In the hard-working world we live in, days-off are precious. However, there’s one story from Huntsville, AL that demonstrates that there are sometimes more important things at hand than having a few extra days off work.
Meet David Green
David Green is a history teacher at Mae Jemison High School, and he is a loved member of the school community, respected and adored by both fellow teachers and the pupils. However, his life was in very pressing times, with his 16-month daughter Kinsley sadly being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
No Time Left
To make matters worse, he had no more sick days available to book in order to tend to his infant daughter who at this point was getting treatment over 100 miles away from home. He certainly needed the time off from work to ensure he was giving Kinsley the very best love and care she needed from her father.
Colleagues Stepping In
In turmoil, David was unsure as what to do. His wonderful colleagues then came to his rescue! His colleagues at the school banded together to donate more than 100 sick days to him collectively. David and the rest of his family were blown away by the support and generosity – Megan Green, Kingsley’s mother has since said that it was a “huge blessing” and that they couldn’t wait to be in a position to pay everyone back.
Over The Moon
David was hugely thankful, as he knows people are always going through their own personal struggles too. Despite this, the communal offering to David even reached teachers at nearby schools. Wilma DeYampert, the principal at Lakewood Elementary, donated two days. She said: “I could not imagine having a child in that condition and being away from them.” Wilma was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in February, and so she felt instant empathy with David’s situation. She continued, “My mom always said ‘You don’t need to be rich to bless someone.’”
Kingsley’s treatment continues, but now thanks to David’s kind colleagues, she has her loving father by her side too.
These Disastrous Design Fails Actually Happened
Designers have an essential job. They work to come up with abstract concepts and turn the concepts into something tangible. Packaging, marketing materials, murals, books, signs, etc. rely on designers to take their directive and easily depict something towards the audience. However, when a designer messes up, we are left wondering how the mistake could have happened. Was he or she the only person on the project with no one to edit or check the final product? Hopefully, these designers will feel enough shame to correct their mistakes and improve in the future. For now, we will settle for this gallery of design fails.
Bike Lane Blunder
City planners put bike lanes in their cities as a safe passage for bike riders looking to steer clear of cars and trucks. What better way to keep them safe than to direct them into side rails.
These city planners have a history of BMX biking and extreme sports. They hoped this rail could encourage some new participants to take their biking to the next level. Hopping over the rail will earn you a spot at the X Games.
When Life Gives You Lemons Make Orange Juice
What would we do without the helpful people at this supermarket? You just walked into the supermarket in the hope of finding some fresh produce for your dinner. After a long day of work all you want is to whip up something delicious.
Sometimes a trip to the grocery store can inspire a dish idea that you have never cooked before. This store hoped to stir up your imagination, forgetting the fact that lemons do not make orange juice.
It is such a shame that this fantastic mural is wasted by the incompetent bathroom locations for each gender. In theory, it makes sense that the men’s bathroom would be the one with the painting of a man while the women’s bathroom is adorned with the image of a woman.
Depending on the inside of the bathroom, this should be an easy fix. Grab a screwdriver and swap the sign locations. Only a urinal could throw off this simple solution.
Friendly Neighborhood Tissue Man
Everyone loves Spiderman. Peter Parker’s superhero alter ego has many skills beyond the scope of regular people. One of his newer skills is the ability to blow tissues out of his bottom.
It is unclear if this skill is useful in fending off the Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus, but it is useful in helping you dry your nose in the middle of the New York winter. Perhaps Mary Jane fell for him after he gave her a tissue in February.
The Mice Could Not Fix Everything
Disney classics tend to endure for generations. Disney princesses especially continue to find popularity amongst girls of every age. The rags to riches story of Cinderella is one of the most classic in the Disney collection.
Her animal friends Gus and Jaq did everything they can to make her look beautiful for the ball. The one thing, according to this puzzle, that they could not fix was her nose. Her fairy godmother has some work to do.
It Is All Happening At The Zoo
Friendly animals are a great way to engage with younger audiences in various marketing campaigns. This one, however, might have missed the mark. Sure, friendly animals could encourage children to recycle when possible.
It is also possible that they believe animals, in general, should eat trash. There might be a generation of kids out there who believe monkeys eat landfill-appropriate trash, lions dine on plastics and cans, and only giraffes have the sense to eat something resembling food.
What Happened To Yves?
Yves Levesque had an amazing idea for an ad campaign. He thought, “what if I put my face on a car? That way, everyone can see my face.” Unfortunately for Yves, he forgot that cars have windows.
Next time he might not want to put his head in a movable location which can make his face look like a Snapchat filter. Do people on the street think he was in an accident in which he lost his nose for good?
