Entries from September 2008
I recently returned from a few days in San Antonio, Texas, where my friend Matt and I amused ourselves on the Riverwalk with a competition to find the tackiest souvenir possible in each store within three minutes or less. (My first win: a “pooping armadillo” keychain.) When we entered this fine establishment, however, I had to call a time-out.
I didn’t even get a chance to take photos of all the signs at this one store — including some amazing ones taped to the register — before I started getting the stink-eye from the manager. (I generally try to stay out of trouble in states that allow their teachers to come to class armed.) I’m telling you, Alamo, Schmalamo: this store was the highlight of my trip.
related: Tourist traps have the best signs
Tags: "customer service" · blitzkrieg approach · excessive underlining · exclamation-point happy!!!! · heart · high on highlighter · San Antonio · Texas · touching · tourists
Our anonymous submitter in Helsinki, Finland says this note has been in every stall in the women’s restroom at her office for as long as she’s worked there.
Puzzlingly, she says, “Most all the women who work here are native speakers of Finnish, so I’m not sure why the note is mainly in English.” (Nor is she sure what the author was trying to convey with his/her choice of red, yellow and green text.)
Oh, and your Finnish language lesson of the day: kiitos paljon means “many thanks.”
related: I asked Santa for a baby alive, and all I got was this stupid dishwasher
Tags: all clogged up · anthropomorphism · CAPS LOCK · Finland · Helsinki · office · toilet
At Yale Divinity School, the daily chapel service is followed by a coffee hour. Apparently, says Sara in New Haven, “Some who skip chapel were helping themselves to the goodies before the intended time. Looks like the ‘keeper of the snacks’ has something to say about this.”
Meanwhile, John in Sudbury, Massachusetts spotted this humble plea outside the local Catholic church.
related: So much for turning the other cheek
Tags: food · God · guilt trip · Massachusetts · New Haven
Spotted by an anonymous bullshit cop in Knoxville, Tennessee…
related: Facebook schoolyard smackdown
Tags: Facebook · Knoxville · smiley
Our anonymous submitter sneakily snapped a photo of the whiteboard at a friend’s house in Urbana, Illinois.
related: Oh sweetie, I love it when you talk dirty!
Tags: dishes · dishwasher · excessive underlining · Illinois · rebuttals · roommates · signed with love · Urbana · whiteboard
Edward says this sign was posted on every floor and inside all the elevators at the hotel that headquartered UCLA’s study abroad program in Granada, Spain last semester.
Can you blame them? I mean, really — what a waste of perfectly good manchego!
related: Are you proud to be an American?
Tags: actually totally reasonable · Americans abroad · cheese · college life · exclamation-point happy!!!! · noise · Spain
Our anonymous submitter says his coworkers were taking stacks of paper towels from the bathroom and putting them in kitchen.
“HR evidently does not agree with this practice and decided to enact a one-towel play in the breakroom kitchen,” he says. (The office billing manager added the follow-up on the towels’ behalf.)
related: This is not positive communication
Tags: anthropomorphism · kitchen · rebuttals