Is this chicken, what just hit me in the head, or is this fish?

March 12th, 2010 · 64 comments

This week’s “WTF? Friday” contribution comes from Carey in Brooklyn, who spotted this warning taped to a telephone pole at a busy intersection in Long Island City, Queens. “I looked around carefully,” Carey says, “but there were no flying missiles to be seen.”

WARNING: Cans of tuna fish are being thrown out of windows on this corner. This is not a joke. Cans of tuna fish are being thrown out of windows on this corner. This is not a joke. A can of tuna fish was launched at a friend and I as we stood on the corner of 47th Avenue and 11th Street. Be careful you don't get hit in the head by one of these mysteriously flying cans! The culprit is a little coward, so keep your eyes open.

related: Passive-allergic

FILED UNDER: New York · Queens · visual aids · warning · WTF?


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  • #1   The Great Joe Bivins

    THERE WAS A SECOND CAN-LAUNCHER ON THE GRASSY KNOLL!

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm   rating: 52  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   infant tyrone bang

      Charlie: Pull !
      Mermaid: Mark !

      JFK got whacked because a couple of love-blinded
      marketing toons were shooting street skeet in Dallas ?

      Mar 13, 2010 at 12:14 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   behindbj

    I think this falls under “fair warning” as opposed to passive-aggressive.

    If the note said that the little coward throwing the cans would have one in an unfortunate location once they were caught….that would qualify.

    But…that’s just me.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   TippingCows

      It’s WTF Friday, man. Just leave it alone – sheesh.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Keary

    Why do I get the feeling this was no accident?

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   park rose bang

      Your sixth sense is nothing short of uncanny.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   GhostRider

      Shhhh! Let’s keep a lid on it!

      Mar 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   TheOldSchool

      There’s definitely something fishy about it.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 12:39 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   Maas

      It’s my belief that these tuna are laborin’ under the misapprehension that they’re birds. Observe their be’avior. Take for a start the tuna’s tendency to ‘op about the sidewalk on their ‘ind fins. Now witness their attmpts to fly from building to building. Notice that they do not so much fly as…plummet. One thing is for sure, the tuna is not a creature of the air. They have enormous difficulty in the comparatively simple act of perchin’. Trouble is, tuna are very dim. Once they get an idea in their ‘eads, there’s no shiftin’ it.

      Mar 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   oi bang

    Are note writer and the “friend” just friends? I mean he says a can was launched at them. Now what they were doing that a single can can be hurled at both of them? May be that was the reason behind “can launching”

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   park rose bang

      oi, I think a can of tuna was just the sea- chicken hurler victim showing off his/her prowess at distinguishing between cantabile and non-cantabile nouns.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 10:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Woman on the Verge bang

    That mermaid is a little coward. Look at her smiling smugly on the can before hurling herself at unwitting passerby…

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   park rose bang

      It’s the face that launched a thousand tins of tuna.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 2:03 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   infant tyrone bang

      Are those tins measured in avoirdupois ?
      Or does our precious mermaid warrant Troy ?

      Mar 13, 2010 at 2:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   mills

    Are you sure this person is a little coward? Why not a large coward? When avoiding whirling cans of death, one would need to be aware of size. That having been said, this note contains one of my grammar pet peeves – “The can…was launched at my friend and I as we stood…” It should read “The can…was launched at my friend and ME as we stood…” If you are going to put it out there for everyone to read, at least do it reasonably well.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   park rose bang

      Large cowards launch large cans of dog food.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Gunderson

    Jessica Simpson was just going through them all. She won’t stop until she finds a can that actually has chicken in it.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   eslinger

      Aha! I was waiting for someone to make the Jessica Simpson comment! Kudos!

      Apr 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   oi bang

    mysteriously flying chickens of the sea which look like mermaids!
    Sounds like a creature from the planet Pandora.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   shwonline bang

    Maybe it was an accident. Did the culprit yell “Sorry, Charlie!”?

    Mar 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   infant tyrone bang

      Mermaid Kist Charlie once and they were StarCross’d lovers everafter ?

      Mar 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Kate

    Am I alone in thinking that the most bizarre thing about this is calling tuna ‘chicken of the sea’?

