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notgillcup
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[lol]

Or, perhaps toilets spewing water at people, or slamming down their lids at awkward moments - that would be pretty unsociable.

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quote:
Originally posted by notgillcup:
Yeah, I've always thought those [speed zone] signs were weird. Couldn't a different phrase be used to more accurately convey the intended meaning? Speed Limit Changes or Limit Change Ahead, or something like that. Or Lower Speed Ahead, or Slow Down Soon. Or simply Slow Down (as I think - but I could be wrong - the signs refer to a zone where the speed limit is lowered).

It seems like different states might use different signs to convey that message. In North Carolina the signs usually read something like "Begin 35 500 feet ahead," which I was used to, but someone not familiar with them would probably find confusing. California (or at least this city) has signs that are much clearer in my opinion; they simply read "25 zone ahead."

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quote:
Originally posted by notgillcup:
[lol]

Or, perhaps toilets spewing water at people, or slamming down their lids at awkward moments - that would be pretty unsociable.

[lol]

My imagination's gone crazy! Getting an image of gangs of rogue toilets mugging old ladies, flushing unsuspecting bystanders and waving their lids in a menacing manner!

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notgillcup
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quote:
Originally posted by WildaBeast:
quote:
Originally posted by notgillcup:
Yeah, I've always thought those [speed zone] signs were weird. Couldn't a different phrase be used to more accurately convey the intended meaning? Speed Limit Changes or Limit Change Ahead, or something like that. Or Lower Speed Ahead, or Slow Down Soon. Or simply Slow Down (as I think - but I could be wrong - the signs refer to a zone where the speed limit is lowered).

It seems like different states might use different signs to convey that message. In North Carolina the signs usually read something like "Begin 35 500 feet ahead," which I was used to, but someone not familiar with them would probably find confusing. California (or at least this city) has signs that are much clearer in my opinion; they simply read "25 zone ahead."
Yeah, now that you mention it, I've seen some signs like that as well. "XX zone ahead" is so much clearer. Maybe the generic "Speed Zone Ahead" signs are used when there isn't enough money in the budget to spring for the fancier, more specific signs [lol] . I've lived and/or travelled in many states, and haven't really noticed a pattern, but I wasn't looking for one ... I was probably going too fast to take notice, anyway. [Wink]
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It's always been sort of odd to me anyway. It seems a sign saying "Speed Limit" at the spot where the 35 MPH limits starts would be good enough. I guess it's just an extra warning.

Around here, as with most cities, I'm sure, it seems like it's more of a suggestion anyway more than an actual law. [Wink]

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The little shop in Walthamstow bus station has just got a machine for Slush Puppy iced drinks (actually not that brand, but similar ice and syrup mixed by churning machine). The sign they have put up is rather more disturbing :

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Slash Puppy Drink Here
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quote:
Originally posted by Victoria J:
The little shop in Walthamstow bus station has just got a machine for Slush Puppy iced drinks (actually not that brand, but similar ice and syrup mixed by churning machine). The sign they have put up is rather more disturbing :

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Slash Puppy Drink Here
Victoria J - Glad to be vegetarian.
Don't slashed puppies belong in Glurge? [Big Grin]

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Victoria J
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Well slashing puppies to make soft drinks has to be worse than bonsai kittens...

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I saw a sign last night on a fire exit stating "Warning - door alarmed" and the first thing that popped into my head was that it must have been frightened by some anti social toilets. [Big Grin]

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That's going to stay in my head for days now! [lol]

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On the "speed zone" subject:

Iowa uses "Speed Zone Ahead" most of the time. Minnesota seems to prefer "Reduced Speed Ahead". My wife, a MN native, always thought the IA signs were weird, but I grew up with them so it was normal to me...

My assumption is that these date back from the days of unposted speed limits in rural areas. It's my understanding that at one point, the speed limit on rural Iowa roads was "as fast as conditions allow". So "speed zone ahead" makes more sense in that context: it's saying that coming up ahead is a speed-restricted zone.

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notgillcup
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quote:
Originally posted by Stoneage Dinosaur:
I saw a sign last night on a fire exit stating "Warning - door alarmed" and the first thing that popped into my head was that it must have been frightened by some anti social toilets. [Big Grin]

Okay, that's the second time in two days that you have made me literally laugh out loud at my computer screen - before I even received the keyboard you owe me from yesterday. This silliness has got to stop. Stop, I say!

Rehcsif - I think you are probably correct about the signs.

To sort of go off topic, even Reduced Speed Ahead (I think I've seen those too) is also somewhat unclear. The speed limit is what is reduced. Reduced Speed Ahead sort of sounds like the vehicle's speed will somehow be automatically reduced, and the sign is saying to the driver "just so you know...". Hopefully, it is difficult enough to get a driving license to prevent anyone who really believed that was possible from being able to drive.

I know. I'm splitting hairs. [fish] But it is fun to think of alternate meanings of signs.

not"always sociable in the toilet"gillcup

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The signs along my commute used to say Reduced Speed Ahead. But this morning, I noticed that they were replaced by big yellow warning triangles with a picture of a speed limit sign inside. It's much clearer for the hairsplitters, but darned if my first thought wasn't that the sign meant "Warning! Dangerous signs ahead!"

