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    June 21, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Culver's sign

    NowhiringAnne Gassel submits a picture of a sign taken in Missouri:

    We saw this sign at Culver's, a dessert place outside of Branson, Missouri.

    I guess hamburgers and vegetables need not apply for a position.

    June 9, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) UK plumber advertisement

    AburdenIan Chard submits a picture of a Plumbing advertisement taken in Oxford, UK:

    This plumber is called  A. Burden -- literally. 

    If that was your name, would you really plaster it in huge letters at the top of your ad?!?

    [Hey, if it stands out, it may be a smart move... -mh]

    May 25, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Valero gas station sign

    ValeroA reader named Jon writes in:

    While driving through Colorado, this Valero gas station sign caught my eye.

    Apparently this gas station would like to its visitors to barter pizza for unleaded gas.

    Who knows? Maybe using a different monetary unit makes it look cheaper.

    May 3, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: Hair dryer instructions

    030407_1723Mallory O' Connor submits a picture taken in a gym in Vancouver, Canada:

    This sign appears at the gym I attend – the YWCA in beautiful Vancouver. It alternately makes me weep with laughter that we need such a sign in the women’s (or anyone’s) change room.

    I felt a little weird taking this photo on the sly with my phone, but probably nowhere near as silly as the designer who had to be briefed on the assignment to create this happy-hairdrying-hair-on-head-only icon!

    April 14, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Traffic lights sculpture

    Traffic_lightsKip Nicol points out a picture from REALJimBob's Flickr photostream:

    This traffic light sculpture in Canary Wharf in London is located in a real roundabout - I wonder how many people have actually mistaken this sculpture for a real traffic light cluster!

    March 23, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Strange menu item

    StrangeflavorchickenA reader submits the menu from Cheng's Garden restaurant in Enfield, Connecticut. "Strange Flavor Chicken - yum!!!"

    March 12, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Corn Pops cereal box description

    CornpopsMark Crummet points out:

    Kellogg's Corn Pops currently has a front-of-box description containing the text "Big Yellow Taste," which made me do a double-take. I'm not sure colors have a taste. [Except maybe for veal. Hmm. No, I was thinking of "teal." -mh]

    Or maybe it's targeted at people with synesthesia - the condition of experiencing color as taste. So next year's box will boast, "Now even yellower!"

    February 23, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Kline Realty advertisement

    KlinerealtyadA reader submits an advertisement seen in Brooklyn, New York:

    I saw this ad for Kline Realty posted around the neighborhood which made me laugh.

    My favorite part of the ad is - "Just type in and when it comes on, turn up the volume and fasten your seat belt or you'll jump up and start dancing."

    February 12, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: Utility bill happytalk


    From the envelope containing my recent electric bill, in big, red, bold letters:

    "Your Con Edison bill is inside - in a NEW SIZE!"

    Wow, a new paper size. I guess it doesn't take much to get them excited. Do they really think customers might be excited by that?

    The bill inside looked the same, just printed on bigger paper.

    February 10, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: Lawyer sign

    337889974_fdd029b0f2From Oswego, Illinois, Brooke Novak shows us the sign for the "drive thru lawyer".

    January 11, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) No fishing sign

    110765351664 A No fishing sign from the site Signs of Life.

    Thanks, Jerome in Paris.

    January 8, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: (For fun) Weird store combination

    SmokesandpetsKevin Lecky submits a picture taken in Ontario, Canada:

    I stumbled across this wacky store in the Westwood mall in Malton, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto, by the airport). Imagine how much time people save by buying cat litter and cigars at the same time!

    January 4, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: Harajuku station sign

    Nosmokingh_1 (Just for fun...) Dominick Washburn submits a picture taken in Tokyo, Japan: it appears that smoking giant, human-sized cigarettes isn't allowed in Tokyo's Harajuku station.

    January 1, 2007 12:03 AM

    Broken: Metro car dealership sign

    1800uglyJay Heins submits a photo of a car dealership sign in Ottawa, Canada:

    This is a sign in front of a car dealership called Metro, which I pass daily.

    They are always cycling through pithy sayings but this one takes the prize. If you can't get the customer's business, you may as well insult them!

