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February 15, 2013 1:55 PM   Subscribe

me care about my job? Unpossible.
posted by special-k (134 comments total) 75 users marked this as a favorite

 
oh, this warms my cold black heart like nothing else.
posted by artichoke_enthusiast at 2:01 PM on February 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


These are wonderful, but the interface itself would be a good entry for the site.

It turns out you can page through them with a scroll-wheel, too.
posted by Western Infidels at 2:03 PM on February 15, 2013 [26 favorites]


Was the job to make sure the rail wouldn't detach from its mountings?
posted by CancerMan at 2:03 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nice.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:04 PM on February 15, 2013


The page is very confusing - try to scroll and it switches pictures. But they are very funny pictures.
posted by Mars Saxman at 2:05 PM on February 15, 2013


These are wonderful, but the interface itself would be a good entry for the site.

yeah
posted by sweetkid at 2:06 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report covers the current
average for gas prices in the country and is
available on their website, www.findoutwhat
thewebsite'surlisandputithere.com.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 2:08 PM on February 15, 2013 [11 favorites]


Interface is great they should all be like this /mouseuser
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:08 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


Just hit the right arrow key to get the next picture.
posted by saturday_morning at 2:09 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also, this comment is intentionally left blank.
posted by saturday_morning at 2:09 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


One of the pictures is a line striping test strip on old piece of abandoned highway and not a mess-up.
posted by kpht at 2:10 PM on February 15, 2013 [8 favorites]


Firstname Lastname is an innocent man.
posted by eugenen at 2:11 PM on February 15, 2013 [34 favorites]


I don't see anything; just a big black screen of nothingness. Is this one of those doesn't-work-in-IE sites?
posted by Curious Artificer at 2:11 PM on February 15, 2013


I can feel a vein throbbing in my neck whenever I look at the ones where a paver or tile is one row out of sync.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 2:12 PM on February 15, 2013 [9 favorites]


Site was obvs designed for mobile.
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:13 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I thought it was weird to include a 'this page is intentionally left blank' image, as that's done for a reason, and then I got anxious that lots of the others were probably things that made sense that I was just unaware of (on preview, like a line striping test strip!) and my laughing at them was just displaying ignorance. Fortunately, www.findoutwhatthewebsite'surlisandputithere.com saved me from my spiralling neuroses and I went back to 'omg /facepalm'.
posted by jacalata at 2:14 PM on February 15, 2013 [11 favorites]


Yeah, I looked at all of these last night on my phone. It was this blissful interlude between spells of brutally depressed insomnia. The interface works pretty well in that context.
posted by brennen at 2:14 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Interface is great for my phone too, which is often not the case for mobile viewing of pictures.

www.findoutwhat thewebsite'surlisandputithere.com.

Pro tip: this is an instance when CAPS are your friend.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:14 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't see anything; just a big black screen of nothingness. Is this one of those doesn't-work-in-IE sites?

With javascript disabled it is just a blank grey page.
posted by srboisvert at 2:15 PM on February 15, 2013


These are great, but I feel sorry for the girl making the backwards 3 with her sparkler because that would totally be me.
posted by Room 641-A at 2:15 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Where can you go to add content? The very shirt I am wearing is a deserving entry. It reads "Warriors Special Olmpics". Dozens were made at much expense and absolutely nobody at the shop where they were created caught it.
posted by hwestiii at 2:17 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


What's with everything being mislabeled as watermelon?
posted by mediated self at 2:21 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


I would love to see these in the wild and laugh like hell. Just a little unexpected thing that makes the day different. Except for the cup holder and the bathroom tile turned sideways. Living with that kind of thing would drive me nuts.

This is nothing to the million dollar+ building the Corps of Engineers approved that leaks like a sieve when it rains. The contractors are sealing the roof with RTV silicon. The roof has a one year guarantee. Welcome to the waste that is DoD. Now THAT'S a job that somebody should have taken care of.

Are you woofin' me CancerMan?--look at the way the stairs run.

What's with everything being mislabeled as watermelon?
It's a plot.
posted by BlueHorse at 2:26 PM on February 15, 2013


Pennsylvania Road Crew paints over dead raccoon. I had this photo framed on my desk with the caption "Not my job!" I would point to it when those exact words were uttered to me.

