Spotted yesterday on a menu at my grandparents' retirement home in Toronto: "Kosher-style porkchops." I guess if you circumcise the pig and ensure that it has a suitable Bar Mitzvah...?
Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas!
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It starts with "NO 'TELEPHONES'. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER, SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM, PRETEND IT'S 1860, LIVE."
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My family always thought the sign for Met-L-Fab Inc in Cincinnati's ritzy Indian Hill neighborhood looked like it said "Meth Lab." Now it does. (Thanks Rick, Max, and Madeleine!)
From Adam R. Bowser's Nova Scotia-based Twitter feed, a timely retail sign: "Due to the rising summer temperatures...We will NOT accept any BOOB or SOCK money! Sorry for the inconvenience! It's gross. Thanks."
I feel ALL corner stores should have this policy. pic.twitter.com/WZPlLJBhcD— Adam R. Bowser (@TeamAdam76) June 17, 2014
(Image: Socks, Quinn Dombrowski, CC-BY)
Dan Greding was installing a roadside parking sign warning motorists of a 75-minute parking limit when a Santa Barbara cop gave him a ticket for parking for more than 75 minutes. "I said, 'But I'm putting these signs up,'" Greding told KEYT. "And [the officer] says, 'Then you should know you can't park here more than 75 minutes.' I said, 'Well, I haven't put the sign up yet, so you can't write me a ticket.'" He fought the ticket and lost. He's appealing.
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From the shrewd eye and camera of Regine Kelaita, an erotic car wash ad on a ruined mansion in Dresden (click through for full-size). (via Kadrey)
Boing Boing pal Jeff Simmermon sends us some wonderful snapshots of a local Jamaican artist who lives and works in Treasure Beach, "a very sparsely populated rural beach town in Southern Jamaica," where Jeff and his bride are celebrating their honeymoon (congrats, you two!). I saw these photos on Facebook, and asked Jeff if he wouldn't mind sharing them with Boing Boing, too.
Jeff obliged, and says, "This guy's sign painting business is somewhere near Black River, but nowhere near anything at all. He's got a lot of bible verses and wise sayings, and a few pieces that are INTENSELY anatomical." Read the rest
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Miss Cakehead writes, "This set of Zombie Swimming Pool Rules was comissioned from graphic designer Pictographik to promote the Resident Evil Revelations blood swimming pool, and was based on an the iconic traditional British swimming pool rules. The pop up 'blood' filled swimming pool opens in London next week to mark the release of Resident Evil Revelations. In addition to its bloody appearance the swimming pool will offer floats in the form of human torsos, feature brains and intestines as lane markers, have Zombie lifeguards on duty and even offer a diving board in the form of a 'freshly killed human corpse'."
More scenes from a book tour: SECURE DOCUMENTS!
As a compulsive photographer of odd signs, I have to say that "Brid" (origin unknown) has it all. It's the implied story I love:
Bob: Aw, jeez, you're kidding. "Brid?" Who made these things? Fine. I'll just put 'em out for $1.19.
Customer 1: Hey, did you see this? This bucket says "brid!" That's pretty funny! I bet they meant "bird," right?
Bob: Yes, sir, I expect they did.
Customer 2: Excuse me, but there's a spelling error on this product.
Bob: Yes, ma'am, we know. That's why it's on sale.
Customer 2: Only it's spelled "bird," not "brid."
Bob: Thank you, ma'am.
Customer 3: Sir? Sir? Do you sell any brid food to go in this brid bucket?
Bob: Very funny, sir.
Customer 3,487: BRID! What kinda idiots are you people anyway? Can't you spell?
Bob: We don't make the products, sir. We just sell them.
[Bob fires up the laser-printer, amends sign]
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Darren Barefoot sez, '1000 Internet years ago, I started something called 'The Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness'. It compiled 'wacky, bizarre, surreal and otherwise strange examples of technical documentation' Boing Boing covered it in 2004, which was a thrill, and some of the images appeared in the IT Crowd. I think of the Hall as the first thing I ever made that the Internet liked. Most of the examples were submitted to me by others. Thanks to dodgy gallery software, the Hall went offline in 2008. I've been meaning to get it back up, and Pinterest seemed like the ideal place for it. I'm in the process of uploading images there, and am happy to accept new submissions via darren at darrenbarefoot dot com."
@BaLueBolivar snapped this picture advising NYC residents that 26th and 11th was now an Authorized Drone Strike area.
Scott Matthews of Turnstyle tells Boing Boing:
Hi Xeni, saw your post about the signs of Occupy Wall Street, and thought I'd share ours. Amy (Cory blogged her autism story a few weeks ago) and I took our seven-year-old daughter Sasha to visit Occupy Wall Street last Sunday.
She was very interested in the many signs splayed out across the sidewalk. We spotted some people with a pile of cardboard, paint, and brushes, and asked if we could contribute.
Sasha asked us what she should write, and we told her to write about something that she cared about and wished could make the world a nicer place. She was very proud to add her sign to join the rest.