Ceci n’est pas une poubelle

December 2nd, 2008 · 100 comments

I hereby declare the writer of the second note in this exchange (from a college art studio in Texas) the winner of the season’s official “oh, snap!” award.

(Sure, the original note-writer might have a case — but just like those pesky BCS rankings, style points count, baby!)

This is NOT a trashcan! If you think it is you should rethink your life choices!

related: i before e except after c ftw

FILED UNDER: art · Austin · college life · garbage · oh snap · Texas


100 responses so far ↓

  • #1   se

    I like the first note, down the side “be brave and sign your name”
    I guess he ran out of ink, using it to double the letters in the note and couldn’t sign his name

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:02 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Dare

      The only thing better than leaving your name off a PAN, is signing someone else’s.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 12:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Thanks!

    Trash cans and life choices….hmmm..interesting I would like to meet the person whose life choices involve trash cans! I will bet they are quite a..umm…very immoral and exciting too!

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Canthz_B bang

      Not to mention aromatic.

      Dec 2, 2008 at 11:31 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Crash bang

      Hey, those trashcan fires are great on a cold night while I’m re thinking my life choices…

      Dec 3, 2008 at 1:14 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   You!

      Yesterday, I thought it was a trash can. I performed a donkey show to buy some crack, dropped out of high school, and totally did a bunch of guys because I thought it would make them respect me.

      …but I was wrong. I see that now. This note has saved my life.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:31 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   MoxieHart

      Prom-night dumpster baby?

      Dec 3, 2008 at 8:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Canthz_B bang

    What? Not even a pink penis?!

    I’ve come to expect more from the so called creative folks.

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   AuntyBron

      Pink? In an art studio? I expect plaid or, perhaps, Dali-esque penises.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 10:36 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Candice

      Where’s Michelle when you need her?

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   erin

    one has to wonder… is it trash? or is it art that in its complexity looks like trash?

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:32 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Canthz_B bang

      Art is in the eye of the beholder, or the truck of the sanitation department, whichever comes first.

      Dec 2, 2008 at 11:38 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Bunnee

      Or art that is actually MADE out of trash? (But how can you tell in that pigsty?)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 10:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   reyna ulikba

      It’s installation art, babe.

      Dec 5, 2008 at 10:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   canadian deadhead

    Looks like trash-talking has hit a new low (and not just with this post, either) !

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    We all know that bio-hazard waste should be placed in the proper container in a hospital setting…but this is an art studio, dammit…I was making a statement!!

    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:36 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   JNB

    Well, that second note about summed it up.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 12:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Skwerl bang

    Could this be installation art? We could make millions!

    Dec 3, 2008 at 12:23 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Tmarie

    I actually think the second note goes beyond “oh snap!” to being a valuable life lesson.

    If we all took the time to evaluate whether our expectations were reasonable, there would be fewer PANs….

    Oh wait, then what would we laugh at? Where would we get our thumbs-ups and green commenty backgrounds?

    Please block note #2′s wisdom from your minds, folks.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 12:36 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   HairySwede

    please don’t judge my life choices.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 1:12 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   stringyhair

    Damn dirty artists. I bet the second writer has dreadlocks.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 1:34 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   snee

    trashcan? art studio? hospital? life choice center? soapbox?

    looks like a wall to me.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 2:03 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Canthz_B bang

    It actually is a hospital psych ward. They just tell them it’s an art studio so they’ll shut up and do their finger paintings.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 2:43 am   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Sarah

      jesus christ, cb, is there any post on this website you aren’t all over??

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:33 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Wade bang

      Sarah

      This is a site where we make snarky comments on passive-aggressive notes, not a place to worry about who contributes regularly. If you think it is, perhaps you should rethink your expectations in participating in this site.

