a break

Tim writes, "I tried to verify that this token-dispensing machine was, in fact, fully operational, but was asked by a transit employee to kindly stop trying to remove the cover."

sound "yummy"

What's better, a "free" pizza, or a free "pizza"? I hope that the large cheese "pizza" is actually, like, socks. Thanks, Mike.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

it's not like it walked

"Oh man, how are we ever going to get rid of all this.... new product that 'just arrived!' It's an old.... time favorite! yeah!" Thanks for the photo, Gnome Lover.

how about "found" tickets?

Even if you pretend you lost it, there is a fee. If it's really lost, or not actually a ticket, open to debate. Thanks, Brad.

I thought it was my food

This one from George. I can just imagine some poor high school kid saying "I'm so glad we're friends, pudding cup. It's us against the world."

sometimes is

I suppose it depends on what your definition of "is" is. Thanks, Chris.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I like spinach "dip"

Jeff admits, "it wasn't that much of a 'dip.'" He was perhaps expecting hummus, or onion dip.


This Seattle Deli offers alleged cheese in a variety of flavors, and CREAM cheese which is evidently authentic. Thanks, Susan.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

won't be ringing MY bell

Tim's covert photographing left us a little blurry, but this one is worth a squint. It says "I am a rotary 'bell ringer'". I don't know what he really is. Probably don't want to.

trash "plus"

Rebecca in ATL noticed this on her own fridge. I wonder what else they remove?


According to Mike, this is "circa 1951 - screengrab from 'the colgate comedy hour starring Spike Jones.'" Being a child of the '80s, I cannot attest to the foaming, or lack thereof, of 1950s Ajax.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Against boingboing? Unlikely...

I appear to be nominated for "Best Geek Blog" in the Bloggers Choice Awards. You can vote for me here.

My site was nominated for Best Geek Blog!

some pets ok

Amy works near this place in Baton Rouge. I bet if they like you, you can bring your dog in. Or your duck.


Originally uploaded by mirthmobile
Do you feel "lucky"?
It will only cost you $50 to find out.
Or is that just like pumping $50 in quarters into a slot machine?

or "pound a lot"

Brian is a bit uncertain how many times he needs to do what to get into this building. Evidently it has something to do with two sharp buzzes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

or pretend

Dave saw this one in an Arby's. Like I needed more reasons to not eat fast food...

"Pasta Night"

"Pasta Night"
Originally uploaded by mirthmobile
It's strange enough that the clover bar only serves dinner on Thursdays. But since Thursday is an anything can happen day, "Pasta Night" seems strangely appropriate. You might get pasta or maybe a bicycle.

if you call that dancing

Tiffany saw this motorized R2D2 in a store. Evidently some of his features are borderline secret, and he does that thing where he pretends to remember other famous characters "oh, hey... there!"

Monday, January 14, 2008