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Friday, April 25, 2008

Photohunters: Unique/Funny signs


The photohunt theme this week is unique/funny signs. I'm afraid I don't have great examples. The first sign I will post may or may not be unique but I found it funny. For the longest time, I thought one of my neighbors had a very elaborate sign to sell their dog, and I assumed the dog's name was Tess. It wasn't until under contract was added to the sign that the dim bulb went off in my head and I thought, of course, it's a real estate agent. I still find it funny for a real estate agency to be named "My Dog Tess".
My next funny sign is not unique and at face value not funny but bear with me if you will. One of my favorite verses in the famous Woodie Guthrie song "This Land is Your Land" is the one that says: As I went walking I saw a sign there - and on that sign it said "no trespassing" - but on the other side it didn't say nothing, that side was made for you and me. Whenever I see a no trespassing or keep out sign, I'm reminded of Mr. Guthrie's song line and I start to laugh. I also fantasize about stepping over the border and if I'm confronted by angry property owners, assuming they don't shoot first, I could point to the blank side and say, but that side doesn't say nothing. So in my universe the sign below is funny. However, it would not be funny if someone shot me for crossing the line. I thought it was unique of Woodie Guthrie to think of how the other side didn't say nothing and to say that side was made for you and me. The sign at the Art Museum makes me laugh too. In spite of Woodie Guthrie's clever take on signs, we are after all used to a sign referring to what's behind it. Therefore, I find the sign below very funny. It looks like the art museum is actually supposed to be at the construction site and that the construction workers goofed and demolished the museum. I fear I have a rather warped, I mean unique sense of humor.
I'm looking forward to seeing what others have done with the theme. I'm sure you came up with better signs than me. Hope you all have a great weekend.

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61 comments:

Mar said...

Those are great signs, Carver!! The first one is really unique (and funny!) I like your other choices as well.
Happy PH and happy weekend :)

jams o donnell said...

Haha Carver great choice of signs. Woddy's best sign was his guitar - A machine that kills fascists! Happy weekend

ancient one said...

I like your signs! I didn't give any explanations for mine. I found this theme to be the most difficult as I don't have many photos to choose from... Who would have ever thought a realator would be "My Dog Tess" ? That is funny to me!!

WillThink4Wine said...

Well, I for one think your take on the theme is marvelous. I just love the museum sign!

the teach said...

Carver, great signs! Yeah, why would a real estate agent call itself "My Dog Tess?" Very strange! :D

Sue said...

Hehehe these are all great choices Carver! Have a great weekend, and happy photo hunting! :)

Leslie said...

Wow! Your signs are REALLY good!!
Hi and waving at you from across the ocean - In Australia, in fact. :)

ellen b said...

Love the explanation! It's always interesting to see what will hit our funny bone! I had to do one I've used before....

littlepolaris said...

The first sign are they selling dogs or house? lol

mama meji said...

Now I'm going to remember that the opposite side of No Tresspassing/ Keep Out signs are meant for you and me, for all fo us. That's brilliant and amusing.

crazy working mom said...

This will be a fun week won't it?! Great shots. :)

Happy Hunting.

Dee said...

Hi Carver,
I wish I could find this photograph I have of a pub in London. I taught there three years ago and one book I had my students read was "Notes From a Small Island" by Bill Bryson. He had a section where he remarked about all the unusual names for pubs.

One day, I can't remember where, but my grad student, and my son came across a pub that was called:

SPREAD EAGLE

We didn't dare go in.

Tokenhippygirl said...

Great sign choice. I like the last one. Was very funny to me.

Sarge Charlie said...

that is a fun collection of signs, have a great weekend

Blur MOmmy said...

I am not sure I want a realtor that's called My Dog Tess!! Hehe.. Great signs!

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Cool signs this week!

Katney said...

Oh, sorry, I did it again. I signed on to your Mr. Linky but my Photo Hunt won't be up for a few hours yet.

I really like your signs and the backstories behind them. I think you will like mine as well--when it is up.

Colin Campbell said...

I love the third one. Very good.

Napaboaniya said...

I hope the real estate agent doesn't communicate with buyers using doggy language! LOL~

jmb said...

I think you did just fine with this theme. I was really stumped until the little light bulb went off in my head. I had one already in the archives! Have a good weekend Carver.

julie said...

Love your signs, Carver. The dog sign is funny.