Love this!!
posted by JujuB at 2:27 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]



Are you woofin' me CancerMan?--look at the way the stairs run.


The top bracket came loose, and the railing is swinging by the central bracket.
It's not installed improperly, it's broken.
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:28 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Too much of a good thing after a while, but the toy ostriches in the package labeled DOGS! totally busted me up.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:31 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


Okay, I'm officially giving up: can anyone explain picture 003 (the sliding latch on the door) to me? That looks to me like a picture taken inside a bathroom stall. The door opens outwards, but when you slide the latch to the right, no one on the outside can open the door by pulling it towards themselves.

I don't get what's wrong with, well, this picture.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 2:32 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


The backwards Citi sign over the papered up shop windows is the urban residue of a business that has moved location or gone under, not an error. We still have ɯǝɹʌʎus signs in front of vacant retail space around here.

I've been enjoying the slow evolution of a billboard on a nearby intersection which is trying to direct drivers to an auto parts store straight ahead. The billboard's first incarnation read "O'REILLY 6 blocks" with a giant arrow pointing left (the store is actually 8 blocks up, on the left hand side of the road, on a street 90 degrees from the direction the arrow is pointing). A few weeks later the giant arrow disappeared and "On Kirk" was added (Kirk is 6 blocks straight ahead and to the right only). I'm assuming the next incarnation will be whomever keeps approving the billboard designs to be dancing on the corner waving a foam core arrow.
posted by jamaro at 2:32 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, I'm officially giving up: can anyone explain picture 003 (the sliding latch on the door) to me?

If you tried to slide the latch, you'd notice the problem
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:33 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Dammit -- I didn't notice the metal was short on the right side.

Okay, I need coffee.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 2:35 PM on February 15, 2013


Pennsylvania Road Crew paints over dead raccoon.

It was a PA road crew that paved over half a dead deer once.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:35 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ah ha, Stagger Lee, upon reinspection, you are correct. Although in mitigation for my failure to closely observe, I have once seen a bar installed like this.
posted by BlueHorse at 2:35 PM on February 15, 2013


it seems like, in some instances, doing it incorrectly actually required an increase in effort.

and as someone who spent many teenaged years working retail, i can say for a fact a lot of these would have done on purpose. the upside down christmas tree being one example.
posted by ninjew at 2:36 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Needs a trigger warning for those with OCD.
posted by tommasz at 2:37 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Can someone explain what the flaw with the cupholder is, please?
posted by Navelgazer at 2:38 PM on February 15, 2013


Cupholder is too short to hold cups. This is a feature of my Honda too.
posted by jamaro at 2:39 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't figure out what's wrong with number 202-- the office building with the sun coming in through the blinds. What am I missing?
posted by geegollygosh at 2:39 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


also i think those crooked lines in the crosswalk were probably straight when they were laid down. it's some kind of weird plastic that's melted onto the asphalt, not paint, and when it gets hot they tend to migrate around as cars drive over them.
posted by joeblough at 2:41 PM on February 15, 2013


Can someone explain what the flaw with the cupholder is, please?

It's installed backwards. If it were the other way around, the cup wouldn't tumble forward when the car comes to a quick stop.

Also, drinking that much soda is very unhealthy.
posted by item at 2:41 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also also, I made that all up.
posted by item at 2:43 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


the shirts hanging sideways is the unrecognized work of an artist.
posted by ennui.bz at 2:43 PM on February 15, 2013 [27 favorites]


For some reason I am loving the sideways-hung shirts.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:43 PM on February 15, 2013


> Pennsylvania Road Crew paints over dead raccoon.

Holy shit, apparently this is a thing.
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:44 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


The mislaid tiles/bricks are on purpose. It's a tradition indicating that only God is perfect. (trying to find a citation, but googlefu is failing)
posted by sunshinesky at 2:44 PM on February 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


I thought it was weird to include a 'this page is intentionally left blank' image, as that's done for a reason...

There may have been a reason for the attempt, but the thing wasn't actually done, since the page is quite obviously not blank.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:44 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't figure out what's wrong with number 202-- the office building with the sun coming in through the blinds. What am I missing?

