Kelly's dad, Wayne, took this picture at his marina. She adds this story: "He actually spoke to the man who had written the sign, and apparently the addition of quotation marks was in response to how many people came up to ask him whether the gate was, in fact, closed, as he was writing the sign that told them so." What? That makes no sense and I love it.
I've been slow on the posting because I've been busy celebrating the holiday with my family and friends in Michigan, but I haven't forgotten all you blog-lovers. Thanks for making my life so surreal, and happy holidays.
This was submitted by Bethany who also submitted my all-time favorite, "security guard". I like to believe that this is the first in a set of traffic signs which contain the body of the poem, "Watch for Cyclist"
I think we've seen this before, but I wanted to make sure we all had an opportunity to propose activities that could be covered under "hey boss, i'm gonna go 'wash my hands.'" Thanks, Dana, who saw this at Smoothie King.
Rob saw this at a golf course snack shop. Maybe the "tip" is acknowledging that while it makes sense to tip a barrista who makes your complicated coffee drink, tipping for a coke out of the cooler is really charity.
Desiree explains that this is black and white because "my husband is a goofball" which is probably my favorite part. However, I also wonder what they are pumping into the cars, and if it applies to people who have cards but don't want to use them.
Allie's friend got married at a vineyard and this was in the bride's room there. Allie and I like the extra emphasis on the word "RAIL" as though there might be something else tempting to hold onto. I also like to pretend they are referring to a part of somebody's foot and not shoes when they ask you to remove heels. Demanding stairs.
Sushigrade passes this Ithaca farmstand regularly and writes, "Actually, judging from the size of the cauliflower I picked up there, they may be the "pumpkins" to which the sign refers. They're huge!" Or maybe they also sell plastic decorative produce?
Chris writes, "I was doing laundry in my military dorm building, at a location where I just recently relocated to, and noticed this sign posted on the wall above the dryer machines." Nevermind reminders about cooking in the laundry room, but what are these things euphemisms for?
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.
If you want your picture to make the blog DO NOT @tweet them, or leave them in a comment. I need them all in the same place. Make sure your emails are easily distinguishable from spam or viruses (I use gmail web interface, so images get previews).
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.