Wednesday, January 10, 2018


In the spirit of the New Year, and since no one "BlOGS" anymore, I've set up a new Instagram account for posting new lowercase L findings! Please FOllOW @lowercaseL on Instagram and Facebook, and contribute your own using the #lowercaseL hashtag.

Above, WOOD PEllETS submitted by Jason C.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Rabbi Matt Carl brings me out of retirement with this rare specimen discovered in Lowercase El Segundo, CA. In case you are counting, 1) BlACKENED 2) WIlD 3) BlKND 4) SAlMON 5) SAlSA 6) BlKND 7) All 8) COlESlAW. We may have a record here. #MOTHERlODE

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Birthday Surprise

My birthday was on Friday. Before enjoying a quiet Shabbat meal together, my wife and I went out for an evening stroll. When we returned, I found the above note on the ground in a cellophane wrapper along with a white envelope lying on the ground in front of our building, addressed to no one. So I opened it. Seems it was meant for me after all:

It took me several hours to finally concede that this was a mere coincidence and not a birthday card from a secret admirer. Yes, there is the obvious flaw with FlAWlESS, but hardcore lowercase L fans may remember this 2007 New York Times article by Emily Brady, "A FlAW HE CAN'T OVERLOOK."

A kind and flattering message that, after some consideration, seems more like a creepy stalkerish threat.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Is there even a chance that the L in Banksy's statement on GlOBAL WARMING is uppercase underwater?

I seriously doubt it.


Monday, March 02, 2015


Lindsay W. in Tucsons, AZ offers:
Doolen Middle School (or should I say DOOIEN) is a repeat offender with the lowercase Ls. I could send a picture weekly.
Please do! And, if you are brave enough, perhaps you can confront the repeat offender. I wonder if anyone broached the topic at the SCPC GENERAl MEETING last month.

Thursday, February 05, 2015


VICE recently posted an article by Andrew Iwanicki, the man who was paid to lie in bed for three months for a NASA experiment. Here he bids farewell to the pee jug he had urinated in for the last 70 days. Not sure why the word BlACK is written on the container. I hope that's not what color his urine was.

Anyway, it's comforting to know that NASA is trying to find a cure for the lowercase L syndrome, because the solution may be out of this WORlD.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


By now everyone and their mother—and their grandmother—has seen the YouTube viral video sensation "Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time," in which three adorable grandmas try marijuana in the state of Washington, where recreational cannabis use is now legal. In a memorable moment of the experiment, one of the giggly ganja grandmas tries to explain that she isn't stoned yet, carefully stating "I DON'T FEEl TO ME AS HIGH AS THEY LOOK TO ME." As with all good things on the Internet, the comment soon became a meme, and the accompanying graphic is currently being dissected on Reddit.

Interestingly, at the time of this post, the top Reddit comment notes "The 'L' seems off." Further down the thread, another Reddit contributor "Hemmerly" chimes in, "Only non capital letter. Driving me nuts."

Hemmerly, I KNOW THAT FEEL BRO. I devoted an entire blog to that feel bro.

Reddit user Nickleeee explains, "It's a capital I, rather than a lowercase L."

Realizing the mind-blowing and possibly detrimental effect that the lowercase L can have on a stoned individual, Reddit user ItsNotWhereItWas finally proclaims "Fixed it," replacing the lowercase l with a capital L, and not a moment too soon.

Now, I have some questions for the Reddit community, in case they stumble upon this post.

First, was the creator of the original advice animal meme high when he wrote the text?

Also, as far as I know, some meme generators will not allow you to write with lowercase letters, so the author may have either intentionally or mistakenly used an uppercase i. Was this intentional or accidental?

And, if it was intentional, was it meant to bend the minds of the stoned? If it was accidental, was the error noticed before posting as-is to Reddit? If so, why? Or was the error only noticed after being pointed out by the Reddit community? And if that's the case, WHY?

Thursday, March 13, 2014


I usually write smart-ass commentary on the lowercase L photos submitted by readers, but in this case Holly Jenson and her programmer friend did fine on their own.
A friend of mine pointed out that, while we might assume that the intended word is "small," it could also very well be "smail" (an electronic mail transport protocol) or "smali" (an assembler for Java on the Android platform), "Java" being, of course, a slang term for coffee. Perhaps the Roseburg MacD's is actually offering up an Egg McMuffin with an embedded Java VM assembler, and for only $4.80! 
 Bonus points for the DOUBlE l! Or, smarties Holly and friend, is that actually binary for 3?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Alan Belsky, first time caller, long time lowercase Listener, submits this duct taped drama from the heart of Brooklyn.  Discovered at the Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt, the keen observer will recognize early signs of distress with the frayed uppercase i in BICYClE, which was likely first written as a Y.  By the time he got to the second C, the author must have seen the writing on the wall, and resorted to the lowercase L squeeze technique.  Bonus points for the overcompensatory uppercase L in LandLord.