Friday, March 6, 2009

Reading too much?

How do you know when you have been reading too much "special needs" material?

1. I was looking through the mail and saw a solicitation from an environmental organization:

Join now and get your FREE BIPOLAR TEEN!

2. This is what I thought I read in review of a book of collected literature by parents of special needs children, so not everyday advice, but literary-type stuff:

"It is a must buy book for anyone who [...] transports young people with disabilities."

I can only see a minority of bus drivers enjoying this type of book.

3. What I first saw in a professional-looking bio on a parent/community website:

"She enjoys watching people eat desserts."

Is that an unusual hobby, or am I out of style?

The actual words

1. Free polar bear tote

2. Supports, not transports.

3. She enjoys people-watching and eating desserts.


Only the first misread was due to information overload; the other errors were caused by plain old eyestrain.
If you don't find this sort of thing funny, then you haven't spent five minutes at 7:00 each morning for six weeks, with tears streaming down your face, trying not to make a sound so as not to wake up your hosts, while you are laughing so hard reading this book by Richard Lederer.

1 comment:

  1. Join now and get your free bipolar teen? I'm sure that advertising would really rake in the dough! :)

    I'll have to check out that book. Sounds pretty funny.