We’re gonna have a little section here at Roadguy called Roadside Typos. In a metro area as overeducated as ours, there’s really no excuse for subjecting unsuspecting motorists to misspellings, punctuation flaws, grammatical errors and the like. (There’s really no excuse for this blog to expose you to any of those, either, but at least my mistakes aren’t in 3-foot-high letters.)
Packing an out-of-date digital device I affectionately refer to as CrapCam, I’ve been collecting Roadside Typos for a couple of months now. On one summer night, I headed to St. Paul to check out a particular freeway billboard that had been bugging me, and photographing it proved to be a challenge because the neighbors, clearly opposed to punctuation errors, had succeeded in getting the state to wall off their homes from the offending sight. Reluctant to stand on the highway’s shoulder (I’ve read way too many stories about troopers getting hit), I decided to pause on the side of an entrance ramp with my hazard lights flashing. The least-horrible image, even after trying the fancy “focus” function on my photo-editing program, is this:
For those of you without superhuman retinas, it says: “Captains of industry your flagship awaits.” To which I say, “The Saint Paul Hotel, your comma awaits.” Had I been truly dedicated to the cause, I would’ve climbed the sign in a Greenpeace-type manner and sprayed the comma myself.
The ad has since been taken down, but I know there are more typos to be found, so send ‘em on in to Roadguy.