Monday, January 31, 2011

so real estate crash, eh?

We're looking at you, can't-get-a-mortgage. Put your imaginary penthouse "here." Thanks, Suzanne.

your "upstairs" apartment

Emily was left this sign (which would also fit well on PAN). If her apartment is not really upstairs, maybe she doesn't need to worry so much about how loud she walks.

real "cold"

Sarah saw this weather forecast in the Grand Canyon on Dec 31. Another shot she sent me reveals that their idea of "cold" weather is a high of 17F and a low of -12F. I can only imagine what they think really cold weather is!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

in "australia"

This was embroidered in a mysterious place that is similar to australia. Likely with cheaper labor. Thanks, Kristinn.

"reasonably priced"

I guess this restaurant is on the pricy side. Thanks, Taylor and family.

mystery trail

Deidre spotted these two signs in Curacao. I guess this trail has a secret name that they aren't going to tell you.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

or do what you think is best

David and Amy sent me this, and they "assumed that we should probably break down the door..." I think that sounds reasonable.

so naptime

I assume that a "tuesday" occurs whenever you really need a break. Thanks, Joleen.

in what sense real?

Brian suggests this might be mississippi mud.

Friday, January 28, 2011

it is SO "ours"

So they bought this honey from kroger. Thanks, Emily!

"visit" us

Yeah come for a "visit." We will "definitely" let you leave. Thanks, Kim.

"air systems"

I guess they are really, uh, water systems? Thanks Brian.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

wink wink

"Don't touch that stuff" got it? In another language also. Thanks, Courtney.

not totally crime free

I mean, the part where we rob you, that's sort of a crime. Thanks, Chris.

a "donation" as it were

You know, a mandatory "donation." For "protection." Thanks, Jenna.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"famous" to me anyway

So those tacos aren't remotely famous, and I guess after noon, it's probably not breakfast anymore. Technically. Thanks, Jason.

no such thing as a free quote?

As Jon rightly points out, "This one's special because it includes the word 'quote.' And an eagle."

"auto sales"

Really the best deals are at a mysterious place with a code name. Deal with it. Thanks, Brian.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


You know, some of the best reading I ever did that messed with my ideas about authenticity was by Umberto Eco, who is Italian. Just saying. Thanks, Jeff.

I love that famous quotation

Oh man, remember that time Mark Twain said that thing about spitting on the wall? What I really want to know is what kind of spitting epidemic required the creation of this sign? Thanks, Milo.

So it's not really made out of dog?

I'll let Phil explain this one, " I love Vietnamese food, but have the hardest time getting other caucasian friends to join me -- "OMG Vietnamese? Don't they eat cats and dogs and stuff?!" I tell 'em they're crazy...but if this sign is any indication, maybe they're on to something."

Monday, January 24, 2011

for mere mortals, that is

These tv trays are perfectly sized FOR GIANTS. Thanks, Taylor.

well, sort of hers

Carolina may have quite a mortgage on this one. Thanks, Jack.

use the "tongs"

Adam saw this in Ann Arbor, MI, where hands may be considered a type of "tong."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Go ahead, "report"

I assume what you must do if you are a visitor is show up with a tv news report of some kind. I think I'll go with something turtle-related. Thanks, T.

nearly free

Can a snack ever be truly free without a vibrant press? That's what I thought. Thanks, Julia.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"very good"

That is to say, service that fits into the category labeled "Very Good." Not some subjective measure of success! Thanks, Paul.

you know, "left or stolen"

Totally not responsible for the stuff our employees hide either. No responsibility at all. Thanks, Joe.

or toys for "our" kids

I suspect the collectors aren't so sure they want to give these toys away. Thanks, Eric.

Friday, January 21, 2011

uh, pot cookies?

My husband suggests the "cookies" are turkish delights. Thanks, Alisa.


So wait, is it a "trash can" or "not"? I'm so confused here. Thanks, Alice.

somebody must be prepared

I'm looking at "you" virgin margarita drinker. "Thanks" a lot. Real thanks to Mandy who sent this.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Alarm will something

So, is it, like 50-50 if the alarm will actually die? Thanks, Vincent.

ooo meta

I assume my book
should be on this shelf. Just sayin'. Thanks, Hopita.


You don't eat red meat you say? No problem, that's a, um, "turkey burger." Thanks Brian!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

sandpaper wash

I guess the cloths they are using for this one are kind of burlappy. Thanks, Jon.


Sara writes, "Could those quotation marks possibly mean that she really IS a customer, pretending to be an actor pretending to be a customer?!" I think so.

Sounds "special"

I guess if you work at the sydney opera house, you get some pretty high standards for what kind of events are truly special. Thanks, James.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

or do open it?

I think this window is trying to tempt you with it's winking suggestions that you open the window and let the frosty air inside. Go ahead. You'll like it. Thanks, Roger.

sounds "natural"

I suppose there's nothing natural or green about plastic bottles, maybe that's what they're talking about. Thanks, Roger!

new "beet" eh?

I'm not about to knock a perfectly good vegetable, but I can only imagine what fake beets might be made out of. Thanks, Kris.

Monday, January 17, 2011

another relevant comic

Thanks people who pointed me to this in my email and the facebook group.

famous quotation

Oh man, remember that one time that one guy said that thing about dirty clothes? Yeah me neither. Thanks, Hopita.

uh, ok

The quotation marks make this slogan seem a lot dirtier. A lot. Thanks, Matt.

some thursdays

So, this band is so awful, it plays under an assumed name. "Classic" country indeed. Thanks, R.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"no slices" eh?

I have a couple friends who are BOTH* named Sarah and they went to new york and photographed this for me. I assume that it is still ok to slice the pizza after it's cooked and stuff, otherwise it's going to be pretty hard to eat.

*I actually have more than two friends named Sarah. It's a popular name among cool people.

"man" inside

Wendy suggests that there is either a swamp-monster in here, or the writer believes gender is more ambiguous than we generally believe.