March 19th, 2008

Typos and other forms of chaos

Today, for all of you, I have two mistakes, and something else. First, the mistakes:

(Click on thumbnails for full-size images.)

I double-checked with my scholarly sources (i.e., but I'm not aware of this being an acceptable alternate spelling of "commission." Maybe it's a hybridization of "commission" and "collision." Or maybe even "comprehensive" and "collision." All for one low, combined price. (Somebody's been shopping car insurance companies lately, can you tell?)

Sorry about the picture quality, but take a look at the third of the four lines that are in smaller type. I don't know about you, but nothing frustrates me more than not being able to keep my damned elf motivated.

And now for something else entirely.

I love a little IHOP every now and then, and nothing against them, but what on earth happened in their kitchen??

Normally, there's just an opening to the kitchen above that counter. But today, there was a plastic sheet covering it, and from all appearances, something had blown up rather violently and splattered all over it. What kinds of explosives are they working with in there? Some sort of volatile chocolate fondue with a nitro glycerine base?

The question this raises is, how exactly did that plastic sheet get put in place before the disaster occurred? Were they expecting something messy to happen? Or is my sense of temporal continuity off?

I think one reaches a point where it's good to stop asking questions, and just accept things as they are. This is probably one of those points. In fact, a little while after the host noticed me take this picture, he put up a dark plastic sheet to conceal the havoc wrought. Too late, IHOP! The word is now out...