Finding funny-haha Engrish signs in Japan is almost too easy, but Biella from New York didn’t settle for cheap laughs during her trip. “Your English is good,” one might say, but this club’s “advisory” about the Tokyo police is pure paranoiac gold.
extra credit: Uniformed vigilantes patrol tokyo streets to intimidate slackers [boingboing.net]
FILED UNDER: Clearly a non-native English speaker · exclamation-point happy!!!! · high on highlighter · Tokyo
Well, our anonymous contributor in Pompano Beach, Florida has one for you.
He explains: “I keep a gym membership so that I can feel good about my financial commitment to my health — not so much for the actual health benefits per se. I hadn’t been to the gym in at least two months when I came across this note posted by the showers. (My shower at home was being worked on.) I’m glad I make it a habit to wear sandals in the shower during my quarterly visits.”
related: The Mad Bomber
FILED UNDER: actually totally reasonable · Florida · gym · shit · shower · that's disgusting · that's unsanitary
Is posting a “polite” sign for the neighbors passive-aggressive? “Perhaps,” says the Washington Post.
Perhaps this Portland resident could learn a lesson in politeness from our famously good-natured neighbors to the north? Or, um, maybe not.
(Photos from Guy in toronto, via jerrold!)
related: Boston, a place for friends
FILED UNDER: neighbors · Toronto
Cameron in Hyde Park, New York brings us this “maybe not-so-classic dorm dispute: girl meets boy, girl likes boy, boy has girlfriend, girl obsesses over boy, boy’s female neighbors post rejection note from boy to girl, girl…threatens neighbors, artistically.”
FILED UNDER: college life · danger · disturbingly detailed · exclamation-point happy!!!! · MYOB · spurned lover
Here’s a trio of notes from California that each make me very uncomfortable…and not just because of the painful lack of irony.
First up: an excerpt from seating guidelines posted at the quaint little Mexican restaurant in Huntington Beach where Brynn used to waitress. So quaint, Brynn says, “They also posted a dress code rule that ladies must wear makeup and skirts could not be below the knee.”
Meanwhile, a little farther south, a construction worker left this note for James in San Diego…while he was parked in front of his own house.
And the last word goes to this bit of social commentary, which Jen spotted on the window of a soon-to-be-opened restaurant in San Francisco.
related: Je comprends…moi non plus
extra credit: ¡Ask a Mexican!® [ocweekly.com]
FILED UNDER: California · casual xenophobia · parking · restaurant · San Diego · your/you're
Spotted by doppelfrog at London’s Paddington station…
related: Water, water everywhere
FILED UNDER: "customer service" · London · rhetorical question · warning · water · whiteboard
Amanda in Fairhaven, Mass. recently took her sister-in-law in for an ultrasound appointment, and was a little frightened by this sign. (It was posted in three places, both inside and outside the restroom.)
related: Bun — er, pizza in the oven
FILED UNDER: bathroom · exclamation-point happy!!!! · Massachusetts · piss · preggers
This note represents pretty much everything about office culture that makes me cringe. Appropriately enough, I can’t even bring myself to call out the specifics — it’s just too overwhelming. (But the sign will always be there…every day, taunting me.)
FILED UNDER: alot · anthropomorphism · CAPS LOCK · fridge · inane cartoon · kinda creepy · mixed metaphors · most popular notes of 2008 · Say wha? · spelling and grammar police · U.K.
Dan spotted this triple-bonus-score of a note at the desk of a receptionist in MTV’s New York office. The craziest part, he says? “She leaves it up there all the time, just in case she calls in sick. It’s just up there, all day, in her face, reaffirming her violent disapproval for people invading her personal space.”
related: where angels fear to spit
FILED UNDER: bold-underlined-caps · exclamation-point happy!!!! · overzealous secretary · touching
World-renowned troublemaker Troy McClure forwards this e-mail from his department’s secretary in Sydney, Australia.
No big deal, you say? Take a second look at the addressee list. (Yes, JONATHAN, I’m talking to you.)
related: Just in case you didn’t catch the sarcasm
FILED UNDER: "accidental" "borrowing" · dishes · message to all intended for one · overzealous secretary · Sydney