Blinds are on the outside of the windows.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:45 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


These are amazing, and I want to send them one: My friend has (and often proudly wears) a knitted hat which his parents brought him from their trip to Chile. It says, in big block letters, CIHLE
posted by jake at 2:46 PM on February 15, 2013


sunshinesky: I think I've heard of that. I don't know where the tradition got started, but I am certain it was a piece of brilliant ass-coverage by a workman.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:50 PM on February 15, 2013 [7 favorites]


What's with everything being mislabeled as watermelon?

You know how all kinds of meat taste like chicken? All fruits & vegetables look like watermelon. Same thing.
posted by scalefree at 2:52 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]




Ah ha, Stagger Lee, upon reinspection, you are correct. Although in mitigation for my failure to closely observe, I have once seen a bar installed like this.
posted by BlueHorse at 2:35 PM on February 15 [+] [!]


Sorry, I destroy joy and fun. I can't help myself.
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:53 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's with everything being mislabeled as watermelon?

Watermelons are only in season part of the year but giant bins used to display things are good year-round.

I think I've heard of that. I don't know where the tradition got started, but I am certain it was a piece of brilliant ass-coverage by a workman.

I believe it originally was referring to basket weaving where natives used to intentionally weave flaws so as not to insult the creator. I think.
posted by dobbs at 2:54 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


sunshinesky: When I was in elementary school a Native American artissan was showing us her wares and explained that she always made sure to put a mistake in as a sign that only the Great Spirit was perfect. Didn't know it applied to masonry.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:54 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


The blue pumpkin pails just baffles me. I can understand labels switched between red and green peppers and whatnot, but blue pumpkins? Why would anyone make blue pumpkins?
posted by ambrosia at 2:56 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


My first car was a '79 Mercury Capri in awful shade of rust-brown with factory-applied highlighter marker orange pinstripes. At least on one side it had orange pinstripes. The passenger side had lime green pinstripes, something I didn't notice until I owned the car for a year and got into a stoned† and circular quasi-argument with a friend after he couldn't find the car in the parking lot in order to retrieve something he left in the trunk. "Look man," he said, "There's only one brown car out there but it's not yours because it's got orange stripes."*

*no, he did not think to try to open the trunk with the keys because†
posted by jamaro at 2:56 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


The upside-down signage (e.g. the Citi Financial one, and also possibly the Shoppers Drug Mart enter sign) is what you'll often see on vacant properties previously occupied by those businesses. It says, "This store isn't here anymore, but the fluorescent lights in this sign still work, so we're just gonna keep this here to cover them up." It's a very common thing, though flipping them backwards (i.e. blank side out) is more standard.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:57 PM on February 15, 2013 [7 favorites]


I believe it originally was referring to basket weaving where natives used to intentionally weave flaws so as not to insult the creator.

I wonder if any of them have ever left out the flaw by mistake.
posted by dephlogisticated at 2:57 PM on February 15, 2013 [19 favorites]


Well, I'll be. I thought the URL was just to that one photo of the broken rail. I didn't realize there were more treasure to be found.

[/had one job; peruse the site]
posted by CancerMan at 2:58 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


A lot of those were intentional... repurposing a container, etc. And, the tile photos, that's a pretty common "prank" (or whatever you want to call it), to put one tile in the wrong position, backwards, etc.
posted by HuronBob at 2:58 PM on February 15, 2013


I am so glad that I washed the windows before checking MeFi today. BRB... eventually?
posted by Splunge at 3:00 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can get used to the interface for navigating but what really bothers me is the inability to (easily) reference individual images. I'm sure I could dip into the HTML & pull out direct URLs but that's more work than I'm interested in. Great content, terrible design.
posted by scalefree at 3:01 PM on February 15, 2013


We had a question about the one deliberate flaw thing.
posted by winna at 3:03 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


The Phil Tippett comment is a thing of beauty.
posted by maudlin at 3:03 PM on February 15, 2013 [7 favorites]


They are funny. Some more funny than others, and with the "damn you autocorrect" kind of cumulative effect. Pranks or not. Also I like the minimalist interface.
posted by bquarters at 3:06 PM on February 15, 2013


Can we discuss proper music to play in the background while looking at these?
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 3:07 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Why would anyone make blue pumpkins?

I for one would eat the hell out of a blue pumpkin pie. Count me as a "yes" on blue pumpkins.
posted by scalefree at 3:07 PM on February 15, 2013


There may have been a reason for the attempt, but the thing wasn't actually done, since the page is quite obviously not blank.

