Wendy saw this in Wheaton, IL. We've actually seen a very similar sign before, also in the midwest. This one, though, is truly special because the title gets its own letter, and because of the out of order notice about taxes at the bottom. Way to obfuscate your sign, gas station.
Cindy sees this one regularly in Southern California. Here is her explanation, of which I approve: "Maybe they have creditors after them who want them to pay up, or unsatisfied customers who they've treated poorly or disgruntled employees who they haven't paid in ages, and they're pretending not to be there just to avoid all of them. After all, if they've "moved", all these people after them won't think to look for them at their actual place of business, right?"
Alex (his website isn't in english) explains, "Here's a pic from Linköping, Sweden. A local bus company, Gunilla Buss, advertises their company like this: 'Travel "comfortable" - travel by bus -'. Wonderful."
Maybe in Sweden busses are legitimately comfortable, but I doubt it.
Courtenay saw this in LA and suggests that, "the quotes are clearly a subtle acknowledgment of the fact that it is NOT yet illegal to talk and drive in CA." Other fake laws in LA, mexico and missisippi.
Good people for the nickname "miss print": copy editors, people who make a lot of mistakes, visual artists who work in print making. Also, is a fish fry one of those events that are inherently funny? Thanks, Nikki.
Jeff found this one in one of his company's satellite offices. I guess security is only kind of their business, since their actual business is what they really need to do at work. Good thing those QMs were there to clarify.
I guess if your definition of party includes things that are more fun than trying on shoes, then this would be a "party". (also, immaculate conception is the best name for a school ever.) Thanks, Sheryl.
Alyssa and I grew up in the same church, and when she posted this photo from her spring break on facebook, people were all over it (when this blog was featured in my hometown paper, church people were all over that too). My favorite part is actually the elipsis. Like something was left out between thank you and MGMT.
Lane saw this one in Gainesville. I'm not sure, but the tone of the sign makes me think the management are being intentionally sarcastic - they aren't sorry at all and want you to know it! I'm sure that's a good way to get tips.
I updated a few things recently. I made the FAQ reflect the fact that I am now about 6 weeks behind on reviewing submissions. Thanks for your patience.
Also, a few people complained about the obtuse legal language I cribbed from another website. I have put up a more plain, clear disclaimer that I hope clarifies things. If any of you are lawyers and feeling generous, I will accept free legal advice at any time.
ok, everyone in the universe is sending this to me, and it appears to be all over the internet. I don't know whose picture it is. I think it's funny, but fits more in the genre of PAN which is why I didn't post it right away. So if you haven't seen it already, enjoy.
Dave saw this in Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand. I will admit that countries that don't use our letters should not be held to the same standards, but it is still in question whether their beer is actually draught, and to what degree they are closed.
I think this is a good way to indicate that your parking is not generally enforced. Submitter Thalassa thinks it might mean that it is enforced by letting the air out of your tires and sending ninjas after you. I doubt it, but I might not risk it either.
Please send your submissions via email to bethanykeeley (at) gmail.com. I look at them all, but it might take a while to get to yours -- sorry! I love you all, but I only have so much energy in a day.
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I don't usually post the following: newspaper headlines, personal email, craigslist postings, unprofessional websites. I also tend to not crosspost things from other blogs, since I have so much unique material waiting for me to get to it.
Things I see a lot: silica gel "do not eat"; hair dryer labels; inside the bus "do not drill"; Wal-mart sign about IDs; coffee machine with "2" cup sizes; employees must "wash hands"; that failblog post.