Clip art crimes

December 16th, 2007 · 144 comments

Which clip art extravaganza is the most gratuitous? You be the judge!

Is it this sign, from the Virginia office of — of course — a major mobile carrier?

If you are reading this sign and you are on your phone, please take your call to the atrium.

Is it this little tea party of a sign from Cambridge, Mass.?

ATTENTION TEA DRINKERS!!

Or is it this one, from, yes, a church restroom?

Please Do Not Trash This Bathroom Thank You

related: Cubicle etiquette

FILED UNDER: all clogged up · bathroom · Boston · cell phone · clip art catastrophe · Jesus · Massachusetts · office · tea · Virginia · you be the judge · you're like so going to hell


144 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Matt

    I like how the little animals don’t even pertain to what the note says in the first one.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Wade bang

      Well, that lady bug does look a bit sassy.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:07 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   SilverIris bang

      The lady bug has all got her arm-legs on her hips in a “Oh no, you did NOT just answer that phone in here!” kind of way. I wouldn’t mess with that.

      On the other hand, that monkey is sort of giving the go-ahead with that wink and grin.

      I hate when the clip art animals start giving me mixed messages!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 3:44 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   anglophile bang

    Do Not Trash This Bathroom, or an orthodox priest with a hand puppet will bless you???

    I wonder how effective that sign is?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:11 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Crash bang

      I love it !!!!
      lol anglo.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 6:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Wade bang

      It is possible that, under the puppet, the priest is secretly, um, cursing you.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:09 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   zenvelo

    that last one, why is Osama bin Laden disguised as a bishop?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:13 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Rocky bang

      Too funny zen……..

      Dec 16, 2007 at 10:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Andrea

    I’m torn. I love the clip art mathematics in #2, but I also love bathroom!priest in #3… they are both great works.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   fangelohio

    Personally, I like the priest. I mean, come on, who could trash a bathroom without wondering if they’re going to hell for it?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:21 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Crash bang

    The second one works really well if your illiterate.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:21 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Jen

      I hope that was a deliberate mistake, or it was really fucking ironical. [Heh.]

      Dec 16, 2007 at 6:44 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Crash bang

      There,
      an ‘and an *e* for your satisfaction.
      Thankyou grammar police…..
      At least I commented on the note.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 7:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      Thank God Jen beat me to it. For once. :)

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Crash bang

      Ya’, you atleast comment on the note too.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   WanderingPenguin bang

      Oh, I always do, Ol…er, Crash. :) But I did think that was damn funny, sorry to say.

      There’s a tee-shirt on the Busted Tees site (I think, it might be somewhere else) that reads: “Your Retarded”.

      I love that shirt. :D

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   Crash bang

      Ummm…..
      I know there is alot lost in translation when it comes to typing……but if that’s an insult aimed towards me WTF did I ever do to you ?

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   WanderingPenguin bang

      Calm down. It wasn’t aimed at you. It was just a comment apropos of “your illiterate” and why I found that funny in the first place. Sorry for the misunderstanding. :)

      There are dozens and dozens of spelling/grammar/typographical/punctuation errors made on here every single day. Contrary to some posters’ opinions, I don’t nitpick each and every one of them. That would be a full-time job and it’s frankly self-defeating because most people don’t seem to care anyhow. Trust me: there’s probably only one post in 10 here that is put together perfectly. But when I read something accidentally ironic like “your illiterate” I think it’s too funny to let pass, Crash, and that’s why I would have said something if Jen had not. But yes, I do comment on the note as well – thanks for at least noticing that.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:16 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   Crash bang

      It’s cool, I can laugh at it being “accidentally ironic” as you put it and I agree.
      I actually appreciate your critcism more than her’s, at least I know you know what you’re talking about.
      But I unfortuately am not perfect in my spelling or sentence structure all the time, so you would have your work cut out for you when it comes to me. 8)

      Dec 16, 2007 at 10:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   WanderingPenguin bang

      Crash, rest assured: if I make a comment concerning an innocent mistake in one of your posts, it’s only because it would take a year off of my life not to do so. Trust me, I don’t have the time nor the inclination to jump on every mistake here. And furthermore, it’s not intended as a “criticism” in a case like this. It truly made me nearly spit coke all over my mon…. erm, never mind. :D Sorry again for the tribulations!