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notgillcup
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Hairsplitters? I resemble that remark.

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darned if my first thought wasn't that the sign meant "Warning! Dangerous signs ahead!"
[lol]
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Wow, ok, I'm not going to read through 22 pages of signs here, so I don't know if something like this was posted or not. But...

In my home town there is a sign that says "No signs allowed on this Corner". O_o

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A business in northwest Arkansas -
"Beaver Lake Taxidermy and Kennel"

"Hi, I'm here to pick my German Shep - OH MY GOD, NOOOOO!"

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Just remembered a couple more while reading through the thread (ok, changed my mind and did read it all ^_^ ).

There's a place along a highway in MN called Charlie's Tubing. The name is painted on the front of a huge garage type building (where, apparently, Charlie rents out tubes and such to go down the river). The problem is, in the middle of the building, there is a huge garage door and the Tubing part is painted over it. So when the door is open, it looks like this:

CHARLIE'S
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TU| |NG

*cough* charlie's bi tung??? Good to know. O_o

In a mid-sized town in central MN, there is an auto shop called "Larry's Hydraulic Hose". [Eek!] I don't care to hear about his hose...

In the same town there is a funeral parlor called "Cease Funeral Home". Nice.

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quote:
Originally posted by tuff_gong:
A business in northwest Arkansas -
"Beaver Lake Taxidermy and Kennel"

"Hi, I'm here to pick my German Shep - OH MY GOD, NOOOOO!"

You are a bad, bad person. You also owe me a new keyboard.

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Well today I took a different route to work and found a full size billboard sign for a new Thai restaurant in town. Now usually, I don't read many billboards, but the rather "happy" looking woman and the name of the place caught my eye.

The name of the new place was Phuket.

How do you pronounce that? I can think of two ways, neither of which would be something I would say in public.

ETA: I found it on Wiki: Phuket
... so evidently it is pronounced Poo ket. It still gets you as you pass the sign...

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I took this one yesterday in Concord, NH.

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Here's the full picture

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I saw this on the side of a truck. I guess it makes sense, I just wonder why someone decided to combine these two things in their business.

Dog and Archery Supplies

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For Sale by Owner always gets me. I saw it on a car today and thought, well who the hell else would be selling the car? someone who doesn't own it?

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quote:
Originally posted by Turbo Snail:
For Sale by Owner always gets me. I saw it on a car today and thought, well who the hell else would be selling the car? someone who doesn't own it?

A family member? A broker? A friend while the owner is out of state/country?

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I've seen that sign on houses before and always assumed that it meant the owners were selling it without an agent. I guess on a car it just means that it's not going through a car lot.

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I don't know if I already posted this (and I wanted to verify again) that this one company's name is...

Screws & more

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quote:
Originally posted by tribrats' taxi service:
I took this one yesterday in Concord, NH.

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Here's the full picture

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The full picture makes sense. It's a divided highway, I assume. One way on this side of the median, one way (the opposite direction) on that side of the median. The signs may be poorly placed, but they make sense to me, assuming I'm correct, which I should really never do.

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quote:
Originally posted by Turbo Snail:
For Sale by Owner always gets me. I saw it on a car today and thought, well who the hell else would be selling the car? someone who doesn't own it?

That reminds me, my mother was telling me she once saw a "For Sale by Owner" sign on a church that cracked her up.

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quote:
Originally posted by Purple Cow:
That reminds me, my mother was telling me she once saw a "For Sale by Owner" sign on a church that cracked her up.

Wow...I'd hate to be the one responsible for getting a good deal in that transaction.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ligeia:
I saw this on the side of a truck. I guess it makes sense, I just wonder why someone decided to combine these two things in their business.

Dog and Archery Supplies

Reminds me of those Gary Larson "trouble brewing" cartoons - I think there is one with a falconry convention, next to a minature dog convention.

Victoria J.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ligeia:
I saw this on the side of a truck. I guess it makes sense, I just wonder why someone decided to combine these two things in their business.

Dog and Archery Supplies

Bow hunters?

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quote:
Originally posted by tribrats' taxi service:
I took this one yesterday in Concord, NH.

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I've no idea what the sign on the left, below the one way sign, is for.
It looks like you have to move to the right to avoid an oncoming bullet! [Wink]

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Originally posted by jw:

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I've no idea what the sign on the left, below the one way sign, is for.
It looks like you have to move to the right to avoid an oncoming bullet! [Wink]

Exactly!!!

Nah, it just means there's a road divider/center island ahead that traffic must go to the right of.

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quote:
Originally posted by Squishy0405:
I don't know if I already posted this (and I wanted to verify again) that this one company's name is...

Screws & more

Squi "I sure hope I don't BLOW their cover" shy

There used to be a company in my work complex that was called "American Bolt & Screw."

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Not a sign, but our local paper had an interview with a farmer about the hot, dry weather we've been having and included this typo'd line:

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[Farmer Smith] says that between the dry weather and the heat, he hasn't had a real crap in four years.


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I saw a sign for Budweiser:

.99 cent 24 oz Budweiser Family Cans

"Fun for the whole family" eh?
My son will never want juice again!

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