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July 28th, 2010 · 60 comments

Spotted by Kelly at gas station somewhere between Los Angeles and Monterey, California: a prime example of why notewriters (and corporations) cannot live on spell-check alone.

Please, don't through toilette paper, paper towels, baby dippers and feminine papers in toilette, because that will clog the toilette, help keep the bathroom clean. Thank you for Your Corporation

related: Stupid is as stuiped does

FILED UNDER: California · Clearly a non-native English speaker · gas station · irregular capitalization · spelling and grammar police · toilet · You call that punctuation?

60 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Nylund

    I like to think that maybe this gas station has a french alternative to my porcelain thrown that I have yet to experience, but I’m thinking that maybe I just haven’t thought this “threw”.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   RandyinReno

      I think I just blew by you.

      Jul 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #2   Nylund

    Ummm…the thrown/throne typo was totally part of my joke. I swear.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #3   Wade bang

    Funny. I would think that if the papers go through, the toilette wouldn’t clog.

    I can, however, understand drawing the line at dippers, no matter what their size…or age.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Fanboy Wife

      Baby dipper? Is that a new constellation?

      Jul 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   The Elf

      It would make sense. We all know that toilettes can’t handle “big jobs” like star clusters. Or thow-up.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 8:00 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   park rose

      Too many Milky Ways is never a good thing.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 10:30 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Mo® bang

      What, no one is going to make a black hole joke!?!?

      Jul 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   ammali

      Mo®, we were just waiting for you :)

      Jul 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #4   Kevin

    Well, at least every word is spelled correctly, even if they’re the wrong words. A-minus for effort.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Flaboy2425

      He may spell correctly, using the wrong words, but his punctuation needs work. The comma between the last “toilette” and “help” should be a period.

      What should we do with the “toilette” paper, take it with us? If we put it in the trash, the place will begin to smell like an outhouse which renders the “toilette” ornamental.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 7:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #5   Julie

    At least they appreciate my corporation. We work hard over they’re!

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

  • #6   JetJackson

    Zees ees sooo redeeculoos! where em eye suppoosed to put zee toilette payper zen ey!? En ze basget beside ze toilette… noh noh, Euh! zees place ees so uncultured!

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #7   zenvelo

    they must have run this through Google translator from English to Canadian…

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #8   Diana

    ESL, anyone?

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #9   schambers

    Masculine papers are okay, they don’t plug the toilette.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #10   sandra

    All that and comma splices too. What a hot mess!

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      You just be careful not to through that hot mess down the toilette. Thank you for your Corporation.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #11   emzmcgee

    Well I was happy at least to see the correct ‘your’ used.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #12   surrahsurrah bang

    Mmmmm, baby dippers.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Karnivax

      New at Applebee’s!

      Jul 29, 2010 at 8:22 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Bunnee

      …with 3 fabulous dipping sauces–caramel, chocolate, and Desitin!

      Jul 29, 2010 at 9:45 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #13   gladystopia

    And people say it’s hard to read Lolcat.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #14   danny pants

    The sign didn’t say we couldn’t put fireworks in the toilet. Checkmate.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   KOS

      You mean the “toilette”. Nothing was said about the toilet.

      Jul 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #15   Xenobiologista

    I’m just curious as to what kind of misspelling of “toilet” would be corrected to “toilette” by spellcheck.

    Just tried…
    “toilte”, “toliet” and “toylet” in MS Word all generate “toilet” as the first suggestion.
    “toilete” generates “toilette”. Maybe that’s it.

    Jul 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   AuntyBron

      Maybe they originally used the Archie Bunker spelling: terlet.

      Jul 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   FeRD bang

      You seem to be ignoring the obvious possibility: Maybe the note-writer actually typed “toilette”. (After all, there’s every chance they’ve seen that word in print, somewhere.)

      Jul 29, 2010 at 1:23 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   clumber

      Xenob, 5 extra credit points for doing the research that I was too lazy to.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 7:53 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Canthz_B bang

      Toilette can fit…if you groom it properly. ;-)

      Jul 29, 2010 at 9:10 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #16   SeriousOpinion

    I think they outsourced the “printing” job to China!

