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Izzy Quigley
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At a fast food restaurant somewhere in the midwest, I saw a sign which wouldn't have been strange except that the line breaks were in odd places and there was no punctuation:

CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED
BY ADULT BURGER
KING NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS

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JimYanni
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quote:
Originally posted by jw:
a street in gorey, wexford, ireland
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which way can you go?
can anyone make sense of this?

Possibly. I wouldn't want to be money on it (not even a quarter) but if I had to guess, I'd guess that the sign on the right has been turned 180 degrees and should be facing the oncoming traffic; it would be telling them (accurately enough) that they can't go straight ahead, and they can't turn left. That would leave the sign on the left for the traffic moving in the direction we are facing, saying that we can't go forward, and can't turn right (also accurate.)
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jw
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quote:
I'd guess that the sign on the right has been turned 180 degrees and should be facing the oncoming traffic; it would be telling them (accurately enough) that they can't go straight ahead, and they can't turn left. That would leave the sign on the left for the traffic moving in the direction we are facing, saying that we can't go forward, and can't turn right (also accurate.)
If this was right they can't go straight ahead because you can see the no entry paint on the road but they can turn right(allowing for 180 degree turn), as its a two way main street. I don't have the answer either. This was posted on our national radio station's website in the hope that someone could provide an answer. I'll be in wexford the weekend after next and will check out this street.
can anyone else spot something?

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
On the back of a truck (carrying grain?) I passed on the freeway today:

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I heard this in my mind with a nice robotic voice [Smile]

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dlloyd
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Might need to be British to appreciate this...

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jw
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not british but [Big Grin] top drawer!

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I got it, and I'm not British. Or European, for that matter. Funny, though. [Big Grin]

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Michael Churchill
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quote:
Originally posted by JimYanni:
quote:
Originally posted by jw:
a street in gorey, wexford, ireland
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which way can you go?
can anyone make sense of this?

Possibly. I wouldn't want to be money on it (not even a quarter) but if I had to guess, I'd guess that the sign on the right has been turned 180 degrees and should be facing the oncoming traffic; it would be telling them (accurately enough) that they can't go straight ahead, and they can't turn left. That would leave the sign on the left for the traffic moving in the direction we are facing, saying that we can't go forward, and can't turn right (also accurate.)
I'd agree. The signs on the other side of the junction (which are all you'd see if you stopped at the line) agree with the signs on the left hand pole. Similarly if approaching from the opposite direction, there ought to be some signs on this side for when you're stopped at the line and the signs that we can see on the right hand pole would be correct (if they were facing the other way).

Got that?

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Don Enrico
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quote:
Originally posted by dlloyd:
Might need to be British to appreciate this...

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I'm European, but i don't get it...

ETA quote

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Em
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quote:
Originally posted by Don Enrico:
quote:
Originally posted by dlloyd:
Might need to be British to appreciate this...

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I'm European, but i don't get it...

ETA quote

Fanny = UK slang term for female genitalia.

ETA: Muffin = US(?) slang term for female genitalia.

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Don Enrico
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Aaaah!

Thanks, Em!

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JimYanni
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If this was right they can't go straight ahead because you can see the no entry paint on the road but they can turn right(allowing for 180 degree turn), as its a two way main street. I don't have the answer either. This was posted on our national radio station's website in the hope that someone could provide an answer. I'll be in wexford the weekend after next and will check out this street!

Oops! Missed the two-way traffic; when I looked at it (obviously not carefully enough) it looked one-way.

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Em
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My take on the street signs:
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As a couple of people have said, I think the signs have been rotated, but not by 180°. Rather, the "No Turn" signs should be visible from the two-way street but have been turned 90° to be visible from the one-way street.

In my second picture I've drawn the "No Turn" signs as if they were mounted on separate poles to make it clearer which direction I think they're supposed to be viewed from. The only ones you should be able to see from the photo POV are the "No Straight Ahead" signs.

