Emily will soon be a fellow alumna of Calvin College, and saw this in Royal Oak, MI. I don't know if this place is a store or not, or if it is for teachers (too bad the apostrophe is there, or one might think they SELL teachers, which would be funnier).
Marc, a New Yorker, ate at this place in Tokyo. He claims the sushi was better than any he experienced in New York, but I wonder if that, combined with the quotation marks, is a commentary on the quality of American sushi compared to Japanese...
Lori spotted this one at a Georgia Flea Market. It confuses me on multiple levels, the most basic being, what are they really selling? The most pertinent being, how many knives does a person really need?
This is from Anita and her boyfriend. I assume the quotation marks around "Please print your name" are a reference to the catchy song called that, which is all about checking in at apartment buildings...
Scott sent me this. The best part, clearly, is the explanation of what the (alleged) alarm (allegedly) sounds like. whoop, whoop (with comma). However, if you hear that noise, it may be a very reserved person cheering.
Ok, this doesn't exactly fall under the rubric of this blog, but that's why I wanted to post it. Because those are clearly pencils. Awesome. What's unnecessary here is the absurdist labeling. Thanks, Julia.
RPA writes, "i spotted this in an office i visited recently and happened to have a camera on me so i snapped a picture. i resisted the urge to add some sarcastic punctuation around the handwritten note... i have to admit, though, that the coffee was better than the last time i was there..." I guess you can rinse it with lukewarm water at any point.
There is I guess a subway knockoff where you can pay for this food that is on the borderline of being called popcorn, although I don't know why you would. Thanks, Ruth, who spotted this inside Walmart.
Andrew writes, "Does this mean it is working or does the second set of quotes offset the first? Finally, I decided that the sign maker was trying to make it look like the words Not working were vibrating." My thought: this is like when my mom had a dessert that was really awesome and told me I "wouldn't like it."
Diane writes, "We encountered this sign at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Since the door back to the building had locked behind us, this was our only way out, but based on the sign we weren't sure if there was an alarm or not. So, we climbed over, which I'm sure the gate found very 'alarming'."
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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.