    Jul 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #17   MySecrets

    Someone very motivated made that sign. Or maybe he/she intentioanlly made it hoping to be found and shown on …

    Jul 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Ivana



      Jul 29, 2010 at 7:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Froget Menot

      @ Mysecret
      Anticonstitutionnal Orthography thanks you for your corporation :)

      Jul 29, 2010 at 9:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   aaa bang

    Sometimes I think that people write jacked up notes like this just to see if people will take photos of them and mock them online.

    Jul 29, 2010 at 12:40 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   twhit

      Life would be more bearable if only that were true. Sadly, this is probably the best they could do.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 1:20 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    Thetis was last seen dipping her baby in a California gas station “toilette”?

    That kind of reputation kind of Styx with a person.*

    *Definitions: Ache…ill ease*

    Jul 29, 2010 at 4:38 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Froget Menot

      Aah at last Enhanced Serotonin is back ! :)

      Jul 29, 2010 at 5:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   wright1

      CB, a big thumbs-up for knowing your Classical Greek!

      Jul 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.3   Canthz_B bang

      Thanks, the only other baby-dipper that came to mind was John the Baptist, and I didn’t want my head handed to me on a platter over it. ;-)

      Jul 31, 2010 at 12:47 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #20   Froget Menot

    Too many feces , too little time ?

    Jul 29, 2010 at 5:20 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   HandyMarigolds

      Whatever, man. I’ve seen a million feces, and I’ve rocked them all.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 11:39 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #21   Froget Menot

    And as i got out.. the Toilette police busted me
    i had to hand out my feminine papers to get through.

    Jul 29, 2010 at 6:09 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Canthz_B bang

      And you thought SB1070 was harsh?! :lol:

      Jul 31, 2010 at 12:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #22   eslinger bang

    Those feminine papers were fucking delicious. So were the baby dippers.

    (What? We were all waiting for it to be said. ;))

    Jul 29, 2010 at 6:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #23   Froget Menot

    “Harpic French ! ”
    Lesson 1

    “Eau de toilette” fragrance doesnt come from toilets at all.
    Its palatable when all spirits are gone.

    you may now go back to your facebook.

    Jul 29, 2010 at 7:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Canthz_B bang

      Is that you Mrs. Dukakis?

      Jul 31, 2010 at 12:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   Other Julie

    There is a local Chinese buffet which I frequent but I had never set foot inside the bathroom until a couple of days ago. They had a similar sign, requesting that customers please not flush toilet paper because it would clog the toilet. I am assuming this is a result of people lining the seat with copious amounts of toilet paper and then flushing it, so rather than depositing my comparably tiny amount of used toilet paper into the overflowing wastebasket in the stall, I went ahead and flushed it.

    Jul 29, 2010 at 8:10 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   GhostWriter bang

      Confucius say, “It is not the paper that clogs the buffet toilet; it is the caulky log that comes from four plates of Cashew Chicken.”

      Jul 29, 2010 at 11:11 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   HandyMarigolds

      @GW: I love when I get that fortune cookie.

      Jul 29, 2010 at 11:40 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #25   Lauren A.

    Oh this cracked me uphen I saw it too! It’s at a gas station near downtown Santa Barbara… owned by some very sweet, yet very poor English speaking, Vietnamese people. I have sent this picture to so many, kudos to Kelly for sending it to PAN!

    Jul 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Kelly

      haha thanks! I’m stoked it went up, I submitted it in November! :)

      Jul 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.2   TippingCows

      Are you Vietnamese too?

      Jul 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.3   Canthz_B bang

      You may think they’re very poor, but they have tunnels FULL of consumer goods.

      Jul 31, 2010 at 12:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   Mrs Rocheter

    I just died a little inside.

    Jul 31, 2010 at 12:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   George

    Great language

    Aug 4, 2010 at 11:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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    Aug 17, 2010 at 6:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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