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Stupidity Police on Patrol

Things I have come to learn about Rhode Islanders:

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In the elevator at the Kingston, RI railroad station

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This Week in Duane Reade Employee Stupidity

SHOCKING NEWS: Duane Reade employees are inept… and poor sign makers, to boot.

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(Seen at the same Duane Reade that had Coca Cola Classick on sale last week)

This sign went up early this week. You know, because if I haven’t gotten the Harry Potter book yet, I’m really going to be enticed to finally purchase it at Duane Reade.

“Let’s see… let me check my shopping list. Box of condoms? Check. Tylenol PM? Check. Valtrex prescription? Check. Ex-Lax? Check. Adult diapers? Check. Oh, shit! I forgot Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Oh, thank God! They have that here, too! Talk about one-stop shopping!”

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This Week in Idiotic Misspellings

Not that we should expect any less from Duane Reade employees, but…

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…seriously? It’s not like the name of the product is right in front of you on the label or anything.

And it’s a drink? Honestly, I thought I could eat Coca-Cola. Thank God Duane Reade spared me that embarrassment.

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Grammar Police on Patrol: This “Trend” is Not “New”

A fellow blogger has documented many instances of quotation marks being misused – or being used when they are simply not necessary. I’ve seen them on signs all over the place lately. But this widespread error is nothing new. In fact, I determined today that unnecessary quotation marks go as far back as the 19th century. Just take a look at this inscription on Carnegie Hall:

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This “Music Hall” was constructed in nearly 120 years ago, and its “builders” are all “long gone” and will “never” get to “see” the “great musicians” of our time “play Carnegie Hall.”

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There’s No Spell Check Function in Float Design

Sent in by a dear reader and fan of this site, a float in yesterday’s Gay Pride Parade:

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Seriously, how did everyone miss that? I fear for the gay community’s livelihood.

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This Week in Menu Misspellings

Peppermint Turkey and Corn Beef, as seen at the West 53rd Street Deli. Yum!

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Another Exciting Development in the New York FroYo Market

So, first, there was Pinkberry. Then there was the Yoggi from Yolato. Now, the next innovation in frozen treats is apparently coming to St. Mark’s Place between 2nd and 3rd:

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Ooh, Yorgurt! Sounds trendy and fresh and hip! What’s Frozen Yorgurt? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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