It would be absurd to say unqualified learning is taking place at an elementary school. The irony here is, of course, that "soar" is indeed meant not literally. Unless they are practicing flight at this particular school, a la Matilda. Thanks, Tonya.
Dan saw this on a urinal in the engineering building of a state university campus. Clearly, you can use the urinal in a real emergency. The real question is, what first day of school engineering prank made this happen?
Jessica and friends took this photo at a tourist destination outside Moab, Utah. That is some really excellent wrong punctuation, in that it would have been dumb if it had been a correctly placed apostrophe, but now it's just incomprehensible.
I get the impression that nobody is enforcing this one. I also invite others to make fun of the random capitalization, but I am too often guilty of same. Thanks, Andrea, who spotted this in Glasgow, Scotland.
Julie informs me that at the museum of crime and punishment in DC all the replicas are labelled like this. This leads me to believe they are not really replicas, but they are attempting to deter theft.
I agree with Casey that the 7-dot ellipsis is an exceptional punctuation innovation here, I have no idea why you would put a qualifying word like "about" in quotation marks - is it exactly ten, or not? aaah!
Xi spotted this at a hotpot place in Montreal, and claims the water was just fine. Maybe the sign was designed by a chemical purist who wants you to realize it also contains things like minerals and maybe fluoride.
Last year "blog" readers made a significant difference in my friend's fund-raising efforts to bring a group of 8th graders from low-income families near the US border with Mexico on an educational trip to Washington DC. I've known Claire for a long time, but you don't, but this is how you can tell she's a great person and a dedicated teacher: she's willing to supervise a group of 8th graders on an educational trip to Washington DC.
I don't often post off-topic items on this "blog", but I really like this opportunity because the comments here often feature people lamenting the quality of our education system to produce such poor grammarians. I'm not doing much to help others by making fun of people on the internet, but people like Claire are doing a lot to even the playing field for kids who wouldn't have many opportunities otherwise.
I know these are tough economic times, but if there was $1 donated for each unique visit my blog gets in a day, we'd be able to sponsor almost 2 whole students on this trip. Please consider giving a little bit of money to this worthy cause.
Daryl got this juror sticker from one of his coworkers who had jury duty. I must say, besides the quotation marks, what I really love about this is the implication that less fine fabrics can become jurors.
Please send your submissions via email to bethanykeeley (at) gmail.com. I look at them all, but it might take a while to get to yours -- sorry! I love you all, but I only have so much energy in a day.
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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.