Have your tweets inscribed as cuneiform tablets

Dumb Cuneiform aptly labels the nature of its work lest anyone be under any illusions here.

Here's how it works: Just send us a tweet or text (use the text field in the order form) We’ll carefully translate it into cuneiform We'll stamp it on an actual clay tablet and mail it to you. Favorite jokes? Amazing pickup lines? Your 2-star review of last summer's blockbuster? KEEP IT FOREVER.

$20 a go. They should at least insist on it having been publicly posted! [via JWZ]

Previously: Aerial signposts point to Scientology's sacred text storage facility Read the rest

The rebellious plaques of Chester, England


Someone has put high-quality signs on park benches in a fancy British town to mock its contemptuous treatment of locals, especially the poor. The signs have been removed, on the grounds that they might be "offensive."

Rebellious plaques have been situated on benches in Chester with the intention of highlighting Cheshire West and Chester Council’s 'draconian plans' to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

Two street artists have placed the plaques on benches across Chester city centre 'in good grace' to raise awareness of the plight of homelessness in the city… One of the plaques put up by the artists say: “If you shut your eyes for more than ten seconds whilst on this bench, you may be deemed asleep, and risk facing an ASBO. By Order of Public Space Protection Orders under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.” A more humorous plaque says: “This bench is dedicated to the men who lost the will to live whilst following their partners around the shoe shops of Chester.”

The key quote is from a local official, Maria Byrne, who said: “We have removed the plaques from five benches and although they may appear humorous, some people may find them offensive."

But without, of course, specifying who.

Rebellious plaques situated on benches in Chester [The Chester Chronicle via JWZ] Read the rest

Things to add to your building lobby's CCTV warning

Someone in JWZ's building put up a "THIS BUILDING IS MONITORED BY CLOSED-CIRCUIT CAMERAS" sign in the lobby where only the residents and their guests go, so he's been updating it with messages like "FEAR THE UNKNOWN - MONSTERS ARE REAL." Read the rest

Burning Man's public Fleshlight

Some funny stuff from this year's burn. Read the rest

A tempting offer

Spotted outside Fix Coffee on Whitecross Street in London. Read the rest

Highly specialized tattoos

Link: the artist is Eric Brunning of Vancouver's Adorned (via JWZ) Read the rest

Kosher pig!

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...? Read the rest

Just look at these boneless bananas.

Just look at them. Read the rest

Sign Painters: book and documentary

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! Read the rest

Tumblrers' epic snarky responses to "No Wifi Talk to Each Other" sign


Meth Lab signage!

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!)

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Boob and sock money not welcome in the sweaty summertime, sorry

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."

(via JWZ)

(Image: Socks, Quinn Dombrowski, CC-BY) Read the rest

Tesseract Crossing

From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, Tau Zero's Tesseract Crossing, a street-sign from the parallel universe of awesome. Read the rest

In case of fire: please leave the building before posting to social media

Excellent advice!

A PSA Read the rest

The neon of Hong Kong

Hong King's visual culture museum M+ has a fantastic site devoted to the city's ubiquitous neon signs, a glowing landscape of pop advertising that was one of the inspirations behind Ridley Scott's vision for Blade Runner. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

Cop gives parking ticket to man installing no parking sign

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. Read the rest

Spooky ruin and erotic car-wash

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) Read the rest

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