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Are You Ever Conflicted?

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I've been told for years that "duties never conflict," but that's not always been the case in my experience. Duties actually seem to overlap quite often, especially when you move about in several spheres and as your schedule fills up. Do you remember being a "tennis ball" as a child with, "Go ask your mother," followed by "Go ask your father," and so on until you finally got one of your parents to make a decision? As an adult do you get conflicting messages coming your way? It's not always easy to know what to do or to whom to listen. Today's post illustrates this in various settings, as always, with some humorous twists.

Some signs aren't helpful because of their conflicting messages. When I saw the following sign, I was amused at the message since, to me, most chanting seems like confused noise. Would you chant, and how would you chant?

picture of conflicting sign

Is there such a thing as "wholesome junk food" as in the sign below? And is it the lower prices or the wholesome junk food that is in every aisle, every day?

picture of conflicting sign

Can a pit with an established depth truly be bottomless?

picture of conflicting sign

Does radar work on Amish buggies? I've never gotten behind one going fast enough to warrant a speeding ticket.

picture of conflicting sign

I saw a picture of a cool doormat online:

picture of conflicting sign

But if you rotate the mat 180°, the message is quite different.

picture of conflicting sign

I guess that would also be the message you'd see as you went out the door. There's a door hanger available with the same message/s (?) on it.

picture of conflicting sign

Would a driver be allowed to make his way to the parking area on the left in this situation?

picture of conflicting sign

What are cyclists supposed to do now?

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Should you bring your pet on a leash or not?

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Since it's always open, should you try to go to this business?

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To fish, or not to fish ... that is the question....

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I think I'd at least do a little "crabbing" about the signs' clearly being in conflict!

What would you do first in the situation below?

picture of conflicting sign

I'll end with a picture of the light switch in one of the faculty men's restrooms in the building where I teach. What would you do when leaving that room? (...especially since that one switch also controls the exhaust fan....)

picture of conflicting sign


"The will cannot do what the mind is unconvinced of." - Martin Luther

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You know how most packages say, "Open here?" What would you do if the package said, "Open somewhere else?"

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4 Comments on “Are You Ever Conflicted?”

  1. #1 Heather Cameron
    on Sep 16th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    OK first thought: REMY!!!!
    Second thought: I WANT THAT DOORMAT! 😉

    Rob adds: I don’t get the REMY part of your comment, but I definitely do the second part.

  2. #2 Michael
    on Sep 16th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I always try to chant with understanding.

    Rob adds: That’s one of the many things I find most admirable about you, Michael. 😉

  3. #3 Sarah
    on Sep 16th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    That chanting one sounds faintly Biblical….

    Rob adds: Not sure what that sounds like though…. 🙂

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Sep 16th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Yikes! I love these. 😮

    Rob adds: I do too.