No, the page appears precisely the way it was meant to appear.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 3:09 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Some of these, like the knives in the "forks" package may be attributed to factory workers who don't speak English.

I wonder how many of these were 'shopped?
posted by double block and bleed at 3:09 PM on February 15, 2013


Some of these I've seen "in the wild" and they're not exactly errors.

I often find intentionally blank pages in financial and insurance statements. I've assumed it was a formatting measure, something to indicate to the reader that the previous section's content ended on the page prior, and the next section will begin afterward (usually the blank page is the back of a two-sided document).

The one with the utility pole in the street, after the stop sign, is usually scheduled for removal because they widened the intersection/road. So really the job's not yet complete.

And yeah, sometimes the lane markers on the road don't adhere well and shift.

Anyway, some of these images are fun. I can't help but wonder how many are photo-shopped, though.
posted by CancerMan at 3:10 PM on February 15, 2013


Isn't this mostly FAIL images with the FAIL removed?
posted by scose at 3:10 PM on February 15, 2013


No, the page appears precisely the way it was meant to appear.

Yes, it was meant to display a lie about its condition.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:10 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


UrineSoakedRube: "I don't get what's wrong with, well, this picture."

Firstname Lastname


jamaro: "Cupholder is too short to hold cups. This is a feature of my Honda too"

It's a bug, not a feature.
posted by Red Loop at 3:12 PM on February 15, 2013


your the best
your the best
your the best
your the best
your the best
your the best
your the best

posted by Evernix at 3:14 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


"THIS IS INTENDED TO BE THE ONLY TEXT PRINTED ON THIS PAGE" would serve the purpose, while being honest.
posted by Cookiebastard at 3:17 PM on February 15, 2013 [12 favorites]


a Native American artissan was showing us her wares and explained that she always made sure to put a mistake in as a sign that only the Great Spirit was perfect. Didn't know it applied to masonry.

I've also heard it applied to persian rugs, and various other unrelated things, so I'm wondering if it's more salesmanship BS than actual serious religion.

Not sure how to get to the bottom of it.
posted by anonymisc at 3:18 PM on February 15, 2013


DO NOT SEARCH FOR MORE TEXT ON THIS PAGE
or
THIS PAGE CONTAINS ONE SENTENCE OF TEXT
or
USE THE INVISIBLE INK DEVELOPER HERE

Ok maybe not that last one.
posted by anonymisc at 3:20 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


"THIS IS INTENDED TO BE THE ONLY TEXT PRINTED ON THIS PAGE" would serve the purpose, while being honest.

But how could you be sure it was complete?

This page should match the contents of
thispageintentionallyleftblank.com

If the contents of this page do not match,
contact the appropriate authorities immediately.

posted by mazola at 3:21 PM on February 15, 2013 [8 favorites]


Red Loop> Firstname Lastname

Wrong picture -- if you left-click on the picture, there's a 3-digit number at the top. I was referring to 003, the one with the bathroom stall latch.
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 3:38 PM on February 15, 2013


I work on proposals, and they will actually tell you to mark blank pages that way. I assume so they don't have to re-check that you missed something.
posted by emjaybee at 3:41 PM on February 15, 2013


kpht: "One of the pictures is a line striping test strip on old piece of abandoned highway and not a mess-up."

Well aren't you just a line-stripey mcstriperson.
posted by symbioid at 3:42 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


The blank page comes from docs that are two sided with page breaks in between sections. If you didn't have a blank page the section would start on the back of a page, which is awkward. The note that it is a blank page is so the reader knows they aren't missing a page.
posted by Big_B at 3:47 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


UrineSoakedRube: "Red Loop> Firstname Lastname

Wrong picture -- if you left-click on the picture, there's a 3-digit number at the top. I was referring to 003, the one with the bathroom stall latch
"

I'm sorry, I was just making a joke about your question/username that was probably a bit arcane
posted by Red Loop at 3:47 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


In 2003 I was working in Gabon and came across a market stall selling shopping bags with a photo of two jets flying into a building in Chicago. I wonder if that was the intended target, which would make 911 a great big YHOJ.
posted by waving at 3:52 PM on February 15, 2013


Huh. Seems like a day for lane-striping dead animals, as Caitlin Doughty's Order of the Good Death just had a FB post with a painted armadillo.
posted by CancerMan at 3:52 PM on February 15, 2013