The Most Mysterious Mythical Creature
For years, the jeopard has remained hidden in the jungles beyond the reach of humans. With spots like a leopard but the mentality of a jaguar, the jeopard would be too much for humanity if they saw one in the wild.
Jaguars and leopards are similar to one another, but now we know that a crossover animal exists. Now kids can learn about the mythical cat when they learn their ABCs. Just hope they don’t ask to see one at the zoo.
The Art Of Flatulence
At the end of every art major course load, each student learns the in-depth history of fine fart. Similar to fine art, fine fart uses natural wind to move oil colors on the canvas to great effect.
It is the most time consuming and difficult discipline within fine art and should not be taken lightly. In the first design class, they may want to consider a slide or two on how large letters can convey the wrong message.
Good Luck, Suckers
The person behind this special parking space design might need to start looking for a new job soon. Handicapped parking spaces are supposed to make life easier for those in need of some assistance.
This parking space is just a cruel joke. No sarcasm or wit behind this, just one big question, “HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?” What has to go through someone’s mind to hear, “Let’s save a spot for handicapped visitors. Make sure no one can park there,” and then blockade the space?
Istanbul, We Have A Problem
Advertisements for airlines should instill confidence, not slap you in the face with a fear of a catastrophic nosedive. Why take a chance on Turkish Airlines when it cannot even keep its ads straight?
Turkish Airlines has a reputation for being quite a comfortable flying experience. It is unfortunate that only its past customers will find the courage to ride a plane seemingly heading straight into the ground. The last thing anyone wants is flying pieces on the ground.
Protectionism At Its Finest
Protectionism is the economic policy of restricting trade so local businesses can flourish. Instead of levying high tariffs on this set of screwdrivers, the product marketers decided that a warning could help protect American businesses from those evil importers from China.
Thankfully they warned us that the product was made in China so we can support American businesses at every turn. The standard “Made in China” label was not enough. They felt it necessary to warn consumers in an effort to save the screwdriver industry.
Comfort For Your Literature
Sleeping in the outdoors can be a pleasant experience. You remove yourself from the clutter of the city and breathe in the fresh air.
Don’t forget to bring your camper mat so your magazines can get comfy.
The Pages Speak To You
Technology these days has become so advanced that physical books now have the capacity to play audio files. At least, according to this textbook it is possible. Touch textbooks are the newest in hip school supplies for the school year.
They differ from online textbooks in that they are still made from paper. All you have to do is push play. There’s nothing like the soothing sounds of a text book in your ear to get your juices flowing.
Be Your Own Pharmacist
CVS has all of your medicinal needs. Whether over the counter or with the help of a pharmacist, rest assured you will get what you needed.
However, you might find the medicines you need on the shelf but be incapable of distinguishing between them in the box. This might be an issue when choosing between daytime cold medicine and drowsy evening cold medicine. Nobody wants to come to work and fall asleep at their desk before lunch.
Who’s Not In A Spelling Bee? UR!
The Erasmus program is so life-changing that you will come back from your European exchange with a diminished sense of how to spell in English.
The British Council was likely not too pleased to see this flying misfire when it came across their desk. How can they be relied on for cultural and educational experiences when they cannot even spell the name of the continent in which they operate. Remember guys, E-U-R-O-P-E.
Daily trips to the John can be a wonderful experience. In a spacious stall, you feel as if you a king on the throne. While you take care of your business, the last thing you want to worry about is, “Am I putting on a show for others?”
If the answer is yes, two solutions exist. One, you left the door open and simply need to close the latch. Two, your door is see-through, hence why everyone can get a glimpse of the matinee showing.
Poor Word Choice
There are only so many words in the English language that are still taboo decades after their initial use. “Concentration Camp” in any context are two of those words.
How any designer could get this past an English editor is alarming. It has been more than half a century since World War II, but we have not forgotten the intended use of this term. Let’s try to do better, be better and not let things like this happen again.
There is not much worse than getting stuck in an elevator. With little room to breathe, tensions can quickly rise inside an elevator.
Imagine the excessive anger that would seep out of elevator passengers if this elevator were to stop in its tracks. Honestly, it is the passenger’s fault if they get into this elevator and it breaks. If the elevator manufacturers could not count correctly nor edit the incorrect spellings, why can we expect them to make a fully functioning elevator?
Color Coding Fail
Ships have very strict rules, especially near the captain’s bridge. The captain of this ship does not want his crew members smoking in an effort to create a safe environment.
He color coded his statements to emphasize “No Smoking” and “Safety First.” Color coding only works when the words are close together. Otherwise, they look like two separate statements with another meaning. Perhaps this is a pirate ship where safety is a fallacy and smoking is encouraged.
