Wednesday, November 30, 2011

pretend ticket?

These are not the kind of tickets that get you into a show. At least, not a good one. Thanks, Adam.

wink. wink.

Well. You know. Pot and stuff. Quotation marks. Thanks, Sarah.

"Over 9 feet long"

I guess they measure this train in baby feet? Thanks, Colin.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"plus" something

My friend Erin works on her family's pigfarm and they use these vitamins and electrolytes for the pigs. And it might have... more?


I'm thinking the quotation marks surrounded by dollar signs suggests this actually costs quite a bit, one way or another. Thanks, Ana.

"try one today"

I guess it's ok if you have it on toast tomorrow? Thanks Kristin.

Monday, November 28, 2011

not near the "entrance"

Ryan saw this at a Texas flea market. I am curious what kind of scooter problem they have that they need to pretend to outlaw them in a certain imaginary place.

sorry for "inconvenience"

I like that this one has whole phrases seemingly at random. Maybe they stole them from legalese and didn't want to use them unironically. Thanks, Amy.

Biker "friendly"

Submitter Jamie suggests that this means it is as friendly as a biker cafe can be...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

"everyone welcome" you say?

I guess a few people are unwelcome, but no big deal, this is really the second catholic church in Nevada. Thanks, Lisa.

for "customers"

Well, this works out pretty well, anybody can pretend to be a customer long enough to use the bathroom. Thanks, Sara.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I guess that's not a challenge.

Just in time for the holiday season, here are some decorative balls that you may, in fact, be able to break if you try. Thanks, Christine.

you "must" use "baskets"

The writer of this sign is "very" "sarcastic" about shopping baskets. Thanks, Christian.

Punctuation Lover Gift Guide on Pinterest

The holiday season can bring a lot of gift-related stress. This year, I decided to share everything I found on the internet that I think people who love this blog might also like. If there's a punctuation-lover on your list (or if you want some ideas to add to your helpful wishlist) check out the pinterest pinboard I just made. I'll keep adding things as I see them or find them. Feel free to suggest more things, follow, repin or ignore.

"audible" you say?

I guess this fire alarm is at that pitch that only teenagers can hear. Thanks, David.

Friday, November 25, 2011

"photo" needs you say?

I like how many signs there are, and that only one has quotation marks. The most colorful one. Thanks, Andy.

shroedinger's bragging

If you're going to be hostile to me for my braggy bumper sticker, then it wasn't a real award and I was being ironic. Thanks, JC.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


In the U.S. it's Thanksgiving and I'm taking the day off from posting, but I wanted to mention once again, in a rare moment of sincerity, that I am thankful for all of you. Thanks for clicking on my website, and sharing links, and sending me photos. I literally couldn't run the blog without you. Nor would I want to, because talking to myself gets boring.
So, happy thanksgiving to U.S. readers, and happy thursday to everyone else.

Also, I'm working on a punctuation-lover's holiday gift guide. If you have ideas, feel free to drop them in the comments of this post. If you are an etsy seller with punctuation themed items, self-promotion is encouraged.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Come see "whales"

I guess there are fake whales for the cruise. Better than not seeing anything? Thanks, DW.

"kid" shirts

I guess if you keep the shirt for a while, it will grow up. It already thinks it can take the car whenever it wants. Thanks, Amy.

"Desserts" you say?

More like the main course, amiright? Thanks, Amy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

or are you?

When I was in New Orleans I also met Craig, who saw an example immediately upon his trip home. I guess Chicago is on the fence about your arrival.

"his" and "hers"

I spent some time at my friend's family home in New Orleans as well, where we discovered her parents had bathroom baskets labeled "his" and "hers." Maybe they really share some things.

Real-ish, Nawlins-ish, or food-ish?

I ate at this restaurant, and I can verify that the food was real, and it was in New Orleans, maybe the oral quality of "Nawlins" makes this one acceptable. Good food tbough...

you'll be "booted"

I was in New Orleans for an Academic conference this weekend, and my friends and I found a few items to share with you today. Becky found this one. I guess in New Orleans, they pretend to boot your car.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ask any "clerk"

I guess you can ask anybody, clerk or no. Thanks, Jeff.

fake cupcakes

I guess cupcake snobbery has come to the point that regular cupcakes prettier than I could make in my house barely qualify. Thanks, Jeff.

"healthy" eh?

I guess they aren't persuaded enough that this chicken is "healthy" that they will claim it unironically. Thanks, Aimee.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

they buy "oro"

If the economic recession has taught me anything, it's that there a lot of people willing to buy sketchy gold. Even in the Spanish language apparently. Thanks, Jill!

thanks "for your business"

I wonder what they are really thanking you for? Thanks Gene.

Friday, November 18, 2011

"unattended" "children"

This is a complicated code that has something to do with children and puppies. Thanks, Jessica.

"play" games

I guess it's not really a game? Thanks, Ruth.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

or so they say

I guess it's some other kind of car, and also old. Thanks David!

"your choice"

Submitter Charity suggests the store actually believes your mouse selection is a matter of fate.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

pretend faster

Sarah explains:
This is from a nearby Burger King.  They also have you back up after you pay so they can reset their timer, so their service time per customer looks really good.

not sorry

They aren't even a little bit sorry. Thanks Meagan.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

who knows what these cookies really are

I like the contrast between the two signs. The ones on the left are actually crispy, the right are allegedly crispy. Thanks, MPR.

sorry for "the" inconvenience

I am trying to figure out what this writer could have been thinking with this one. Maybe there are multiple and perpetual inconveniences. Thanks, Steve.

Monday, November 14, 2011

alleged fundraiser

I guess most of the funds go back into coffee. Thanks, Justin.

"for your privacy"

Really, it's for our sanity. We don't want to see that. Thanks, Matt.

Italian style "nachos"

In this sign's defense, I believe nachos are a tex-mex food, so something Italian Style will necessarily be "nachos" indeed. Thanks, Greg.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"lock" the cabinet

I assume the second command to lock it is to clarify the ambiguous suggestion to "lock" the cabinet, or maybe you need to do both? Thanks, Solomon.

as we like to say

I mean, I suppose it depends on your definition of "best." Thanks, Blake

Saturday, November 12, 2011

We "cater"

"Cater" to whom, I suppose, is the question. Thanks, Ric.

more "only"

I guess this containment tray is for other tasks in addition to secondary containment. Since it's for biohazards, I hope those other tasks don't include lunch. Thanks, Janet.

Friday, November 11, 2011

well, no fruit?

The total lack of fruit makes this sign basically awesome. Thanks, Jennifer.


I don't know how somebody could make apple crisp with ice cream fall short of delicious, so I don't know what to make of this sign. Thanks, MPR.

don't do it. that thing.

The combination of hilarious translation and random quotation marks really make this irresistible. Thanks, Anthony.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"guard dog"

More like attack dog I guess? Thanks, Joe.

"flan" of uncertain origin

Is there anything potentially grosser than sketchy flan? I think not. Thanks, Adam.


Matthew works at this school and quips "I guess the students ARE more like monsters than students sometimes..."

Wednesday, November 09, 2011


Oh, I'm sure there's a way you can make it inaccessible. Thanks, Rebecca.