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Humor to Brighten Your Day

Fund-raiser Honesty

At last – honesty in a fund-raiser sign!

Too much pretty face, not enough elbow

Dentist's office, Richmond, Virginia, 2016

Maybe the graphics artist preparing this poster was distracted by the model's pretty face. Let's hope that lump on her elbow is benign!

TV Anachronisms (and just plain errors)

Don't you hate it when a television "documentary" includes photos or video completely out of place for the era or the location? Worse is when a documentary gets historical facts completely wrong.

Fox News Channel, December, 2016

Look carefully at this mid-1700s Boston dramatization. Samuel Adams and his friend just stepped into the street from a concrete sidewalk with a curb! And what's with that tree planted so carefully in its own space in the sidewalk?

Travel Channel, December, 2016

In a World War II documentary, the Travel Channel showed a soldier aiming a flintlock firearm! Does the Travel Channel think no one will notice this? Or not notice the mechanism is on the left side, and the soldier has the firearm against his left shoulder?

Percussion firarms superceded flintlocks by the late 19th century. It's safe to say that no flintlocks were used in WWII.

At least they got the helmet right.

Again! Travel Channel, September, 2017

The Travel Channel just can't seem to get it right. Here's the same WWII soldier aiming the same flintlock firearm, only this time he's in color, and the photo isn't reversed. Wake up, Travel Channel!

Travel Channel, May, 2017

The narrator on this What History Forgot show wants us to believe that this is the nose of a WWII B24 bomber (hint – it's the tail).

Travel Channel, August, 2017

This Mysteries at the Museum episode detailed the development of cable TV. The inventor installed an antenna the top of a tall building, and ran a cable to his nearby house. This image portrays the inventor adjusting the antenna for best reception.

But the antenna is pointing straight up! There sure aren't any TV stations in that direction!

Unfortunate TV Backgrounds

Fox News Channel, February 21, 2014

You'd think the producer or cameraman might notice the building in the background makes the man being interviewed resemble an Egyptian pharaoh.

Fox News Channel, May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th at work! This reporter's hair mimics the ceiling trusses at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

Has Anyone Seen Carl?

Rural humor, Central Virginia, 2010.

Welcome Home!

Ashland, Virginia, 2001

Gutter Maintenance

Two items on the same page in a mailorder catalog, 2001

Hello? Hello?

Richmond, Virginia, 2000 – 2007

This is a real telephone, used like this daily in a real office.

How did the coiled handset cord become entangled with the flat wall cable?


Dry-clean my what???

Richmond, Virginia, 2007


Penalty? There's a penalty for theft?

Dulles Airport, Northern Virginia, 1971

Child Care Signs

Out in the country where we live, it's not uncommon for people to offer child-care services in their homes. One can only hope that the quality of the care is better than some of the signs might suggest.


The sign on the left appeared in the spring of 2004. By fall, the ravages of weather had trashed it, so a new sign was nailed to the post - above the ruins of the original!

The Ultimate Boom Box

Richmond, Virginia, 1994

This fellow must be in seventh heaven. He's got a monster boom box, a shopping cart to carry it, a radio antenna, and the mother of all power sources. Yes, that's an automobile battery on the bottom of the cart! Some people must really like their music.


Updated February 28, 2018