We all are well aware of the importance of proofreading – but more than helpful, looking over what you have written is necessary, especially when it comes to hanging signs outside your business. Typos are a common mistake, but sometimes even the smallest extra space could alter the meaning altogether. Here are the best signs that went horribly wrong.
Young’s Mushroom Farm needs to contact their printers ASAP, since the extra space on the printed package certainly does not make you want to buy the mushrooms.
If there is something you love or feel passionate about, why not scream it at the top of your lungs? Pirates of the Caribbean actress Keira Knightley quite clearly wanted to make a statement with those bold red lips and had an inspiring message she wanted to pass along while she posed all wide-eyed for Chanel’s new lipstick ad. The message was her undying love for cattle, which is why she insisted on positioning the words reading “I love cow” right smack in the middle. Or was it Coco?
Was it really so difficult to make the S in Super smaller and completely detached from the word Hitters? This little hiccup could have easily been avoided by careful planning of the logo of the baseball them and the T-shirt design, but that is the price one has to pay – haste makes waste, as we all know very well. We would hate to think of the rude comments that would be hissed towards the Super Hitters’ players, but hope they were better at making game calls than
Yummy In The Tummy
Celebrity chef, TV personality, businesswoman, and author Rachael Ray is more than your average Food Network nstar. Being labeled as America’s sweetheart due to her charming smile and dazzling doe eyes, the woman does it all – including philanthropic volunteer work through her own “nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking,” as explained on her website. According to this magazine cover, she also finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
(With) A Little Nuts
There is nothing quite like coming home to the smell of fresh, oven-baked homemade apple pie. As America’s favorite pie, it is no surprise many have thought of variations resembling the classic soothing dessert in order to mix and spice things up. Everything from apple pie flavored milkshakes to apple butter has been invented. The woman who wrote the sign below wanted her business to thrive but never would’ve guessed it could be so successful. After writing this sign, her phone rang nonstop! We wonder why…
Practically Costs Nothing
Christmas came early this year, and we must have been especially good to deserve a deal like this: buy one Nintendo DS game for $29.99, get the other one free as well as a refund for almost $15! You are definitely not going to find a deal like this anywhere else, so be quick and place your order now – oh, wait. Turns out this is not the sale of the century, but actually a mistype that resulted in an embarrassing flop in sales and an astonishing amount of outraged customers.
There are so many things we can say about this one, innocent looking cereal box. For starters, it might have been due to cropping gone wrong, but the top left corner of the Breakfast Blitz cereal reads “Ew!” which is probably not the first thing you would want to read on this edible item. Secondly, reading “exclusively at ACME” at the very top of the box, we cannot help but replace the M in ACME with an N. Lastly, the chosen font makes the word Blitz look like Butz!
Justice Cream To The Rescue
If you too have realized you have an unbeatable craving towards ice cream, why not grab one at a place offering more than a burst of delicious melting flavors? Don’t fight it – you will definitely lose against the league of Justice Cream. On the other hand, it could simply be the bad positioning of the camera and twisted angle that makes it seem as though the sign is reading something that is not “just ice cream.”
Days Inn had best intentions at heart when coming up with a sign that was meant to both be a sentimental statement for the troops who served the nation and carry a marketing message that would draw customers in. Sadly, not all good intentions are successful, as evident from this sign that reads “we remember all who have served hot breakfast.” Whether it flunked or not, it is nice to see that businesses do not lose sight of what is important.
Courtesy Of Crude Curt
Curt turning eight was a big deal – not only did this mean he would receive birthday presents and eat delicious snacks, but it also meant his best friends would come and celebrate with him in a huge party. For once, all the attention would be on him. However, if young Curt was slightly older, he probably would have hoped he wasn’t the center of attention, having read what his name spelled out in this twisted, curvy font.
Size Isn’t Everything
Pizza Hut has come up with witty ways and pun-filled sayings to encourage their customers to visit their restaurants more often. In the past, they have ridiculed their competition in order to emphasize their strengths, but the truth of the matter is – when it comes to pizza, there really isn’t much convincing that has to be done. The sign below is the perfect example of what happens when someone accidentally inserts an unnecessary space, creating a very different meaning than intended.
These days, there is a much higher awareness and sensitivity towards topics that are gender-related. In the past, if someone seemed troubled and spoke up about not feeling like themselves, people around them would be quick to disregard the matter as insignificant. Nowadays, changing one’s gender is a much easier task than before, and is widely more accepted in society. Having said that, this particular store still needs to reconsider its sign, since it targets a very different audience than they probably think.
Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Christmas is referred to as the “Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” for a reason – the weather gets cooler, snow hits the ground, family comes to visit, and all sit around the dining table and are grateful for everything and everyone in their lives. Hand in hand with the carols are the flickering lights hung around houses and decorated with festivities that bring joy all around – however, the lights in the picture below are not as merry as one would hope, or maybe it’s just the font.
Start Of Something New
The owner of this BMW Mini Cooper from California decided it was time to start things fresh in her life. She left her old town, friends and relationship behind and dedicated herself fully to the life she always wanted – which is why she signed up for school and bought herself a brand new, shiny car – and even got this meaningful license plate to go along with it. Never would she have thought that the sign reading “a new start” could be interpreted in such a grotesque manner.
