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Title: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Dr. F. on May 04, 2012, 03:45:10 PM
I've seen some of these scattered in various threads, so I thought I'd start a specific thread.

You know when you just glance at some writing, get a  ??? ??? response and then look back and it's actually just your brain playing tricks? Yeah, those.

I was reading ehell, and the advert at the bottom of the page was for Iceland Air. I read the tagline as "BOINK NOW." When I looked again, it was the far less interesting "BOOK NOW."

Is there a term for this phenomenon? I do it to myself all the time.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: lilfox on May 04, 2012, 04:59:40 PM
I don't know what it's called, but I think you primed me for it!

In the far right column of a new site, among other headlines in small type, I just read "Amateur sloth helps stop National Archives thefts "

(actual headline "Amateur sleuth helps stop National Archives thefts ")

While wildly improbable, I would have preferred to read about the sloth.   ;)
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: baglady on May 07, 2012, 11:51:46 PM
I do this all the time (thank you, wonky eyesight!), and I think my misreadings are more interesting than the real thing!

Cooperstown, N.Y., is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It's also home to a microbrewery whose beers all have baseball names: Old Slugger, Benchwarmer Porter, Strike Out Stout, etc.

A beer store near me stocked a brew called Post Road right next to its assortment of Cooperstown brews. So having baseball names in my head, I read "Post Road Ale" as "Pete Rose Ale."

(I doubt Cooperstown Brewing will actually name a beer after Mr. Rose unless and until he's cleared of that gambling thing that's kept him out of the Hall of Fame. Not that I care, being a big fan of their existing brews and the Red Sox.)
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Snooks on May 08, 2012, 07:01:56 AM
Although the thread's been closed now I kept seeing "Dealing with belief in the supernatural" as "Dealing with belief in the supermarket" and thinking someone came across a preacher in the supermarket.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: readingchick on May 10, 2012, 07:41:20 AM
I was reading the newspaper and at first thought I'd read about police holding school board's feet to the fire on a certain issue. Read it again and it was a patron holding the school board's feet to the fire. I don't know....
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Elisabunny on May 10, 2012, 07:07:08 PM
I'm pretty sure I must have read wrong the sign that identified "Green Chicken Road."  But I don't care, I enjoy contemplating why the chicken is green, and why it was awarded the honor of having a road named after it.

There was a store at the mall that had a non-working light-up letter, making it The Gods Shop (really The Goods Shop).  My friends and I spent entirely too much time discussing its possible merchandise.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: baglady on May 10, 2012, 09:53:47 PM
I'm pretty sure I must have read wrong the sign that identified "Green Chicken Road."  But I don't care, I enjoy contemplating why the chicken is green, and why it was awarded the honor of having a road named after it.

There was a store at the mall that had a non-working light-up letter, making it The Gods Shop (really The Goods Shop).  My friends and I spent entirely too much time discussing its possible merchandise.

There was a Citizens Bank that had letters burned out so it spelled "Zen Bank." If you go in there and ask for change, do they tell you, "Change comes from within"?

An Armed Forces Recruiting Center in my area had so many letters burned out that it read "Armed Forces Rec Center." I kept picturing guys walking in there to play pool or something, and being signed up for the military before they knew what hit them!
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Irk Splee on May 10, 2012, 10:17:34 PM
I'm currently out of state visiting a friend, and while we're out driving, we usually pass a sign that says "MAKE YOUR YARD SPECIAL!" However, the "fork" at the top of the Y in "yard" was cut off somewhat, making the Y look a lot more like a T and therefore like a word I probably shouldn't be saying. The first time we passed that sign, I couldn't figure out WHAT it said - I read it with the T, knew it couldn't have POSSIBLY said that, but it took another pass about a week later before I could get a better look and finally figure out that they were advertising lawn decorations.

Along the lines of burnt-out sign letters, when I was a child, there was a business in my city that advertised office furniture. However, for YEARS the "off" was burned out, leading to several debates with friends and family over the pros and cons of furniture made of ice.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Slartibartfast on May 10, 2012, 11:51:25 PM
There was a great picture on failblog quite a while back, of a Subway store with a big "LEASE" banner draped from the roof.  The result advertised "SLEASEy."
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: PaintingPastelPrincess on May 11, 2012, 12:28:12 AM
We have a restaurant chain here called Black Angus. Once, years ago, the "g" was burnt out which led to this conversation:

Me (age 12), mom & dad start giggling at the sign.
My brother (LB) (9) and sister (LS) (4) start giggling with us.
LB: WHAT are you even laughing at LS? You don't even know what that word means.
LS: I'm laughing because it's funny when everyone laughs.
Dad: LB, do you know what that word is?
LB: Yes, DUH, Dad.
Dad: Well, what does it mean?
LB: Well, Mom knows.
Mom: Yes, but I want to know if you know.
LB, with a sigh: You should know what it is.  You have one.  It's a lady's privates.