      Dec 16, 2007 at 10:52 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.10   anglophile bang

      Team Trust and Use The Smileys! :) ;) :D

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.11   WanderingPenguin bang

      I loves me dem smileys!! :D

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.12   Crash bang

      This one is my favorate. 8)
      I love it !!
      It’s Awsome !!
      8)

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Grimfool

    As for the most gratuitous, obviously #1; way out of control . . . there COULD have been a theme with loud animals, except for the bunny and ladybug; there COULD have been an implied “we don’t work in a zoo” — again, except for the bunny and ladybug. And did anyone notice that the sign which is obviously aimed at cellphone users is directly under a yellow Nextel flag? Talked about mixed subliminal messages! Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   cre8tivewmn bang

      Seriously! Couldn’t the designer find some cell phone clip art? What do all the animals mean? Did she reuse a “recycle and save the animals sign?”

      Dec 17, 2007 at 12:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    I think that sign three,
    Would cause guilt, making it too,
    Hard to make a pee.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Canthz_B bang

    What if I prefer to take my call to the ventricle?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Eilis

      The ventricle would be way too noisy CB.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   anglophile bang

      Maybe a little cramped, too. :P

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Crash bang

      How about the Mitral ?

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Canthz_B bang

      Not too noisy in a dead workplace :-)

      Nice pick-up on that one AΦ

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Grimfool

    However, upon reflection and after a message from God, I also scratch my head at #3 — obviously a Protestant church to the left, obviously an Orthodox priest to the right… but I do dig how the priest’s eyes follow me around the room as I’m trashing it!

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:28 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    Here is the church,
    Here is the steeple,
    The Bishop is watching,
    Don’t trash this room people.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:28 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Karin

      If this poem was on that sign, it would be funny-cute. but as is, I’m inclined to round-file the sign more than anything else and go about my business.

      Dec 19, 2007 at 12:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    Overheard cell phone conversations are annoying. Even the animal kingdom has had enough!

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Crash bang

    Note #1
    So, if I’m on my phone and not reading the sign, I can keep my call there, right ?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:34 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   anglophile bang

      For finding the loophole in the sign, you get a plus !

      (only the ratings don’t work for me :( )

      Dec 16, 2007 at 6:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Crash bang

      Ya’ they do, they just don’t show up right away.
      ( I have the same issue 8) )

      Dec 16, 2007 at 6:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   anglophile bang

    That is really an impressive display of clip art in Note #2. Not only a cannister and loose tea leaves, but also a tea strainer. Most mediocre clip art collections would only have a bag and a cup for tea, I’d bet!

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Numinous bang

      I’m sure the person who created the note spent hours online searching for the perfect clip art. Mind you, that was likely hours of “company time” and I’m not sure the boss would agree that it was time well spent.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Writer, Rejected

    I don’t get the math problem in the second sign. How does me + a mop equal some loose tea and a sink? Does that mean the disposal spits up the tea on the floor? Also, I think clip art should be banned by everyone but art directors. It’s too much. Much too much.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Suhayla

      Yeah, I thought that the logic was intuitive at first, but it’s a little over the top, unless they have a problem with people leaving the sink running as well…
      1. if (loose tea plus sink) then (sink plus clog)
      2. if (sink plus clog) then (you plus mop)???
      There’s definately a missing step here… (I even GAVE them the first step, they TOTALLY left out the clog part, they just alluded to it with the tea in clog form)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    Laugh now, but 300 years from now these masterworks will be taught in Clip-Art History 101, The Millennium Period.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Writer, Rejected

      Oh, that’s a terrible thought. The world is ugly enough! Now we are cluttering the future with bad clip art. It makes me shudder.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 6:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Canthz_B bang

      LOL. I think they make clip art so cheesy so no one will use it for commercial purposes.
      Doesn’t work unfortunately.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 7:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Stace

    What kind of garbage disposal can’t handle tea leaves?

    Dec 16, 2007 at 7:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Karin

      I don’t know. my disposal can certainly handle it – it’s the string from the tea bag that causes problems. My husband is constantly complaining that I leave my tea bag in the sink. I told him to try making tea without dripping it all over the kitchen while 2 not-walking-on-their-own-yet babies are hanging on his leg – oops, getting worked up over a tea bag – must get sleep – stop being so hilariously addictive bloggers!

