Beginning with a traffic report (hey, this is LA).
One day, several years ago, motorists on the 405 were surprised to discover that they were headed in the direction of...Baker-what? Apparently during a changeover of signs, a Caltrans worker pulled the wrong placard out of the bin.
Which also explains why, as you've no doubt been told many times, if there is a "Bakermento" there must also be a... You guessed it.
Meanwhile, another errant sign on the Harbor Freeway probably confirmed Easterners' suspicions about LA
But, really, LA cares. Perhaps too much at times
And the Los "Angles" typo was an innocent oversight, just like the seemingly Worst Dining Offer of All Time, made by a downtown LA hotel
Or the attack on the innocent burg of Ontario by one travel web site. Sorry about that!
Oh, sure there were plenty of typos out there — cream cheese on your vehicle, sir?
Roadside violence seemed to be on the increase, at least in classified ads
Some oddities only appeared to be typos — at two apartments in Palms, for example — where management has a sense of humor. No it ain't supposed to say CAPRI
Then there was the apparent lack of good taste at a Hancock Park estate whose owner shocked neighbors, and much of the rest of humanity, by pasting happy faces on his front wall
Actually, the owner was just having some fun; he was about to have his house painted — and the faces came down, their smiles undimmed.
The public's preoccupation with car chases was satirized by Critters, a one-time Hermosa Beach bar
But if you just couldn't take any more of the 405, there were other options
OK, that one seemed a bit extreme. How about taking a bit of time off? I hear that Bakermento is beautiful this time of the year.
Or perhaps you could consult your insurance agent
Steve Harvey's Only in LA column originated in the Los Angeles Times and now appears occasionally at LA Observed. Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @sharvey9.