Dad had to pull the car over because he was crying laughing.  The tone is everything here.  LB was being *so* superior to LS at the time.  It's become family legend.  :P
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: hermanne on May 11, 2012, 07:38:11 AM
There's an ad on TV here that has a reporter standing in front of a Broadway theater. The first time I saw the sign on the theater I read "Spider-man Snores!" :o

Well, I thought, considering all the problems they had with rehearsals and getting that show going...

Then I read it again: "Spider-man Soars!"

Oh. ::)
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Layla Miller on May 11, 2012, 09:53:52 AM
There's a restaurant near where I used to live called "Happiness Express."  Except the "Hap" part was burnt out last time I saw it.  I know it's not the correct spelling, but phonetically....  ;D
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: twiggy on May 12, 2012, 05:28:48 AM
I've come back to the "show unread posts since last visit" page three or four times now and I keep reading a thread title in the recipe requests folder as "so i have 2 liters of breastmilk..."

Every time I see it, I am impressed at the amount. Then confused as to why it's a thread title. Then I'm a little queasy as I notice it's in the recipe requests folder. Then I remember that I'm reading it wrong.

It might be time for me to go to sleep
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: AfleetAlex on July 09, 2012, 02:06:55 PM
I'm currently out of state visiting a friend, and while we're out driving, we usually pass a sign that says "MAKE YOUR YARD SPECIAL!" However, the "fork" at the top of the Y in "yard" was cut off somewhat, making the Y look a lot more like a T and therefore like a word I probably shouldn't be saying. The first time we passed that sign, I couldn't figure out WHAT it said - I read it with the T, knew it couldn't have POSSIBLY said that, but it took another pass about a week later before I could get a better look and finally figure out that they were advertising lawn decorations.

I know it's wrong but I'm trying so hard to laugh quietly in my office that I have tears in my eyes!
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Nika on July 09, 2012, 02:11:48 PM
I'm pretty sure I must have read wrong the sign that identified "Green Chicken Road."  But I don't care, I enjoy contemplating why the chicken is green, and why it was awarded the honor of having a road named after it.

There was a store at the mall that had a non-working light-up letter, making it The Gods Shop (really The Goods Shop).  My friends and I spent entirely too much time discussing its possible merchandise.

Ooh, actually, that might be the real name of the road. There is a neighborhood near me where the streets all have names like that. My favorite is Blue Beaver Road.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: wolfie on July 09, 2012, 02:13:42 PM
Waaay back when there was a store called "The Wiz" and the log was "Nobody beats the Wiz". The store near me had the logo on the windows and someone had scratched out all the Bs. So now it said "Nobody eats the Wiz"
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Thipu1 on July 09, 2012, 05:05:33 PM
I'm  sure this sign has shown up in many places but it still gives me a giggle.

It was a sign advertising a store that offered 'Hardware and Paint'.  However, the final 't' had fallen off. It made the shop seem not quite appropriate for those below the age of consent.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Kimblee on July 09, 2012, 08:20:14 PM
There is a store called Kid's Exchange. It has used kid's clothes at great prices.

Except its sign says Kidsexchange.

Well, more like

Kidsexchange (its really bright and lit from behind so you can't help but see it.)

It gives me, and a few members of my friends/family paroxims of giggles.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Reika on July 09, 2012, 10:07:14 PM
There's a Ford dealership near St. Augustine, FL called Bozard Ford. The first time I saw a car with their tag, I thought it read Biohazard. Somehow I think a dealership called Biohazard would have much more interesting vehicles than your plain vanilla Ford dealership. ;)
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: emeraldsage85 on July 12, 2012, 01:41:09 PM
This is actually mishearing instead of misreading but maybe it counts. A shampoo commercial was on earlier. It said, "Try pure renewal." I heard it as "Try pure manure." For a moment I thought gross! Manure on your hair?
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: bopper on July 12, 2012, 03:25:38 PM

Ooh, actually, that might be the real name of the road. There is a neighborhood near me where the streets all have names like that. My favorite is Blue Beaver Road.

We were driving ODD to college and I glanced at the GPS to see "Shades of Death Road" which was the real name. We had to look that up to see what the deal was. Thank goodness for wireless internet!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shades_Of_Death_Road
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Nika on July 12, 2012, 04:14:07 PM

Ooh, actually, that might be the real name of the road. There is a neighborhood near me where the streets all have names like that. My favorite is Blue Beaver Road.