    December 27, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Boiler "out of order" note

    BrokenboilerMeghan Elizabeth took a picture of a note she found in her New York City Apartment:

    The boiler in my apartment building usually quits a couple of times each winter. I found a funny note in my apartment that someone posted:

    Boiler Out of Order
    Waiting for Godot, The Mechanic
    When will it work?

    I did not add the Godot reference to the sign, but I am willing to befriend whoever did.

    December 9, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Application name

    BadappnameDoug Rinckes writes in:

    There is a language learning application called "Before You Know It" that unfortunately looks strange with the Hide and Quit options in the menu. "Quit before you know it!"

    December 5, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Weird sign in San Francisco

    SfpiersignMari Clements sends in a picture of a sign taken in San Francisco, California:

    I saw this sign by The Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 41 in San Francisco.

    Besides the spelling/grammar mistakes it is hilarious!

    November 27, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Fortune cookie message

    FortuneA reader named Philip writes, "I got a message in a fortune cookie that said: 'Beware of cookies bearing fortunes.'"

    [This is a sweet version of the classic Epimedes paradox: "Don't believe the fortune in this cookie." -mh]

    November 7, 2006 12:05 AM

    Broken: Do not enter sign

    Donotenternew_4I recently spotted this sign in Riverside Park, on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Is there any place free from marketing hype?

    "New and improved! Don't enter!"

    November 3, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Invading alien bug on Google maps

    MapbugAndrew Elgert points out:

    This Google Maps image shows an insect, apparently a giant insect, measuring 50m in length, using the scale on google maps. In fact, the insect is a variety of thrip, an insect that is actually about 1mm in length.

    This is apparently the first incident of an insect being accidentally photographed into the Google Maps service.

    If people were actually convinced by the radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds," then Google ought to change this image - fast!

    October 26, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Wristband

    StrengthKyle Rosenburg points out:

    Funny that out of all of my brother's wristbands, this one is first to break.

    October 24, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for Fun) Photo opportunity

    NotaphotooppPaul Graham submits a picture taken in London, England:

    Someone spraypainted "this is not a photo opportunity" on the base of a statue across the river from Big Ben and the parliament buildings in London.  It was a good photo opportunity.

    October 19, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Amtrak stairway

    StairwayAlex Moseson submits a picture taken in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

    This “stairway to nowhere” is on a train platform in Amtrak’s 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It leads directly to… a solid cinderblock wall.

    I noted its brokenness to some passersby, one of which happened to be retired from Amtrak. He told me that decades ago, it used to lead to another platform which is now closed. It remains as an odd sight now.

    October 12, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Cuyama town info sign

    CuyamaErnie Glenesk submits a picture taken in Cuyama, California:

    What is the total trying to describe exactly?

    September 19, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Dental clinic name

    Img_1795_1A reader named Jonathan submits a picture taken in Taipei, Taiwan:

    I knew that luxury designer names were being knocked off for bags, but who knew that people were using luxury designer's names for dental clinics as well!

    September 14, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: McDonald's sign

    McM.cara submits a picture taken of a McDonalds sign in North Branford, Connecticut:

    The local McDonalds redecorated and were exciteded about their new look.

    The walls are a different color and the tables have been moved around, so the "new look" is not that dramatic and probably doesn't warrant a "whoa".

    September 7, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Bank name

    FifththirdbankBrit Indrelie spotted the "Fifth Third Bank" in Traverse City, Michigan.

    Would that make it the fifteenth bank?

    September 4, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Ironic sign

    Ironicsign_1Trevor Holloway submitted this picture of a sign in McLoud, Oklahoma.

    August 18, 2006 12:04 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Rest area sign

    Restareasign_1 Joseph Fuoco submits a picture taken in El Paso, Texas:

    I saw this sign at a rest stop in El Paso that said "Award winning rest area" and underneath it, a sign that said "Beware of Rattlesnakes."

    August 11, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Psychic/medical center mall

    PsychicTom Davies submits a picture taken in Sherman Oaks, California:

    Get your diagnosis and your prognosis all at once.

    July 15, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Ice cream truck sign

    IcecreamMike Estefan points out:

    I took a picture of this sign on the side of an ice cream truck. We definitely need to look out for those ice cream cone children!

    July 11, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Wifi hotspot login

    Wifi_1Terrell Jones points out:

    While signing up to use a wifi hotspot in the Dubai airport, I was given the choice of payment options: credit card or free.

    It didn’t take me too long to make up my mind.

