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Doc Mercury
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In Austin, there's a certain chain of auto dealers all bearing the family name of the owners. I found it rather amusing the first time I drove down the highway and saw a large sign on an easily-spotted car lot that read "Covert Ford."
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Gale
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quote:
Originally posted by Doc Mercury:
In Austin, there's a certain chain of auto dealers all bearing the family name of the owners. I found it rather amusing the first time I drove down the highway and saw a large sign on an easily-spotted car lot that read "Covert Ford."

When it comes to that, someone should explain why there is a sign for Fajita Flats restaurant in front of Ruby's BBQ.
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WildaBeast
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I saw one in front of an apartment building today. The owner had reused an old sign and taped one of those "For Rent" signs from the hardware store over it. The resulting combination of signs was completely nonsensical:

"Ask us about our For Rent"

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Fuchsia
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Just got back from vacation in NC and saw some gems there and along Route 13 through Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Earle Teat Music Not really bizarre, just an odd name.

Smurfit Store Not sure what they sell, but it is probably all blue and white.

MAD Electronics I wonder what sane ones are like.

Sign outside church: Under same management for over 2000 years

And from the misread sign category:

Pocomoke Plaza This sign was written in a font that made the "c" look like an "o", so it looked like Pooomoke Plaza

Drum Pads music store The "P" looked like a "D," so I saw it as Drum Dads

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KingDavid8
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quote:
Originally posted by Doc Mercury:
In Austin, there's a certain chain of auto dealers all bearing the family name of the owners. I found it rather amusing the first time I drove down the highway and saw a large sign on an easily-spotted car lot that read "Covert Ford."

When I was on vacation lately, I heard a radio commercial for a dealership named "Dean Stalling Ford" (not 100% certain of the first name). This was probably in Tennessee or Kentucky. I thought they should just use the dealer's last name, and be "Stalling Ford".

David

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TokuShake'n Bake-ayasu
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quote:
Originally posted by Launce:
When I was doing summer stock in Vermont, there was a diner with tons of signs all over the inside walls. Whoever made the signs seemed to think that quotation marks could be used for emphasis, and they used them a lot. (I assume they were trying to get the effect that underlining would have.) So there were lots of nonsensical signs like:

"Yes" we have egg-beaters
Try our steak "platter"
Fish "and" chips

Of course, the quotation marks made it look like they were trying to hedge their bets about some random word. This always struck as funnier than if the quotes had been around, say, steak or fish. I mean, I can imagine something being "not quite" steak, but "not quite" a platter? And do you usually get both fish and chips, but every once in a while they only give you one of them?

That reminds me of the aprons worn by the people working in my high school cafeteria:

'School food is "Good!"'

I wonder if anyone ever realized what was implied...

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Tabbymago
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There are "only service animals permitted" signs on every external door on campus.

They're all about eight inches off the ground.

Perhaps some other dogs complained?

There's also a car wash by my house called "Every Little Detail." Several of the letter have been burned out for weeks now. Doesn't inspire much confidence.

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Midgard_Dragon
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quote:
Originally posted by KingDavid8:
quote:
Originally posted by Doc Mercury:
In Austin, there's a certain chain of auto dealers all bearing the family name of the owners. I found it rather amusing the first time I drove down the highway and saw a large sign on an easily-spotted car lot that read "Covert Ford."

When I was on vacation lately, I heard a radio commercial for a dealership named "Dean Stalling Ford" (not 100% certain of the first name). This was probably in Tennessee or Kentucky. I thought they should just use the dealer's last name, and be "Stalling Ford".

David

It was more than likely East Tennessee, I hear those commercials on the radio all the time. Believe it or not, I never even *thought* about the implied meaning with the "Stalling" part. Go figure. [Razz]

ETA: Now that I think about it, the dealership name is Dean Stallings (with an s) Ford. That must be why I never caught the implied meaning. However, with some imagination Stallings Ford is still mildly funny, just nonsensical.

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Wizard of Yendor
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How about this one:

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That's on the side a of what is now a bar. It was uncovered a few days ago when they torn down the building next to it. There's no Hewitt street around here either. Remarkably well preserved if it really dates to the 1920s (the last decade Victrolas made if im reading this Wikipedia article right).

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snopes
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DawnStorm
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There is now a sign in the local dog park that reads: 'the spigot on the side of the skating rink will be turned off.' We're all confused: has it already been turned off? (no) OK, so it will be turned off once the weather turns cold (I can see why), but why say anything about it now? [Confused] Geeze! [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Originally posted by Doc Mercury:
In Austin, there's a certain chain of auto dealers all bearing the family name of the owners. I found it rather amusing the first time I drove down the highway and saw a large sign on an easily-spotted car lot that read "Covert Ford."

For many years there was a dealership in West Hartford named after the family who owned it:
Grody Chevrolet.

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Adelaide
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A sign on an espresso stand near where I live reads: "We'd like to thank our loyal customer". I guess that means me, but I didn't think I was the only one who stopped there.

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Mad Jay
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There's a Gay automotive in Maryland

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Rondette
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I keep meaning to follow this sign, I pass it every day.....

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WildaBeast
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That Victrola sign reminded me -- this is a bit OT, but I remember that a few years ago hearing about an old Shasta ad, probably from the late 1950s, that was uncovered on the side of a building in San Fransisco. At the time some people were trying to get the ad declared an historic landmark. Does anyone in the San Fransisco area know what the fate of that ad was? Is it still there? Was it ever declared an historic landmark?

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GravyTrain
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The first time I saw the craps table at the Calgary Stampede Casino, I noticed a list of regulations on what the person shooting the dice needed to follow (not too low, not too high, both to the back wall, and so forth). I'm sure they meant to say that, if the players didn't follow the rules, they'd have to give up the dice to the person next to them, but when I saw:

"If the shooter insists on breaking these rules, management will pass the dice"

.. that's not what I thought of.

