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27th May '18 11:45:16 PM BreadBull
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* An entry in ''Literature/UncleJohnsBathroomReader'' referenced an obscure snack named HITS with this problem. The word stretched from the left edge of the packaging to the right, so when there were many side-by-side it read HITSHITSHITSHITSHITS. Similar graphic design problems arise in music magazines aimed at teens interested in the current charts.




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* Yes, Pen Island [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_Island is real]]. There are actually two Pen islands: East and West Pen island. They are part of several uninhabited arctic islands in Nunavut, Canada. West Pen Island is actually a spit, rather than an island. East Pen Island is situated off the shore of Ontario, a few kilometers southeast of Manitoba, and no, [[{{Pun}} it's not a swallow]].
* Pen Island is also a [[http://www.penisland.net/ store that sells custom fountain pens.]] As far as we can tell, it's a joke website, but that's only because we're too scared to order a commission.
-->"We Specialize In Wood".



* Website http://www.cityofart.net/ is actually about art, not flatulence.
* The restaurant ''Porto Fino'' in downtown LA has a website at the url [[http://portofinodtla.com portofinodtla.com]]. There is no such thing as the Port of Inod, nor does this site have anything to do with a three-letter acronym.
* [[http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/12/27/unfortunate-restaurant-name-of-the-day Anu's kitchen]] might want to pick a better name for their restaurant.
* Ladie's [[http://skintimate.ca/ Skintimate shaving gel]] is the unexpectedly gross "Skin Tim ate".
* A New York restaurant called Han Dynasty has been the butt of jokes for its website, handynasty.com (also a case of the ScunthorpeProblem, because "handynasty" sometimes gets caught by porn filters).
* A site selling "Fagas Straps", a type of strap used in making furniture, has the unfortunate URL of [[http://fagasstraps.com/default.asp fagasstraps.com]].[[note]][[NWordPrivileges Fag]]-ass [[UnsettlingGenderReveal traps]].[[/note]] And just to make it worse, ''they don't even sell Fagas Straps anymore'', having replaced them with their own similar product when Fagas Straps got too expensive for them to keep stocking. So now fagasstraps.com is a NonIndicativeName for ''both'' of its meanings. Surely there are people out there who could put this URL to [[TheInternetIsForPorn much better use]].



* Splitting a string, say a domain name, into smaller words of a dictionary, is a typical problem of algorithms. There are efficient solutions to it that use a technique called Dynamic Programming.



* Yes, Pen Island [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_Island is real]]. There are actually two Pen islands: East and West Pen island. They are part of several uninhabited arctic islands in Nunavut, Canada. West Pen Island is actually a spit, rather than an island. East Pen Island is situated off the shore of Ontario, a few kilometers southeast of Manitoba, and no, [[{{Pun}} it's not a swallow]].
* Pen Island is also a [[http://www.penisland.net/ store that sells custom fountain pens.]] As far as we can tell, it's a joke website, but that's only because we're too scared to order a commission.
-->"We Specialize In Wood".
* Splitting a string, say a domain name, into smaller words of a dictionary, is a typical problem of algorithms. There are efficient solutions to it that use a technique called Dynamic Programming.



* A non-naughty but amusing one comes from the early days of the CrosswordPuzzle in the U.S. Margaret Farrar, a prolific editor, once clued "Make a ___: succeed." She intended the answer to be A GO OF. Unfortunately, because there are no spaces in crosswords, this looks ''exactly'' like A GOOF. She received a letter saying "Make a goof means succeed? You really made a goof on that one." Puzzles probably have numerous other examples, and because the type of people who make and solve them are [[PungeonMaster inveterate punsters]], there have also been puzzles [[LampshadeHanging based on]] playing with the format. For example, cluing, LADIESFIRST with "Mad scientist's threat to destroy California?" (L.A. DIES FIRST.)



* There's a real shop called "Kidsexchange". While not quite as potentially creepy, there's also a Kids Haven. If you just glimpse it as driving past, it can seem odd.
* Where a lot of the hilarity comes from in playing Mad Gab.



* The restaurant ''Porto Fino'' in downtown LA has a website at the url [[http://portofinodtla.com portofinodtla.com]]. There is no such thing as the Port of Inod, nor does this site have anything to do with a three-letter acronym.
* [[http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/12/27/unfortunate-restaurant-name-of-the-day Anu's kitchen]] might want to pick a better name for their restaurant.



