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    Easily confused by some signs

    On the Old Red Guard, there is a closed sticky warning us titled "Beating Subjects to Death". EVERYtime I see that I think it says "Beatings Subject to Death".

    When in the UK, apts. that are "for rent" place a sign titled, "To Let". I always think it says "Toilet".

    Anybody else have this issue with signs, or is it just me?

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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Completely different type of "mis-reading," but my favorite bit of double-meaning-signage is easily the one that says:

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    Always makes me chuckle to myself and wonder if there's just something in the water or if it's a mysterious Bermuda Triangle of bad parenting that resulted in a pocket of kids so stupid they have to warn passers-by.

    Also: my mom is fond of telling a story from when I was 3-4 years old, and just getting into the idea of reading... we were on a long drive somewhere, and passed a sign that said "Dense Fog." Both words were short enough that I spoke up and said "I got it!"... but in my expert opinion at the time, the sign read "Dense Frog," and to hear the tale, I became quite excited to look out the window at some sort of display of amphibious ubiquity.

    I have no memory of this, but have heard the story enough times that I have more than once flirted with the idea of "Dense Frog" as a option for one of my band's names.


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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Quote Originally Posted by wally post View Post
    On the Old Red Guard, there is a closed sticky warning us titled "Beating Subjects to Death". EVERYtime I see that I think it says "Beatings Subject to Death".

    When in the UK, apts. that are "for rent" place a sign titled, "To Let". I always think it says "Toilet".

    Anybody else have this issue with signs, or is it just me?
    I had that same problem in England. I thought the "I" had fallen off "TO LET".
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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    I'm still confused by a sign I saw when walking beside a railroad track in Melbourne, Australia. It said, "Beware of Train." I wasn't sure whether the train was rabid or had a habit of breaking its leash or what.
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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    When we pass a sign that says "No Outlet", I say "they don't have electricity back here?".

    My wife then says "that was funny the first 137 times you said that, but no more".

    Teach tolerance.

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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    When we pass a sign that says "No Outlet", I say "they don't have electricity back here?".

    My wife then says "that was funny the first 137 times you said that, but no more".
    I thought it was funny. I hadn't heard that one or thought of it before. I'll try it out on the wife next time and the next 137 times I see it.
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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    When we pass a sign that says "No Outlet", I say "they don't have electricity back here?".

    My wife then says "that was funny the first 137 times you said that, but no more".
    I've had a similar gag that I've used for years (and my wife probably has the same response as your's).

    Whenever we'd pass an "End Construction" sign, I turn and ask if they noticed that protest sign back there. "What protest sign" is the hoped for response (which stopped happening eons ago!). The one that said...
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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    I also do the "Slow Children" thing that FlightRick mentioned. We have one of those signs in our neighborhood and I tell my kids it was put it up for them so people will be more understanding of their challenges. I usually get a "shutup, Dad" response. My children love me so.

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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Ah, I have a similar gag when we see the "Soft Shoulder" sign. The kids always laugh when I grab my wife's shoulder and say, "Nope, feels pretty hard to me."

    Then there's a sign which I've only seen one place, on a county road outside of Sidney, Ohio, just south of St. Rte. 47. It's an underpass for a railroad, and the sign says something about being aware of "old bridge" and be aware of "falling pieces" or something like that.

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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    The slow children at play are usually the ones that grow up to be the slow men working. I have been known to put my hand on the forehead of a passenger and push when I see the sign that says Stop Ahead.
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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Saw this beauty in Swansboro, NC.

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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    Saw this beauty in Swansboro, NC.

    It should say, "Stop reading and RUN like this guy!"
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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    I do the same thing but its verbal instead of written--like instead of a breath of fresh air I will say a freth of bresh air....drives me nuts...

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    Re: Easily confused by some signs

    Quote Originally Posted by BUTLER REDSFAN View Post
    I do the same thing but its verbal instead of written--like instead of a breath of fresh air I will say a freth of bresh air....drives me nuts...
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