#77- Misspelled Protest Signs

If there's one thing that gives me shadenfreudenous spasms of delight it's watching someone unintentionally reveal his or her inner ignoramus. It pains me to admit this, but I happen to be one of those rare people who was born without an inner ignoramus. I know this sounds wonderful. I know it almost sounds like a superpower. But unfortunately, in place of the thin layer of sub-dermal stupidity one finds in most human beings, I have a thick second skin of ignoramusness which encases my body like one of those suits speed skaters wear at the Olympics.

Yes. I have an outer ignoramus.

There, now it’s all out in the open. I was born without the ability to conceal what a dork I am. Through a very rare genetic mixture of rambunctiousness, cluelessness, innate eagerness and unawareness of self, the fact that I am a neo maxi zoom dweebie is on display for all to see every second of every day.

In some senses this is extremely liberating. Like a chimpanzee happily masturbating and throwing shit in public I have been able to do things like walking around with my pockets full of magic tricks and wearing a fedora for the entirety of seventh grade. But while there are advantages to having an exoskeleton of ignorance, it’s also a source of great pain. So please forgive me if I take delight in instances of other people briefly revealing their own inner ignormai. If I revel in the occasional grammatically incorrect tattoo, misspelled cake or misguided car sticker it’s only because I’m so painfully aware of my own deficiencies.

One of the best things that ever happened to me in my entire life was when I was at a bar with a big group of friends and some douche who was sitting behind me asked me for a light. This douche was some kind of douche prodigy because he had really carefully-considered hair, and had flipped up the collar of his leather jacket, and was wearing sunglasses, inside, at night, in a bar. It was almost like he was trying to channel the Rob Lowe character from The Outsiders. Anyhoo, I was just sitting there talking to my friends when the Douche Master General swooshed his chair around, placed his hand on our table, looked at me over the tops of his shades and said, “Hey buddy! Got a light?” This gesture could almost, almost, have been allowed to pass without comment except that, deliciously, the DMG was holding the cigarette in his mouth the wrong way! Oh yes my friends! Instead of pinching the filter end of his smoke betwixt his douchey lips, that little orange beacon was bobbing around for everyone to see like a warning buoy in a dark and stormy sea.

“Yes, I do have a light,” I said coolly, “but may I suggest that they taste better when you smoke them the other way.”

Now, I was surrounded by a big group of my friends at this moment, and as such I enjoyed a significant home court advantage, however, I can assure you that I absolutely murdered that line. A massive whoop erupted from the table and I took unabashed delight in finally being the one doling out and not accepting a beating.

Look, most of us spend a lot more time being the kid who threw up in science class than we do one of the happy throng laughing at him. So on those rare occasions when someone else forgets to erase the tape, or hastily draws up a really stupid protest sign, don’t we deserve to laugh at them? Of course we do. Remember: ONLy God Will JUGE you.

Stupid Protest Signs
There's something especially scrumptious about a mistake on a protest sign. I think it's because the protester believes so fiercely that he's right that he's decided to take to the streets to shove his rightness in your face; and when his rightness is spelled with wrongness, well, you owe it to the universe to laugh at him.

I've wondered about these giant picket line rats for a long time. Did the company that makes these start manufacturing them specifically for placement outside non-union jobs? Or were they making them for some other purpose--say, flamboyant productions of The Nutcracker--and then suddenly realize, "Hey, these would be awesome for picket lines?" Also, do they make other, more cheerful things? Like maybe those big arm-waving Car Sale Tube Guys?

Seems to me like someone should have caught this one. I mean, there are so many stages to making a stencil. You have to sketch it out, cut it out, then put it over your sign and apply the paint. At one of those points shouldn't someone have noticed that "Jhon's" didn't look quite right? Maybe. Maybe not. I mean, if you think about it, the last two words on this sign actually contain three mistakes, which isn't easy to accomplish: first, Jhon is spelled wrong; second, the apostrophe does not pluralize; and finally, in terms of composition, if you have to add a parenthetical word, (men,) to explain your three-word sign, it's likely you're not communicating yourself effectively.

"Your" welcome. --The Chickens

Don't you feel like the odds were 50/50 he'd write "get a 'Brian?'"

That one's not misspelled or punctuated or anything. It's just awesome. [Ed Note: I missed a misspelling on this. "Sombody," of course, should be "Somebody." Thanks and praise to Hope for this, and check out her hilarious and sometimes touching blog about living under two people who fuck loudly here.]

And finally...

Don't feel bad if you don't get this one right away. You've been looking for misspellings and this one doesn't have any. Instead, just picture Hitler refusing to shake Jesse Owens' hand in 1936... in Berlin.


Anonymous said...

Funny and I agree 100%.

Nanci said...

Love the pics of "English Only" signs. The irony kills me every night of the week that I spend away from my family teaching immigrants who desperately want to learn the language and have given up so much to be here. Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.

jkc said...

classic. i live in DC and i see these misspellings all the time...

chopper93 said...

Thiss artikle is for a moran to reed.