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Love Is Blind Department

I had to snap this picture covertly, on the streets of Providence, with my camera held at waistlevel and viewfinder image unseen, so I'm surprised it came out as good as it did. Circumstances prevented me from gaping at whatever was on the front of the shirt.



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Posted By: Paul - Sat May 01, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Body, Obesity, Fashion, Signage, Outsider Art, Public Indecency

Neon Boneyard

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Where else but in Las Vegas could one find a museum devoted to discarded neon signs? Sounds like a group outing for us WU-vies.

Here's a Flickr set from one person's visit.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 15, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Museums, Regionalism, Signage, Advertising

What NOT To Say At Work


There are some very specific things you shouldn't say to your co-workers. Offensive things. Questions and comments that could lead to a lawsuit, or getting fired. But how do you know exactly what those things are? Aside from using your common sense, the Delaware Department of Transportation was kind enough to make this brochure. They also issued an apology when, surprise!, people found the brochure to be offensive.

Posted By: Nethie - Tue May 12, 2009 - Comments (12)
Category: Communications, Government, Jobs and Occupations, Signage, Work and Vocational Training

Welcome to Ginsu Way!

Yes, my native state has chosen to name a public road after an infomercial.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 23, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Government, Signage

Enigmatic Warning Sign

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If anyone can explain the logic of this warning, or provide information about where it comes from, please enlighten all of us here at WU!

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 23, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: Drugs, Politics, Rants, Warnings, Jeremiads, Prophecies and Cassandra-like Figures, Signage, Posters

First Ever WU-vention!

Okay, it's not yet as big and popular as Burning Man, but the first gathering of WU-vies has occured. KW, Jules and Madd Maxx chose to meet recently. And here's photographic proof.

Syrup shortages were reported in the region throughout the following week.



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Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 15, 2009 - Comments (37)
Category: Conventions, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Food, Human Marvels, Obsessions, Photography and Photographers, Restaurants, Signage, Subcultures, Public Indecency, Sex Symbols, Reader Recommendation, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers

The Richland Bombers

Continuing the theme of strange insignias begun with that of the village of Whitesboro, Irene submitted the logo of Richland (Washington) High School. Richland bordered on the Hanford nuclear weapons facility, where the Fat Man bomb was manufactured that was detonated over Nagasaki. So naturally the school called its team the Richland Bombers. Nothing like having your mascot be a symbol of nuclear annihilation.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 23, 2009 - Comments (15)
Category: Signage

The Village Seal of Whitesboro

The village of Whitesboro is located in upstate New York. It was founded in 1788 by Hugh White. The village seal depicts "a friendly wrestling match that helped foster good relations between White and the Indians." It was created in 1963 by local artist George E. Pugh to commemmorate the Village's Sesquicentennial.

Unfortunately, some people think the seal looks more like Hugh White choking an Indian. In fact, in 1977 a complaint was filed with the Village Board arguing that the seal "demeans, disgraces and creates prejudice and distrust of Indian people." The Village was asked to stop displaying the seal. However, the villagers felt that the wrestling match was an important event in the history of their town, so instead they redesigned the seal so that Hugh White's hands were placed on the Indian's shoulders and not so close to his neck.

What you're seeing in the image below is apparently the redesigned seal that to this day appears on many of their municipal vehicles. If it still looks to you like White is choking the guy, that's obviously your own violent mind interpreting the image in that way. Anyone can see it's just a friendly sporting match! (Thanks to Ted Seaman for the contribution.)

Posted By: Alex - Sun Mar 22, 2009 - Comments (21)
Category: Regionalism, Signage

Strange Congo Signage

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World-traveler Peter Danssaert contributes this photo of a sign he saw in Kisangani, the Congo.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 04, 2009 - Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Money, Signage, Billboards, Foreign Customs, Africa

Lost in Translation

I'm posting this from a Starbucks in Bremen, Germany. (I'd prefer to be in a German cafe, but Starbucks turns out to be the easiest place to find an internet connection.)

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Most Germans speak very good English. Which means it's not common to find the kind of bizarre translation errors that are a common feature of Japanese or Chinese English. But they do pop up occasionally. I walked past this sign outside my hotel in Bremen at least ten times before I noticed that something was wrong with it.

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This German department store would probably have to change its name if it wanted to open a chain in America.

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Finally, when I saw these "Berliners" (jelly donuts) on sale, it reminded me of one of the most famous mistranslation urban legends of all time: the claim that when Kennedy proclaimed "Ich bin ein Berliner" to a crowd in Berlin on June 26, 1963, that he was actually proclaiming he was a jelly donut. Yes, a Berliner is a jelly donut, but the word can also mean a citizen of Berlin, and everyone in the crowd would have known what he meant.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 27, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Regionalism, Signage, Travel

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