      Dec 19, 2007 at 12:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   SaiSei

    I, for one, am grateful for the pictures. I don’t know how I ever would have figured out that there was a trash receptacle without the oscar-the-grouch trashcan picture showing me the way.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 7:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    In note three (in a church), why did they make “you” less important than the “Bathroom” by not capitalizing? Hmmm…

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   park rose bang

      Only one man wears the capital in church, and His name is God (and variations there upon) :-)

      The bishop as the vessel of God is also allowed capitals (it is He delivering it, no?), but mere toilet users? Forget it.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 6:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   summer

    That tea was fucking delicious!

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      Holy shit I miss the negative rating button.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:13 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   WanderingPenguin bang

      Is there a negative rating button and I’m just not seeing it? Last time I checked in comment 20.1 was rated +2 and now it’s +1. LMAO.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   anglophile bang

      The PAN goddess giveth and the PAN goddess taketh away! :P

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   Rocky bang

      Damn, we are temporarily out of unitards….
      AND there is no – button.

      I want my money back!

      Dec 16, 2007 at 10:36 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.5   Juliet bang

      When I try to rate anyone, the number doesn’t change but the system claims I’ve “voted”. So do I have log off and then log back on again? What gives?

      That F-D joke seriously needs to be put to bed. Or a burial in an unmarked grave.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 11:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.6   Rocky bang

      Juliet: We could get the “Bishop (who is really Osama in disguise)” to conduct a small service for the (we hope) departed…..

      But of course, He would have to be wearing a Unitard!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 3:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Wade bang

    I think that left justifying the trash receptacle puts the attention to detail completely over the top.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   WanderingPenguin bang

    I would like to say that, as a right-handed person, I do not find a trash receptacle located to the left of something to be the least bit convenient. Team Equal-Opportunity Trash Receptacles.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Wade bang

    You know, you can buy a strainer to fit over the drain. Costs less than 1 USD.

    I’m just saying…..

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   tragically mep bang

      But then someone would have to clean the strainer. That would just lead to more P-A notes when no one actually cleaned the strainer but left food and tea leaves in there until it was mouldy.

      sigh.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 8:46 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   WanderingPenguin bang

    I am also really disappointed that they didn’t bother (in sign #2) going to the trouble to find a clipart picture of me to complete that equation. Ergo, I imagine that note must be directed at someone else.

    Also, if only there was some way of determining exactly who the “major mobile carrier” is in picture #1. Hmmm… _EXTEL… damn, I just cannot figure it out. The Easter Bunny was an… interesting touch… but wtf is up with that Stretch Armstrong monkey? *shudder*

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:19 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   super_fan99 bang

    Since when do tea bags look like a ball of hair? It kinda looks like a ball of broken toothpicks. And what kind of garbage disposal can’t handle that anyway? I can put whole chickens in mine…

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   anglophile bang

      To answer your first question, super_fan, I believe they are refering to loose tea. Non-Americans, (or American anglophiles) are aware that real tea comes in a dried leaf form, not powdery crap in a filter paper bag. To prevent the tea leaves mucking up your cuppa, you put them in a strainer (conveniently demonstated through the magic of clip-art in Note 2) before brewing. After brewing, the leaves expand and soften, leaving a soggy mess not unlike the goop you empty out of your rain gutters in fall, only on a smaller scale. To answer your second question, a crappy garbage disposal can’t handle a couple of tea leaves.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:53 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Inga bang

    #1. Reading from left to right, the animals depicted are progressively less noisy, as the “you” referenced would be as s/he exited to the atrium. A sign created for the many intelligent folks for whom signs in English look like this – asdilh laskdato oiwe renio aoiur.

    I’m only sorry that what appears to be the Easter Bunny is carrying a basket. Why? Maybe this is a picture of a human child dressed as the E.B. for Halloween . . . in which case, it should come to the left of the lion, probably.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   anglophile bang

      Inga, the Easter Bunny is carrying a basket of dyed, raw eggs, for the purpose of pelting cell phone yakkers yakking near the sign.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   WanderingPenguin bang

      Was that Klingon at the end of your first paragraph? And are you really asking why the Easter Bunny is carrying a basket? Or am I reading the question wrong? Isn’t he always carrying a basket? Is this another thread where multiple questions are encouraged? Or is this enough now?

      Dec 16, 2007 at 8:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.3   Inga bang

      Are you really asking if I’m really asking why the E.B. is carrying a basket or have you taken the PAN out of the top of the page and inserted it in response to my post?