* Website http://www.cityofart.net/ is actually about art, not flatulence.
* Ladie's [[http://skintimate.ca/ Skintimate shaving gel]] is the unexpectedly gross "Skin Tim ate".
* The New People building in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco labels the floors to indicate what is on each floor. The 3rd floor is labeled "[[AC:3F arts]]".[[note]]In Japan, floors are designated ''n''F, where ''n'' is the floor number, so 1st floor is "1F", 2nd floor is "2F", etc. Being a building dedicated to Japanese pop culture and arts, New People uses this particular floor naming convention.[[/note]]

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* Website http://www.cityofart.net/ is actually about art, not flatulence.
* Ladie's [[http://skintimate.ca/ Skintimate shaving gel]] is the unexpectedly gross "Skin Tim ate".
* The New People building in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco labels the floors to indicate what is on each floor. The 3rd floor is labeled "[[AC:3F arts]]".[[note]]In Japan, floors are designated ''n''F, where ''n'' is the floor number, so 1st floor is "1F", 2nd floor is "2F", etc. Being a building dedicated to Japanese pop culture and arts, New People uses this particular floor naming convention.[[/note]]



* Singer Susan Boyle had a new album out and held a party to promote it. She put out an announcement on Twitter under "Susan album party". Unfortunately, the resulting hashtag invited people to Su's Anal Bum Party.



* In Hong Kong, there is an assessment called Territory-wide System Assessment (Abbreviation :TSA; Chinese: 全港性系統評估) for primary school students to test their academic skill, it may look innocent in English, but if you read it in Chinese and separate the words into 全港-性系統-評估 ([[CrotchGrabSexCheck Territory-wide Sexuality Assessment]]), not so innocent as one might think!
* Similar to the Susan Boyle example and crossing with ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated, when UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher passed away a hashtag went out on Twitter -- it was intended to be "Now Thatcher's Dead", but the way it was worded and the fact that many occurrences of the hashtag were AllLowercaseLetters caused people to briefly think that the singer Music/{{Cher}} had died (i.e. "Now that Cher's dead"). To think that, as of 2016, Cher is still alive.
* A New York restaurant called Han Dynasty has been the butt of jokes for its website, handynasty.com (also a case of the ScunthorpeProblem, because "handynasty" sometimes gets caught by porn filters).
* A non-naughty but amusing one comes from the early days of the CrosswordPuzzle in the U.S. Margaret Farrar, a prolific editor, once clued "Make a ___: succeed." She intended the answer to be A GO OF. Unfortunately, because there are no spaces in crosswords, this looks ''exactly'' like A GOOF. She received a letter saying "Make a goof means succeed? You really made a goof on that one." Puzzles probably have numerous other examples, and because the type of people who make and solve them are [[PungeonMaster inveterate punsters]], there have also been puzzles [[LampshadeHanging based on]] playing with the format. For example, cluing, LADIESFIRST with "Mad scientist's threat to destroy California?" (L.A. DIES FIRST.)

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* In Hong Kong, there is an assessment called Territory-wide System Assessment (Abbreviation :TSA; Chinese: 全港性系統評估) Assessment, or TSA (no, [[OverreactingAirportSecurity not that one]]); The 全港性系統評估 for primary school students to test their academic skill, it skill. It may look innocent in English, but if you read it in Chinese and separate the words into 全港-性系統-評估 ([[CrotchGrabSexCheck Territory-wide Sexuality Assessment]]), it's not so innocent as one might think!
* Similar to the Susan Boyle example and crossing with ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated, when UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher passed away a hashtag went out on Twitter -- it was intended to be "Now Thatcher's Dead", but the way it was worded and the fact that many occurrences of the hashtag were AllLowercaseLetters caused people to briefly think that the singer Music/{{Cher}} had died (i.e. "Now that Cher's dead"). To think that, as of 2016, Cher is still alive.
* A New York restaurant called Han Dynasty has been the butt of jokes for its website, handynasty.com (also a case of the ScunthorpeProblem, because "handynasty" sometimes gets caught by porn filters).
* A non-naughty but amusing one comes from the early days of the CrosswordPuzzle in the U.S. Margaret Farrar, a prolific editor, once clued "Make a ___: succeed." She intended the answer to be A GO OF. Unfortunately, because there are no spaces in crosswords, this looks ''exactly'' like A GOOF. She received a letter saying "Make a goof means succeed? You really made a goof on that one." Puzzles probably have numerous other examples, and because the type of people who make and solve them are [[PungeonMaster inveterate punsters]], there have also been puzzles [[LampshadeHanging based on]] playing with the format. For example, cluing, LADIESFIRST with "Mad scientist's threat to destroy California?" (L.A. DIES FIRST.)
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* A site selling "Fagas Straps", a type of strap used in making furniture, has the unfortunate URL of [[http://fagasstraps.com/default.asp fagasstraps.com]].[[note]][[NWordPrivileges Fag]]-ass [[UnsettlingGenderReveal traps]].[[/note]] And just to make it worse, ''they don't even sell Fagas Straps anymore'', having replaced them with their own similar product when Fagas Straps got too expensive for them to keep stocking. So now fagasstraps.com is a NonIndicativeName for ''both'' of its meanings. Surely there are people out there who could put this URL to [[TheInternetIsForPorn much better use]].
27th May '18 11:27:44 PM BreadBull
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* A [[{{Gayborhood}} popular gay cruising and hangout spot]] in the city of Manchester, England, is Canal Street. Unfortunately, people -- not always mischievous heteros -- will insist on [[SignsOfDisrepair stealing two letters from the street signs so they read " ANAL TREET"]].
* Is [[http://www.petsmart.com/ PetSmart]] where you learn to pet intelligently or a mart where pets can buy things?
27th May '18 11:22:55 PM BreadBull
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* Japanese often places diacritics in between Katakana words, i.e. those imported from other languages, leading to confusion for new learners, i.e. "I can understand the sounds, but what do the dots mean?".
27th May '18 11:13:30 PM BreadBull
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* ''Webcomic/DarkLegacyComics'' has an InUniverse example [[http://www.darklegacycomics.com/402.html here]] when Keydar decides to create a new alt character.

