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    Post #1 - September 9th, 2004, 12:13 am
    Post #1 - September 9th, 2004, 12:13 am Post #1 - September 9th, 2004, 12:13 am
    What are some of your favorite signs and sources of signage info?Anything ranging from Superdawg to Burma Shave.
  • Post #2 - September 9th, 2004, 12:20 am
    Post #2 - September 9th, 2004, 12:20 am Post #2 - September 9th, 2004, 12:20 am
    Capricorn.

    The seventh seal.

    Yield.
  • Post #3 - September 9th, 2004, 8:42 am
    Post #3 - September 9th, 2004, 8:42 am Post #3 - September 9th, 2004, 8:42 am
    Not a sign, but a truck, seen frequently in 20 years of commuting easterly on Dempster:

    "S&M Foods: New Ideas in Produce"

    So... nopales with needles?
  • Post #4 - September 9th, 2004, 8:46 am
    Post #4 - September 9th, 2004, 8:46 am Post #4 - September 9th, 2004, 8:46 am
    Here's a great source for signs

    http://www.interestingideas.com/roadside/artwest.htm

    and don't miss the gyros gallery

    http://www.interestingideas.com/roadside/gyros/gyros.htm
  • Post #5 - September 9th, 2004, 8:52 am
    Post #5 - September 9th, 2004, 8:52 am Post #5 - September 9th, 2004, 8:52 am
    This question calls for a great photo essay but I think I need to take a few more photos to do it, so let me return to this question....
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  • Post #6 - September 9th, 2004, 9:09 am
    Post #6 - September 9th, 2004, 9:09 am Post #6 - September 9th, 2004, 9:09 am
    (seen many years ago on thr Washington beltway)

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  • Post #7 - September 9th, 2004, 9:17 am
    Post #7 - September 9th, 2004, 9:17 am Post #7 - September 9th, 2004, 9:17 am
    Between South Bend and Indianapolis a truck stop diner has a sign that says: "Eat Here, Get Gas"
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #8 - September 9th, 2004, 10:15 am
    Post #8 - September 9th, 2004, 10:15 am Post #8 - September 9th, 2004, 10:15 am
    From my year abroad, so many years ago. They tickled me then, they still do.

    "Way Out Museum" (the exit from the tube station to the BM)

    "Priorities Change Ahead" (common road sign; unintended resonance after Thatcher was elected)

    "Pork Faggots--Great Balls of Goodness!" (Bus stop ad for frozen food product)
    "Strange how potent cheap music is."
  • Post #9 - September 9th, 2004, 11:48 am
    Post #9 - September 9th, 2004, 11:48 am Post #9 - September 9th, 2004, 11:48 am
    Lincoln Av. north of Irving has lots of great signs.


    Union members take note!
    Image

    Further on down the road....Cheap drinks !
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    Cheap gas
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    Negril, Jamica
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  • Post #10 - September 9th, 2004, 12:19 pm
    Post #10 - September 9th, 2004, 12:19 pm Post #10 - September 9th, 2004, 12:19 pm
    Perfect timing on the pix.I just came in from a short trip to Montrose and Western.Admiral is that the , ahem , theater?
  • Post #11 - September 9th, 2004, 12:32 pm
    Post #11 - September 9th, 2004, 12:32 pm Post #11 - September 9th, 2004, 12:32 pm
    I just came in from a short trip to Montrose and Western.Admiral is that the , ahem , theater?
    _________________


    ADMIRAL THEATER :shock:
    I refuse to set foot in that place.....'till they get a liquor license :wink:
  • Post #12 - September 9th, 2004, 1:14 pm
    Post #12 - September 9th, 2004, 1:14 pm Post #12 - September 9th, 2004, 1:14 pm
    JSM wrote:
    ADMIRAL THEATER :shock:
    I refuse to set foot in that place.....'till they get a liquor license :wink:


    You'll be waiting a long time ;) The City doesn't allow all-nude 'theaters' to have liquor licenses.

    Scarlett's on Clinton gets around this by giving its patrons in and out privileges so they can go to the bar next door. You cannot BYO at either venue.

    Of course, I've never been to either (or to any other such club), but I can appreciate wanting to spend $6.50 on a pabst blue ribbon while watching naked women gyrate for your pleasure and, of course, tips.

    -ed
    Ed Fisher
    my chicago food photos

    RIP LTH.
  • Post #13 - September 11th, 2004, 3:29 pm
    Post #13 - September 11th, 2004, 3:29 pm Post #13 - September 11th, 2004, 3:29 pm
    Someone just posted this on another list I subscribe to:

    On a Sears hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping.

    (Dang, and that's the only time I have to work on my hair).
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    On a bag of Fritos: You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details
    inside.

    (the shoplifter special)?
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    On a bar of Dial soap: "Directions: Use like regular soap."

    (How do I do that???)
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    On some Swanson frozen dinners: "Serving suggestion: Defrost."

    (but, it's "just" a suggestion).
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    On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): "Do not turn upside
    down."

    (well...duh, a bit late, huh)!
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    On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: "Product will be hot after heating."

    (...and you thought????...)
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    On packaging for a Rowenta iron: "Do not iron clothes on body."

    (but wouldn't this save me more time)?
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    On Boot's Children Cough Medicine: "Do not drive a car or operate
    machinery after taking this medication."

    (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we
    could just get those 5-year-olds with head-colds off those forklifts.)
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    On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness."

    (and...I'm taking this because???....)
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    On most brands of Christmas lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only."

