At work the other day, I at first read the text on this framed, poster-sized THE WEEK cover as*:
“Why Midler’s piety stops today.”
(*and then explained it to a THE WEEK staffer who questioned my photo-snapping; I joked, “but that’d be a very different article.” He agreed.)
Read crossword clue (“led astray”) as “lead ashtray.” As in, the first chair ashtray, head boy ashtray, or point-ashtray for the ashtray team.
I have a lead ashtray, incidentally. It’s a small group, but a well-managed one.
Was struggling in the haze of early wakefulness when I glanced at the motel TV and saw the Austin weather summation for the day:
Forecast: Manly Cheer
(in fact, the day — and the forecast — was “mainly clear”)
Fabulous Armenian Cigarettes
(Pall Mall Pack, “Famous American Cigarettes”)
Abusive Cats Shadow Whole Community
(Article Headline, “Abuse Casts Shadow On Whole Community”)
Please Make Way For Pregnant Hillbillies
(Bus SIgn, “Please Make Room For Seniors, Pregnant People, and Those with Disabilities”)