GT.

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Calidris
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quote:
Originally posted by Sister Pink:
When I went to Seattle in March, there was a billboard with brail on it. I mean, HELLO!! I know that it was for a center for the blind, but that's just stupid.

The last time I visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, they had posted the animals' names in English and in Braille. But the signs were photographic: the Braille was a picture of the Braille bumps, as in the billboard only smaller.
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Calidris
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Not really a confusing sign; just not what you might expect.

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LeaflessMapleTree
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HAHAH I love it!...not necessarily the message it sends, but it's funny.

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M. Wise
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quote:
Originally posted by WildaBeast:
]Similarly, in one of Jay Leno's "Headlines" bits, someone had sent in a Wal-Mart receipt. I have no idea what this person actually bought, but in the receipt it was abbreviated "crystal meth."
[lol]

I've got that beat, almost:
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From Food Town circa 2001 -- the chain no longer exists. Maybe this is why. [Razz]

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WildaBeast
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I remembered another one today. An apartment complex a few blocks from here has a banner that says

"Prices slashed! Limited time only!"

That seems pretty normal, except that sign's been up for at least a year, probably longer. So how long is this limited time?

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rockland6674
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M. Wise, the Stop & Shop supermarket chain used to abbreviate "homogenized" in the same way on their receipts: "S&S HOMO MILK." I haven't checked lately. I wonder if they still do?

Years ago, I saw a newspaper photo of a street crossing signal that was supposed to read "DON'T WALK," but someone assembled it incorrectly, so it read "DON'T DON'T."

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rotten little boys
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How about the oil change shop that advertises
"No Carb Oil Change"

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A few years back there was a murder at an apartment complex here in Tucson and the guy htye charged was from an apartment complex a block or so away on the same street.

Tucson is a rentee's market: more apartments for rent than renters so there are often lots of signs to get you interested in stopping there when apartment hunting. The managers at the apartment complex where the girl was murdered had one out a few weeks after the murder: Apartments for rent. Um, yeah, I guess so. The apartment complex where the murderer lived had a different sign : Home of friendly people. Well, sure, now that the murderer is gone!

kitap

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Moosedog
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quote:
Originally posted by kitap veya tavuklar: your choice:
A few years back there was a murder at an apartment complex here in Tucson and the guy htye charged was from an apartment complex a block or so away on the same street.

Tucson is a rentee's market: more apartments for rent than renters so there are often lots of signs to get you interested in stopping there when apartment hunting. The managers at the apartment complex where the girl was murdered had one out a few weeks after the murder: Apartments for rent. Um, yeah, I guess so. The apartment complex where the murderer lived had a different sign : Home of friendly people. Well, sure, now that the murderer is gone!

kitap

At the time of the Jeffery Dahlmer case there was a joke to the effect that this ad appeared in the Milwaukee paper:

"For rent--two bedroom furnished apartment; roomate provided, some assembly required."

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i always wondered about the signs on restrooms. Is it law for them to have braile? At the movie theatre where I live they have braile on the restrooms AND the theatre doors, each with the number in Braile.
I don't see (no pun intended) too many blind people going to the movies often.

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Actually, an ex of mine was blind, and we did go a movie once. He said it was kind of neat to listen to the sound effects and....meh, I forgot, it's been a long time. So it's not that blind people don't go to movies...mabye not too often, but it does happen

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woogie monster
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There's a small 'mom and pop' restaurant in a town near me with a permanent sign that reads "Delicious Ho Made Pies". I wonder if the kitchen help quits, how do they advertise for a new Ho who can bake delicious pies?
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Maybe the mom is the Ho?

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quote:
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Originally posted by swollen_ostrich:
I enjoy the sign by my house - "Caution Deaf Children"

I've always been amused by the sign that says,
"Slow Deaf Children Playing"

Are they more dangerous when they're slow?

Allow me - [fish]

In England there are often signs in schools which read:

'Dead Slow Children'

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Ash-Rae
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I don't know about in other states, but the "Wrong Way" Signs that I've seen in Oklahoma, always happen to be in the Center Median of a 4+ Lane Highway. Which makes no sense... Shouldn't it be on the outer edges? Because if it's in the center, it's basically telling both sides they're going the wrong way...

There's also a Conoco store around here that has had the same sign up for ever, it says

Chicken Strips 3 For
Cold Beer

I have yet to figure this one out... But I'm tempted to bring them a cold brew, and see if I can get some chicken strips...

Ashley (New to the boards) Rae

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Teodoro
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I apologize for raising the dead and all, but it is getting on towards Halloween:

quote:
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At many intersections in Philadelphia, there is a sign by the traffic light that reads "Wait for Green." Well d'uh.

Gibbie

I believe that sign is the equivalent of "NO TURN ON RED"...just phrased slightly strangely...

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Teodoro
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And those wrong way signs, while helpful for folks actually going the wrong way have nearly given me a heart attack on more than one occaision. It happened especially when I was new behind the wheel, but is still a problem.

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In the city where I'm currently living there's a business whose sign reads, in large block letters, "DUMP BODIES". I assume they're a body shop for large vehicles such as dump trucks, but I suppose it could also be a place where murderers can go to dispose of their victims.

Also there's a pizza place near where I grew up called Pizza Flame. At that time their pizza wasn't very good (I remember it being little better than a frozen pizza with a bunch of extra cheese slapped on it). Anyway, a few years ago the "F" in their big red neon sign wasn't working, so for several months the restaurant announced itself, fittingly enough, as "Pizza Lame"! (Their product has since improved somewhat, and they've replaced their old neon sign with a backlit one. I wonder why...)

Brains "get the 'F' out" Breath

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