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Nov. 1st, 2006

07:00 pm - OBTW: Amusing thought re: sign I saw

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Sign seen in Roman Nose State Park:

DEER RUN
PICNIC AREA

You can change the meaning of this sign simply by adding a hyphen:

DEER-RUN
PICNIC AREA

If you need anything--napkins, can openers, trash bags--just ask the deer.

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From:tilton
Date:November 1st, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
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And howzabout:

DEER? RUN!
PICNIC AREA!

( OK, maybe I'm stretching a little bit :-3 )
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 2nd, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
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For some reason I'm reminded of what I might yell if a London tavern were somehow launched on a trajectory that would cause it to hit the ground in my vicinity:

"PUB! INCOMING!"
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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But is the warning to us or the deer?
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From:hartree
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
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The deer took it over when it was privatized.
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From:tilt_longtail
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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The hyphen is a powerful thing.
Just add a hyphen to napkins and you have nap-kins!
Relatives who like to sleep a lot!
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From:orv
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Reminds me of a sign I saw once in my college dorm, where misspelling and a misplaced hyphen conspired to change the meaning:

WANTED: ROO-
MATE FOR
OFF-CAMPUS
APARTMENT
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
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Wooo, someone wanted to marry a kangaroo! Or perhaps find someone to live in a kangaroo's pouch with.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Nah, they just wanted to offer the apartment to the kangaroo in exchange for sex. (Oh, I need a shower....)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:November 2nd, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
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The joy of mixed signage!

I remember in university (1991-1994, the years are important to the story) there was a lecture series entitled "The Evolving Soviet Union". I don't seem to recall the circumstances of it, but I do remember it was eventually advertised as such, repeatedly, in the campus newsletter as "The Revolving Soviet Onion". (It was a very laid back and liberal, in all senses, university. Most of the students (and several faculty, especially in my major of theatre) were unaware the 1960s were over.)

As to your sign, there was a comedian (I forget who, and I really wish I could remember his name to give him the proper credit, because I found his presentation style unique) who billed himself as the "Ultimate Road Comic" - one point of his act was a slide show showing funny road signs he's seen in his travels, one was a sign marking the geographical point (possibly a town) of BLACKS RUN. He remarked "at least the Klan are open about it!"
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From:kamesama
Date:November 2nd, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
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Oh deer.
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From:nefaria
Date:November 2nd, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
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It could have also been changed to:
DEER?!?! RUN!!!
PICNIC AREA!

Meaning that this happens to be an area where the deer are carnivorous and feast on human flesh over checkered tablecloths, so it's best to vacate the area as soon as possible.
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From:irbisgreif
Date:November 2nd, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)

or, if you use question marks, it becomes a discussion of options...

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DEER RUN?
PICNIC AREA?
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