By Mark Frauenfelder at 1:55 pm Sat, Jun 28, 2008
I wish I knew more about these downright hostile signs. (via A Guide to all things tacky fabulous in Orlando, FL)
The one on the left, I don’t regard as hostile. Seems more like a joke.
The one on the right, I can understand that. I have a “no solicitors” sign on my front porch, but I’m seriously considering making it a lot more hostile because said solicitors appear to just ignore that sign. More hostile? Yes.
A. It’s my property. It being my property, I have the right to decide who can be on it and who can’t. Seriously, do I need a better reason?
B. Educational panhandling: I’d rather not be bothered by the local high school/youth organizations seeking donations. I live in one of the richest counties in the united states, but the schools have to pawn around for donations? If that’s not an indication of some seriously wrong, I don’t know what is.
C. Drive-by moral judgements: I recently was annoyed 3 times in the same day by the *same* Jehovah’s Witness pair. Evidently I’m not living my life right. If being perceived as “hostile” is the cost for blissful peace at my front door, then I can live with that.
I’m not being anti-social…I just prefer my peace of mind.
The second one looks like the backside of a temporary construction, like a set. The first one is obviously a bookend factory.
I bet they’re both part of a theme park set. They are from Orlando, after all.
@ Aaron T. Yeah, I’m pretty certain the one on the left is from the MuppetVision area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, most likely the gift shop. The decor and the merch racks seems to suggest it. The one on the right is probably from the same location, come to think of it.
I want to see what I’m not supposed to look at.
Oh wait. Crap! I just opened myself up to all kinds of junk didn’t I?
@Chris the Tiki Guy
I wholeheartedly agree. Sorry to spoil the fun Mark (did you try asking Cory?) but I’m almost certain those are both from Disney Parks. The sign on the left definitely looks like it came from Muppetvision; final answer. If I were to hazard a guess at the sign on the right, I would say it’s from Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.
Sorry, I couldn’t sign in but both the signs are from the Muppet Vision Gift shop.
Here’s a pic of the second one.
and now you’re asking to see junk?
i went to High school in Orlando (grad ’79), and there was a sign outside the town it was in (Ocoee, just west of o-town) that stated in large black letters:”NGGR, DON’T LET THE SUN SET ON YOUR BLACK ASS IN THIS TOWN” i b’lieve that the sheriff of said town was the ‘grand dragon’ of the local kkk. the sign was up until about 1980. talk about hostile…
well, I think that trumps the two signs above…
Did they ever set up the Jeb Bush Manatee-Buggering Facility?
i b’lieve that is down in boca raton.
I think it’s safe to say the actual purpose of the first sign is to ensure that people do indeed look there.
minTphresh, weren’t you ever tempted to set that sign afire in the dead of night? I know I would be.
The one on the left, if I remember correctly from my childhood, is from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Near the entrance, they have a sign that says “Don’t look here!” and then a hole in the wall to look through. There’s nothing in there, so you just shrug and walk on. Near the exit, there’s a live feed on a television of people looking in the hole, viewed from behind with their butts magnified to look huge as they’re bending over. Next to the screen is a sign that says something to the effect of “That’s what you get for looking!”
The sign is better if you don’t know the story behind it, but I like to ruin things for people sometimes. Thanks for providing me with an opportunity.
the sign was gone when i lived in ocoee about 12 years ago…but the attitudes that went with it were still very much in force,unfortunately.
and in re: the above signs,the one on the right,while it is indeed from muppetvision,could be from almost any of the central FL themeparks;the print and style are a dead giveaway.
Thanks, Stefan. Now I have to think about that scene from Fight Club while I’m eating dinner.
the one on the left i know is from the muppet vision 3D shop. that one points to another saying ‘don’t look here either’ and another saying a similar thing, and lastly one that says ‘look here (i didn’t say simon says)
part of why i love the muppets/ disney world. incredible decorations :)
i have a picture of a vent with eyes and hair from the muppet building, too.
Vidor, Texas. NOT my home town, but East Texas nonetheless.
brilliant article on Jim Crow laws
including many hostile signs….
but I like the ones form the “crazy super” in NYC
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#17 “…the above signs,the one on the right,while it is indeed from muppetvision,could be from almost any of the central FL themeparks;the print and style are a dead giveaway.”
They were done by a professionl signpainter trying to letter like an amateur; it’s a lot harder than you think.
xopher(#14), having moved there from L.A., that town scared the unholy bajeebus outta me! they used to paper our h.s. lockers with ” save our land, join the klan!” posters with guys on horseback w/big flaming x’s! they burned x’s in the ‘black’ area of town! we had race riots and all kinda good things like our vice principal murdering our principal on the night before xmas vacation ( racially motivated+he was having an affair with a sixteen yr. old cheerleader!). we got an extra weeks break that year. ahh, those sweeet, sweet times. sigh.
As I remember “Absolutely no visitors…” comes from one of the old stories Disney adapted to film/animation. Perhaps Rabbit’s house in Winnie the Pooh? Not sure where it would be in the theme parks, though.
I’m a seasonal cast member at Splash Mountain, and I can confirm that the second sign is NOT from the ride. I know the first sign is definitely from MuppetVision in DHS, the second one might be from the gift shop there.
That’s Orlando for you, gotta love it though
You think those are bad, check this out:
whatever happened to the old head-on-a-spike with keys clenched in teeth?
People just don’t respect tradition these days…
A head on a spike is a great idea!
This shop door is quite hostile:
they sell nazi memorabilia and assorted military paraphernalia, it’s all about the chainmail.
Is it just me or are people maybe overreacting a bit to these signs? Seems to me that they are clearly made to be taken lightly (especially the one on the left) and look almost like they are out of a cartoon.
Can anyone find a photo of the racist sign the was supposedly in Ocoee, I can’t seem to find it on the ‘net.
Is it just me or are people maybe overreacting a bit to these signs?
In what sense do you consider identifying them as overreacting?
Saw this on a gated community entrance once –
IF YOU WEREN’T INVITED BEFORE YOU GOT HERE YOU’RE NOT INVITED NOW!
did the downunders in A Boy and His Dog have signs?
who cares, they had chicks, and the rosiest of cheeks!
er,buddy66,no slight intended.my mom was a professional signpainter for a while,and i fully appreciate the effort and thought that goes into those little touches all over the “parks”.if i sounded like it’s all a bit tiresome,it could just be i’ve lived here far too long;it all starts to look the same.familiar as opposed to exotic.
for some reason the no visitors sign evokes surly rabbits to me
Absolutely No Visitors, Doesn’t that come from the Grinch? The lettering is too Seuss.
Orlando sucks to bad. So bad.
This took me longer than I thought but I put up a few pictures I have from my travels. The ones from the liquor store were the best. Enjoy.
The on one the left seems like reverse psychology, like “Don’t think about elephants.” They want you to look there.
The right one is probably on the dwelling of some cartoon “bad guy”, like Yosemite Sam. I think it’d make a good sign for my front door, though my wife would probably object.
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