Not long ago I did a post on different amusing signs I’ve seen while traveling (http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/signs-of-the-times-or-something-2/). After our last trip, I have a few more for your viewing, or reading, enjoyment. A good laugh never goes amiss! I hope to leave you LOL at least once. And speaking of laughter, here are a few quotes about laughter just to get things started.
You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
– Michael Pritchard
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
– Irish Proverb
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
– Mark Twain
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
– Victor Borge
On to the signs. Let’s start with the worst first. I admit I don’t find this one funny. In fact, it’s one of the worst things you can see while driving, along with “Right (or left) lane ends in ___ feet“.
That, of course, makes this sign one of the best.
I’m sorry, but when I spotted one of these signs on the way into Ohio not long ago, I laughed to myself for some time. First the sign, then the thoughts that zoomed through my irreverent head.
The sign I saw had “Ohio” before the “Drug Trafficker” part, so it read, “Ohio Drug Traffickers.” Since there’s no punctuation (maybe drug traffickers aren’t concerned with or conversant with punctuation and grammar), you could take this as a command: “Ohio drug traffickers, go to prison. Do not pass go. Do not collect two hundred dollars! If you have problems finding it, need transportation or some other issue, please call this number and we’ll assist you.” And the whole number thing is funny because although I imagine most people get that it means they should call if they see a drug trafficker, it could just as easily be construed to mean the drug traffickers themselves should call. In sum, it reminded me forcibly of “Eats, Shoots, & Leaves” vs “Eats shoots & leaves”. Eat, Shoots & Leaves is a book you should read if you enjoy grammar at all. And as I’ve mentioned before, Anguished English, by Richard Lederer is also highly recommended. I have been known to laugh until I cried (literally) when read the latter.
I didn’t get a picture of the next sign on the side of a truck carrying several port-a-potties. But I googled the company and found the sign. It advertised the aptly named rent-a-potty company:
Hey, don’t pooh, pooh it!! Tell me you could think of anything more clever!
Although not signs, there are always many interesting city names, two of which (found in Illinios) are “Normal” and “Mooseheart”. (Wouldn’t it be fun to say you live in Mooseheart?) There might be a whole ‘nother blog in there. But for now, I’m finished and will sign off for today.
I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.