Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Funs Are Out There

Carrie spotted this apostrophe catastrophe at the Granby, Colorado, 4th of July Parade:

Not sure about funs', but bad punctuation is certainly out there.

Thanks, Carrie!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Punctuation Hospital

I don't believe anything that the Tray Valet claims. It says it would be perfect for a home or a school, but the only place where it belongs is a hospital. And speaking of hospitals, someone needs to fix the punctuation on the third bullet point down. Stat!

Chair's and sofa's? This thing is hemorrhaging bad punctuation.

Thanks to Katie for sending in this catastrophe from a CVS in Tyler, TX.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Automatic Urinal Catastrophe

In a classic e-mail to Apostrophe Catastrophes, Scott writes, "I found this on an automatic urinal in Jerusalem."

So, the machine doesn't work on the sabbath, which makes it kosher, I suppose, but does that mean you can't pee into it on Saturdays?

This blog entry is dedicated to my brother who loves automatic urinals and is going to Israel soon himself.

Thanks, Scott!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

All Age Is Dance Club

This dance club in Seattle was apparently shut down by the apostrophe police.

Too bad! It looks like it was quite the classy joint!

Thanks to Becky for sending this one in.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kentucky American Is...

Mark, who sent in this apostrophe catastrophe, thinks maybe there is only one Kentuckian with a disability.

Well, if the inability to use proper punctuation counts as a disability, that one Kentuckian designed this logo. And doesn't the whole concept of Kentucky American's [sic] seem redundant?

Thanks, Mark! Check out Mark's blog here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

These Pretzel's Are Making Me [Sic]

Free coffee and Auntie Anne's pretzels? I'm there! Please hold the apostrophe catastrophe, though.

Thanks to Jerome for sending this in!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This Catastrophe Is So Money

Ken Wilson gave me permission to repost this double apostrophe catastrophe he found in the back of a taxi.

Thanks, Ken!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

No Picnic Is Thank You

John spotted this apostrophe catastrophe at Twycross Zoo in England.

At least 50 tables in the restaurant had these signs on them, he reports.

Thanks, John!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Beach Beverage Catastrophes

Brian found this catastrophe-filled sign while rollerblading on Manhattan Beach:

Kevaccino's appears to believe that it is necessary to include a catastrophe when pluralizing a word that ends with a vowel. They also don't know how to spell "bagel" or "cappuccino."

Thanks, Brian!

Friday, July 9, 2010

LeBron James: Witness to Bad Punctuation (Again)

My friend/former co-worker Amy, who is originally from Cleveland, sent me this photo from

I understand that fans are devastated by The King's betrayal, but that does not excuse their poor punctuation.

Thanks, Amy! And sorry about LeBron...

Nice "Decision," LeBron

Bitterness apparently leads to unnecessary quotation marks, as evidenced by this bizarre letter written by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. That semicolon at the beginning should be a colon, and let's not even talk about the comic sans. Or the passive-aggressiveness. Or the odd reference to death and heaven.

Thanks to my friend Dave for encouraging me to read this letter.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What is Really In This Box?

This product, which may or may not be couscous, was sitting on the counter at my parents' house when I went there on Monday.

Whatever it is, my mom used it to make an awesome "couscous" salad dish.

If you like this kind of catastrophe, check out the Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks.

Friday, July 2, 2010

False Advertising

The rabbit on this t-shirt catastrophe, spotted by Romy in South Dakota, isn't even cute!

Nor is the backwards apostrophe or the entirely absent apostrophe in let's.

Thanks, Romy!