    [Good point. Why give the choice at all? -mh]

    June 30, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Sign with sharp edges

    SignAn oldie but goodie, pointed out by Jordan McIntosh and others. It's almost certainly a Photoshopped graphic, made just for laughs, but it's also instructive.

    "Caution: This sign has sharp edges," the sign says. Then below, in tiny type: "Also, the bridge is out ahead."

    Remember to prioritize information correctly!

    June 24, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Neon storefront sign

    25hoursAlex B sends in a picture:

    This is a new neon sign in the window of my supermarket.

    I asked the checkout lady what the sign was all about, and she told me (with much sarcasting eyerolling) that "it's intentional; the store is really open 24 hours a day, but the new manager thinks the sign will convey to customers that the store's employees will go the extra hour for you."

    June 20, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Hotel fire alarm

    WhoopHans Hinrichsen submits a picture taken at a hotel in Iowa:

    This sign was on the door at a hotel in downtown Des Moines, Iowa where I recently stayed.

    Couldn’t they think of something better to describe the fire alarm than “Whoop, whoop?”

    June 12, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Toy box description

    Car_2Rob Gabel sends in a picture of a toy box:

    My son received this toy for his 3rd birthday. It was bought here in LA.

    It’s a cool toy but the copy on the box is a hilarous yet unfortunate product of someone in China using babelfish or Google Translator, I think.

    Introducing… the "Install Self-Interchange Diverse Electric-Car"

    With our marketing tagline:

    "Let Tear Away in You Fancy DriveWayThe Fond DriveWayYou Doing Youself"

    May 13, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Fortune cookie message

    FortunecookieAbraham Martinez writes in:

    Every time they serve eggrolls at my school, they give out a fortune cookie to go along with it. I found this "special" message in my fortune cookie.

    I thought that all of the messages in fortune cookies were supposed to be about your future or just an interesting thought.

    When I checked my friend's messages from the fortune cookies, I found that 6 out of 11 received the same message I did!

    May 11, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Inspirational poster

    TigerJonathan Langer sends this picture seen on the wall at his high school.

    He writes: "Inspirational posters are commonly placed on school walls. However, this one seems oddly out of place. The message may be true, but it's definitely not inspirational."

    April 28, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Salad type


    I decided not to order the "large masculine" salad.

    April 22, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: 'Spam' side effect in Gmail

    Spam Alexander Benenson writes in:

    Google's Gmail shows ads based on keywords in the message you’re viewing. Apparently even if you aren’t viewing a message, Gmail will still try to show something related to what you’re looking at.

    In this example, even though my Spam folder is empty, Google helpfully shows me a recipe for Spam, presumably because the folder I’m viewing is called “Spam." I think this gives Spam (the food) an unfair advantage, since the folder name “Spam” is pre-defined by Google.

    Maybe they should let users change the “Spam” folder name to some other processed foodstuff?

    [Note the category of this post... yes, we know it's all in good fun :)  -mh]

    April 17, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Illness sign

    Pukingstickman Jeff Russell asks if it's really necessary for the sign to be so explicit. After all, it's posted in full view of customers who could be ordering food.

    April 13, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Baby-chick egg

    BabychickFrom the excellent site

    This reminded me of the This is Broken logo.

    April 10, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: U.S. Marshal scanned stamp


    This was "scanned" by the US Marshals. Wink wink. If you know what we mean.

    (Why use quotes around "scanned"? Wasn't it just... scanned?)

    April 5, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Organic cereal name


    For some reason I find this to be one of the dumbest cereal gimmicks I've ever seen: that's right, you're eating Zen. Not just any Zen, but "optimum Zen."

    Uhhh... what?

    March 28, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Hand dryer icon


    Funny, I usually dry my hands with that thing. But each to his own, I guess.

    March 22, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Keyboard box

    KeyboardMichael Lee writes:

    The ultimate input device? How did they come up with that?

    It's a standard boring keyboard!

    March 10, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: IBM consulting ad


    This is an ad campaign from a couple of years ago that I never could figure out.

    How does a slimy tree root and the word "deeper" make anyone want to hire these people as consultants? Do they like eating dirt? Are they earthworm gardeners? I don't get it.

    March 2, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Projector screen label

    Dsc00994Spotted in Silicon Valley:

    The projector screen should never be allowed to "run back uncontrolled."