      ;)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 6:50 am   rating: 53  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   Dare

      Sarah, Don’t worry. Canthaz has Michelle to take care of the work in his department.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   Canthz_B bang

      Sarah, many months ago I began the arduous task of trying to determine just how many comments the site administrator would allow one poster to make.
      I have not yet found that limit, so my quest continues. ;-)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   snee

      go for the gold, CB!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.6   Canthz_B bang

      I’ve got a million of ‘em, snee…much to the chagrin of Sarah. ;-)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.7   Ti O bang

      * in H Cosell voice *

      One man, one record, and you are there as he pugnaciously strives for PANgold.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.8   Canthz_B bang

      *in John Facenda voice*

      Each PAN begins as a frozen tundra. No comments litter the screen. No ideas are before us to guide us.
      Yet, there exist an intrepid few willing to strike out and make a name for themselves in this unforgiving PANscape…CB is one of these inspired few.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.9   se

      I find it interesting that Sarah seems to think that CB is Jesus Christ.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.10   Canthz_B bang

      I come in many guises, my son. :mrgreen:

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.11   RY

      yes, and the most believable guise is the ” I’m a friggin unlikeable loser who can only get attention online by making snarky comments and being a d****bag to make me feel better about myself” ….what a WINNER!!!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.12   Wade bang

      And yet there you hang, dingleberry-like, from CB’s comment, seeking attention without making a snarky post related to the note.

      I hope it makes you feel better about yourself, RY.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 3:56 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.13   Canthz_B bang

      Why yes, you are.
      Someday, when you can tell the difference between jokes and reality, you too may aspire to such heights, RY. ;-)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.14   Ti O bang

      Did I mis-interpret the tens of thousands of comments that came before and that this isn’t the snarky fun PAN site?

      Last time she was around CB se she thought he was god because all we could hear in the other room was her screaming “oh god oh god OOoooooh GOD!” :lol:

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.15   Canthz_B bang

      You must have, Ti O.
      I’m obviously the only one that posts on this site more than once per PAN and would like some attention.
      Everyone else posts once and would prefer that no one read, and God forbid, find mildly amusing, what they post.

      Hell, I’m still trying to understand why I have to be called a duffel bag! ;-)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.16   anglophile bang

      Hey! You got your snarky comment in my online passive/aggressive diagnostic database!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.17   Ti O bang

      Well I still have my issued dufflebag and it is green, rather shapeless and at best 3-4′ tall when stuffed full. I have heard through the grapevine that you match none of these characteristics. I have a dufflebag and I know dufflebags. You sir are no dufflebag and good day.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.18   Canthz_B bang

      Was that Robby Benson with Danny Most? 8-O

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.19   The Commish

      “Douche” isn’t the kind of word that as children would get us a mouthful of soap. It would be s****id to censor words that don’t n**d to be. See? Isn’t that fucking ri****lous?

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:19 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.20   anglophile bang

      I am no priss, and have been known to swear once or twice (an hour), but, I have to say, I’d hesitate to say the word douchebag out loud. Maybe because I’m not 13 years old.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:26 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.21   Ti O bang

      *singing loud in the shower*
      “Blinded by the light. Dressed up like a douche, another runner in the night..”

      :shock: what? You mean that isn’t how it goes?

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.22   The Commish

      I always thought it was, maybe that’s why I don’t see it as a curse word. That, and the fact douchebags were a staple in The Commish household until it was learned they do more harm than good.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.23   Canthz_B bang

      I just wonder why, 6.5 hours after this PAN started on all good terms, Sarah saw fit to attack me and stir a turd…and I get to be the bad guy?

      Not that I mind, but think before you post people.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.24   agatha christie

      Ti O, I always thought it was “Dressed up like a douche, another roller in the night…” A subtle change, but gives it significant difference.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.25   Wade bang

      LOL. Everyone knows it was “Wrapped up like a douche, another rumor in the night…”

      Manfred Mann’s mangled lyrics created a hit… and sent the songwriter, Bruce Springsteen, laughing all the way to the bank. ;)

      Dec 4, 2008 at 12:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Holiday Djinn

    I have seen quite a few art studios. I have seen quite a few trashcans. I still cannot tell the difference. If you wait around long enough at both, you can probably score a bj and drugs.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 7:09 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Wade bang

    I had the same problem in second grade art class.

    “This is not an ashtray! If you think it is… wait. It is an ashtray. Never mind.”

