Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Sub-sea secret

So that's how they do it. What a novel idea. Who'd have thought?

In Spike Milligan's immortal words: Damned clever these Chinese.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Warts and f-ck all

Have you ever wanted to know more about Human Papillomavirus?

No, nor have I.

But, for one reason or another, Jon C has. And, when he came across this publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he discovered, well, not very much really.

The front cover showed promise...


But, from page 2, things just went downhill...


Until he reached the stunning back cover design...

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Full of beens

Here we go again.

Taken from an article about the importance of proofreading.

Yet...


Better get that root file fixed. Whatever that means.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Caught martial

As Jon C points out, clearly an awareness of correct grammar isn't one of those traits.


As verified by some of the copy on the home page: 'Martial Arts Lessons for Childrens'

Friday, 23 October 2015

Go compare

I feel like I'm 12 years old again.

I came across this banner ad...


...and thought it might be interesting to go on one of those web sites where I could compare Mycock with some of the others.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Swissair

Well, I suppose it's reassuring...


...that you're not going to get just a mouthful of holes.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Born under a bad sign

I'm sure this isn't the window where you're expected to sign in.


No, it's as pointless as those other patronising - and potentially dangerous - 'safety' signs such as Baby On Board to which the only feasible retort is So F-ing What?

You think it'll stop people intentionally ramming your car?

Like obviously they otherwise would?

And, before you argue that the signs help the emergency services in the event of an accident, it's been shown that a) many accidents are caused by the restricted vision the signs offer and that b) the vast majority of drivers who display these signs don't remove them when the child is not on board, thus unnecessarily wasting the time of the emergency responders after an accident and often putting their lives at risk.

Rant over. Have a great day.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Poppycock

When I'm researching for the blog, I often discover new stuff.

For example, did you know that, apart from its more modern culinary meaning, the word vinaigrette is the name given to a small bottle used for holding smelling salts?

Greg L and I have a feeling that this one would bring you round feeling pretty crappy.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The book stops here

You can't come in until you can come in.

But exactly when that will be is anyone's guess.

Monday, 12 October 2015

It's a gift

Jon C suggests that the BBC should take the advice of one of Harry Enfield's characters.

You don't wanna do it like that.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Papal bull

With the Pope's visit flooding TV news channels in the USA last week, I guess it had to happen at some point.


Well, it is the easier, safer way to pray.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Small-minded

You should always check the small print. Even if it's invisible to the naked eye.

Here's a poster on a BART platform that Jon C came across.


The usual 'terms and conditions apply' disclaimer is at the bottom right. However, it's so small we've had to enlarge it for you.


But, if you think that's small, check out the asterisk next to it, and then try and find the text to which the asterisk refers.

Here's a clue. Even at the full poster size you'd need a magnifier.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Hump day

To round off Jon C's highly successful TorontoTypoTour, he presents this sign.


Want to ride the camel?

Unfortunately, if you've an inconvient weight, you've an inconvient wait.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Hail the fail

You've surely noticed the increasing number of Uber taxis around our towns and cities.

But, as the BBC is inclined to say, other taxi services are available.

One of them, Hailo, is much smaller than Uber and is trying desperately to win market share, particularly in London.

Unfortunately, Hailo's campaign slogan 'London. We're all over it', due to one of those pesky apostrophe catastrophes, is already showing signs of defeatism.

Photo: Gwen Wark/Facebook

Friday, 25 September 2015

Behind with breakfast

I've never been keen on the continental breakfast options from hotels. And, after seeing this, Dennis A would probably agree that they're pretty crappy compared to a full English.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Achy Breaky Heart for Billy Ray

Well, here's an interesting result uncovered by Tom L.


Looks like Wales won by a country Miley.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Keeping an eye out

Here's a health clinic that Jon C came across on his TorontoTypoTour.

Clearly it specialises in i problems.


Didn't spot it?

Perhaps you should call in for a checkup.

Friday, 18 September 2015

What Katy did

You can always rely on The Daily Express to maintain its standards.


The article spares us the sordid details so we're left wondering whether it was an American, a French landing strip or a full Brazilian.

