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February 1st, 2012 · 47 comments

There’s the typical New York City note…

"Please do not unplug the coffeemaker" "PLEASE DO NOT USE WHIMSICAL FONTS"

And then there’s the Willamette Valley way…

Well, at least it's not Papyrus.

related: Completely valid rebuttals

FILED UNDER: Comic Sans Alert · most popular notes of 2012 · New York · Oregon · smartass

47 responses so far ↓

  • #1   No.


    Feb 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Yes.


      Feb 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Maybe...


      Feb 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   I don't know?

      I don’t know?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   meh.


      Feb 2, 2012 at 1:27 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   The Elf

      eff it all

      Feb 2, 2012 at 7:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   SilentPsycho

      Bugger it.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 9:37 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   bamBAM!!

    I feel bad for the guy who wanted to use that poor unplugged toaster.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   The Elf

      Yeah, but I undestand the office dynamics going on here. The guy who uses the toaster is a mild-mannered person. He goes into the breakroom every morning with his bread and butter. When he sees the toaster is unplugged – again – he just sighs and eats his bread untoasted. He’ll seethe quietly over his chamomile tea, but that will be the end of it.

      But the coffee drinkers? They’re a little unhinged when they walk in the door. The only thing that will restore their sense of calm is a stimulant. Just enough – not too much! If they walk into the breakroom with an empty mug and then they see the coffee maker is unplugged, they can barely contain their rage. They’ll stand in the breakroom while a fresh pot is made, ranting at anyone who walks in the door. “Did you unplug the coffee maker?! I told you not to unplug the coffee maker! You can’t let the magic elixir run dry! I NEED MY COFFEE!” They’ll be so disgusted that they will put up a sign in the craziest font they can find. They’ll stake out the room with watchful eyes. And if they ever find out who is behind the coffee-maker-unplugging crime, there will be blood.

      Lesson of the day: Never piss off the coffee drinkers.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 11:09 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   TKD

      Until the years, maybe even decades, of quietly seething over untoasted bread and chamomile tea suddenly overwhelm that little spot inside Mild Mannered’s brain. The brain cells, that have been holding back anger and rage like the Hoover Dam, are suddenly obliterated. Then, God help you if your parking lot can be seen from a clock tower.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   The Elf

      He’ll put strichnyne in the guacamole.

      Feb 3, 2012 at 6:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   I don't like Mondays

      “…and Mother doesn’t understand it, she always said he’s as good as gold…”

      Feb 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   Atheist Scum Unite!

      I believe you have my stapler…

      Feb 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #3   Rectangle bang

    I would rage on anyone I see posting a note with that font.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #4   aaa bang

    At least the whimsical font signs use proper punctuation.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   spoko

      There’s no such thing as “proper punctuation” in such a brief note. It’s not a dissertation. It doesn’t require a period at the end any more than it requires a title at the top or an introductory thesis. It requires the minimum amount of words to convey the message, and if they’re all spelled correctly, that’s gravy.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   farcical aquatic ceremony

      You’re right, spoko. “Please do, not: unplug the…Coffeemaker!” works just as well.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Sioux

      I think you meant ‘number of words’. Otherwise your reply simply isn’t gravy.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   aaa bang

      Well slap my ass and call me Doris! I’ll make sure to drop the punctuation on all communiqués shorter than five sentences. Provided everything is spelled properly, of course. :3

      Feb 2, 2012 at 12:25 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #5   Mrs.Beasley

    Looks like the NYC office could use a power strip.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #6   Tickle.Then.Slap.

    “Please do, not: unplug the…Coffeemaker!” works just as well.

    Read in the style of W. Shatner.
    Aw, yeah.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:56 am   rating: 38  small thumbs up

  • #7   The Elf

    I saw what you did there, second note writer! (But I bet the Comic Sans sign maker didn’t.)

    Feb 2, 2012 at 7:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   helena

    Really – “if they’re all spelled correctly, that’s gravy?” Why is correct spelling such a bonus – isn’t it just part of what is considered basic communication skills?


    Feb 2, 2012 at 8:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      See, I think proper spelling is a detriment to a passive-aggressive note. When I read a PAN, I prefer it to be pure unadulterated crazy. I want Random Capitalization, odd!! punctuation!! (especially multiple exclamation points!!), and un-usual and odd speeelings.

      I’m only writing this because I care,



      P.S. If you don’t agree with me, I WILL CUT YOU!!!!

      Feb 2, 2012 at 11:00 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   PoltergeistA

      I completely agree with you, but will you cut me anyway? It’s sort of a fetish of mine. I like to pretend that I’m a warm loaf of bread just out of the oven, and the other person is the naughty knife-wielding baker ready to butter me up.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   The Elf

      Only if you pay me.

      Feb 3, 2012 at 6:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #9   Noelegy

    I don’t understand the Papyrus hate. I think it’s a pretty font, if used sparingly.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Lythande


      Feb 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #10   Mel K bang

    At last we have been spared the STOP clip-art dot with whistle and gloved hand.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #11   Ruth

    I live in the Willamette Valley! I would love to know where the second one is so I might add my own terrible-font-bashing note.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #12   oryxofelia

    My sister has a tattoo in papyrus font. When I saw it I cringed.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #13   Dana

    So if you can’t use Comic Sans, Papyrus, or Whimsical, what can you use?

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Fran


      Feb 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   AuntyBron

      Chiller is pretty groovy!

      Feb 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   The Elf

      I’m a Century Gothic fan.

      Feb 3, 2012 at 6:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.4   Redheadwglasses

      I like Copperplate (small caps font).

      Feb 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #13.5   Kathy

      Isn’t helvetica a cheese?

      Feb 4, 2012 at 5:01 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.6   Reecer6


      Feb 12, 2012 at 12:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #13.7   clumber


      Feb 13, 2012 at 9:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   AuntyBron

    I am partial to Old English,though. Besides they spelled some things way-y-y-y different in the middle ages. But I still want to correct all of the medieval manuscripts. sigh

    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Gwan

      They used Middle English in the Middle Ages.

      Feb 4, 2012 at 11:15 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   Michele

    Georgia is a very lovely font. I was listening to a talk show on NPR where they were discussing fonts (fascinating, by the way) and someone referred to Comic Sans as the Nickelback of fonts.

    Feb 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #16   Michele

    And I finally found out what the backlash about Comic Sans was all about.

    Feb 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #17   joe

    The gymnasium font is what is generally used in schools, as it is one of the only ones that uses an “a” which matches the way children do as well. Every school I’ve worked in used it . . .

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   Quinn

    I learned the cursive-type “a” when my 1st grade teacher kept on using it instead of the “proper”, printing a, as used on this forum.

    Feb 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Janie4

      Is it awful to admit that even as an adult, I can’t draw an amperstand or print the little “a” as it appears in times new roman? I have bad hand I coordination. I even have problems with the cursive capital G.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 9:43 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   Allergic_Vegetarian

    I agree, Comic Sans IS bad. They should have used Klingon or say, Tengwar (LOTR font). ;)

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:44 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up


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