The mislaid tiles/bricks are on purpose. It's a tradition indicating that only God is perfect. (trying to find a citation, but googlefu is failing)

I tried to find a citation for this not too long ago (the version I'd heard growing up was quilt squares in bygone rural NA) and it seems like it was never an actual tradition anywhere— it's a thing said of other cultures, or of vanished crafts that are being revived, or etc., but not a thing that's attested to have been done by traditional crafts makers.
posted by hattifattener at 3:54 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Roads marked SOTP must be a common thing in the USA ...
posted by Termite at 3:55 PM on February 15, 2013


THERE IS NO TEXT ON THIS PAGE


YOU ARE HALLUCINATING
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:58 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


If God is perfect, how do you explain balls?
posted by found missing at 4:00 PM on February 15, 2013


THIS PAGE UNINTENTIONALLY LEFT NOT BLANK
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:00 PM on February 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


Apparently there is something seriously wrong at the Coca-Cola/Fanta/Sprite plant. There are almost more of those mixups than there are watermelon mixups.
posted by limeonaire at 4:02 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


THIS IS THE ONLY TEXT ON THIS PAGE
posted by Shepherd at 4:07 PM on February 15, 2013


EXCEPT THIS TEXT
posted by Shepherd at 4:08 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


I received an invoice at work today (at a school) for some dictionaries. The invoiced misspelled the word dictionary to diconary three times. I should've taken a picture.
posted by tamitang at 4:10 PM on February 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


> I can't figure out what's wrong with number 202-- the office building with the sun coming in through the blinds. What am I missing?

Blinds are designed to keep the sun out, yet there's a huge, bright light coming in through the closed blinds.

I can't figure out image 203, the house with the big "Fourty Four" gate. The mailbox looked strange until I realized it was held by a bracket, and not actually impaled by the gate.
posted by SemiSophos at 4:20 PM on February 15, 2013


Yes I think that ones just a Canadian gate?
posted by fshgrl at 4:23 PM on February 15, 2013


The soda machine that says "PEPSI" on the top yet has Coca Cola and Dr Pepper products is also normal. Coca Cola, Dr Pepper, and Pepsi are not packaged and distributed (known as "bottled") in all parts of the country by their eponymous companies. The name of the distributor is the one that adorns the big space at the top of the machine because the distributor usually provides the machine. Which companies bottle what varies by state and by county. For instance, Dr Pepper is bottled by Coca Cola in Dallas County, TX and southeast but is bottled by Dr Pepper-Snapple Bottling Co, right next door, in Denton and Collin Counties.
posted by fireoyster at 4:25 PM on February 15, 2013


I think that one had to do with the spelling of "Forty."
posted by Navelgazer at 4:25 PM on February 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


That reminds me of the misspellings (in Latin) on ancient Roman tombstones.
The misspelled tombstones were mostly in the Danubian provinces. Vienna is now a cultural center, but that part of the world was regarded as hicksville in Roman times. However, every volume of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum catalogs a number of misspelled words.

May your name be misspelled on your tombstone /useful curse

To shift to the present day, I have to buy a lot of books from Amazon Marketplace sellers in my daily work. (No, I do not myself sell books on Amazon Marketplace.) A proportion send drop shipments or are otherwise unreliable. I contact them and I can count on some of the reply e-mails being virtually illiterate. This is presumably what happens when your org sells books for $0.01, plus $3.99 shipping. I don't like the sweatshop atmosphere, but I'm trying to save money for my own org.
posted by bad grammar at 4:27 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


> I think that one had to do with the spelling of "Forty."

Oh, well this is embarrassing, isn't it?
posted by SemiSophos at 4:28 PM on February 15, 2013 [16 favorites]


I recently came across a bulk spice jar of "Herbs De Providence"... they used spell-checker, I'll give them that.
posted by Dreidl at 4:29 PM on February 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ooh ooh - two of my "you had one job!" finds:
Nice parking spot
Panda Garden
posted by workerant at 4:51 PM on February 15, 2013 [9 favorites]


Rhinocorn!
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 5:05 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


And that's why you never leave placeholder text in your news graphics templates.
posted by jason_steakums at 5:12 PM on February 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


My only job, as presented by Armando Ianucci.
posted by MUD at 5:21 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


