Raymond misreads flyers: A Taste of WWL


There were flyers in our building inviting people to attend a food event called A Taste of WWL.

The letters WWL stand for Windows and Windows Live, but the font they chose for the sign was confusing to me. The capital L looked like a capital I, and I misread the poster as an invitation to attend A Taste of WWI.

And then I thought, "Who the heck thought World War I was a fun event we'd want to re-experience?"

One of my colleagues, who also misread the poster, had a much more succinct response: "Mmmm... mustard gas..."

Comments (14)
  1. Spike says:

    Who the heck thought World War II was a fun event we’d like to re-experience?

     http://www.britainatwar.co.uk/

  2. nathan_works says:

    At least it wasn’t WWF, then you could wonder if there will be a folding chair from atop a ladder smackdown, or fuzzy cuddly animals to pet.. Or fuzzy cuddly animals served medium-rare..

  3. yum says:

    My father reported that when his company crossed the English Channel in late June 1944, the men consumed hardtack stored since 1918, without complaint and without leftovers. Youth and a couple of years of Army service probably helped render that taste of WWI palatable.

  4. andy says:

    Hm.. I misread your misreading (WWI) to WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), and started to wonder what that dish would look like. Pasta?

  5. dave says:

    Who the heck thought World War II was a

    fun event we’d like to re-experience?

    The proprietors of the Somme World theme park, near Reading in the UK.

    Somme World is a plot device in The Fourth Bear, a comic crime novel by Jasper Fforde.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Bear-Nursery-Crime/dp/0143038923

  6. James Schend says:

    Yum: I heard a great interview with Ernest Borgnine about his WWII experiences. He was assigned to a PT boat and sent out hunting a submarine that had been spotted in the area. They found the sub, and he dropped depth charge after depth charge at it… turns out every single depth charge was a dud, and didn’t go off. Ernest was terrified, thinking he’d screwed up somehow (forgotten to remove a safety, or set the depth wrong, or launched them wrong.)

    The investigation of the event later on revealed that the ship was still stocked with WWI depth charges from 1917 that had never been replaced.

    Sorry, this has absolutely nothing to do with the article, I just thought it was a funny anecdote.

  7. Gkeramidas says:

    having some problems reading this week, Raymond?<g>

  8. Tom says:

    There are reports of British troops eating fifty-year-old biscuits during the American Revolution.  They were so hard they had to drop cannonballs to soften them.

    Sending a PT boat after a submarine is like sending a motorcycle to attack a tank.

  9. Graham Reeds says:

    There’s a bakers in the UK called Greggs. They had a slogon of "Pop in a pastie". Unfortunately the typefont used meant the loop on the second p in pop was the same circle as the o next to it, combined with the fact that the brown lettering overlapped the picture of the pastie itself made it read "Poo in a pastie". I chuckled like a 4 year old everytime.

  10. Rachael says:

    Graham Reeds: The Americans have a different meaning of "pastie" from ours, such that they’ll probably find your story even more amusing.

  11. bobby says:

    Who the heck thought Windows and Windows Live was a fun event we’d want to re-experience

  12. Mike says:

    When I saw that flyer in the cafeteria, I had the exact same thought. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one.

  13. Alexandre Grigoriev says:

    "Who the heck thought Windows and Windows Live was a fun event we’d want to re-experience"

    The same guys who thought "Heroes Happen Here" is a good name for an event.

  14. configurator says:

    What’s a pastie? Isn’t it that thing strippers hide their nipples with?

    </non-native english speaker>

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