    Mar 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   park rose bang

      Well, there’s our explanation. If chickens can swim, tuna can fly.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   infant tyrone bang

      Inverting this back to a snippet of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”
      from Show Boat would be too easy,
      so for something completely impossible…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhS35f015SQ

      Mar 13, 2010 at 12:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Mel K

    How do we know that this isn’t an ambush? or a uni student psych experiment?

    I hate to say it, but something smells fishy about having people read a lengthy warning at a street corner in the exact spot that something dangerous “occurred”. It gives plenty of time for the little coward to load up the catapult. It should say- “DON’T STOP HERE! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE” with explanations on posters on the other corners.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Pterosaur

      I suspect that the sign itself is the psych experiment. Somewhere there’s a grad student with binoculars counting how many people stop to read the absurd post. Anyone who lingers too long gets a tuna attack.

      I’d give that thesis an A.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   Bobalina

      Mel, I’m so glad that I wasn’t the only one to think that this sign was merely a way to get people to stand still long enough to get hit by flying tuna.
      Pterosaur, I think the more interesting psych experiment would be to see how tuna-throwing becomes such a regular occurrence that people need to be warned. Notice the first sentence: “Cans of Tuna Fish are being thrown out of windows on this corner.” This makes it seem as though it is a neighborhood conspiracy. How would this happen? Did one original tuna-chucker start a fad? I think this says a great deal about the mob mentality of the people who live on that street. Also interesting would be a study to determine why the note-writer felt the need to capitalize tuna fish.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Susan

    I was going to ask why somebody would do something so stupid, but I think the question is pretty dumb too. Is it happy hour yet?

    Mar 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   SAP-er for life

    My friends and I used to (and still do, every now and then) terrorize our neighborhood at night. Our weapon of choice? Cookies. We would sit on top of the Post Office and hurl them at passing cars, which led to very nearly getting in trouble after one friend chucked some at a police car. It’s a good thing the cop wasn’t familiar with our neighborhood. :-D

    That being said, cans o’ tuna are not nearly as harmless as cookies, and I in no way endorse the throwing of comestibles at passers-by, be they on foot or in a car, and especially not with something that could cause real damage. Like a can of tuna.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   shwonline bang

      Um, throwing cookies at passing cars is not exactly harmless. Startling someone who is piloting 2000 pounds of metal is a good way to cause an accident.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   TheOldSchool

      If throwing a can of tuna at pedestrians is meant to be a joke, I think it would be funnier if they also tossed out a loaf of bread and some mayonnaise.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 12:49 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   infant tyrone bang

      A gastronomic gauntlet* of a sort…or a fuoodsillade ?
      Either way, not a pickle to relish being in.

      *As in “running the gauntlet”, per Wiki AKA “the gantelope”.
      Maybe so named because every blow the prisoner received
      had the sound of a melonious thunk ?

      Mar 13, 2010 at 2:33 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   TheOldSchool

      Melonius Thunk?

      When the talk turns to tunar-isms, I know it’s Looney Tuna Time.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 5:27 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Hmm

    Viral advertising?

    Mar 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Mel K

      Who’s the target? Edgy misanthropes who like to be seen as buying potential weapons that could be passed off as salad fixings?

      “Ooh, he’s cute and buying the dangerous tuna. ”

      What’ll be next? A jar of sweet pickles?

      Mar 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   park rose bang

      The pressing tuna questions of course, are, was the can open, or closed? Was the tuna in brine or oil? It’s the difference between leaving your hair glossy, conditioned and slick, or straw-like, sea-like and dry. Maybe it’s a Schwartzkopf campaign.

      Mar 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   infant tyrone bang

      Maybe it’s a Col. Kurtz campaign.
      Tuna recalled with extreme prejudice.
      I love the smell of tuna in the morning ?

      Mar 13, 2010 at 12:34 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   TheOldSchool

      Hmm,

      I wouldn’t call it “viral advertising.”

      It’s really more like “in your face advertising.”

      Or “upside your head” marketing.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 5:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   The Ninth Planet

    “…launched at a friend and ME.”

    Mar 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   park rose bang

    I think the little coward is Galileo, one of the most famous* recanters of all time. Each time he’s set to launch another tin he’s heard to mumble in wonderment, Yet it moves.