    Everyone, please control your wild projector screens!

    February 25, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: O' Neill building sign

    81496596_d9fe60395c_1Jonathan Harford sends in this picture of the O' Neill building at the intersection of 6th Ave. and 22nd St. in New York City:

    There is something about the O'Neill building that makes me feel a little queasy.

    Why didn't they write it as ""?

    Then again, maybe they're just happy to have people talk about it.

    [It's not just any ill building, it's the one ill building! -mh]

    February 18, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Town Centre sign

    Towncentre_signPhillip Wells submits this picture he took of a sign in Bermuda:

    This sign to the Town Centre of St. George's in Bermuda is five minutes down the road from where I
    live. Presumably, it was erected for the benefit of visiting cruise ship passengers since it is near the cruise ship terminal.

    The sign is strictly correct as you can get to the Town Centre from either direction. However, it seems pretty redundant as there are no other ways to go unless you fancy a swim in the harbor ;)

    February 14, 2006 03:46 PM

    Broken: (For fun) Indonesian greeting cards

    99675325_f804d6c26dFor Valentine's Day, a set of greeting cards I bought in Indonesia and scanned in today.

    They include what's possibly my favorite greeting card of all time:

        you.ll leare bad limes
        behind nothing bul good limes on uoui mind

    Broken: Nursing program support

    KrispykremeDavid Winston wonders:

    I don't know if this qualifies as a broken link, but it is amusing that you can support the nurses through poor health practices.

    January 25, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: Interesting napkin

    Intresting_napkinHotea Horwitz points out:

    I got this napkin one day with my sandwich from a deli.

    I am wondering, are one armed nuns the only ones who are allowed to throw this napkin out?

    January 21, 2006 12:03 AM

    Broken: First or Second Church of Christian Scientist

    2nd_1st_church_1(Just for fun..) Daniel points out a church whose banner, saying "First", covers the stone etching of "Second."

    December 22, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: (for fun) Suffering cough-syrup customers

    BuckleysGabriel Hurley points out:

    Buckley's is a cough syrup company with the slogan "It tastes awful. And it works."

    On their website is a photo gallery of customers sending in pictures of themselves suffering through the Buckley's customer experience.

    December 14, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: (for fun) Mt. St. Helens volcano camera

    FlyReader Rivka points out:

    A few months ago the Mt. St. Helens volcano webcam was blocked... by a fly.

    Can't the fly see it's blocking our view? Broken fly!

    December 8, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: Displaced Smarte Carte

    Smart_cart_3Peter Shapiro sends in a picture taken at the Chicago O’Hare Airport :

    The Las Vegas carte probably got sick of the bright lights...

    November 7, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Water park shark

    Broken_shark Cheri Lee writes:

    This is a photo-op prop at a local water park. Someone's gone and ripped all of his teeth out!

    Who wants to have their photo taken with their head in the Jaws of a toothless great white?

    November 1, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Wonderments

    Alan O writes:

    Nothing really broken (severely, anyway), just things to make you go, "hmmmm..."

    Why is it that when you give someone "a penny for their thoughts," they give you their "two cents worth?"

    What does it mean when you see an "end speed limit" sign? Can you go as fast as you want?

    Why does "speed zone ahead" mean you're going to have to slow down?

    October 14, 2005 12:04 AM

    Broken: Legal convention sign

    AtlasmjpgEvan Schaeffer saw this at a legal convention in Toronto. ("Ethical conduct committee: this meeting has been cancelled.")

    Evan writes, "If I were in charge of sign-making, I think I would have used the word 'postponed'."


    October 12, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Batman Piñata

    BatmanI took this pic recently in Riverside Park, NYC.

    Batman doesn't seem too happy to be (a) a busted piñata and (b) in the same trashcan with a discarded pizza.

    September 9, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: AOL headline

    AolHoward Meyer, viewing the AOL headlines, writes:

    Amelia Earhart is going to "chuck" Yeager? What does she have against him? Startling headlines!

    September 1, 2005 12:22 AM

    Broken: Wrong fake Shakespeare portrait

    ShakespeareJose Rivadeneyra writes:

    I was reading Yahoo News when I saw the headline, "Experts confirm Shakespeare portrait fake." Imagine my surprise when I opened the link and found the portrait...