Have a good weekend!

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Criz Lai said...

The first sign is impressive... I thought it belonged to a pet store too. How deceiving :P

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

Expat Traveler said...

very cool finds! And I wouldn't have thought to go look unless I didn't visit mar...

maiylah said...

your signs are way better than mine! :)
thank you for sharing,
happy weekend!

Melli said...

You do INDEED have a unique MIND Carver... and that is a GOOD thing! I enjoyed your presentation!

Natalie said...

Those are great choices. I don't think I've ever paid enough attention to that song to have known those words. They do make your sign funny! :)

Rach said...

brilliant signs! I was sure the dog was called tess!

Heart of Rachel said...

Those are great signs you found. I agree, that's an amusing name for real estate agent.

on the Rock said...

These are great finds!

-TNChick- said...

Carver, I wanted to thank you for helping spread the word about Zoey (my missing beagle). I'm grateful for any and all help.

diXymiss said...

Great signs! I enjoyed your eXplanations as well. You've got a great sense of humor. :-)

Joyismygoal said...

oh my good find

TorAa said...

Love #3. Say one thing and do the opposite. Have you heard it before? LOL

archiearchive said...

I love that Woody Guthrie song as well - great choices.

Sean said...

The first sign is funny. Thanks for sharing your hardwork in capturing the special sign for us~!

starnitesky said...

Good choice of signs, I like the house sale one, very unusual.

LibertyBelle said...

I love the take from the Woodie Guthrie song! That is very original!
Drop by and see my sign - it's a gas!
Happy weekend
L

Jenty said...

Very good signs, great choices for the week! And LOL at the construction sign :)

keeyit said...

Funny one especially the private property keep out! hehe

eastcoastlife said...

Those are wonderful signs that you have there. I like the dog sign. Happy weekend!

Hootin' Anni said...

excellent....ya, that WAS a 'duh' moment on the realtor...but, hey, I've been there done that myself. Many-a-times!!


Mine's posted...stop by and see if you can figure it all out!!

Carver said...

Thanks again for visiting. I've enjoyed browsing every else's signs. Fun theme.

Gypsy at heart said...

Creative thinking! Good take on subject....
http://wanderingwonderinggypsy.blogspot.com/

Shutter Happy Jenn said...

I love the one in that museum!

My post this week is now up, too! If you have time, you can check it out at:

Shutter Happenings

Thanks!

JC said...

Good post... I wonder if there is a good story behind the real estate name...

Sabine said...

Well, I do think your take on signs is great! Oh, and your sense of humour's great, too! I couldn't come up with anything funny, I'm afraid...

Happy Weekend Carver!

Rebecca said...

Too fun. My favorite is the third one. :)

Pato & Pearl said...

the first one just cracks me up.... ;)

Pearl - happy weekend

Barbara H. said...

What an odd name for a real estate company! I would have thought the same thing, that the dog was for sale.

JesieBlogJourney said...

I would wonder whether they are selling dogs intead of real estate.

Dragonstar said...

I like your signs, particularly the last one! I found it hard this week.

Sandy said...

I like the signs...neat

mirage2g said...

hahaha. Be clever than your neighbor!

This theme had me searching for stuff...Happy ph!

PowersTwinB said...

Hi sweetie...Love your take on the No Tresspassing sign! I've been MIA for a bit, me and my sister, KissedAlotAtoads (Cindy)....Our brother is very ill, and we really find it otugh to get back into the swing of Photo Hunt...BUT I do have funny signs on my site....Cindy's computer has died, so she hasnt been able to post....she lives in TN and I am in MI....please visit my post, I appreciate your visits

girasoli said...

I would have interpreted it as the dog being contracted out or for sale. Strange advertisement.

I liked all three and enjoyed the explanations.

I never thought about the meaning of the "on that sign it said "no trespassing" - but on the other side it didn't say nothing, that side was made for you and me." before. How profound!

mousey said...

i like the signs... great find carver!

Carver said...

Thanks again to everyone for visiting and commenting.

carolinespicturepages.com said...

Great choices. At first glance I wouldnt have thought real estate with that first one either.

YTSL said...

Great spots, Carver! Re that first one: Bet that name causes a lot of confusion!

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Gosh, sorry I've missed everyone these past couple weeks. Been very, very busy and puter on the fritz. Glad I got to view your photos, great choices. I finally posted this week.