Friday, November 21, 2014

A Bargain Catastrophe

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good bargain. So, I have no idea why it took me three months of living in my new city to visit Disco Dollar! I got a container of big trash bags, a box of green tea, apple cider vinegar pills, and a brand-name hair conditioner, all for $4! And as a special bonus, I spotted these catastrophic razors. Best shopping trip ever.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Cold Mess

Zoe sent in this catastrophic sign from Kelowna, British Columbia.



The errant apostrophe in "resumes" is one of several punctuation issues on this sign. How many others can you count?

Thanks, Zoe!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Back-to-School Catastrophe

This isn't the most timely catastrophe; I should have posted it in September. Nevertheless, I felt that today was a good day to post this back-to-school catastrophe that Avi spotted on NBC Channel 6 in Miami.



I hope the person who designed this graphic isn't an actual teacher.

Thanks, Avi!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Favorite Mistake

David sent in this catastrophic menu from a diner in Allentown.



The restaurant may have updated its menu, but it didn't take the time to proofread it.

Thanks, David!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Predict an Apostrophe Catastrophe

If this astrologer were truly psychic, she would have known that she'd be on Apostrophe Catastrophes on October 23, 2014.



Didn't see that coming, did you, Ms. Psychic?

Oh, I miss Miss Cleo...

Thanks to Bryan for sending in this cosmic catastrophe.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Catastrophe on the Side of a London Bus

Sometimes a reader sends in a catastrophe so large that it's truly shocking.



Thousand's? How could this have happened? As Nina, who submitted this photo, so eloquently put it, "The torment."

Thanks, Nina!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seasonal Apostrophe Catstrophe

Rachel spotted this quadruple apostrophe catastrophe in her local paper in Tupelo, MS.



That's scarier than a Halloween horror movie. What is flat pumpkin anyway?

Thanks, Rachel!





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Colorado Convention Center Apostrophe Catastrophe

I'm way behind on posting submissions, as usual. Kurt sent me this apostrophe catastrophe from the Colorado Convention Center almost a year ago!



Thanks for your patience, dear readers. I'll try to post your submissions in a more timely manner.

Thanks, Kurt!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

McDonald's Drive Thru Catastrophe

Finding apostrophe catastrophes at small, local businesses (or online) is like shooting fish in a barrel. So, when I find an apostrophe catastrophe committed by a large company, especially one for which I have a bit of disdain, I get pretty excited. Walking down the street of downtown Scranton last night, I saw this giant McDonald's billboard glowing in the distance and exclaimed in delight.



I started running toward the billboard and attempted to capture it despite the poor lighting. It's not perfect, but you get the idea.

A few minutes later, fireworks started exploding in the sky. Literally. Now that's what I call an eventful Friday night.

Readers, how do you feel about spelling "through" as "thru"? It doesn't really bother me. Maybe it should, but it seems like a decent shortcut and fits the tone of fast food establishments in general. Someday, I think we'll all be using "u" for the second person, and I won't even mind that either, as long as we give credit where credit is due.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Belated National Punctuation Day!

Yesterday was National Punctuation Day, and I neglected to post anything on the blog! Well, I'll try to make up for it today with this gem, which Christina spotted in Fremont, Nebraska.



She said it made her think of Scotland because she kept wanting to pronounce it "laddie." Thanks for the laughs, Christina!

Oh, and speaking of holidays that include apostrophes, Happy New Year!





Monday, September 8, 2014

What the Dickens?!

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. No, actually, it was definitely the worst of times for whoever made this sign for the John Harvard Library in London.



Thanks to Helen for submitting this atrocity.





Monday, August 25, 2014

County Fair Catastrophe

Yikes! I haven't updated Apostrophe Catastrophes in a month! This is truly a catastrophe, and I apologize. But I've been busy. I moved to Pennsylvania! While I miss Boston dearly (love that dirty water...), I now have an entirely new state filled with apostrophe catastrophes to capture. One of the first things I did upon arriving here was head to a county fair because sheep are my favorite things in the entire world.



If I were ever to become a therapist, I would prescribe sheep and Irish accents to anyone who is depressed.

Making the day even better, I found an apostrophe catastrophe at the fair!



Gyro is...?

Thanks to my loyal Apostrophe Catastrophe readers for your patience. I promise to be better about updating the blog more often. Keep those submissions coming!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jeep Bumper Sticker Catastrophe

Meg spotted this double atrocity somewhere in Connecticut.



Tailgating and crossing over multiple lanes at once are two of my biggest driving pet peeves, but this bumper sticker may be a close third.

Thanks, Meg!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Review -- Bittersweet

It's the summer, so I love to spend as much time as I can reading on the beach. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to join the Blogging for Books program, which sends me free books to review!

Mabel Dagmar, the main character of this novel, is a traditional plain Jane who longs to frolic with the elite. Her family is lower-middle class, and the earns a scholarship to an expensive private college across the country. She takes pains to hide her humble roots and even goes so far as to eschew communicating with her family. Mabel's roommate couldn't be more different. Genevra, known as Ev, was born into a privileged east-coast family with a gigantic summer estate in Vermont. At first, Ev completely ignores her roommate, but eventually befriends her. Or is she just using her? It's never completely clear what Ev's motives are. Eventually Ev invites Mabel to her family estate in Vermont, and it feels like a dream come true. But underneath the gorgeous exterior of perfect, blond people, is a complicated web of dark secrets. Mabel gets sucked in to the family mysteries and scandals. Without giving anything away, I must admit that I was surprised by many of the revelations of the novel. The author, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, keeps the reader guessing throughout. While I didn't like the main character all that much -- she was a bit of a blank slate -- I was thoroughly entertained by the book and couldn't wait to see what happened next.




Official disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Teach Your Children Well

The most appalling part of this catastrophe is that the sign is posted at a school.



Thanks to Steve from Camberley for sending this one.