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Signs of the Times

I love funny signs! It's kind of like with the thoughtless headlines in my most recent blog post - you have to wonder if the sign maker was really that obtuse or if there was method in the madness.

Here are a dozen signs I've run across since the last set I posted. They need no commentary, but several do cry out for an explanation (which I can't give)....

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

picture of a funny sign

This morning we received a couple of "signs of the times" — signs that Christmas is getting near. Our daughter Megan's friend Kristen did a photo shoot to get some pictures for Meg and Jim's Christmas card. Here are two of the pictures of our grandson Drew:

picture of Drew dressed as Santa

picture of Drew in front of Christmas tree

I'm still working on that blog post on how to start your own blog. My research and writing for that one have taken me longer than I thought. If you are a blogger and have some insights to add, please send them right away - things you wish you had known when you first started blogging. If you don't know my e-mail address, use the contact link at the top of the blog.

I'm looking forward to your reactions to any of the signs posted today. If you run across any great signs, send them my way for a future post. If you like funny signs, you can see what I've already posted by clicking on "signs" in the tag cloud in the sidebar.


"Worship is not fully realized until it is expressed." - Dr. Chris Barney

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How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?

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13 Comments on “Signs of the Times”

  1. #1 Carla
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Rob! The Cape Fear Optimist Club is located down the street from where my brother-in-law used to own a restaurant. I think there’s a used car lot there now. I think they call sections of Wilmington “Cape Fear” because of the Cape Fear River where the USS North Carolina Battleship is located downtown, but don’t ask me to explain the business about the Optimist Club. Quite frankly, I never understood that myself!!! 🙂

  2. #2 Michael
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I liked the one about “Buy 3 for the price of 3”. I saw a sign recently that employed a similar concept. It was something like “Buy 1 for $5 or 4 for $20”. There really is no discount in buying more items, but that is a subtle way of getting people who aren’t good at math to buy more from you.

    As for the upcoming post regarding starting your own blog, another question I had was about having an “electronic paper trail” out there about what you believe and think about various topics. Wouldn’t it be better to just keep your ideas to yourself or at least to not write them? Do you basically have to be non-controversial in whatever you post?

  3. #3 Sarah
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Those signs are hilarious! I especially like the ‘The cop hides behind this sign’ and ‘This sign has been hacked’ ones. Just last week I was looking at one of those roadside signs wondering if exactly that ever happened!

    In my city of Edmonton, AB, they have a few signs like that placed by the city along major roadways. They use them to remind people to slow down during major stadium/arena events. Lately, though, there haven’t been any major events, so they’ve posted a ‘screen-saver’ message: “Watch out for pedestrians.” The funny thing is — these are main drags. There are no pedestrians to watch out for. What an, um, useful reminder!

  4. #4 Rob
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    @Carla – Thanks for that bit of information! Interesting to hear things from locals. There have been other funny pix and signs that I’ve posted where readers have identified it as something from their hometown or seen en route to a destination. It’s great to get this kind of confirmation that these things aren’t just Photoshopped.

    @Michael – Ah, yes! Many people don’t “do the math” – literally! Many times in stores I’ve done the math and seen that buying a product in a larger size is not necessarily a way to save money. You’ve got to look at the unit price – per ounce, etc. The bigger box may actually cost more per ounce! I’ve also heard the lottery called a tax on the ignorant. A totally different category, I know, but it somehow seemed to fit. 🙂

    As for “blogging your mind,” you’ve already thought out one of the points I’m going to elaborate on in my post – the fact that you are blogging for your current and future boss. What you put out there is totally out there. It’s cached, archived, or whatever. Postings on personal websites have given cause for termination from jobs and for not being hired for a new job. Young people do not think about this when they post all sorts of things on social media like Facebook. Anyone who employs people in this day and age would be wise to search things like this to see what potential employees have no qualms about sharing about themselves or their work situations. You may have noticed that I am very careful in my blog posts, rarely even mentioning people’s last names, unless they are famous and basically unlinkable to me and mine. 🙂 More to come in that blog post I’m working on, but actually in less detail than this comment….

  5. #5 Rob
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    @Sarah – Thanks for your great comment! That’s funny about the things you’ve seen up there. These things must be universal. (Folly without borders?) I especially love the “Watch out for pedestrians” where there would so likely be none! 😀

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Impermedipaly? What should I do about this?!

  7. #7 Rob
    on Dec 4th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    @Carrie – I guess just do some hautexertion?

  8. #8 Dave
    on Dec 5th, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Your last two posts have been screaming for an article about bloopers in chuch bulletins or on church signs.

  9. #9 Rob
    on Dec 5th, 2008 at 6:03 am

    @Dave – Great minds…. I did a post this summer tying sign bloopers and church bulletin bloopers together – http://blog.ivman.com/bloopers There’s a link in it to an exhaustive (exhausting? after all the laughing you do, yes!) list of church bulletin bloopers in my old archives. Enjoy!

  10. #10 David McGuire
    on Dec 6th, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite sign is the one that used to be posted outside the entrance to the Owatonna Hospital Emergency Room: “Don’t even think of parking here!”

  11. #11 Rob
    on Dec 7th, 2008 at 8:21 am

    @David McGuire – Thanks! That sign is wonderful! I guess if they made good on their thinly-veiled threat, they could in turn help the offender.

  12. #12 Janel
    on Dec 7th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Loved the “new” signs!

    My husband loves the Deer Crossing signs and every time we see/pass one, he asks our boys how it is that they train the deer to cross there.

  13. #13 Rob
    on Dec 8th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    @Janel – Glad you enjoyed them. I love your husband’s question to the boys. My kids would get sick of me exclaiming in a cartoon voice (much like Droopy the dog’s), “Oh Dear!” each time we came upon on of those deer crossing signs.