    Dec 3, 2008 at 7:30 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Commentator

      Whew! For a second there, I thought you were replying to #14.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 9:50 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Debris Blanc

    After re-thinking his life chices, Oscar The Grouch moved from a back alley on Sesame Street to Greenwich Village and started a small art studio where he created and sold post-modern cubist collages made from discarded soup cans and Saran Wrap. But every time he tried to go to bed and take a nap after a hard day of collaging, he woke up covered in half-empty Starbucks latte cups and used condoms. It finally got to the point that he had to say something………..

    Dec 3, 2008 at 7:38 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   T.U.M.

      *coffee spittake*

      Dec 3, 2008 at 8:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Ti O bang

    A Paris, je suis un artiste, dans le reste du monde, je suis une prostituée.
    signé,
    Courtney Love

    Dec 3, 2008 at 8:14 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Ti O bang

    You’re putting trash in my performance art. Please stop upstaging me with your own installation.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 8:16 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   0falcon8 bang

    give a hoot, don’t pollute!

    Dec 3, 2008 at 8:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   0falcon8 bang

    would that note be considered a trashPAN?

    Dec 3, 2008 at 8:56 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   T.U.M.

    When I was walking to work this morning, I saw a note taped to a car parked at the next building. From a few yards away, I could tell it was written in bold, black Sharpie on orange construction paper. My heart fluttered in its bony cage – was I to have a PAN morning right in my own front yard?

    I was crushed when the note turned out to be perfectly reasonable, sincerely polite, and impeccably spelled.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:02 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Goldie

      I know the feeling! I’ve been looking out for PANs myself. Spotted one on the office fridge a few weeks ago, but then, before I could snap a picture, a coworker tossed it into the trash. O cruel, PANless world.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 11:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Woman on the Verge bang

      I was in our copy room and saw… wait for it… a sign with clipart that said “Don’t pick your nose!” By the time I got back with my camera, it was gone. I was so sad…

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   Kansas girl

      I do think Sharpie on orange construction paper would give a few PAN points to any note, even if otherwise reasonable.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   GhostWriter bang

    This is not a trash can!

    It is a huge talking Venus Fly Trap.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:19 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   secondsout bang

      Screw those talking Venus Fly Traps! I gave one sunshine and I gave it dirt; it gave me nothing but heartache and hurt. Asshole plant!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 11:43 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Ti O bang

      I got killer buds, A power stem, Nasty pods , And I’m using them! So better move ‘em out, Nature calls, You got my pun? I’m gonna bust your balls!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   you suck at craigslist

    There’s a saying around academia (or is that facebook?) … grad students aren’t bad people, they’ve just made poor life choices.

    If the note writer and the responder are grad students, I think we may have just reached a moment of singularity.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:22 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Kansas girl

      An oldie, I think from the “fortune” program:
      Graduate school is the snooze button on the alarm clock of life.

      In other words, it’s not so much a life choice as a refusal to choose.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Bunnee

      Ah, but in the immortal words of Geddy Lee, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!”

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   biscuit

    Uptight, superficial artists worrying about labels. Typical.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   thirty six red

    Depends. Have you seen any dead kittens in there?

    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:49 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   zorinlynx bang

    What was the note posted over? What was the item that the note writer thinks isn’t a trash can?

    Without this valuable information, how are we to know just how hilarious this is??? :)

    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:49 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Goldie

    The random bolding mystifies me. Anybody else think this is a subliminal message?

    This is not a trashcan! If you think it is you should rethink your life choices!

    Clearly, the note author is telling us to “Thdehin ife” our choices, but I don’t know what it means.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 10:01 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Karey

      Im thinking that, plus the vertical upside down phrase on the side, are being ‘artistic’.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 10:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   zorinlynx bang

      There is a very subtle difference between being ‘artistic’ and being ‘stupid’.

      Extremely subtle, but it’s there.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 10:31 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   Ti O bang

      I thought it was autistic.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 10:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.4   Kansas girl

      I think it’s an anagram. Could be…
      Hedonistic chief, he!
      Hectic fiendish hoe!
      The fiendish choice!
      Fiendish tech ice ho!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.5   Ti O bang

      Mecha lecka hi! Mecha hiney ho!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:59 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.6   Canthz_B bang

      LMAO so hard I have to peewee!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   Mishee bang

    Why does everyone keep calling poor Ike a trashcan?!

