Monday, May 6, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
As a Bostonian/Cantabrigian, I haven't felt like making light of apostrophe catastrophes in the past week. Life has been sad, scary, and surreal, among other things. But nothing seemed funny. The bombers lived only blocks from my house, and some of my friends who live in Watertown were having their houses searched by the SWAT Team. I couldn't use "catastrophe" in the same sentence as "apostrophe" anymore. But finally today, the Onion was able to find some levity in the situation, while also mocking Taylor Swift. Thank you, Onion.
And then, as fate would have it, Bradley sent me this boat-related catastrophe from the Great Salt Lake Marina.
I'd like to dedicate this apostrophe catastrophe to Dave Henneberry, who clearly has excellent attention to detail and is a very responsible boat owner. As soon as the cops lifted the ban on leaving one's house, Dave went outside and found the second bomber hiding in his boat.
Thank you, Dave, for helping Watertown breathe a collective sigh of relief, and thanks to Bradley for sending in this maritime apostrophe catastrophe that reminded me of Dave and helped me regain a sense of normalcy.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
My friend Kate alerted me to this news story about a state representative from New Hampshire who made an offensive comment about women. The worst part about this incident is that Peter Hansen refers to all women as "vagina's," making his statement even more catastrophic. Clearly Hansen knows nothing about women, or punctuation.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I love when readers send me apostrophe catastrophes committed by companies that I already look down upon, such as Walmart, but it saddens me when I receive catastrophes from stores that I like. So, I shared in Shawn's disappointment upon finding this one at Kohl's.
Shawn writes, "I put everything back and left, I was so disappointed." That's dedication, Shawn. If I had one of those 30%-off coupons, I think I would turn a blind eye to the apostrophe catastrophe. But you better shape up, Kohl's, or I'll just buy everything from Target and Old Navy.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cathy writes that she was watching TV while her husband was still asleep and this catastrophic commercial came on Fox 5.
She ran the risk of waking her husband up, but it was worth it to capture the apostrophe catastrophe in all its glory. The exclamation point is in an odd place, too.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Scott sent in this apostrophe catastrophe from a county fair in Columbia County, New York.
The smaller sign on the left spells the plural of canopy correctly, so maybe the larger sign is saying that one canopy is for sale? Doubtful, but I'm ever the optimist.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Being a famous blogger has its perks. Sometimes* companies give me free products in exchange for wearing and advertising them.
*OK, this happened once, but it was cool...
The company that made me feel like a celebrity was Firmoo , which sells affordable prescription glasses and sunglasses. If you go to an optician, you might pay upwards of $300 for new frames, but you can get them for about a tenth of that price through Firmoo. They are even doing a promotion right now for free glasses for first-time buyers. You don't even have to be an internet celebrity like me. An obvious drawback to this is that you can't try on the glasses or have a professional adjust them, but I think this service would work well for a backup pair or for sunglasses, which don't have to fit as well as regular glasses.
I don't wear glasses, so for my free pair, I went with a pair of sunglasses with plain lenses. When they arrived, I was pleased that they came with a durable-looking case, a cleaning cloth, and a little carrying bag. These glasses are clearly higher quality than any other glasses I've ever owned because I never pay more than like $9.99 for sunglasses at Target or CVS. Seriously, I cannot think of more of a waste of money than designer sunglasses. I'm just going to lose them in the ocean eventually anyway!
So, here's what the Firmoo package comes with:
I like the purple color of the frames, but I wish the lenses were darker. You can clearly see my eyes through the glasses, which I don't like. Maybe this works for Bono but not on the beach.
Anyway, this might work fine on an overcast day, but in the bright sun, I'll need more shade.
Thanks, Firmoo for sending me the free glasses, and I apologize for waiting several months to post this. Obviously, it was the summer when I received these glasses. I miss the sun...
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
My friend Jodi's brother sent in this catastrophe from a county fair in Vermont.
Frightening. I was helping a kid with her Health homework today and had to explain what LSD is. I should have used this picture.
Thanks, Jodi's brother! [And thanks to Jodi for pointing out my typo in this post earlier. Oops]