      I think it’s interesting and funny to wonder why the Easter Bunny needs a basket. Is this a magical basket FROM WHICH all the goodies are delivered?

      Gotta love that gut-wrenchingly perfect grammar!

      W.P., I love this site. I think it’s hilarious and I really enjoy reading what people have to say, but I think it’s absolute crap to attack your fellows’ posts in the way that you seem to do. People who post here are your colleagues in criticism. If you understand what I say and pretend that you don’t in order to point out that I’m mistaken or cursed with poor grammar skills or am even outright stupid, then this discourages me from posting.

      I don’t want to worry about what I type, wondering if this group will circle and pounce on me if I leave off an end parentheses or spell “parentheses” incorrectly.

      Kindly knock it off, kthxbai! :)

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.4   Rocky bang

      I read WP’s post as tongue-in-cheek…..
      Let’s not gang up here.

      Team WP

      Dec 16, 2007 at 10:41 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.5   Inga bang

      Yeah – the whole “let’s not team up on each other” is sort of my point. Team Let’s Not Pounce on Each Other or something.

      Is it a clever site that’s fun to visit, where conversation is a pleasure, or is it an intimidating site where it’s not safe to give an opinion because someone is sure to mark you as an idiot?

      Team Inclusiveness.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.6   WanderingPenguin bang

      Well, Inga, you can think whatever you want. I am kind of tired, personally, of ignoring 99% of the mistakes on here out of respect for the faithful only to be raked over the coals for the 1 time in 100 I find something unintentionally funny, like the thread a bit earlier with Crash. I don’t tell you how to post; please have the same respect for me. You think I “seem to” do nothing but criticize other posters; perhaps you have missed my song parodies and myriad other comments directly relating to the note(s) at hand. I, for my part, think you’ve had a rather large chip on your shoulder since you arrived here not too very long ago and I have given you an exceedingly wide berth in that area, truth be told. Had you come along a month earlier I can assure you you would have had a much rougher ride – and not just by me – especially when you delved into long-dead disputes. And from what I can tell about you so far, I think precious little could ever discourage you from posting. ;)

      As for my comment about the Easter Bunny, I wasn’t “pretending” to misunderstand you. I have never seen the Easter Bunny NOT portrayed with a basket on his arm FROM WHICH he dispenses his eggs. Ergo, I was asking why you thought it could not be the Easter Bunny but perhaps a child in costume because of the basket. And my comment about “Klingon”, in case that confused you as well, was in reference to this: “asdilh laskdato oiwe renio aoiur”. I still don’t know what you meant there. And, lastly, the comment about there being so many questions in that post was a throw back to an earlier thread and quite obviously intended to be humorous (American spelling made with great effort).

      Telling me how and what to post does not go down well with me – you might want to ask around about that. Nobody is telling you to like it – or even read it. That’s your prerogative. Hopefully this can die here on this thread.

      Lastly: did I ever mention that Rocky is one of my favourite names ever? :D

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:07 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.7   Inga bang

      W.P., you do tell people how to post. Perfect grammar and spelling are required. I was talking about your problem with my apostrophe comment in an earlier post, not your handiwork today.

      Your comment about Klingon didn’t confuse me. Nothing you’ve posted confuses me. I didn’t care about your comment on questions.

      On the other hand, “I think there is precious little that could discourage you from posting – smiley face” is very interesting to me.

      I posted many months ago, one time, and told a friend, “I really like this site, but they seem so mean to each other; it’s weird.”

      I’m pretty certain that your Precious Little will discourage me from posting.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.8   WanderingPenguin bang

      No, Inga, I don’t. You post how you want to and I’ll post how I want to. I don’t come on here and say “wow, you people need to learn how to spell and use proper grammar or maybe you should not be posting on here with such bad English kthxbai”. On the other hand, you have come on this very thread and told me exactly what you do not want to see from me on here. There’s the difference.

      I don’t know why you – and many others of your ilk – will never get it through your thick skulls: perfect grammar and spelling are not required. If they were, I would be posting about 1000 times as often. If you think I have pointed out every single mistake made on here then you aren’t really paying attention at all, sad to say. My comment about your apostrophe comment was in response to a comment YOU YOURSELF made about punctuation. I didn’t just take a random note of yours and parse it to pieces. I extended a thought process you started – or, to be more correct, anglophile started and you continued. Where do you get off thinking YOU can make a comment along those lines but nobody else can? If that comment will discourage you from posting, there’s not much I can really do about that. That’s your call. But if you persist on telling me everything you don’t like about me you will most certainly get it back in kind. That’s a promise. That’s your call, too.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:31 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.9   WanderingPenguin bang

      Looky what I found in paragraph 3 of the “WTF” link on this very site!