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jw
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great diagram em, and it makes sense if this is case. But you're saying only one sign has been turned on each of the the two nearest signs?
seems a bit mischievous. no?
as i said earlier i'll be in wexford the weekend after easter and for sure i'm going to check out and ask about these signs

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Em
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If street signs are constructed there the same way they are here, it's possible to turn the individual signs on a pole, but not to turn the entire pole itself because it's concreted into the ground. It would actually be easier to turn only one sign on each pole because you wouldn't have to climb up to reach the top ones. The fact that turning only one sign adds to the confusion is just an added bonus.

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Once I was passing by a restaurant in my hometown called 'Colonial Ica Cream' and only the letter 'colon' were lit up.
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GrubbMeister
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Travelling north on I-77 entering VA, for several years up until about a year or two ago, Virginia had an enormous white sign to welcome travellers into their lovely state, and to bid them to enjoy their time there. Ironically, it had huge yellow lettering across the top, and the friendly message read "EXILE" and perhaps displayed a few handgun graphics to the sides. While the traveller might become confused (or annoyed) with such a greeting as this, thinking the word EXILE means they will be forced to leave and not return, below in black lettering, the sign explained that having an illegal weapon in your possession could make your stay in Virginia, shall we say, most welcome. With such an item you could spend up to 5 or 10 years in some of their finest accomodations [i.e. complete with bed, meals three times a day, time in the courtyard, and visitation priviledges, but you must provide your own soap-on-a-rope].

Where I come from, EXILE isn't just another pretty word, it has a specific meaning such as "leave and don't come back". Ironically, where I come from is Virginia, and I paid enough attention to graduate with honors from their educational system.

In the face of so many ironies, someone finally took down the sign, and a new one appears within the same stretch, SPEED LIMIT ENFORCED BY AIRCRAFT, a program which proved entirely too costly in even its initial stages to be justified by the few petty speeding tickets they issued after identifying speeders and coordinating on-the-ground apprehension of minor traffic violators. Nevertheless, someone decided it would make a friendly first impression for travellers entering their lovely state.

Travel another 30 minutes northward, and with farmland on either side, a new sign informs travellers they are "Entering Virginia's Technological Corridor". I have left the state, but found these signs immensely amusing, and believe I am qualified to issue opinions in good fun.

Perhaps a new sign needs to be put up to inform travellers upon entering the Commonwealth, "WARNING: Geological Depressions May Appear To Us As Anatomical Features." This would be loosely translated, "We can't tell our butts from holes in the ground."

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L
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quote:
Originally posted by Em:
If street signs are constructed there the same way they are here, it's possible to turn the individual signs on a pole, but not to turn the entire pole itself because it's concreted into the ground. It would actually be easier to turn only one sign on each pole because you wouldn't have to climb up to reach the top ones. The fact that turning only one sign adds to the confusion is just an added bonus.

Although in this case it's clearly a case of the wrong sign being used. To rotate the sign round so a right hand turn is indicated, the red line through the middle would also be rotated. Therefore that must be a no right turn sign.

Of course someone could have taken it from another junction and swapped them that way.

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NFBSK warning :)NFBSK warning :)NFBSK warning :)NFBSK warning :)NFBSK warning :)NFBSK warning [Smile]


I giggled inside when I walked by a nail shop today and some lettering said in red "WE DO FACIALS"

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WildaBeast
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quote:
Originally posted by L:
quote:
Originally posted by Em:
If street signs are constructed there the same way they are here, it's possible to turn the individual signs on a pole, but not to turn the entire pole itself because it's concreted into the ground. It would actually be easier to turn only one sign on each pole because you wouldn't have to climb up to reach the top ones. The fact that turning only one sign adds to the confusion is just an added bonus.

Although in this case it's clearly a case of the wrong sign being used. To rotate the sign round so a right hand turn is indicated, the red line through the middle would also be rotated. Therefore that must be a no right turn sign.

Of course someone could have taken it from another junction and swapped them that way.

I think you misunderstand, L. The theory being put forth here is not that the signs were rotated about the X axis, making a no left turn sign into a no right turn sign (Or would that be the Z axis?). Rather, the signs were rotated about the Y axis, making a sign that was supposed to be visable to traffic coming from the other way visable from the point of view of the picture.

