Thursday, May 25, 2006
I really love signs like these. I think we should all embrace them for what they really are -- evidence of an excellent (if somewhat inadvertent) national sense of humour.
There was a rather priceless sign in Brighton, which read:
"Dog fouling of the footway is an offence. Please do not take your dog into this pedestrian area if it is likely to offend."
And one in a restaurant bathroom, also in Brighton:
"As you may have noticed, the toilet seat is cracked. We have ordered a new one, but in the meantime, please take care not to pinch yourself. We apologize for the inconvenience. The owners."
In the greatest of ironies, dumb signs can be pretty fucking clever. Kind of like the sign in my hostel in London, which read:
"Due to the recent bird flu epidemic, we will no longer be accepting birds as payment. This includes peacocks. Sincerely, the management."
I'm sure this wasn't what they meant.....
I also saw a sign on a ship in Helsinki that read "Beware of soot." Then there was one on the corner of Dan's street, which said: "Lost: One pair of sticks for juggling fire. Of great sentimental value."
And here's my favourite Canadian sign. This one's actually pretty close to where I live. A sign like this does not insult my national pride. Actually, I think it rather enhances it.
That is all.