      “if you’re a spelling, grammar, or punctuation cop looking to rail against the flagrant abuse of the english language, you’ll find yourself very much at home here” [please note that it says nothing there about exactly whose language violations one may rail against]

      If this is finding myself “at home” then I’d hate to find myself among enemies. If you come to a site where that sort of thing is ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED then perhaps you should either brush up on your own written conversational skills or develop a thicker skin.

      Have to say I’m really sick of defending this, too. So for this particular thread, I am done. We’ll see how the next note goes… and who posts on it. Have a good night, all.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 11:50 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.10   Wade bang

      And with that, Conan the Grammarian sheathed his mighty keyboard and returned to his icy fortress. There he awaits the call of the next great adventure, er, note.

      ;)

      much love, o peripatetic penguin

      Dec 17, 2007 at 12:19 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.11   GhostWriter bang

      The best way to deal with nitpicking commentary about grammar or punctuation is to invoke the greatest blessing the PANGod has bestowed upon us- and that is, the edit function for our own notes.

      Follow these simple steps for personal gratification:

      Step 1 – Fix your grammatical error once it has been highlighted.
      Step 2 – Respond with a strong, “WTF are you talking about?”

      …now allow me to demonstraight…

      Dec 17, 2007 at 1:09 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.12   Numinous bang

      Bah

      Let’s think about this for a minute. We all come here to nit-pick the notes. As skilled nit-pickers, do you really think we’re all going to ignore mistakes in other’s posts? That’s just silly.

      If it’s funny, I say go ahead and pick. After all, the ganging up is the fun part. Or something like that… If I make a stupid mistake and it’s funny, I would EXPECT to get called on it.

      After all, if you audition for American Idol and you sing like crap, then you get blasted. I think everyone here is far kinder.

      Team Get A Thicker Skin

      Dec 17, 2007 at 2:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.13   mamason bang

      Me am like Pengwin’s to speech me corectly! ;-)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 3:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.14   GhostWriter bang

      “I, for my part, think you’ve had a rather large chip on your shoulder since you arrived here not too very long ago and I have given you an exceedingly wide berth in that area, truth be told.

      You need to handwrite this on a Post-It and send it in. The modifiers themselves dazzle!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 6:03 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.15   WanderingPenguin bang

      LOL – would a screen shot suffice, d’ya think? :D

      Wade! Conan the Grammarian? I love it! Can I put that on a shirt?

      The rest of you… just LOL in general. Hope that’s enough for now. ;)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 6:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.16   Wade bang

      be my guest, WP 8)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 6:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.17   Busted

      “if you’re a spelling, grammar, or punctuation cop looking to rail against the flagrant abuse of the english language, you’ll find yourself very much at home here. (cue up the alanis morissette and try these notes, for starters.) you’ll probably also get a kick out of literally, a web log, apostrophe abuse, and the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. and if plunging the depths of our collective neuroses is what you’re into, you might also appreciate the fine work of our fellow travelers at found magazine, mortified, and postsecret.”

      Thank you for the link to the third paragraph of WTF?. It sure looks like it is directing you to notes not comments. It says “Try these notes” not “Try these notes and comments”.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 3:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.18   Busted

      You are a really smart girl Wandering Penguin. You should not resort to a tactic such as this with such a fine sense of humour at your disposal.
      I love your songs, BTW :-)

      Dec 18, 2007 at 4:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.19   WanderingPenguin bang

      “try these notes for starters“. Yup, I read that too. I don’t see anywhere where it says “DO NOT USE THESE TACTICS ON FELLOW POSTERS”. Also, you are the lone voice of dissent since Inga stopped responding, so good luck to you. Not too sure why you are calling me a “girl”, nor why you think you’ve “Busted” me, but judging by the time this was posted and by another post “elsewhere” not-so-subtly directing people to read this one I suspect somebody didn’t actually manage to keep his “big nose out of things and big mouth shut” as much as he would like us to believe. Perhaps I’m wrong, but who cares? You’re obviously a regular who is hiding behind a lurking name unlike everyone else who put their two cents in – including Inga herself. Not very brave of you.

