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But where is the dental clinic?

August 25th, 2011 · 44 comments

Patti in Madrid, Spain couldn’t help but laugh when she saw this notice. “I kept imagining all the losers buzzing random apartments, asking, ‘Hey, is this the dental clinic?’” — presumably, until one of the frustrated residents posted this sign.

La clínica dental es en el botón que pone "Clínica Dental." ¡¡Gracias!! (Translation: The dental clinic is at the button that says "dental clinic." Thank you!)

Translation: The dental clinic is at the button that says “dental clinic.” Thank you!

Clínica Dental Alcala

related: Please, contain your excitement.

FILED UNDER: Espanol · gloriously redundant · Spain

44 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Lani

    One of the few PANs that make me sympathize more with the note writer than the receivers. Customers are stupid.

    Aug 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm   rating: 53  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Numismatic Nerd bang

      I much concur. I feel bad for the people being buzzed

      Aug 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Jason

      Yes they are.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   val


      Aug 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   Lindsey

    Maybe if they wrote it in English more people would understand.

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Katie

      the note and office are both in spain, where i’m guessing the majority of the population speaks spanish, not english.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Quite Contrary

      Methinks Lindsey was speaking sarcastically.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Katie

      Well, then I retract my comment.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Lindsey

      I know… it was a joke.

      Aug 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   The Elf

      I am sure they’d understand the English if it was written in large font, all caps, with plenty of ellipses between words.

      Aug 26, 2011 at 6:43 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   TKD

      Only if the font choice is correct…Comic Sans…of course…

      Aug 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #2.7   val

      “methinks” should end.

      Aug 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #3   George P

    It is, though, a proper use of quotation marks.

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #4   Ls

    I like how in Spain they have degrees instead of office suite numbers

    Aug 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   unsatisfied

      and, of course, they are in celsius…..

      Aug 26, 2011 at 9:42 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   braedyn

      It’s not degrees. It’s how they write “st”, “nd”, etc., as in “1st” and “2nd”. They abbreviate that with a little “o” (not a zero) instead, because all of them end in “o” (primero, segundo, etc.).

      Aug 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Ali

      Even though I assume Ls was joking, thanks for the info, braedyn. Learn something new every day.

      Aug 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #5   Metreeid

    But do the quadruple bangs (¡¡!!) cancel out the proper quotation use?

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Ana

      well seeing that in spanish ¡! is proper there is only one extra exclamation mark

      Aug 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   The Elf

      Quadruple bangs? Well, that is something to be excited about.

      Aug 26, 2011 at 10:16 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #6   dejahthoris

    He’s from Barcelona.

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      …The planet where they have dogs with no noses?

      Aug 26, 2011 at 5:21 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   *snerk*

      I was always bummed that we never got to see that planet…

      Aug 26, 2011 at 9:56 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Jimmy James

      But FeRD, then how do they smell?

      Aug 26, 2011 at 11:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Pix

      Well Jimmy, that probably depends on how recently they’ve had a bath.

      Aug 26, 2011 at 11:52 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #7   JetJackson

    Hola! No puedo leer en espanol… Donde esta la clinica dental por favor?

    Ahhhh, que significa ‘hijo de puta’?

    Aug 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

  • #8   Mrs.Beasley bang

    Maybe the errant buzzer-pushers would be better served by visiting the Eye Clinic instead.

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   FeRD bang

      Especially since they also apparently need a GINORMOUS red dot, at chest(?) level, just to keep them from walking straight into the glass walls at the lobby entrance!

      Aug 26, 2011 at 5:44 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nahhh bang

    Used to live in the front apartment of a quad, and random people (who didn’t even live there) were constantly ringing our bell, looking for the manager. I finally put up an index card that said, “Manager Does Not Live Here.” They kept ringing, and would say, “I know the manager doesn’t live here, but I’m looking for an apartment, so could you tell me how to contact him or her?”

    Finally had to swap the card for one that said, “Ring this bell and die.”

    Guess what…

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   bookworm

      I am so glad I never bothered to have my apartment buzzer set up. Running down three flights of stairs to meet guests is nothing compared to that.

      Aug 26, 2011 at 11:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   oi bang

    I thought 2° C was too low for Spain then I saw 2°B and I am like, whoa! they speak whole another language over there!

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Virago

      Technically speaking.. you do speak an strange different language. There are much more Spanish natives than English ones.

      You barbarians!

      Aug 26, 2011 at 3:33 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   FeRD bang

      Lies! I, for one, haven’t been a follower of Barbaria since my crazy, experimental college years!

      (Also, by your metric, don’t the Chinese have us all beat out? Admittedly, I don’t know how the numbers break down between their two main dialects… but I assume either Cantonese or Mandarin is the only “real” language, and all the rest of us speak a strange different one.)

      Aug 26, 2011 at 5:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   oi

      Arr. I was making a joke. Degree Celsius/ temperature unit symbol would be same (° C) in any language. Obviously they are not using it for temperature measurement but again I was making a joke which apparently nobody got :(
      It was a shiny example of art called “coming to a right conclusion with totally wrong reasoning to make you bang your head on the wall”

      Aug 26, 2011 at 11:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   FeRD bang

      No… no, it can’t have been art, because it didn’t make me want to write to my Congressperson demanding an explanation for why we’re funding such filth. That’s how I know something’s art!

      (…Either that, or we got your joke just fine, and chose to proceed regardless of that awareness. Well, I did, at least.)

      Aug 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   madrileño

    *double facepalm*

    Aug 26, 2011 at 4:55 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #12   The Elf

    They need to follow the purple arrows to the land of the lost shopping cart. There you will find your dental clinic.

    Aug 26, 2011 at 6:46 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #13   divaandwriter bang

    Maybe the people who keep ringing the wrong bell are the ones who are afraid to go to the dentist. If you can’t find the clinic, you won’t have to sit in a chair and have someone poke you with needles and drill holes in your teeth, right?

    Aug 26, 2011 at 9:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #14   QBALL

    Yo quero Taco Bell

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   shwo! bang

    Donde esta casa de Pepe?

    Aug 26, 2011 at 11:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #16   Will

    That’s all well and good, but which button is for the clinic? There are two.

    Aug 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Mrs.Beasley bang

      The button on the left is for left-sided toothaches, and the button on the right is for right-sided toothaches.

      Aug 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #17   Simon Hoare

    Get this all the time where I live and have never understood it.

    Do they just mash the intercom at random and hope for the best?

    Or do they believe you can’t have separate people at the same postal address, so the buttons must all be the same?

    Sep 2, 2011 at 4:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   Lili

    This one is so perfectly passive aggressive. I love it.

    Sep 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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