Even in a world in which we strive for perfection in our work, things seldom are as perfect as we'd like them to be. A rogue keystroke, autocorrect gone awry, anything can happen to bring that aura of perfection crashing to the ground as suddenly as 1937's Hindenburg.
Do we here at SubwaySigns.com have that Hindenburg moment? OH YES WE DO! And we keep getting reminded of it in the most public of ways.
You see, one of our first attempts at recreating a transit sign outside of the New York area was the recreation of an old Cincinnati bus scroll. Though our memory is vague, as best as we can reconstruct the events of over ten years ago, here's the story.
Timeline - early 2000
We create a two piece Cincinnati bus scroll canvas sign set from the original public domain piece, and produce ONE single copy.
Lightning strikes our dirigible. We have misspelled not one but two words on the set. Cincinnati is spelled with one too few N's and one too many T's, and Madeira is spelled with the E and I transposed.
This bears repeating, we printed ONE SINGLE COPY of the set. Thank goodness, maybe our mistake will go unseen.
Timeline - late 2000
The two signs in the set appears in the movie "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Joy of Joys! It appears our sign set, or one just like it, has been acquired by tha films prop master. Joy turns to terror - the spelling errors are there for the world to see.
Hopefully that will be the last we see of our mistake.
Timeline - 2005
The two signs in the set appear in the movie "Just Friends" with Ryan Reynolds.
Timeline - 2006/2007
One of the two signs in the set appears in the movie "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry".
The error could not be more obvious.
Adam Sandler looks disguisted.
Timeline - 2007
Both signs in the set appear on the UPN television show Veronica Mars
BOTH of our goofs as plain as the nose on her face for all of TV land to witness.
OK, we haven't been reminded of our Hindenburg moment for four years.
Will our nightmare finally end?
WELL, NOT JUST YET!
Timeline - 2011
The Madeira sign appears on the nationally broadcast ZOOSK commercial "Date with Dog Allergy". Yes we know, it should be Madeira, not Madiera! Even the dog in the commercial knows that by now.
Timeline - 2012
Here we go again, this time the signs, errors obvious, appear on the CBS show "Two Broke Girls". It's the gift that keeps on giving.