      Anyhow, I have already posted that I am not interested in debating this any further on this thread. Oh, and in the interest of not playing favourites: you missed a comma after “smart girl”. :D At least you spelled “humour” correctly and have excellent taste in song lyrics!

      Dec 18, 2007 at 8:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.20   FeRD

      @26.3: In your post you wrote, ‘…if I leave off an end parentheses or spell “parentheses” incorrectly…’.

      However, you should have used “parenthesis”. The “parentheses” form is plural.

      HTH. :)

      Jan 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Eilis

    hay, sum uv us need pikcherz. i jus kant get the tee leevz an the sinc an the mop to awl fit in the trashkan.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 8:50 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Numinous bang

      Have you got a lol-kitty picture to go with that?

      Dec 17, 2007 at 2:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   anglophile bang

      Here you go!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 3:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   Rocky bang

      NO, not lol-kitties! PLEASE!!!!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 3:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   anglophile bang

    Ok, because I’m obsessed with the clip art, and, let’s face it, have nothing better to do, I went looking on my Office 2000 Clip Art files. (Hey–don’t laugh–it still works!) I found the church and the possibly-giving-you-the-bird holy man in there! Nothing from Notes 1 and 2, though, which leads me to think they were made on Macs.

    Just another example on how I go above and beyond to enrich your PAN experience! ;)

    Dec 16, 2007 at 9:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      I wonder if any of that clip art will show up in that PAN button contest? And speaking of which…. whatever happened to that?

      Dec 16, 2007 at 9:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   caclark4

    I figured sign #3 was created by some creepy pedophile priest who now has a fetish about bathrooms. I will never use the church restroom again but that could just be my overactive imagination.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Canthz_B bang

      Hey, If he’s going to hang out in there, he wants it to be clean.

      Dec 16, 2007 at 10:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   anglophile bang

    I can’t help being reminded of Mr. Hat every time I look at Note #3!

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Juliet bang

      PASHY! I love South Park and didn’t realize Mrs. Garrison had relatives in the clergy!

      Dec 17, 2007 at 11:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   WanderingPenguin bang

      “Mr. Garrison, can I please go to the bathroom?”

      “I think you’d better ask Mr. Hat, Kyle.”

      “I don’t want to ask Mr. Hat, I’m asking you! Oh, ok… Mr. Hat, can I please go to the bathroom?”

      “Well, Kyle…NO! No, no, no, no! You go to hell and you die!”

      Yup, that does seem about right. :D

      Dec 17, 2007 at 9:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   Canthz_B bang

    Pictionary Anonymous (PA) meets M-W-F at 7pm in the atrium.

    Dec 16, 2007 at 11:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   mary

    church clipart definitely. makes you think god is watching you if you don’t comply, not just some ladybug.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 12:03 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Canthz_B bang

    If I cannot trash “This Bathroom” are the others fair game?
    I don’t want to take anything out of context. Are there signs in every “Bathroom”?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 12:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Canthz_B bang

    Cleanliness next to Godliness,
    I’m reminded by scripture.
    Thank you so much but,
    No need for a picture.
    An art laden sign reminds,
    Silence is golden.
    To my caring coworker,
    I’m forever beholden.
    I’m mostly impressed by,
    Illustrations put to good use.
    Teaching us all how to,
    Dispose of tea leaf refuse.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 2:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   JPav

    Hmmm… reading this sign and talking on the phone… can I count that as multitasking on my next review?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 8:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   DrAstroZoom bang

    If you’re reading this snotty sign,
    And you’re talking on the phone,
    And a bunch of clip art animals
    Get up and tell you where to go,
    Go ask Alice — I think she’ll know.

    She’s in the atrium, where logic and proportion fall sloppy dead.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:37 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   GhostWriter bang

      OMG- for years I’ve thought that the correct lyrics were, “…fallen softly dead.”

      Now, I’m experienced

      Dec 17, 2007 at 3:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #37   wickedopinion bang

    I am going to buy a small dog and name him Bathroom Bishop and I shall find him a teeny, tiny miter and he shall be a light in dark places whilst I am peeing.

    Inga, you must suffer through PAN initiation rites before you are allowed to mouth off. Also don’t forget your sense of humor in your other pants. Take it from one who knows. Love ya, WP, you rock!!

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      Hang on, we’re supposed to be wearing pants in here? Great. Just great. Nobody tells me nothing.

