Eric writes, "I work in the Department of Veteran's Affairs Building in Sacramento (though not for that agency, curiously) and in the foyer, this sign was above the glass display, "welcoming" veterans." If my experience with bureaucracy is any measure, this sign is relatively accurate.
Josh acknowledges that people do actually use this staircase in both directions. If they really meant to only go down, the direction to stay right would make less sense, in fact. Which leads to my next question: why post the sign at all?
James writes, "I saw this at a market in Flinders, near Melbourne (Australia). My mind's been racing ever since, trying to figure exactly what they're selling.. and to whom." I wonder how my boyfriend would feel about being called "pet" from now on. If it means he gets treats... (Just kidding, Justin)
Another Bethany writes "When we moved, someone left this 'gift' for our four day old son." I am impressed that the kid is already working under an assumed name. I'd get rid of the bill, it's probably going to explode to keep him from fulfilling his destiny saving the world.
Summar saw this in IL. So, um, it's not in china, I guess. Actually, this sign reminded me of this fascinating video of a lecture about the history of "Chinese" food in America. It would be funny if in the restaurant they actually had, like, Japanese food, or Thai or something.
Ok, so either the end quotes after limits are a mistake, or the ones at the end are. Is it really a gym? ARE THERE LIMITS? and then there's a slogan with more quotation marks for good measure. This is really an excellent specimen. Thanks to Maggie and her friend, who saw this on Grand Turk Island.
Norma spotted this one at her kid's school in Plymouth, MA. She writes, "I must say, the quotation marks may not be entirely unnecessary in this instance, as the sound of the door unlocking is actually more akin to a gunshot than a 'click,' in my opinion."
Laura writes, "I got this sticker after donating to the Crimestoppers Fundraising campaign. I feel a little uneasy about it now, as it has made me doubt my place in this community." I wonder whose community is unsafe?
Colleen cracked me up with this email: "I saw this guy at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston recently. It's a sculpture of a Chinese demon, but it inspired my boyfriend to immediately say, "Those air quotes are totally unnecessary." So of course I'm sending it to you."
So, this is supposed to be like a script for a performance art piece. The quotation marks are your part, so when somebody says "create your own" everyone is supposed to say "no" and then they will say it again. It's about the revolution, just go with it. Thanks, Sean.
Rob, Rebecca and Dustin all signed this email, so evidently this photo was a group effort. This booth was selling some kind of foodstuff at a gun show. Who knows what they are going to do to those poor veterans afterward though.
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.