Every Little Song I Didn’t Write
Bobby McFerrin wrote an international smash hit based on the Meher Baba quote “Don’t worry, be happy.” The song and phrase have been repeated millions of times, yet somehow this shirt just cannot get the point across.
No matter how clever you think you are when putting text on a shirt, we will continue to read the text from left to right and top to bottom. It’s a shrewd thought with poor execution leading to “Don’t be happy, worry.”
Count To Five
Keeping an accurate count is not so simple. They always say that the first five numbers are the hardest to get through, but it gets easier.
The last thing you would ever want to do is confuse children in their pursuit of knowledge. It is just a cruel joke to say, “how many bananas are on the page with the huge number five on it,” only to point and laugh at them when they assume the page contains five bananas. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.
Minion fever has taken over the world following the release of Despicable Me in 2010. It led to two sequels and a prequel for the franchise and half a million in box office returns for the original film.
Its popularity spread into a variety of products, including this Minion shampoo. The producers of this strawberry scented shampoo did not realize that red shampoo could be seen as blood. Now, we have a minion so sad at this design that he’s bleeding from the eyes.
Say No To Racism
You go to the bookstore hoping to find something engaging to bring home to your son or daughter. It feels like forever as you meander through the endless aisles of Barnes and Noble.
Recently, you discussed with your child about why they look different than some of their classmates. Right before you give up on book finding, you come across this interestingly titled book. You don’t want to send your kid the wrong message. Unfortunately, you won’t be giving Mr. Brown your money.
Lost at sea, a group of sailors went searching for the nearest compass to help them reach shore quickly and safely. With no magnetic compass in sight, they settled on these compass pillows only to realize there was one major problem.
They were not heading due south as they expected. Shockingly, the pillow was not an accurate measure of direction. It did not help that someone designing the compass forgot that south is opposite of north. No one ever saw the sailors again.
Clean it Up, Now!
There are some rugs out there with some truly beautiful designs that we would all like to have in our own living rooms. However, the following rug isn’t one of them.
It seems like this designer was aiming to make these rugs resemble the bird’s eye view of a body of water and a cluster of islands on the edge of them. In the end though, the “islands” purely look like a dog came along and couldn’t wait to go out for “a walk.”
For a Rainy Day…
Don’t you just hate having to wait for a bus when it’s raining? Thankfully, there are many bus stops out there that have shelters, in order to keep one dry during those wet waits.
Then we stumbled across the following photo. While the shelter in the bus stop certainly has a pleasant pattern that resembles black spades in a deck of cards, there is a practical issue at play here. Rain can usually fall through holes…
A Slippery Slope to Failure
Designers are always trying to find new and innovative ways to layout a bathroom. Where is the best place to put the toilet? How far or close should it be from the sink? These are big questions that need to be addressed when designing a bathroom.
This person didn’t just put the sink right next to the toilet. For some strange reason, they built a slide to connect the two. Unfortunately, this means that your toothbrush is always under threat of sliding into the toilet…
Have you ever seen the movie Inception? You know, the one about the team of espionages who go on a mission where they have to go into a dream, within a dream, within a dream, to plant an idea into someone’s head.
Well, you could say that the following bathroom has its very own “inception toilet.” We don’t know why any designer thought that people would like to watch themselves on the toilet do their business over and over again…
For a Hospital?
Many hospitals out there have white walls and floors. The reason for this is mainly to create a calm atmosphere, both for the patients and for the staff. Also, it emphasizes the hospital’s goal to stay clean and sterile, which also makes patients feel reassured.
So what was going through this designer’s mind when they thought that dragging a tub of red paint along the hospital floor would be a good idea? The last thing patients want to be reminded of is blood…
What a Mess
Some people have some seriously strange designs for toilet seats. While some like to have their favorite cartoons printed on them and all sorts of wacky patterns, the following design might be the most baffling of them all.
These drops of yellowish water are going to be extremely confusing for whoever uses this toilet. How are you supposed to know which parts of the seat are clean and dry and which ones are not? This needs to go.
Alpaca? More Like Alpoker
Some coffee cups out there just aren’t practical to use, for a variety of reasons. The following mug is a fine example of this.
While it appears to be able to contain a fair amount of tea or coffee, it obviously has a weak spot that is bound to annoy whoever is drinking it. Sure, having a coffee cup designed like an alpaca is cute and all. However, who wants to poke their eye out of their socket every time they take a sip?
Unpossible to Imderstand
Motivational phrases are normal to find on the walls of successful companies. They are there to give employees the morale they need to push on and excel in whatever field they are in. The following phrase however just doesn’t achieve that.