    Stupid! He’s Canadian!

    Dec 3, 2008 at 12:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Dare

    Please dispose of your PAN elsewhere. This is not a trashcan.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Andy

    Dude, I may be in art school, but I can tell the difference between a fucking note and a trashcan. Thanks.

    trashcan: where I poop
    note: what I wipe with

    Dec 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   aaa

    Pssh, art studio, nothing! I’d like to see what happens in the bio labs when the bio majors make poor life choices.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Canthz_B bang

      Well, just like in any Sci-Fi Channel movie, the evil Board of Directors of the college, in cahoots with a war mongering Defense Department, will try to take over the project.
      Four people will stop them. The feisty blond co-ed, the nerdy science geek with a crush on the blond co-ed, her muscle-bound yet dumb as a stump boyfriend, and the irascible quick-witted pre-teen who, driven by a bratty need to not follow instructions to touch nothing, unwittingly uncovers the key to the success of their mission.
      Boyfriend dies horrible death, nerd saves and gets girl.

      The End

      Dec 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   unholyghost2003 bang

      Don’t forget … the feisty blond’s vanity will help save the day too! Her make-up, hair pins, nail polish/nail polish remover, nail file or compact will be just the part needed to make the pre-teen and nerd’s contraption work!

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:05 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.3   Canthz_B bang

      I ♥ you, UHG2003

      Dec 3, 2008 at 2:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.4   Debris Blanc

      Don’t forget the (usually) blonde -ologist. She always looks like that girl from the auto parts calendar, but she’s really an -ologist (seismol-ogist, entymol-ogist, geol-ogist, wildlife bi-ologist or whatever applies to the monster, infestation, or disaster at hand.) She is really intelligent and resourceful, usually wears a white tank top, and gets wet a lot.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.5   Canthz_B bang

      Or the pragmatic brunette who has warmed our hearts throughout, but at the last minute loses her mind and runs back to save the pre-teen’s cat from certain death.

      The pre-teen and their pet always survive, but brunettes are fodder. ;-)

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.6   Woman on the Verge bang

      And in the end, the nerd takes off his glasses and bow tie and… suddenly he is a babe… with a pocket protector.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:32 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.7   Ti O bang

      That is always the case! The Ugly duckling girl is alway some “Hottie” actress that they put horned rim glasses on and a frumpy dress. Like that hides anything! Who can’t see through this flimsy ruse?

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.8   aaa

      I dunno. Superman’s Clark Kent glasses seem to fool an awful lot of people. Although, there are theories as to why nobody can seem to figure it out.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Pesky Email Forwards

    Ha!

    These notes seem worthy of being forwarded around to appreciative parties.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 2:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Louis XIV

    Je trouve toujours ceci interessant ces titres en francais lorsque rien ne l’evoque.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Ti O bang

      Je ne trouve rien sur le français intéressant. Eh bien peut-être le fait que De Gaulle femmes portaient des sous-vêtements, mais dans la plus étrange façon.
      Avant-moi la dernière fois qu’un rapport était en France, ils étaient à pied de la Normandie à Berlin portait un fusil.

      Dec 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   St.Idjit

      Tish! That’s French! ;****

      *siiigh*

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.3   SarahBelle

      Gesundheit.

      Dec 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.4   Vanessa

      “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.”

      Try again.

      Dec 5, 2008 at 10:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   Woman on the Verge bang

    So are hospital, life choice center, soapbox, art studio and trash can the only choices? You have to admit, it is a very eclectic selection.

    In all probability this was posted on the ladies room wall right under the sign reminding you not to flush your tampons.

    Dec 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Woman on the Verge bang

    Oh, CB, nice one….

    Dec 3, 2008 at 5:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Damn, I swear I gigglebraxed. Can I just say “sorry” and not wear the article of clothing that must not be named? Please?

      Dec 3, 2008 at 5:30 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
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