Friday, January 04, 2008

"a" puppy


This sign, spotted in Chicago by Eileen, is beyond weird. Somebody really wanted to emphasize the "a" a lot. For some reason.

45 comments:

l'hypocondriaque said...

This one's brilliant.

Maggie said...

What's up with the can-pass-germs hyphenation?

Kristy said...

Instant classic.

makuahine said...

You've got to wonder if the person who wrote this has a brain or not. This isn't even one of the common quotation mistakes, this is just weird.

l'hypocondriaque said...

I hadn't even noticed the "can-pass-germs" hyphenation! Can this get any better?

Serge said...

Yours has GOT to be one "of" the most original blogs I've seen. It's hilarious... it's like engrish.com but about quotations!

Good stuff,

Serge

www.therockgazette.com

J.David Bodzin said...

As long as you touch more than 1 puppy at a time your ok.

john said...

holy crap, that's hall of fame-worthy!

Jeff said...

:( bodzin stole my comment. That makes me "a" sad puppy.

Ben B. said...

You're right, this is beyond weird. It's funny, but the more I think about it, the more I just want to know what the person who wrote this was thinking.

A Devil with Unity said...

Puppies are like Potato chips. You can't have just one.

Michael Grant Smith said...

Puppies are crunchier, but not as salty.

Archivalist said...

Haha! Great blog! I don't have any photos, but I can pass along these small additions:

...An overly-patriotic gas station where I used to live had a sign on each pump that read:
"God" Bless America!

...And all the times I'd get mail on my desk with my name in quotes. Was it really for me?

Scott Smith said...

It is weird. I'm thinking that the writer was saying that if you touch "a" single puppy... yes, even just ONE puppy that you could unwittingly pass evil puppy germs.

A Devil with Unity said...

Scott: I just had an image of Lucy screaming "Dog Germs!"

Beverly said...

My theory is that the underlined "A" could be replaced with the word "each." I have no idea about the "can-pass-germs" hyphenation.

Anonymous said...

that a is nearly taking flight. and you can't help but love can-pass-germs.

Anonymous said...

I like to read it as kind of cynical...like, "You may think you're going to touch only ONE puppy, but I know you'll really touch LOTS of puppies -- and the germs-you-pass-thereby will kill them all."

Of course, it's hard to see how washing your hands before touching a (or the first) puppy will prevent the spread of germs from one puppy to the next. I'd think you'd have to wash your hands between puppy-touchings for that. Or are they concerned only with human-to-puppy infection?

Anonymous said...

Also:

"You" -- If That Is Your Real Name

you filth-mitted puppy-germ-vector

joeythelovesponge said...

if they are so worried about passing germs from puppy to puppy, they could simply have asked that we not rub our puppies together...duh!

Eric said...

They must have taken their hyphenation cues from the Associated Press manual of style.

Zo said...

Perhaps the puppies are labelled alphabetically, and only the "A" puppy is germy.

Anonymous said...

This is what it means: Someone has said that they won't pass germs, that they will only touch one puppy, therefore, the sign maker is telling them they won't just touch "A" puppy.

What's funnier are some of the mistakes in the comments by people who are ridiculing this sign maker, for example, the one who doesn't know the difference in your and you're and the one who agreed with him. lol

Lily Bart said...

Anonymous, you made the sign, didn't you? YOU'RE a freaky-ass puppy-toucher. (How's that for hyphenation?)

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha lily bart, that just made me sooo happy

Anonymous said...

Is "from puppy-to-puppy" even correct? I would have thought either "from puppy to puppy" or "puppy-to-puppy" would be OK, but not the combination. I'm impressed, however, that the sign writer got "your" right in "your hands."

Father Glen said...

The only problem I have with this achingly funny blog is that whenever I am at the computer I don't get any "work" done. "Thank you."

Maggie said...

This site is great. It makes me remember all of the funny signs I have seen over the years...I wish I had the photos to submit!

