Here’s a scenario for you – you’re driving with your spouse, parent, or friend, and you pass a sign advertising “Pee Coffee.” You do a double-take and realize the sign is really advertising “Free Coffee,” but it’s too late. You’re already laughing like Butthead. Your fellow traveler asks what you’re giggling about, and, after a lot of internal debate, you not only describe what you saw, but the hilarious and/or gruesome mental image that followed. Of course, your pal never thinks it’s very funny, but that’s okay, because today’s your big day, fellow Misreader.
I invite you to send me your instances of misread signs, and I will poorly illustrate them and post them here. Otherwise, I’ll just post my own, because I do this at least seventeen times a day.
To begin my series, here’s a not-so-artful depiction of what my dear coworker Barry saw when he caught a glimpse of the low-fat milk in the company fridge.