The guy at Disneyland had one job – to print readable signs that were suitable with the theme of where they were positioned. Receiving the request to print a sign, we find it odd that what was printed came out as something highly resembling the word “douches,” meaning he drastically failed at the only task he had. To be quite frank, it is hard to understand what the original intent was and what was meant to be written on the sign, but we doubt it was this.
Sucks To Be You
Fonts are a form of art. When designing one, it is important to keep in mind that placing one letter next to another may form a new letter altogether, as appears in the photo below. Reading “Slix Fast Food,” at first glance the lit up sign appears to say “sux,” which is not the first word one would hope to associate with food. Indeed, the sign is not appetizing in the least, which could explain why the place is completely empty of paying customers.
Hop on board, it is the S. Express! Not only does this obscure business not exactly specify what it offers its clientele, but we find it particularly odd that the place appears to be closed when it clearly states in the top left corner that they provide 24 hours service. A shady place of business as it is, the S in the sign suggests that different services are offered in this spot than the ones you would initially assume.
Not What We Meant
They say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This particular card swiping machine was left broken, but it is the sign written and positioned on top of it that is highly questionable. Reading “pen is broken – please use finger,” the sign can also be interpreted as something completely different for those who mistakenly miss out on the space between the words “pen” and “is.” We would hate to be the cashiers in this store and have to deal with the people who misread the sign…
Not Everything Is A Race
This kickboxing studio might have a specific target audience in mind, at least, that is what it seems… We would not be surprised to walk into the boxing ring only to find a distinct type of boxing mannequin, but then again, this could be yet another case of font fails that horribly changed the message behind the sign. We certainly hope this is the case and not the one that immediately pops in one’s mind, since discrimination of any kind is not okay by any means.
One would think a website called Simply Psychology would be careful not to let any Freudian slips slide, but it seems one managed to do so in the fine print. Speaking of scientific advances, it is only reasonable that one would test out their website and cruise through it before hitting the publish button, and maybe that way a different, less suggestive font would have been chosen. If anything, the obscene instruction of how to print proves that being a creative, visual type and a person of science do not usually merge.
We are not sure what test these guys were preparing for, but we certainly hope it the teacher was not too hard on them. The message on the whiteboard could not be less clear or more alarming, but that is what teachers sometimes have to do – they need to push their students to be the best that they can be. This is a whole other level of motivation, and if you ask us, it is a good thing that board is eraseable, since that message needs to be destroyed.
Open For Business
You might not pick up on it from the name, but the Wig And Pen is a pizza place and pub situated in Iowa City, IA. Their business’s description and pitch reads “unwind after work with a full selection of beers, wines, liquors, mixed drinks, and more at The Wig & Pen Pizza Pub!” But those who are not from the state of Iowa will look rather confused at the sign below since it does not suggest pizza is to be purchased at this joint.
The Old Folks Association’s website describes its organization as follows: “[it] was incorporated in 1945 to foster gatherings among its members ‘irrespective of status or creed’ in a hall designed for that purpose.” However, if one were to come by this sign and read the writing on the wall, they would probably guess this is some crude joke at the expense of elderly people from Auckland. This goes to show some words should simply not be shortened, or a different message could be interpreted.
Rock Bottom Prices
Oeding Erdel is a high-end jewelry store that offers its clients pricey pieces which are both classy and unique – which is completely contradictory to what the oversized red rollup sign suggests. Although it is situated in Germany, this is no excuse for printing an ad that carries a font causing great confusion as to what is exactly being sold inside the store. “Everything must go” is the understatement of the year if, in fact, the F and I in “final” were meant to make an A.
Walking outside this store, it must have been quite a shock when coming across this huge sign. After all, while two suits for $199 is definitely a bargain, paying the same amount to go to the bathroom twice is obscenely overpriced. Not to mention – why should one have to pay for excusing themselves to the bathroom? Whoever printed this sign needs to rethink what they are charging their customers for because this is clearly a bit of a reach.
All About The L’
Having a name like Clint builds a pretty solid ground for a sturdy reputation, as it will always ring a bell with heartthrob and megastar Clint Eastwood. And while it appears the man standing in front of you might not look immediately like the A-lister you were hoping would turn out, there is no reason to use such foul language. Perhaps it would be best if Starbucks made its employees take a course teaching them how to write in a more legible manner.
The Winner Is…
And the winner of the Worst Logo of the Century goes to… Megaflicks! In all honesty, how could it not? One could easily spot the problem with the sign from a safe distance – which means that as much as we would like to make fun of the business’s higher management for making such a rookie mistake, they were probably in on the whole thing all along. This could be a genius marketing ploy designed to make Megaflicks go viral – in which case, it definitely worked.
Anything For Charity
Thrift stores offer a great deal of merchandise for less than half what you would normally pay at other stores, so if you are looking for a great deal – this is it. Although most of its stock comes from donations, that does not necessarily mean that the quality of the goods offered is not top notch. The sign in the picture may ask those who see it to donate so that there will be more items available for those with lesser means, but the spacing suggests otherwise.
Pardon My French!
There are many sayings and words in different languages that do not fully translate accurately into English, but being lost in translation is not an uncommon thing for those who speak other languages, too. The person who came up with this sign quite obviously thinks of French to be an exotic form of communication, which is why he chose the language of love to be featured on his welcome sign. Too bad he didn’t use Google Translate to make sure he got the spelling and spacing right…