We enjoy the occasional laugh because humour is good for us. Comic (unintended) errors in supermarket signage and public spaces can give us reason for unrehearsed laughter and mirth. Silly mistakes, a lack of perspective, rushed sign jobs, human error, careless design, confused thinking – the list is endless when we consider the triggers behind public gaffes. Some errors can have serious consequences, while others set off chuckles in the midst of a shopping trip, driving past neighbourhoods, or cruising the highways.
Let's look at some public signage that exudes a unique brand of quiet humour while proudly proclaiming a folly in public places.
Baby formula and milk powder on one shelf, sure! Stack the adult 'liquids' in a different aisle, please!
Confusion between furry animals, that's all. A casual glance at this photo frame can confuse, but it's an outright case of human error! But, we always have room to learn.
Whoa! Bad language! The famous Golden Arches just pulled it off in public. Reason for the splits. Sure, hire all you want. Just make sure you do not drive the customers away.
Chips and crisps are for the fun times. A party perhaps. Lazing in front of the TV. Why not? But manufacturers ought to be more careful about public decency. The message on that one is downright sleazy. Someone call the cops, please!
What was the sign painter thinking? An original idea for a practical joke? Mayhem on public roads?
I am all up for new products and new services. Yeah! That delicious pink meat from Oink Oink- LOVE!
I am a big fan of lawnmowers! Those macho, noisy machines I can ride in the backyard. But this is an interesting variant of keep-off-the-grass. Really – can grass be dreaming? Dreaming of morning dew? This is an insult to the human species, not to speak of grazing animals.
What bird? But I love the discount. Thanks for reading my mind. Sure, if your store is having a fire sale, I don't mind pitching in. This long explanation - NOT needed. Clearly, a case of a store manager with too much free time. Who misspells BIRD?
Right or left? Please be clear. This example of a comical error is inviting profanity from the depths of my being. Is that a case of misdirection? Looks like a wooded area. Are their hoodlums lying in wait for the confused traveller? Is this about righting a historical wrong? Just WHAT is the point? Please speak up.
Who would say such a thing! Not me. Not in public. But the lights say it all. A new brand of a convenience store, perhaps! Maybe they want only a certain section of the human species to shop in there. That's a call sign for that breed. Oh wait… Maybe the lighting on that signage failed comically. Good enough for some chuckles!
This takes the cake. The proverbial cake in public profanity. Wait – is that photoshopped one? Bad joke! How dare you suggest such a menu for breakfast? Sure, you have public attention. But the wrong sort of attention can draw the press and a straight line to infamy.
Please help the hungry do-gooder. He wants to grow his own food. Pull his own weight, do his bit for the country. By the way, what's 'bacon seeds'? Aahhh! – the stuff you need to grow bacon, right? You're a fan of that good stuff from dear Oink Oink? Good for you. Jokes aside - drop dreaming about bacon seeds. YOU need to see a shrink today!
This is good fun. Talk about reverse logic. But, HEY – the fasteners must be good. Look at that signage hanging on for dear life. Defying gravity. Just a minor irritant to public safety, don't you think? That odd bit of mid-air geometry makes for interesting observation. The radical angle is a hat tip to the power of human imagination. Hang in there, Buddy!
My Math was never the best. My brain tells me there is some mischief afoot. Just look at the numbers. Inflation at work maybe? Then why the 'Clearance' signage? Clear out shopper's wallets, eh? Good selling tactic, but it's clearly not working. Not a soul around in that aisle. What does that tell ya? Go figure!
I believe that. No the signage, though. A twisted sense of black humour? That signage is the work of genius; I must admit that. Or maybe its science fiction at play. Maybe we are on another planet where a week stretches beyond the standard SEVEN days. Time travel to a future world? Keep guessing!
Some people love fish! Yeah. My enthusiasm for these water animals took a hit when I saw that selling tactic enrobed in red.
Genial bartenders listen to all kinds of tales. Tall tales, tales of woe, happy tales… But what is this? Rehearsed lines for a dollar or two to keep WIFEY away!? The cell phone destroys the joke, so let's pretend cell phones are a few years in the future. Inquisitive wives calling the bar can stonewall into the friendly bartender while hubby enjoys his pint at peace. Human ingenuity knows no bounds, we say!
Animals are our friends. I love animals. They make life worthwhile. But this message board is a tad too direct for my liking. I don't want to be supper for the lion. Or lunch for a pack of hyenas. You could convey the message much better saying KEEP OFF THE GRASS. Else, add a fake warning about electrified fences. That should scare away the inquisitive types. That GRAPHIC warning in red – NOT so great, we say! It's offensive!