THERE WERE RAPTORS ALL UP IN THE KITCHEN, PHIL.
posted by dirigibleman at 5:35 PM on February 15, 2013 [16 favorites]


I loved that one just because I instantly recognized the screen shot as being from the Donkey Kong Country Returns credits. (I think.)
posted by Navelgazer at 5:36 PM on February 15, 2013


Am I the only one who would totally see "The Habbit: The Unexpected Journey"?
posted by skycrashesdown at 5:46 PM on February 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


ALL THESE PAGES ARE YOURS EXCEPT THIS BLANK ONE. ATTEMPT NO PRINTING HERE.
posted by jclarkin at 6:34 PM on February 15, 2013 [13 favorites]


The mislaid tiles/bricks are on purpose. It's a tradition indicating that only God is perfect. (trying to find a citation, but googlefu is failing)
posted by sunshinesky


Amish quilters supposedly put a "humility block" in a quilt, but it is apparently is a rumor.
posted by 445supermag at 6:53 PM on February 15, 2013


I love witnessing my brain puzzle some of these out, like "45% No/55% Yes". I look at it, everything looks normal, what's the matter here? Oh wait, the image. Ha!
posted by A dead Quaker at 6:56 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


I tried to find a citation for this not too long ago (the version I'd heard growing up was quilt squares in bygone rural NA) and it seems like it was never an actual tradition anywhere— it's a thing said of other cultures, or of vanished crafts that are being revived, or etc., but not a thing that's attested to have been done by traditional crafts makers.

I have one Persian and two Afghani rugs, all three of which contain one deliberate error per rug.

You'll find a cite in here. Probably.
posted by Wolof at 7:27 PM on February 15, 2013


The interface is perfect for the iPhone and beats all the other meme sites.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:07 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


The relevant page in the book I mentioned in the post above is, of course, unavailable in its entirety in Google Books: the passage begins "Il existe dans de très nombreux tapis du Maroc (mais le remarque serait egalement valable pour d'autres décors graphiques) une tendance saisissante à laisser une forme déjà bien engagée dans une incomplétion partielle." Presumably the next sentence would give the reason for this, which is as noted above. How can I be so sure? The man who wrote this was my supervisor.
posted by Wolof at 8:20 PM on February 15, 2013


Image 203 has quotes, for no apparent reason.
posted by annsunny at 8:49 PM on February 15, 2013


Why would anyone make blue pumpkins?

I for one would eat the hell out of a blue pumpkin pie. Count me as a "yes" on blue pumpkins.


NO! NO GOD! PLEASE NO!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


I worked at an (inbound) call center for a year, and they used "Blue Pumpkin" scheduling software. It had one job -- to make the schedules more efficient -- which apparently meant working 8am-4:30pm Monday, 3:30pm-Midnight Tuesday, noon-8:30pm Wednesday, 6 am-2:30 Thursday, and 10:00am -- 6:30pm Friday. Mix and match every week among times, days of the week, and employees.

It made establishing a regular sleep/social schedule impossible. Complaints to the managers (who instituted the system, yet all worked 9:00-5:30 shifts themselves) were answered with the sage wisdom that folks in retail do the same thing, so we had better learn to live with it.

The beast still exists, under another name.
posted by dhens at 11:08 PM on February 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


That Hitler # one looks like it's from a movie; anyone know which movie?

jamaro: "At least on one side it had orange pinstripes. The passenger side had lime green pinstripes, something I didn't notice until I owned the car for a year"

Man I'm so doing this to my next car to see how long it takes people to notice.
posted by Mitheral at 1:16 AM on February 16, 2013


THIS PAGE WAS INTENDED TO BE LEFT BLANK
BUT WE SCREWED UP
SORRY

posted by alexei at 5:32 AM on February 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Am I the only one who would totally see "The Habbit: The Unexpected Journey"?
posted by skycrashesdown at 5:46 PM on February 15 [+] [!]


Luckily for you, they already made that movie
posted by Hello, I'm David McGahan at 6:09 AM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK EXCEPT FOR AN EIGHTEEN WORD SENTENCE BEGINNING WITH "THIS" AND ENDING WITH "THAT"

posted by chazlarson at 8:20 AM on February 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


A lot of these are good. Some are WTF. The blinds, like every blinds ever made have gaps in each blind to attach the strings that hold them together. Fairly obviously light will pass through these gaps, and indeed you can see the series of dots of sunlight at the bottom of the photo, leading straight to where the camera is planted. Hahaha?

