Apparently, Von says, somebody at the Homeowners Association got fed up with kids swimming in and jumping off of a decorative fountain at the neighborhood swimming pool, so the Board of Directors put up this sign. “The funny part,” he says, “is that the water from the fountain flows directly into the actual pool.” (No word on how long it took the kids to figure that one out.)
And then there’s this…
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FILED UNDER: kids · Mississippi · swimming pool
Megan in Atlanta found this note on her front door one day after returning home from work. Explains Megan: “My front rooms are living and dining, not bedrooms. I had put one of my front blinds up because the cat was getting to it and they’re expensive cellular shades.” Her “high road” response? Raising all the blinds in the house. (Adds Megan: “Enjoy the view, busybody!”)
Meanwhile, Tim and his wife Rebecca spotted this smiley-faced bit of sarcasm on a street near their home in Colorado Springs. Adds Tim: “The neighborhood isn’t even very nice, so an ugly fence is hardly the worst thing around.”
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FILED UNDER: Atlanta · Colorado · most popular notes of 2012 · MYOB · neighbors · there goes the neighborhood
“This was posted on the elevator door in my building,” says Konstantin in NYC. “It refers to the marijuana plant left in a pot right in front of the building for over a week. I love my neighbors…”
Psst, Whiteboy — perhaps a guard dog is in order?
Meanwhile, in Seattle…
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FILED UNDER: drugs · flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · New York · stealing
Explains a mom in Oregon: “This note was left outside the kids’ bedroom door after I sent them to a time out for pouring all of the shampoo and facewash in the entire bathroom into the bathtub. I told them I couldn’t trust them not to do that so they would have to stick to showers instead of baths for the time being.”
Man, I just love it when kids threaten their parents with the silent treatment.
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FILED UNDER: kids · most popular notes of 2012 · Mother-son notes · Oregon
Here’s how Carter in San Francisco tells the story: “It was my birthday, and after everyone else wanted to go to bed, I wanted to take an adventure. Being wasted, though, I didn’t make it past the second step. Instead, I fell down a flight of stairs straight into a plant, breaking off two branches.”
When he awoke the next morning, not only was he bruised and hungover, he was also an offensive vandal. As it turns out, however, an apologetic one — the pink note is his. He also shelled out $22 for a pretty new plant. (That’s something we don’t see too often around these parts…)
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FILED UNDER: drizzunk · flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · Oops?
“Apparently chicken legs can cause quite the hullabaloo in a small town,” notes our submitter in Iowa.
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FILED UNDER: Iowa · most popular notes of 2012 · restaurant · small town living · stealing
An anonymous submitter discovered this lengthy explanation on the door of a head shop in Waldorf, Maryland.
Not surprisingly, it appears the head shop’s owners take a fairly relaxed attitude toward keeping their store open, and instead put heavy emphasis on maintaining a flexible work-life balance.
related: Before you ask…
FILED UNDER: "customer service" · drugs · Maryland · opening/closing
What’s an 11-letter word for “passive-aggressive tactic?” Well, it happens to be the weapon of choice at the Portsmouth Public Library in New Hampshire, where Persephone says there is some serious crossword-puzzle drama going on.
(Personally, I would have liked to see someone add: “Even if it’s only the Monday puzzle.”)
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FILED UNDER: library · New Hampshire · newspaper
Portland, Oregon is a city that takes recycling seriously. You might even say too seriously. (But hey, you said it, not me.)
Lacey found this blue tub o’ notes at a Portland food cart pod, where she swears, “I’ve never seen anything but straight-up recyclables in the bin.”
related: Are you proud to be an American (who recycles)?
extra credit: Sanitation Twins — Portlandia [youtube]
FILED UNDER: most popular notes of 2012 · recycling
Molly said this ice cream shop on the Jersey Shore was filled with signs of the “You’re in New Jersey, bitch” variety, but this one was perhaps the most obnoxious of them all.
“As it turns out,” Molly says, “my imagination didn’t quite capture the essence of the Mocha Chocolate Crunch that I ordered. If I’d had a sample, I would have realized the nuttiness was just too much for my delicate palate.”
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FILED UNDER: "customer service" · ice cream · New Jersey · tourists