Hugo said...

I can pass germs from puppy to puppy? Awesome, I hate puppies! Thanks a lot...

Von said...

Perhaps this is a hidden contest! Think about it... Guess which puppy this sign refers to as, "A," and "you" are the lucky winner. Win a germ free puppy! Yeyah. Or maybe win some dog food. Or, like a coupon for some dog food. Eh, whever..


As for can-pass-germs, this is clearly a visual demonstration which details how the germ originator, "can" makes a connection "-" which leads the germ to, "pass" and from there it traverses "-" to "germs." From this demonstration the reader would draw a correlation between the alleged germs and the process of puppy-to-puppy passing embedded in the warning.

This is secretly brilliant. I'm going to continue dissecting this...

Alison said...

i think the emphasis on the "A" is to make sure you only touch one and not "ALL" of the puppies!

William said...

It says that "you" can-pass-germs from PUPPY-TO-PUPPY. Does this imply, then, that "you" are yourself a puppy? It doesn't make sense for puppy-to-puppy germ-passing to take place unless all involved parties are themselves puppies. Isn't it human-to-puppy if "you" as a human are passing the germs?

It's too hard to figure out by myself ... this is a debate best left to a board of professionals.

guardian J said...

"Sorry" to add more but, when I read the "from puppies-to-puppies" part I just kept wondering where I was passing them to? Obviously, it's from whatever a "puppies-to-puppies" is, but there is no destination...

setzer557 said...

I think you all have it wrong. This person knew exactly what they (yes, they - neuter singular. I'm starting a revolution. I don't care.). The command is to not touch A puppy, as opposed to B or C puppy; the quotes are there to ensure that the reader does not mistake A for the article, a. The second phrase is merely clarifying that "your" in the first line is referring to a person named Can-Pass-Germs who is from the town of Puppy-To-Puppy (I'm not sure if this Puppy-To-Puppy is the one in Idaho or New York. Insight?).

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

setzer557 hit it right on the "nose"... Go ahead and touch puppy "B" - or any other puppy EXCEPT "A". Check - they must be marked....

Amelia said...

I know it's all about the q-marks here, but the writer is obviously of the lowest common denominator as evidenced by the fact they "sell puppies." To get all the tragic FAQs about puppies sold commercially, (and to help stop the madness,) read this: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-faq.html

John said...

Y' know, you gott"a" love "permen'a'nce" "&" "m'a'rk"ers "a"ll rolled "together-in-one [sic]" !!!!oneoneoneleven!

toep said...

and the musing goes on.... (along with the "a"musing).

I had been thinking that the infant dog "A" must be one SICK puppy! The "you" tells me that even though his/her contagion could be responsible for a large number of kennel deaths, I would be blamed.

I had to read all the way down to setzer557 before i understood.

Avyn said...

I"'"m "surprised" that noone has noticed the quotes around "'you'""." Maybe that's where the signs "meaning" "lies':'" "It 'means'" that "'you'" cannot actually pass germs from "puppy" to "puppy," "they" just "have" to put that there for "legal" "purposes""." Previously known as John"."

Patricia said...

Can I touch "B" puppy??

Jaystar said...

Can i just kill myself now? I edit, and I can't keep up.

TheOuthouseMouse said...

I only have one question. Is there a "B" puppy and, if so, may I touch it?

mrsenright said...

I'm surprised no one has commented on the in-house q-marks left by commenter Amelia! She thinks the people "sell puppies." I don't see any evidence from the sign that the puppies are for sale OR available for medical experiments.

c204e15a-b899-11e0-977c-000bcdca4d7a said...

I think the recipient of this message is an individual who goes by a native american style nickname, Can-pass-germs. The person who made this sign apparently bears the alias "Puppy-to-puppy"

Bowerbirdery said...

Yes, same improbable thought occurred to me. Can't take any chances with puppies "B", "C" and "D"! But far more likely the writer was simply good, old-fashioned thick.