Whichever she plumped for, no doubt it excited Willie.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

When David met Dafydd

Sent in by Greg L whose friend captured this scene in Cardiff after the Wales v Israel international football match a couple of weeks ago.


'Remember, Bubala, what happens in Cardiff, stays in Cardiff.'

Monday, 14 September 2015

That's no lady

Organisers of the Noah's Ark appeal of Wales were left red-faced after the unveiling of a sign for a street in Cardiff named after the appeal's patron, Shirley Bassey.

It carried a misspelling of the Welsh word for Dame.


Apparently, instead of Y Fonsig, it should have read Y Fonesig.

Knowing Welsh as well as I do (ahem), the incorrect spelling probably translates to something like 'that old Tiger Bay bird'.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Nelson's columns

As tweeted by @socratic, an article in The Times about a documentary made by Peter Ustinov reported this little-known information about the former President of South Africa.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Jonson's elixir of life

Thanks to Geoff L for this one which he spotted on the CBC/Radio-Canada website.

As he says: Who knew that London was plague-riddled as recently as 1910? And that Ben Jonson was there to write a witty play about it?


Given that Jonson was almost 300 years old by then, it's unlikely that he had much of an idea about anything actually.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Sevens o'clock

Angie J was at sixes and sevens when she first clocked this.

Well, at sevens at least.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Be prepared

Thanks to Trev L for finding this at apostrophecatastrophes.com

Like a good Scout, you should always Be Prepared.

Just in case you turn up to work at Walmart and they ask you to produce a poster.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Shipwreck

Anyone from either Leeds or Liverpool will love this.

An alleged typo in the sat nav software of a Nissan Leaf car has replaced the p with a t in the name of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Photo: Nick Appleton

Nissan may describe it as such but, coming from Leeds, I couldn't possibly comment.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Get a loald of this

Elf Odin (@ElfOdin) suggests that whoever put up the sign must have been just as loalded as the New Dare Devil Grilers.


I feel like I'm speaking in tongues.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Black-marketeering

What do you do when you burn the bread to a crisp?

Chuck it away? Give it to the birds?

No. Apply some clever marketing like the people at Asda do.

Sell it as a 'well fired' loaf.


Taste the difference?

Yes, I did. And it's burnt.

Pure. Creative. Genius.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Milkman delivers manmilk

I'm not sure how comfortable we'd be here in the UK drinking, or even asking for, a pint of Homo milk.


According to Jon C, however, the Canadians think nothing of their perfectly innocuous and logical name for homogenised.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Management style

Thanks to Craig C (@TheSiteReaderfor sending this one in.

A spokesperson - no, it was definitely a spokesman - is believed to have said, 'We're the new bosses here and we'll not be having any of that pc nonsense in this hotel.'

Monday, 10 August 2015

Universal indicator

A positive indication that this company doesn't care either way whether you get in touch.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Desperately seeking it

Thanks to Ann F we can enjoy the gaffe on the front cover of Monday's Daily Express.


It's over on the right if you're having trouble spotting it.

That's the one. Just across from the dyslexia headline.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Tes_______co

Have you seen what those caring people at Loughborough Tesco have done?

Luckily Tom L took several photos so we can appreciate exactly what's happened.




Friday, 31 July 2015

In Dublin's fair city

I could write about the consequences of Irish drunken revelry, about traditional dockland practices, and about sailors.

But, with a thank you to Dennis A and in deference to my Irish ancestry, together with a son who serves in the Royal Navy, I'm probably better off letting the photograph say it all.

Photo: @colmQcusack

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

T Party candidate

Senator Rand Paul, as part of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, has said that he would like to abolish the Department of Education.


Probably not a wise move, Rand.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Where's Wallet?

And I should use your company because?


You can't even spell the name of your home town.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Sniffing around

The Boston Globe says it has a policy of never deleting its tweets.


I wonder if the staff there realise that 'investifarted' could only have been suggested in auto correct if it had previously been used by the creator.

Now there's an embarrassing story waiting to be told.

And it's never going to go away.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Head lines

When you're reporting about a country that continues to punish people regularly by beheading them, you need to be very wary of how Auto Correct might alter your headline.

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