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L
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quote:
Originally posted by WildaBeast:
quote:
Originally posted by L:
quote:
Originally posted by Em:
If street signs are constructed there the same way they are here, it's possible to turn the individual signs on a pole, but not to turn the entire pole itself because it's concreted into the ground. It would actually be easier to turn only one sign on each pole because you wouldn't have to climb up to reach the top ones. The fact that turning only one sign adds to the confusion is just an added bonus.

Although in this case it's clearly a case of the wrong sign being used. To rotate the sign round so a right hand turn is indicated, the red line through the middle would also be rotated. Therefore that must be a no right turn sign.

Of course someone could have taken it from another junction and swapped them that way.

I think you misunderstand, L. The theory being put forth here is not that the signs were rotated about the X axis, making a no left turn sign into a no right turn sign (Or would that be the Z axis?). Rather, the signs were rotated about the Y axis, making a sign that was supposed to be visable to traffic coming from the other way visable from the point of view of the picture.
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The other possibility with the no turn/no straight signs is that they're intended for their lane only.

IE from the left lane, you can't go straight, and you can't turn right. From the right lane, you can't go straight and you can't go left.

Sort of the negative version of "Left Turn Only Right Turn Only" signs you occasionally see in the US.

Henry

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A road sign near my in-laws gives you a choice of having water or not:

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I just thought this sign was funny...instant death AND a fine? Could things be any worse?

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I just thought this sign was funny...instant death AND a fine? Could things be any worse?

~Monica

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A KFC near my house has been sporting this sign for a few weeks:

FREEFAMILY
MASH

I'm not sure I even want to know what a "family mash" is.

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JimYanni
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quote:
Originally posted by YudanTaiteki:
A KFC near my house has been sporting this sign for a few weeks:

FREEFAMILY
MASH

I'm not sure I even want to know what a "family mash" is.

I speak whatever language that is: A "Family Mash" is a family sized order of mashed potatoes.
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The name of a business in southern NH, USA -

Just Crafts
&
More

Curiously, how can they just have crafts AND more at the same time?

I've also seen a store called, similarly:

Only Auto Parts
&
More

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There is a sewing shop in my neighborhood which is called "Make It Sew".

For some reason, the first thing that always comes to my mind is Captain Picard stitching embroidery.... [Big Grin]

Melanie [fish]

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This picture isn't mine and I can't get it to appear so this will have to do: I stayed here last year.
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quote:
Originally posted by PrincessLeia:
This picture isn't mine and I can't get it to appear so this will have to do: I stayed here last year.

I must stay there the next time I go to Tallinn.

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OK, I don't need to do my ab workout today after reading this entire thread. [lol]

I used to go to this K-Mart that had several glass doors, half for entering and half for exiting, as many stores do. All the doors had signs that said, "Welcome to KMart," but half the doors also had signs that said, "Do Not Enter." Just didn't think it was very welcoming.

And while I knew what this next sign meant, it was funnier to take it at its word. At a camp I stayed at, the chef and the assistant chef had their own cabins. Outside one of the cabins was a sign: "Ass Chef"

Brillo ~I guess that's the chef who tosses the salads~ Bee

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jw
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quote:
Originally posted by PrincessLeia:
This picture isn't mine and I can't get it to appear so this will have to do: I stayed here last year.

Running hot and cold women. [lol]

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I worked at a movie theater when the movie "Remember the Titans" came out. The whole name didn't fit on the board so it was shortened to "Remember the Tit".

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There's a barbeque place not far from here that advertises "Mad Cows, Pissed off Pigs, and Upset Chickens" their ad in the phone book says they have the best food this side of prison.

A little mom and pop store in Seattle has handlettered on a railroad tie "NO Parkin Toein Way Zone"

In San Diego there's a DOT sign on I-5 that says "Cruise Ships Use Airport Exit" I lived ther for nine years and never saw a cruise ship driving on I-5.

Also in San Diego inside the parking structure at UCSD Medical Center was a sign saying "Street Level Enforced 24 hours"

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