Instead, it simply confuses whoever reads it and leaves them feeling deflated for having had to work too hard to decipher it. We’re pretty sure it’s trying to combine “everything is possible” with “nothing is impossible,” but it just doesn’t work.
Time to Save the World
When we buy a pair of sneakers, we usually just want them to be comfortable, or look good, or both. But what if we could tell you that a certain pair of sneakers will transform you into a crime-fighting superhero?
This person didn’t notice the handful of suction cups at the bottom of their new shoes until after they purchased them. So every time they walk with them, they have to work hard to pull their feet away from the ground. So much work…
Hoodie Two Shoes
It’s amazing how the removal of one word can completely change the meaning of a phrase. Moreover, if you have a hoodie with a message planted on the back of it, you better make sure that the actual hood doesn’t obstruct people from seeing the full message.
Obviously, this person is part of the Anti Animal Cruelty Club and is proudly showing their allegiance off to the world. We can’t help but feel though that people will get the wrong end of the stick…
Cry Me a River of Laughter
Many fitness centers around the world will try and lure potential customers into the building through a variety of tempting posters. They usually include someone in fitness apparel doing some sort of exercise.
And who knows? Maybe add a dumbbell here and there. We have no idea though what inspired this design to place a random splash of water in this specific position of the poster. What is this gym actually trying to teach us?
Worst Combo Ever
Some things just don’t go well together. In theory, having a trash can in close proximity to a bench should be the most convenient thing ever. Your sitting in public, finishing off that candy bar.
But the last thing you want to do is get up and walk all the way down the street just to find somewhere to throw away the wrapper. Have no fear – this bench has the trash cans installed above the bench! What’s the worst that could happen?
Five Steps to Failure
Let’s face it, walking down the stairs shouldn’t be one of the biggest challenges that one faces. You simply put one foot in front of the other and follow the steps, depending on if they are going up or down.
But if your steps are covered in carpet, you better make sure that the design is parallel with the actual steps. The following design is bound to have caused a number of falls. We don’t want to join that list…
Time to Change the Clock
Despite our advances in technology and so many things becoming obsolete with time, one thing will never become useless. That’s right folks – the clock. This awesome invention has been telling us the time for many years now.
While some opt for digital clocks, there are plenty out there who still like to watch those two hands travel clockwise throughout the day. What happens though when you have a clock whose numbers glow in the dark, but the hands do not?
A Glitch in the Matrix?
Have you ever felt like something was so out of place that it couldn’t possibly be real? The following design fail is way too terrible to be true. However, this isn’t a matter of who came first, the chicken or the egg.
This is about what came first, the pillar or the railing. At any rate, we can’t help but look at this and be reminded of those glitches that show up in video games when the CD has been scratched.
Use The Force
Jedi training is rare in modern times in galaxies less far away. However, there are occasions in which Jedi training comes in handy. The pull door generally comes with a handle or a knob which allows for a simple pull action.
This door only opens for Jedis. With a strong use of the force, you can pull this door open without a knob. Bring your friends for the show. They will be wowed by your otherworldly powers.
Escalators are supposed to make life easier. You step on at the bottom, and it magically lifts you to the top of the stairs without another step until the end. What happens when you are incapable of escaping the escalator?
Do bodies just pile against the wall like the parade scene in Animal House? At what point in the escalator building process did someone say, “this seems like an appropriate place to let people off? Maybe next time an elevator is more appropriate.
Pan Fried Poison
Did you know that the universal sign for “this is not poison” is a large can? Increasing the size of a cooking spray can is a clear-cut way to distinguish between insect killer in the same color can.
Who would ever confuse the two now? Naturally, bug spray can only come in 300-gram cans. Only an idiot could confuse the two. Black and Gold really needs to look into some color coding for its various products.
How Does Ice Cream Work?
It’s an age-old dilemma. For generations, people have curiously wondered what is the best way to eat ice cream. Is it in a dish with a spoon? Perhaps you prefer it in a cone.
The one option that had escaped human consciousness until now is to avoid holding it by the wooden stick and instead of holding it by the chunk of ice cream covered by chocolate. It’s clearly the only way to guarantee that you will lick your fingers afterward.
Down With The Tuna Shamers
We currently live in such a world that no one can eat tuna without public ridicule. Urban centers have plenty of safe spaces, but where are the safe spaces for tuna enthusiasts?
The canned fish movement has attempted to gain a stronghold in America, but these tuna shamers will not allow tuna eaters to blend into society, slapping demarcating stickers on their cars. Of course, it could just be confusion over an unashamed Christian.