353, unless I am missing something, has a single Pepsi bottle in a rack surrounded by a bunch of Coke bottles. I would think someone passed by minutes before the photographer, decided to buy a Pepsi, but then changed his mind and swapped it for a Coke, putting the first bottle in the same spot he had taken the second bottle from. Possibly funny for a minute if you are a callow fifteen-year-old hanging out with your friends and you are all wasted, but not the kind of thing that I would really think to put on a website of humorous photos.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:36 AM on February 16, 2013


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But my page begins with THIS (no quotes)!
posted by mazola at 8:44 AM on February 16, 2013


"One Joy" is a thoroughly depressing name for an electronic cigarette.
posted by benbenson at 10:15 AM on February 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Cupholder is too short to hold cups. This is a feature of my Honda too.


Or maybe one just shouldn't use massive cups that have tiny bases in order to fit into cupholders that they weren't intended to fit into.
posted by benbenson at 10:18 AM on February 16, 2013


No, seriously, some Hondas have a ridiculously shallow cupholders. Even a half-filled soda can will tumble out the cupholders in my '98 CRV while turning or coming to a stop. I long ago gave up on using them for anything but spare change and cellphones.
posted by jamaro at 10:52 AM on February 16, 2013


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I'm now very sad that we save all the hilarious wacky labels/tags-with-errors we see on things here, and I stick them into that one drawer (you know? the one with a half-dozen different sets of keys that you don't know what they open any more?) where they eventually drift down to the bottom, and into the back, and then once every two years when I'm tearing the house apart looking for some elusive item that I will never find, I throw them all out. I remember the last one was a giant tag attached to a new pair of trousers that had us giggling for an hour... but I don't remember why. Like tears in the rain.
posted by taz at 10:54 AM on February 16, 2013


You had one job!
posted by threeants at 11:49 AM on February 16, 2013


I recently came across a bulk spice jar of "Herbs De Providence"... they used spell-checker, I'll give them that.

I'm trying to think of what the Herbs De Providence would be. Sea salt, obviously, maybe vinegar. Clamato? Coffee syrup? Bay and nutmeg could represent the neighbors. Hmm... What spice says "unbelievably corrupt local government"? Oregano, maybe?
posted by maryr at 11:51 AM on February 16, 2013 [4 favorites]


To be perfectly fair, I drink things out of my frying pans all the time.
posted by schmod at 12:55 PM on February 16, 2013


Oh man. I nearly lost it when I got to the cantaloupe with a honeydew sticker, and "Orange" handwritten on the package.
posted by schmod at 12:57 PM on February 16, 2013


ricochet biscuit: The blinds, like every blinds ever made have gaps in each blind to attach the strings that hold them together. Fairly obviously light will pass through these gaps, and indeed you can see the series of dots of sunlight at the bottom of the photo, leading straight to where the camera is planted. Hahaha?

As Kafkaesque pointed out earlier, the blinds are on the outside of the windows.
posted by dhens at 1:33 PM on February 16, 2013


Those appear to be windows that open inward and the blinds are designed to hang on the outside: note the crank handle to adjust the louvers' angle mounted permanently to the right of each window opening + the edges of the blinds have wheels mounted in a vertical track. From the outside of the building, they look like something like this.
posted by jamaro at 2:56 PM on February 16, 2013


I would think if they were actually standard blinds somehow mounted outside by accident, the much more effective photo would be from the outside.

In any event, I like the curious preponderance of incorrectly labelled fruit. I may grab all these photos for my upcoming book Teaching ESL To People You Hate.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:53 PM on February 16, 2013 [3 favorites]


ricochet biscuit, like this:
Stripes opening scene
or perhaps this:
More Stripes ESL?
posted by evilDoug at 10:14 PM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


maryr rightly asks: What spice says "unbelievably corrupt local government"?

Grease. You know, for the skids!
posted by wenestvedt at 10:55 AM on February 17, 2013


I loved the blinds. Everyone has been in that super comfy spot and then the Earth moves a bit and the Sun shines through that little hole. "Dammit blinds! You had one job!"
posted by history_denier at 3:29 PM on February 18, 2013


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