    *I won’t say infamous, because I’d be doing a whole lot of recanting, too, if my teachings fell out of favour with the 16th century Catholic church.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   park rose bang

    Be careful you don’t get hit in the head by one of these mysteriously flying cans!
    What’s the problem? Tuna is brain food, after all.

    Mar 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   TheOldSchool

      Uncanny.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 12:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   pony girl

    Road trip to Dallas for FREE tunafish!!

    Mar 13, 2010 at 1:40 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   infant tyrone bang

      I’m there, PG.
      IH-35N…far left lane ONLY
      But no convertibles and no pink outfits, OK ?
      I’d call shotgun, but, for now anyway, my compass is functioning…

      Mar 13, 2010 at 2:46 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   pony girl

    Is a moon roof ok?

    Mar 13, 2010 at 4:27 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   infant tyrone bang

      I thought mooning was customarily done through the side windows.
      But, unbounded as my love is for Big D, I’ll follow your lead.
      Dallas is so boring, maybe we should plan on a roofie to cancel the tedium.

      Mar 13, 2010 at 8:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   aaa bang

    Isn’t it amazing how the second somebody says “THIS IS NOT A JOKE”, it gets infinitely more hilarious?

    Mar 13, 2010 at 10:42 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Hypothetical

    As Tim Bedore , it’s Vague but True.

    The animal has extended to cans of Tunafish now. It was bad enough when squirrels and deer were attacking people. They’re getting more organized.

    Mar 13, 2010 at 11:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Hierophantria

    If this was in an area where drag queens normally roam then I could consider this passive aggressive. I know its a WTF Friday but keeping with the theme would be nice.

    Mar 13, 2010 at 10:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Patty

    That made me laugh so hard! On the bright side free tuna cans :D

    Mar 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Mel K

      On WTF Friday, everybody wins

      Mar 14, 2010 at 5:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   matt bang

    I personally prefer launching apples out of cars. I mean, what’s the fun of throwing out a perfectly good can of tuna? The best part about launching apples is you get to see them disintegrate quite spectacularly on the steering wheels of the convertables you aimed them at : )

    Mar 14, 2010 at 7:59 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   park rose bang

      Oh, I have been trying to work the William Tell Overture into this thread for ages, and now you have given me the perfect opening. . . of course, I don’t know where to go from here. But, I do imagine the tuna fish launcher, launching tuna fish to the above tune. I’ll sleep on it.

      Mar 14, 2010 at 10:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   bowloftoast bang

    If I was a homeless amnesiac, I’d be hanging out on this corner every day hoping for the best.

    Mar 14, 2010 at 9:50 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   park rose bang

      Not “home brand” tuna then?

      Mar 14, 2010 at 10:27 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Canthz_B bang

    Just another cannery row, I suspect.

    Someone was baited hook, line and sinker into casting that missile.

    I’m just fishing for a line here, trolling for a laugh.

    Mar 15, 2010 at 4:49 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Canthz_B bang

    The writer was traumatized. It probably wasn’t even tuna…but it was flying fish!

    Mar 15, 2010 at 5:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Canthz_B bang

    Ask any mermaid
    you happen to see,
    Who’s her spawn’s daddy?
    She’ll tell you CB!

    Gimme some fin!!

    Mar 15, 2010 at 5:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   claw71 bang

    It’s Brooklyn so am I guilty of stereotyping if I’m assuming the little coward who threw the can of tuna was wearing an Fila jacket and a Kangol? Is it profiling if I’m assuming he yelled, “I GOTCH YO TUNA FISH RIGHT ERE!”

    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:14 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   LorinD

      Long Island City is in Queens, not Brooklyn!

      Mar 22, 2010 at 12:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   Max Time bang

    well i guess everyone blames shit on midgets these days.

    Mar 15, 2010 at 8:38 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   wurdnurd bang

    The flying can of tuna would only be mysterious if it were actually flying. While it indeed was traveling through the atmosphere, because of its shape the can could not generate lift sufficient to cause it to fly. More importantly, I heard that if you stand at the corner of 48th and 12th you could be hit by a canned ham! (Presumably tossed by a large coward).

    Mar 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   lolsuz

    This looks like a Postergasm poster, but I can’t find any evidence to that fact… yet.

    Mar 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Cindy

    Funny. I know I shouldn’t laugh..but, still..

    Apr 1, 2010 at 12:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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