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Old 23 November 2007, 05:23 PM
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Reading Danger: These signs may cause excessive laughter

We're not sure what makes linguistic gaffes so funny. They just are. From the well-intentioned but mangled message to intentional roadside levity, a simple sign can elicit unexpected laughs.

Now, a second published compilation, Signspotting 2: More Absurd & Amusing Signs From Around the World is in stores.

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/...ky-signs_N.htm
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Old 23 November 2007, 05:55 PM
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My favorites are the marquee at a KFC that read:

Drive-thru
Buffet
Open

and, at an open-air market near Ensenada, Mexico:

We cheat less here!

Then I remembered this one, posted at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Please do not flash the octipus.

(I keep thinking, okay, the other fish are okay with nudity, but apparently octipus are prudes?)

Last edited by LyndaD; 23 November 2007 at 05:57 PM. Reason: because I remembered the octipus
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Old 17 January 2008, 01:35 PM
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Then I remembered this one, posted at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Please do not flash the octipus.

(I keep thinking, okay, the other fish are okay with nudity, but apparently octipus are prudes?)
Maybe they're just looking out for the safety of male patrons. I hate to think what might happen ...
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Old 20 January 2008, 05:56 PM
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This one is in my home town. Sorry it's a little dark, I took this pic at night and across a road.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...gnsAllowed.jpg


And where I went to college, there was a "Cease Funural Home."
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Old 20 January 2008, 06:04 PM
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I took this at at a Popeyes near US-17 and I-95 in Virginia:



Yep, once you taste Popeyes flava, you'll never buy 11, get 11 free!

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And where I went to college, there was a "Cease Funural Home."
One of my best friends from high school is a funeral director, and his last name is Cease. There aren't any colleges around his funeral home, though... the closest ones are 20-ish miles away, and they're small. It's #7 on this page.

ETA: Is it this outfit? They're in Minnesota.
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Old 20 January 2008, 06:22 PM
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ETA: Is it this outfit? They're in Minnesota.
Yes, that it! The one I was talking about was in Bemidji. Thanks for finding that.
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Old 22 July 2008, 03:02 AM
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I took this at at a Popeyes near US-17 and I-95 in Virginia:



Yep, once you taste Popeyes flava, you'll never buy 11, get 11 free!



One of my best friends from high school is a funeral director, and his last name is Cease. There aren't any colleges around his funeral home, though... the closest ones are 20-ish miles away, and they're small. It's #7 on this page.

ETA: Is it this outfit? They're in Minnesota.
It's probably like Safeway. You buy 22 and get charged for 22 and say...hey...

And they say it is buy eleven!!!
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I don't have pics, but there's a restaurant in Lake City, FL called "Fu King Chinese Food." That has to be intentional.

There's a plastic surgery clinic here in Gainesville called "Poser Plastic Surgery."
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Old 22 July 2008, 07:55 AM
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Then I remembered this one, posted at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Please do not flash the octipus.

(I keep thinking, okay, the other fish are okay with nudity, but apparently octipus are prudes?)
I'm really late on this, but you remembering this made me laugh. Because when I was there with my mother, the first thing I did after seeing the sign was to nudge her and pretend to lift up my shirt. What made it wonderful was when 3 high school aged kids came up behind us and one of the girls promptly nudged her friend and pretended to lift up her shirt. Great minds and all that. Made me giggle all day.
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Old 23 July 2008, 07:13 PM
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I'm really late on this, but you remembering this made me laugh. Because when I was there with my mother, the first thing I did after seeing the sign was to nudge her and pretend to lift up my shirt. What made it wonderful was when 3 high school aged kids came up behind us and one of the girls promptly nudged her friend and pretended to lift up her shirt. Great minds and all that. Made me giggle all day.
Are you sure that the sign isn't actually a very clever ruse by an octopus who likes nudity ?

They do say they're intelligent.

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This isn't really a gaffe, more of incongruousness, but it's amusing to me. Right after the second to last exit before the missing bridge on 35W is a sign reading "freeway ends - 4 1/2 miles". Then about two miles later, in a section of the road that has two lanes and an exit lane are two signs: the first reads "left lane ends" and the second reads "right lane ends".
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Old 23 November 2007, 07:49 PM
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I guess his would be aas good a place as any to mention that I'm giving a sermon at my church in January the theme of which is based on a "mangled English" sign someone posted on here a while back: "Beware of Safety".

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Old 23 November 2007, 08:10 PM
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Around here, there are lots of cemeteries that started out as private family burial places, and became public cemeteries, but are named for the original family, eg, "The Smith Cemetery."

I am not making this up: about 10 miles from my house, there's a cemetery called "The Gross Cemetery."
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Old 24 November 2007, 02:14 AM
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O.K. the best I saw was a sign for daycare. The sign - exclaimed love, hugs,educational games and snakes
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Old 24 November 2007, 02:22 AM
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I'm sure it's been posted on Snopes before, but when looking for funny signs, let us not forget the ever hilarious engrish.
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Old 24 November 2007, 03:22 AM
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I've seen a lot of funny signs in my lifetime:

On the door of a sushi restaurant: "Closed Today - Gone Fishing."

At a Christian Science nursing home: "Thou Shalt Not Trespass."

A sign at the entrance to the aviary at my workplace: "Do not look directly up with your mouth open."

- Pseudo "sign of the times" Croat
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Old 24 November 2007, 04:32 AM
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Around here, there are lots of cemeteries that started out as private family burial places, and became public cemeteries, but are named for the original family, eg, "The Smith Cemetery."

I am not making this up: about 10 miles from my house, there's a cemetery called "The Gross Cemetery."
I have no problem believing this. The local cemetery is Smith Mountain Cemetery (the mountain being named after a family), and I know a family whos last name is Gross.
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Old 24 November 2007, 10:10 AM
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Macheath and I were driving to the ranger station at the Okefenokee Swamp Park in south Georgia when we passed a sign that warned "Blind Bus Drivers Turn Here."
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Old 24 November 2007, 05:05 PM
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When I lived in Newport RI, there were 2 large cemeteries at the cross roads of Pergitory Way and Salvation Road.
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Old 29 November 2007, 05:42 PM
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Around here, there are lots of cemeteries that started out as private family burial places, and became public cemeteries, but are named for the original family, eg, "The Smith Cemetery."

I am not making this up: about 10 miles from my house, there's a cemetery called "The Gross Cemetery."
Proving that alternative lifestyles are A-OK in NE PA, there is (or at least was) a company called "Gay Monument Works." And it was right next to "Gay Auto Sales," so you could buy a homosexual vehicle to drive your homosexual monument home!
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