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Signs that Make You Wonder


picture of funny signs caution

I love funny signs and try to post some every month or so, as I accumulate them. Today's is a random collection, with no general theme, other than leaving me wondering. Several were spotted and photographed by some of my readers whose blogs I follow.

This past Saturday morning at the banana box sale, we saw a funny sign that daughter Megan posted on her blog. I wonder if a past incident occasioned the store's posting this sign.

picture of sign at banana box sale


Carrie's blog had a picture of a sign on the dumpster at their trash "transfer site." Carrie wonders what "etc." includes....

picture of sign at trash transfer site

This next sign makes me wonder what "road surprises" might include. (Wish I could read Arabic.... Doug, if you're reading this, could you comment?)

picture of road surprises sign

A while back I did a post on Oreo cookies. I wonder if deep-fried Oreos are any better than the regular Oreos. If any of you ever tried one, what did you think?

picture of deep fried Oreos sign

That apostrophe before the final s also makes me wonder — a deep fried Oreo's what?! What can an Oreo own?

I wonder why we're supposed to stay away from Cliff Edge. From the image on the left, it looks as if he might be into martial arts.

picture of Cliff Edge sign

It appears that the custodian at the gym compiled a list of things he's thanking visitors for not doing. The last item makes me wonder whether the custodian wants appreciation ... or not.

picture of custodial sign

This sign makes me wonder about the dynamics in this neighborly relationship and whether anyone took advantage of the information supplied by the armed neighbor.

picture of unarmed house sign

In a previous post of funny signs, I had a picture of a sign pointing toward the town of Dull. Here's another sign that makes me wonder what an adventure in a place called Dull might be like.

picture of Dull Adventure sign

This picture from the Mysteries section of the Howe Library in Hanover, NH, makes me wonder whether the labels on the bookshelf are for real.

picture of library mysteries sign

I wonder ... if the class had been scheduled for an earlier date, could the circumstances have been foreseen?

picture of unforeseen prophecy sign

I wonder if anyone still observes this sign.

picture of hippies use backdoor sign

Chris's blog featured a picture of a strange sign he had seen in a store. I wonder if other people in the store saw it as bizarre too.

picture of Rockwell Messiah sign

Chris mentioned that you can get your own copy at Amazon.

Did you wonder any of the same things I did? Maybe the signs made you wonder other things?

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"The way of sin is the way of slavery." - Drew Conley

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Rob

One reason congressmen try so hard to get reelected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they've passed.


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19 Comments on “Signs that Make You Wonder”

  1. #1 LeAnne Solt
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 7:30 am

    “Road surprises”? Here, I might think they were what folks in Mackinaw City call “Michigan road apples.” However, in a country with Arabic signs, I suppose road surprises could be a bit more lethal….

  2. #2 Ellen
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I wouldn’t put one up because I wouldn’t want to cause neighborly discord, but I do like the sign about the “unarmed neighbor.” :)

  3. #3 Stephanie
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Yes, I’ve had a deep-fried Oreo (homemade). They’re very rich and you can feel the grease coating your arteries…. Not recommended for anyone on a diet!

  4. #4 AJ Adams
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I’ve tried a deep fried Oreo…really good!

    And if you look closely at the bottom of the sign, it says in small letters:

    “are incredibly unhealthy”

    you can see that the apostrophe is not for possession but for a contraction :)

  5. #5 Jenni
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I tried to get a picture of a sign for you last week in Murfreesboro, TN, but wasn’t able to. The sign on a restaurant door stated:

    Door must remain unlock
    doing business hours.

    I have tried fried Oreos! They’re not bad, but fried Snickers are the best!

  6. #6 Rob
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:44 am

    @LeAnne – I remember “road apples.” We had them in Ohio also. The Arabic on that sign might give special insights to those who read Arabic that are denied to those who don’t — those who are warned only of surprises.

    @Ellen – I wouldn’t, couldn’t put that sign up either, but yet I chuckle at someone else’s doing so. Hmm…. :-D

    @Stephanie – When I’m tempted with something I really shouldn’t eat, I try to imagine myself trying to pump that item through my arteries. Since thinking of my dad recently on the 35th anniversary of his dying of a massive heart attack at age 42, it’s even easier to avoid fatty foods.

    @AJ – Thanks for the confirmation that they are actually good. I can’t find those words at the bottom of the sign, even though the could/should be there. What is “Oreo’s” a contraction of? Deep fried Oreo is? Deep friend Oreo is what???

  7. #7 Rob
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:48 am

    @Jenni – You sneaked your comment in while I was replying to the others. :-) That sign would be a good one to have in my collection if you ever get back there. Fried Snickers? Wow! I’m trying to visualize pumping one of those through my arteries! :-D

  8. #8 Mark Tabor
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:49 am

    For a contraction? What are they contracting?

  9. #9 Rob
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 9:58 am

    @Mark – My thoughts exactly. Hope AJ checks back in to let us know….

  10. #10 Todd
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Re: apostrophe

    I have decided that “DEEP FRIED OREO’S” is actually a contraction for “Deep fried [the] Oreo is.”

    It takes not only a writer’s ear but also a poet’s soul to compose such things. Please give credit where credit is due.

  11. #11 Rob
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 10:24 am

    @Todd – Wow! Thanks for clearing that up. I guess I poke fun at so many signs that, in the process, I don’t give sign makers enough credit for their literary prowess. Maybe give credit where credit isn’t?

  12. #12 LStephan
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    My mother actually received a black eye at the Sav-Mor sale. No joke. It was all unintentional of course, but someone was throwing elbows.

  13. #13 Laura
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    The “Dull” sign reminded us that on our way to PA this year, we passed a sign for Bland (VA). Mmm. Guess the crime rate would be pretty low . . . how could anybody get “a-salted” in a place with a name like that?

    How do people fry stuff like Oreos and candy bars without melting the filling/candy into nothingness? Do they coat them in batter first? Somehow, I can’t imagine eating something like that at this point in life . . . in college, maybe, but not now.

  14. #14 Rob
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    @LStephan – Yikes! Weird to think that I know personally the victim whose injuries may be responsible for that sign.

    @Laura – Too punny, Laura! Maybe an a-salt would add a little spice to the lives of the Blandites. I concur on those fried delights. Maybe a tiny nibble, just to see what it tastes like, but that’s my limit.

  15. #15 AJ Adams
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Yeah, sorry for that…. I was trying to make Oreo’s a contraction, but using “are” ruined the joke … I guess I should wait til after noon to post comments when my brain has caught up :)

  16. #16 Carrie
    on Dec 4th, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Those are great! I love the Oreo sign too. The misplaced apsotrophe reminds me of a blog dedicated to misplaced quotation marks: http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/. So funny. I also laughed at the unarmed neighbor sign, but it’s not very neighborly!

    .-= Carrie’s most recent blog post … Guinea Pigs! =-.

  17. #17 Rob
    on Dec 6th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    @AJ – Not to worry. I was just having fun teasing you a little.

    @Carrie – Thanks for that link. Someone else e-mailed me the link also. “Interesting” stuff on there…. ;-)

  18. #18 LeAnne Solt
    on Dec 14th, 2009 at 7:37 am

    If you enjoy humor created by misplaced punctuation, you’d enjoy reading *Eats, Shoots and Leaves* by Lynne Truss.

  19. #19 Rob
    on Dec 14th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for the tip, LeAnne. I’d heard the joke about eats, shoots, and leaves, but I didn’t know there was a book by that name.


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