Fri 11 Feb, 2005 08:50 pm
Since moving to a much more rural area, I've been quite entertained by various signs "about town." Most of these are rented signs, lighted at night; some are wooden and hand-written; some are even from larger chain stores.
Sure, just about every town has a place looking for an "EXPERIENCED MANGER," but how about a tire store having a "HUGE TIRE BLOWOUT SALE"?
A local auto shop had a sign saying, "4 OIL CHANGES $36.95....DO THE MATH." Cripes, I can't even do that math in my head! This one annoyed me since I figured THEY should be "doing the math." Someone took the "M" off, so it was slightly better as "DO THE ATH."
One down the road said "TRALER SALES" on one side, and "TRALOR SALES" on the other side. Bonus points here for being able to spell "sales."
My personal favorite was at a Burger King for 2 days: "TRY OUR NEW FRANCH TOAST." I figured this was how locals (Southerners) would pronounce "French," which was why I thought it was so funny.
Any good signs in your area?
At a radiator repair shop they had a sign that said:
The best place to take a leak.
I just KNEW other folks had seen funnies on the road, and that last one is the best! The guy in the foreground appears to be actually scratching his head!
I love these!
Not quite in the same category, but I was tickled by a recent sign I saw while walking down a tree-lined street in Boston, after the major snowstorm hit us. The management of a large apartment building had put a sign on the sidewalk, reading
WATCH FOR SNOW FALLING FROM ABOVE. Well, duh. I don't think I've ever seen snow falling from any other direction.
Laughing! Writing them down! Dumb signs from all over the world.....we could do a stand-up routine....
"My partner and I," Joan Beecroft e-mailed recently, "were touring
southern Labrador and went to visit a lighthouse museum that was
undergoing renovation. A hand-lettered sign on one side of the
building said 'watch for falling deberee' but another around the
back had 'watch for falling deberree.' One can imagine the
conversation between the sign-writers!"
I had a science teacher once who, as a hobby, drove around taking photos of absurd signs and they're horrible grammar and spelling, etc. He would show us slides of his work about once a quarter...hilarious!
Love 'em! My favorite is the "Birthing Limit"!
Where were they going with this? Is it a new service for our homosexual population? Like a walk in human wash? Or are they advertising that they will remove your gayness? Or is it a happy cleaner and laundromat?
A wayward apostrophe set off a chain of hilarious letters: http://www.radio.cbc.ca/programs/asithappens/apostrophe/
Ok, this one was great....I was somewhat suspicious....
As you can see.....
So I checked it out and sure enough... Dirty Dick's Crab House
Ah, the marketing people really got on top of that one....
And I always did wonder about "Albertsons." I didn't think their lawyer's explanation was adequate, though it was delightfully funny.
I year or so ago the local drugstore put up a sign:
"LAYS TWO FOR FIVE DOLLARS"
(FYI Lays is a brand of potato chips)
I am So Glad I started this thread! I really
needed a laugh just now, and here are lots of 'em, for free!
So, do you think Big Dick's Inn knows what they're saying? (My favorites are the unintentional ones!)
In Thessaloniki: "ultramodern", oh yeah - I believe ya!
In Berlin, the Reichstag - you want me to step out where? ("Ausgang" means "exit").
In Budapest, a door somewhere in 1992 I think - isnt it the cutest, misspelling and all?