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* ''Webcomic/DarkLegacyComics'' has an InUniverse example [[http://www.darklegacycomics.com/402.html here]] when Keydar decides to create a new alt character.character, going with Missturdarse. (It's supposed to be Misstur Darse).
27th May '18 11:01:41 PM BreadBull
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* America Online's font in the early 90's made lower-case "m" almost indistinguishable from lower-case "r" and "n" together ("rn"), giving fuel to early [[{{Troll}} Internet Trolls]] to create fake names to "post as" anyone who had the misfortune of merely having a lower-case "m" or "rn" in their username. For instance "Mama" could be copied as "Marna" (And vice versa) and look exactly the same - even if you looked closely.

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* America Online's font in the early 90's made lower-case "m" almost indistinguishable from lower-case "r" and "n" together ("rn"), (known as "[[http://en.wikipeda.org kerning]]" or more humorously "keming"), giving fuel to early [[{{Troll}} Internet Trolls]] to create fake names to "post as" anyone who had the misfortune of merely having a lower-case "m" or "rn" in their username. For instance "Mama" could be copied as "Marna" (And vice versa) and look exactly the same - even if you looked closely.
27th May '18 10:50:25 PM BreadBull
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If what words they're supposed to be are clear, but the way they're supposed to go together isn't (eg. Does "big blue and red dog" mean a big dog that is red and blue, or two characters named "Big Blue" and "Red Dog"?), that's AmbiguousSyntax. If the words and the way they're supposed to go together is clear, but the ''meaning'' isn't (eg. Does "bright blue ball" mean a ball that is bright blue, or a ball that is blue and glowing bright?), that's DoubleMeaning.
27th May '18 10:44:23 PM BreadBull
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* Music/BritneySpears intentionally invoked this in "If You Seek Amy", which sounds like "F.U.C.K. Me" with a space shifted.
27th May '18 10:42:02 PM BreadBull
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* ''Music/StationToStation'' by Music/DavidBowie, which has a title that can be interpreted as a station named ''Station To'' or a station named ''To Station''.
27th May '18 10:37:45 PM BreadBull
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* The track "Big Butter And Egg Man" by Music/LouisArmstrong and his [[Music/TheCompleteHotFiveAndHotSevenRecordings Hot Five and Hot Seven]]. Is it about a duo named ''Big Butter'' and ''Egg Man''? Or about a man called ''Big Butter And Egg''? [[note]] It's the latter. A ''big butter and egg man'' was 1920s slang for a big spender, a travelling businessman in the habit of spending large amounts of money in nightclubs. [[/note]]
27th May '18 10:31:33 PM BreadBull
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* On Freeview TV (Great Britain), Channel 39, one of myriad QVC-style shopping channels, advertises a weekly show as '''DIES WITH SUE WILSON'''. You need to tune in to discover it's about using decorative stamps and ink-pads for creative craft -- a "die" in the sense of a pre-formed stamp with raised detail that captures the ink, so as to leave a pretty pattern on the paper when firmly pressed against it. But that ''title''....
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