    August 3, 2005 09:44 AM

    Broken: First lines of bad novels

    It's that time of year again... The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest rewards the worst first lines of (imagined) novels.

    July 30, 2005 12:05 AM

    Broken: directions

    Directions for this product mention penguins - lots and lots of penguins - and conquering Europe... optionally.

    (Thanks, Paul)

    July 10, 2005 09:20 AM

    Broken: (for fun) Skyline view

    SkylineHow many giant apes can fit on one skyline? Peter Jackson, take note...

    July 5, 2005 12:03 AM

    Broken: Taco Bell sign

    UpchargeNathaniel Kennedy writes:

    Attached is a picture of a menu sign from a local Taco Bell in the Pittsburgh, PA area. The last item in the menu on the left struck me as funny. Maybe not so much broken as funny: there's a one-dollar "Per Breast Upcharge."

    June 10, 2005 12:04 AM

    Broken: Unfortunate bus photo

    Dsc01218This bus ad advertises "Nadine in Date Land." Well, given how strange her headshot looks, she might be there for awhile!

    (It's just for fun, folks - the open window on the bus distorted the photo.)

    June 5, 2005 12:05 AM

    Broken: (not really) water shut-off

    Img_6410bFernando Corrado writes:

    I was driving down Balboa in Granada Hills, CA.  Had to stop and snap a quick pic of this. I didn't know the shutoff was in the middle of the street.

    [Not broken, necessarily - but definitely a "hmmm" picture! -mh]

    May 23, 2005 10:48 AM

    Broken: (For fun) homage to Flickr

    LickrTake a look at lickr, my homage to Flickr. It's a sort of best-of of This Is Broken... if you have friends who haven't yet checked out TIB, send them to lickr:


    April 20, 2005 12:02 AM

    Broken: Kmart selection (just for fun)

    VidVicar writes:

    Go to

    In the search box near the upper left corner, enter the words "Grocery Bags" and press enter.

    The result:

        We're Sorry! We couldn't find "grocery bags".

    Hmmm, guess sales at Super-K stores might be a little slow?

    [Commenters, note the category here: just for fun. -mh]

    April 12, 2005 12:02 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Chopsticks instructions

    ChopsticksNeed I say more?


    April 7, 2005 12:05 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Store receipt

    YellowpeePeanutbuttJim Grusendorf writes:

    Stopped at Safeway on my way home, and picked up a jar of "Skippy Peanut Butt". favourite.

    On Saturday, we picked up some Easter treats at Zellers, including, apparently, "Yellow Pee" (Peeps).  Also, the "Lying Bunny" is a stuffed animal, which we haven't found to be at all dishonest so far.

    April 1, 2005 02:46 PM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Voice mail from accident

    I'm not sure if this is for real or not, but it's definitely amusing. (This Snopes article says that the legitimacy is "undetermined".)

    It's supposed to be a voice mail left by a Jack in the Box construction manager in Texas, talking on a cell phone while he's at a stoplight.

    Download accident.mp3

    February 3, 2005 11:42 AM

    Broken: (for fun) cake error message

    Jon Cates points us to the Blue Cake of Death.

    January 23, 2005 12:20 PM

    Broken: (Fun) Custom error messages

    Picture_1_1You can fake up an error message with Atom Smasher's Error Message Generator.

    Thanks to Boing Boing.

    December 30, 2004 10:56 PM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Ze Frank's New Year's video

    Just in time for the New Year, Ze Frank has a few words for us in a brief video.

    Broken: (Funny) Video store rental agreement

    Here's a link that made the rounds recently. Watch what you sign at the video store.

    You're agreeing to a whole different kind of "customer service"!

    October 28, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: (For fun) Real estate photos

    Creed Combs points us to the photos on this page, which appear to be from an old website advertising a house for sale. One of the pictures shows a bit more than the photographer had bargained for. The title of the page should give a hint.

    October 15, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Taco recipe translation

    Don Blackwell points us to a good recipe for the Mexican dish tacos al pastor, written in Spanish. Google provides a translation of the recipe on this page. As Don points out, the funny thing is what happens to the ingredient "1 trozo grueso de piña" in the translation. (Hint: it's the sixth ingredient on the translated page).

    This is just for fun - we love Google's translation service!

    September 10, 2004 12:05 AM

    Broken: Old Navy sign

    DSC03121Albert Yee writes:

    This is my favorite Old Navy sign ever:

        Graphic tees for the whole family

    How graphic could they be?