We were driving ODD to college and I glanced at the GPS to see "Shades of Death Road" which was the real name. We had to look that up to see what the deal was. Thank goodness for wireless internet!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shades_Of_Death_Road

AHHHH that's so cool! I want to live on that road!
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: NyaChan on July 12, 2012, 07:52:56 PM
Saw a cool upscale grocery store with the name "Gourmet Garbage."  Only when I told my friend that I really wanted to check out "Gourmet Garbage,"  she looked very confused, then burst out laughing.  It was "Gourmet Garage."   ::) 
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: AfleetAlex on August 01, 2012, 11:55:40 AM
I've had two today, which probably means it's past time for me to go home.

On CNN, one of the headlines on the sidebar was "10-foot beehive a 'mountain of (heck)'" and my first thought was, "that's a big hairdo."

The other was a Google News headline that said "China Manufacturing Teeters Close to Contraction" and my brain said, "What's a teeter?........Oh."
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Slartibartfast on August 01, 2012, 05:05:12 PM
When I was in college, some student protesters had spraypainted "FREE MUMIA! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumia)" several places around campus.  I was walking with my roommate when I first saw it and commented "What is mumia, and who's giving it away free?"

She said I needed to get out more.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Jape on August 01, 2012, 06:27:58 PM
I do this all the time.  At the zoo here there is an exhibit with "Rice Field Birds".  Every single time I pass it I read it as "Rice FILLED Birds".
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Reika on August 01, 2012, 09:51:44 PM
There's been campaign posters for a candidate for a local position for a guy with the last name of Borello. Mom keeps reading it as Bordello. :)
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Sirius on August 02, 2012, 12:36:15 AM
We went past some political signs when we were on our honeymoon like this: 

John PinchesforCounty Treasurer 

I told Mr. Sirius, "John had better keep his hands to himself!
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Ferrets on August 03, 2012, 07:35:58 AM
At work, I'm currently sorting some reprint permissions for the jacket artwork of Anthony Horowitz's Sherlock Holmes pastiche The House of Silk.

Every time I catch sight of the emails regarding it, I have silent internal giggles from misreading the title as The House of Sulk. And picturing Holmes in an enormous passive-aggressive strop. :D
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: mamakinz on August 03, 2012, 10:30:18 AM

Ooh, actually, that might be the real name of the road. There is a neighborhood near me where the streets all have names like that. My favorite is Blue Beaver Road.

We were driving ODD to college and I glanced at the GPS to see "Shades of Death Road" which was the real name. We had to look that up to see what the deal was. Thank goodness for wireless internet!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shades_Of_Death_Road

AHHHH that's so cool! I want to live on that road!

And I know what state you were in, and I know where that road is 😄, it's about 20 minutes from where I live!
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Oh Joy on August 03, 2012, 11:00:49 AM
Yesterday I drove past an electronic school sign announcing two National Merit Scholars by name.  With the abbreviation, I read it as 'Susie Smith and Joan Jones Not Merit Scholars.'  I thought that was pretty mean!
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Dr. F. on August 18, 2012, 06:55:02 PM
Skimming the newspaper this evening, I saw an ad that seemed to be advertising "Amazing Breed-ing Classes!" A second glance told me that they were actually BEADING classes.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on August 24, 2012, 07:33:29 PM
We went past some political signs when we were on our honeymoon like this: 

John PinchesforCounty Treasurer 

I told Mr. Sirius, "John had better keep his hands to himself!

That reminds me of this:
(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll332/saintsithney/bill-stickers.jpg)
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Dys on August 31, 2012, 03:33:09 PM
When I drive to my parents house, I pass a large building signed as "KDM Shoplifters", and think 'I don't think they should advertise that.'

Eventually it dawns on me that its actually shopfitters.
I wouldn't mind if I didn't read it wrong every time. ( I blame the 5 hour drive )
Dys
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: emwithme on September 01, 2012, 06:45:44 PM
I cannot say the word "Shopfitters".  It comes out "shoplifters" Every Time.

I can say shop.
I can say fitters.
I say "shoplifters". 

Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Dazi on September 02, 2012, 12:27:04 AM
The other, my DH asked me to bring him home Taco Bell.

They have a sticker in the corner of the drive thru window that has a picture with a few of the sauce packets with writing on them.  With the particular font and the angle from a low car it looks like they all read "(I can't express myself without swearing) me" (the f word for those that didn't figure it out)...what they actually read is "Pick me".  Oops  :P
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Snooks on September 11, 2012, 09:02:53 AM
Just scanning down the list of threads in the Technology forum and saw this "Where is the line between sharing and bragging?", unfortunately my mind put a double gg into sharing in place of the r while keeping bragging as it was.  That would have been an interesting Facebook moment.
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: Sirius on September 21, 2012, 01:00:49 PM
Had this one yesterday.  I was reading a request for an x-ray, and the patient's history said, "Possible retained item."  I read that the first time as "Possible retained ham." 
Title: Re: It was more interesting when I misread it
Post by: White Dragon on September 21, 2012, 07:21:25 PM
Which begs the question....where would the ham be??