Friday, 31 January 2014

What does the fox say?

Today I thought I'd outfox the fox by outing the fox from foxybingo.com


Threating yet? You should be because the typos occur more than occassionally.

See if you can spot these others.




Finally, a really useful entry in the 'Bingo glossary' which offers no explanation whatsoever.


Enough already!

What the fox says on the website makes about as much sense as this.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Sign language

In an effort to combat speeding traffic outside a school, a resident of Auburn, California put up this sign.


I'm not sure how effective it's been.

I mean, you might drive more slowly past the sign.

But only because you're looking at the sign. And not the road.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Jhava Jhive

Typos really do crop up in some unusual places.

Here's one from Jon C who was pleased when he was asked his name in a Palo Alto coffee shop recently because it made his experience much more personal.

The idea, he presumed, is that the staff can call your name when your order's ready.

But he was impressed when he picked up his latte because someone had taken that personal experience one step further by writing his name in the foam.

Impressed; but also dismayed...


It's a shame because, as you'll have noticed from his name, the h is entirely superfluous anyway so they could have saved themselves a mention here on MTH.

Actually, I've just noticed the scary smiley-face that they drew too.

Maybe it was deliberate devilment.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Got the balls?

I came across this over on SYCMU.

I do understand that many surgeons play golf, but this sounds a little extreme.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Moor care needed

In Minnesota, members of the 2013 Moorhead High School Yearbook production team were left red-faced when the result of their enterprise was revealed to staff, students, parents and the local community.

Unfortunately, it wasn't simply a case of a missing caption or a mistaken identity.

No, there was a typo.

Right on the front cover.

It was the name of the school.


In fact, it's also the name of the school's home town.

I'm sorry, Moorhead, but that particular moment isn't fading any time soon.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Smoke and mirrors

When it comes to discovering the facts, where should you go to collect the correct data?

Dennis A wanted to find out how much of the money spent on cigarettes goes in tax and, in the course of his research, he came across this table which is taken from the HM Revenue and Customs tobacco fact sheet 2012.


Did you spot the mistake? Has the penny dropped?

Friday, 17 January 2014

Ace spelling

I spotted this helpful sign the other day in the Sainsbury's store in Headingley, Leeds.


When, surely, everybody knows it's the exception to the rule.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wrong VT

I've talked about Muphry's Law before.

To avoid falling foul of it, the first rule is, if you're going to criticise other people for typos in their writing, you'd better make sure there aren't any in your own.

If you don't, you'll get stung. Karma for critics if you like.

Here's another good example; this time from Deutsche Bank which posted a recruitment video on YouTube and on its own web site.

The video offers advice to candidates including some tips on proofreading and its importance when trying to impress a prospective employer.

The authoritative voice in the video says, 'I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a cover letter addressed to a competitor. This mistake could cost you an interview. Please make sure to proofread all communications to all firms.'

Then, just seconds later, this appears...


Ouch.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Compliments slip

Jon C sent in this newspaper ad.


I'm guessing a Complimentary Therapist must be someone who says nice things about you in order to boost your self-esteem.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Close, but no cigar

Ann F sent me this short letter to the Financial Times which she spotted on twitter a week or so ago.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Perfect graffiti

I'm not perfect. You're not perfect.

And whatever or whoever Lupita is, according to the person who spray painted this on a pavement in Palo Alto, California, they're not perfect either.


A welcome contribution from Jon C who's clearly keeping his ear - and eyes - to the ground over there.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Sur-pricing punctuation

I'm kicking myself because I put this image to one side this time last year and completely forgot about it until today.

I think it's probably taken from one of those annoying unsolicited emails I keep receiving. But, if you sent me it, I'm sorry. I simply can't remember where it came from.

Anyway, here are some examples of awful punctuation that you will find on our website...


Oh well.

At least my forgetfulness may save the site designers a bucketful of embarrassment.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Church notices

I'm doing my bit to make at least the start of your New Year a Happy one.

This holiday you might have found yourself, perhaps slightly inebriated, inside a church.

The following messages were all published in church magazines, notice boards, or in announcements during a service. It's not clear whether the authors were also under the influence at the time of writing.


The Fasting And Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off. Let the church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be auditions for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practise.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5pm - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7pm there will be hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held on Thursday at 10am. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the BS is finished.

The vicar would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

The Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet on Thursday at 7pm. Please use the back door.

The Under 12s Drama Group will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7pm. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.

The vicar unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'

Please note that the box at the back of the church marked 'For The Sick' is for financial contributions only.

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