    September 1, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Tonga sign

    PUKEBarry Weiss writes:

    It ain't broke, but I thought you'd appreciate this sign. It is in the Kingdom of Tonga, in the South Pacific, near Fiji and Samoa.

    August 27, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Cableway sign

    image001-hooterOne more from Terry Jones... he found this sign at the aerial cableway to Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa.

    Terry writes: "I've always wanted to hear a hooter."

    August 20, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: (Just for fun) Sign near Victoria Falls

    image001-robotTerry Jones writes:

    In honor of the recent movie I, Robot, a sign from a bridge near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe:

        Robot Ahead

    May 17, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: Kleinfeld's ad copy

    This is an ad from the Kleinfeld's website. Kleinfeld's is a famous bridal-fashion store, so this graphic is bragging about one of their designers. Note the "symphony of sewers" -- how attractive for a bridal gown designer!

    P.S. Thanks to A.T. for the pointer :)

    May 3, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: Wine cork warning label

    Andrew Lyons writes:

    This cork comes from a bottle of wine I bought in Florida in 2002. This warning label very clearly warns against letting the cork fly into your eye!

    April 12, 2004 12:01 AM

    Broken: Wacky warning labels

    The winners of the Seventh Annual Wacky Warning Label Contest were announced recently. The fishing lure shown in the image took fourth place this year with the warning label: "Harmful if swallowed."

    March 17, 2004 12:12 AM

    Broken: All-encompassing sign

    Diana Cornwell writes:

    Here's a sign that I saw in a small pull-off from the main coastal road near Bermagui, in New South Wales, on Australia's south-eastern coast. Even on closer inspection, I could only read the one word on it. But what a powerful word! When I took the photo, I wondered if I'd be prosecuted for doing so.

    January 15, 2004 03:30 AM

    Broken: Technical documentation

    Paul Schreiber points us to this visual warning on a Dell PC box. Taken from the very entertaining Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness by Darren Barefoot, the caption is "If you drop this box on a dog, don't trip over its tail."

    December 17, 2003 02:57 AM

    Broken: Lord of the Rings review (funny)

    Dave L. writes:

    With the imminent release of Return of the King, I thought you might like this.

    This is a clipping from an inflight magazine from "Air Caribe" (one of the Caribbean island-hopping airlines) from about August 2002.

    Something is definitely a little broken here :)

    And, folks, remember (as if you need reminding) that today is the release date of Return of the King!

    December 9, 2003 03:50 AM

    Broken: Billboard wording (funny)

    Seen on Defective Yeti: This billboard is just wrong. I'm all for well-meaning public-service announcements... but will this really make the youngsters aspire to become engineers?

    November 26, 2003 12:02 AM

    Broken: two-day break...

    Good Experience now takes a two-day break for the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

    We'll be back on Monday. Until then, enjoy this picture taken by Brian Winters at Burning Man earlier this year. Somehow it reminds me of that classic scene in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles":

    Police Officer: What are you driving here?
    John Candy: We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in a nick of time.
    Police Officer: Do you have any idea how fast you were going?
    John Candy: Funny enough, I was just talking to my friend about that. Our speedometer has melted and as a result it's very hard to see with any degree of accuracy exactly how fast we were going.

    November 25, 2003 12:02 AM

    Broken: (For fun) New Yorker cartoon

    Here's a recent New Yorker cartoon. Woman in a store, shopping for telephones: "Do you have anything newer and more useless?"

    September 1, 2003 11:40 PM

    Broken: Tattoos

    Taking a long weekend (for Labor Day in the U.S.). Until we come back, just for fun...

    Broken: Getting tattooed in a language other than your own.

    August 7, 2003 06:00 AM

    Broken: Neon sign

    Micah Boswell sent in this photo of the Danals grocery store in Dallas, Texas. Unfortunately, the neon sign wasn't cooperating that evening.

    July 20, 2003 06:00 AM

    Broken: Just for fun

    Jason Kottke writes about a good experience - about how to create an experience that customers can trust. All from a Manhattan donut guy.

    July 12, 2003 06:00 AM

    Broken: For fun

    (for those dedicated readers over the weekend): "Broken" sports commercials. readers' least favorites.

    Update Aug 2, 2004: The ESPN site no longer contains that page.

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