      Thank God you hung in there, WO. Your posts are always bizarrely funny and refreshing. :D

      Dec 17, 2007 at 9:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   Maya

    Is that the Flying Spaghetti Monster next to the sink in note number 2? Because He should not be put down the garbage disposal!Ramen

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Juliet bang

      RAmen! I didn’t know you could get clip art of the FSM. But that just shows how quickly Pastafarianism is spreading.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 11:21 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.2   EvilTwin

      Have you been touched by his noodly appendage?

      Dec 17, 2007 at 12:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      I would like to say that, so far, this is my favourite thread on this note. “Pastafarianism” almost made me spit rigatoni on my monitor. ;)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 9:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   lou fah

    ahhhhh, that clip art priest just touched my wiener.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 12:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   GhostWriter bang

    I think the first note is a verbal insult in rebus.

    My guess: You Lyin’ Monkey-bird, Hair-beetle.

    Hey, I’ve been called worse…

    Dec 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   MJaz

    worms + a faucet = me + a mop? I guess that makes sense. If I drank wormy water, I would certainly need a mop.

    And that priest is scary. I get weird when I see priests with their hands up people’s dresses in bathrooms. But that’s just me.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Hannah

    No one has commented on the capitalisation and font colourings in note no. 2 yet, so I thought I would.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 2:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   GhostWriter bang

    #3 would be the hands-down winner, with this minor edit:

    Please Do Not Trash THis Bathroom

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   Canthz_B bang

    100? Yes! :-)

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   Lurker

    The only thing worse than clipart is free, mismate clipart!

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #46   SilverIris bang

    Today’s haiku:
    God: always watching,
    even when you pee and poop.
    (Just like Santa Clause.)

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #46.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      See, if I were a constant nitpicker, this is where I would ask you “Who, exactly, is Santa ClausE?”

      Lucky for you I’m not. Carry on. :)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 8:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.2   park rose bang

      But Santa ‘Clause’, on this site, is apt in a roundabout kinda way, doncha think?

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #46.3   WanderingPenguin bang

      I do indeed. :)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #47   Jodi Blaze

    Now how does loose tea in the garbage dispoal end up being you and a mop…..does the garbage disposal vomit the tea onto the floor?

    Dec 17, 2007 at 4:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   anglophile bang

    I’ve got Jack Nicholson screaming in my head: “You want the loose tea????!!!???? You can’t handle the loose tea!!!!!”

    Powerful stuff.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 5:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #48.1   GhostWriter bang

      That’s it! The 2nd note’s equation is really Col. Jessep sneering, “If you jam any more of that gaad-daam tea into my sink, I’ll bust your ass right back down to private, and you’ll be married to that friggin’ mop!”

      Dec 17, 2007 at 6:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.2   amy d bang

      Alternatively, it could also be Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest.

      Dec 17, 2007 at 6:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #48.3   park rose bang

      Your mind works in mysterious ways, AP. :-)

      Dec 17, 2007 at 10:21 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #49   Masha G.

    There’s something more to that second one…it’s an algebraic equation, and it’s actually supposed to be read like this:

    You = Tea + Sink – Mop

    Dec 17, 2007 at 7:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   Maddy

    Glad to know that other people need those visual cues too.
    Cheers

    Dec 17, 2007 at 7:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Stuart

    I love the tea one! Somebody spent a lot of on the clock minutes surfing the best of Google Image Search for that one.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 7:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   AllPickles!

    Okay, so… if you put tea, in the toilets, you’ll be attacked by bitchy ladybugs and blessed by Bishops while simultaneously cleaning out the disposal?? Sounds fun!!

    Dec 17, 2007 at 8:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #52.1   Lurker

      Don;t knock it – the bishop was there to call 911 when I got my fingers caught in the disposal picking the ladybugs out.

      Dec 18, 2007 at 11:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #53   kristen

    I love the first one.

    Dec 17, 2007 at 8:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   Canthz_B bang

    I just want a gram of whatever the Easter Bunny has been into.
    That’s one happy hare! :-P

    Dec 17, 2007 at 9:42 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #55   Busted

    With regard to note two, I see colour addiction as passive aggressive. Red is anger (see underlines) and blue kinder (see helpful hint on trash bin location).

    Dec 18, 2007 at 5:44 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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    May 6, 2008 at 9:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   Joanna

    the third one wins.

    Aug 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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