    (as opposed to...what)?
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    On a Japanese food processor: "Not to be used for the other use."

    (now, somebody out there, help me on this. I'm a bit curious.)
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    On Sainsbury's peanuts: "Warning: contains nuts."

    (talk about a news flash)
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    On an American Airlines packet of nuts: "Instructions: Open packet, eat
    nuts."

    (Step 3: maybe, uh...fly Delta?)
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    On a child's superman costume: "Wearing of this garment does not enable
    you to fly."

    (I don't blame the company. I blame the parents and the lawyers for this
    one.)
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    On a Swedish chainsaw: "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or
    genitals."

    (Oh my God ...was there a lot of this happening somewhere?)
    Steve Z.

    “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
    ― Mark Twain
  • Post #14 - September 11th, 2004, 6:01 pm
    Post #14 - September 11th, 2004, 6:01 pm Post #14 - September 11th, 2004, 6:01 pm
    Thanks Steve. They were all pretty funny but the last one truly made me laugh out loud - loud enough my wife in the other room had to ask me what was so funny. :lol:
    Objects in mirror appear to be losing.
  • Post #15 - September 18th, 2004, 9:40 pm
    Post #15 - September 18th, 2004, 9:40 pm Post #15 - September 18th, 2004, 9:40 pm
    In the Hellas Gyros restaurant on Bryn Mawr, just west of the L. Three signs
    "If your order is to go DO NOT! use anything on the table. Ketchup hot sauce salt pepper etc for your order. The Management".

    "NOBODY is allowed to touch or get anything on the counter unless they are told it is okay. NO EXCEPTIONS. The Management"

    and, my favorite
    "If you order food and pay for it and don't return to pick it up and then you return the next day expecting to get it you will have to pay for everything again. NO EXCEPTIONS. The Management"

    Despite this, the guys behind the counter were very friendly, waving to a familiar face on the street and joshing with the beat cop who stopped by and complimented the younger one on his haircut. The roast chicken was fine too, especially the tomato-based sauce they put on the rice pilaf, which included green beans and potatoes. But the signs were the best.

    Edit: Erik M points out that he also noted the signs, in a post with far more vivid descriptions of the restaurant and its staff, at http://www.chowhound.com/midwest/boards ... 48585.html
    Read it and enjoy.
  • Post #16 - September 28th, 2004, 8:25 pm
    Post #16 - September 28th, 2004, 8:25 pm Post #16 - September 28th, 2004, 8:25 pm
    What are some of your favorite signs and sources of signage info?Anything ranging from Superdawg to Burma Shave.


    I recently started a new job in Benton Harbor, MI. I've driven by this place a couple of mornings when the pitmaster is lighting the pit. Flames shooting everywhere, with a bottle of lighter fluid in his hand. I haven't taken a picture of the beginning of the day yet. But the sign has caught my eye.

    Image

    I ordered a rib combo which definitely had the doctored Open Pit - Lighter Fluid flavor :( I'm burping a little tonight. I talked to the owner, and hesitated to criticize his operation at this point. I may turn him to the use of a brush burner to start his charcoal with. Ribs were a little dry, but the texture and tenderness was within acceptable limits. Taste might have been better without the sauce. Chicken was dry. Lark's had quite a crowd going in and out. I sat outside and ate lunch. A little chilly, but not too bad.

    I was able to get a picture of the Pitmaster. He sure is a happy guy.

    Image

    I did not inquire about the car wash services.
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #17 - September 28th, 2004, 8:33 pm
    Post #17 - September 28th, 2004, 8:33 pm Post #17 - September 28th, 2004, 8:33 pm
    Bruce,

    Your picture links are not working.
    Steve Z.

    “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
    ― Mark Twain
  • Post #18 - September 28th, 2004, 8:54 pm
    Post #18 - September 28th, 2004, 8:54 pm Post #18 - September 28th, 2004, 8:54 pm
    stevez wrote:Bruce,

    Your picture links are not working.


    Lark's Hand Car Wash and Bar-B-Que

    Maybe the link will work for you. They do show up on my computer in the post as an image.
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #19 - October 1st, 2004, 3:07 pm
    Post #19 - October 1st, 2004, 3:07 pm Post #19 - October 1st, 2004, 3:07 pm
    I found this while reading an old thread on Egullet

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    "Beer is proof God loves us, and wants us to be Happy"
    -Ben Franklin-
  • Post #20 - October 1st, 2004, 3:42 pm
    Post #20 - October 1st, 2004, 3:42 pm Post #20 - October 1st, 2004, 3:42 pm
    it's a shame it's a fake :) the actual name is "fukim" which, frankly, is just as funny.

    -ed
    Ed Fisher
    my chicago food photos

    RIP LTH.
  • Post #21 - October 11th, 2004, 3:44 pm
    Post #21 - October 11th, 2004, 3:44 pm Post #21 - October 11th, 2004, 3:44 pm
    Hi,

    I was in a rest stop along I-57, where they have a poster touting Illinois tourism and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The picture has a leopard staring intently at you licking its' lips:

    "Let's play a game. We'll pretend to be Africa and you'll pretend to be dinner."


    You're favorite nursery nightmare revisited.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #22 - October 12th, 2004, 9:08 pm
    Post #22 - October 12th, 2004, 9:08 pm Post #22 - October 12th, 2004, 9:08 pm
    I was in a VERY rural area of central GA this weekend having a great time. While driving through I saw this sign and just had to take a picture for this thread. I did not eat there. I had much better food while visiting friends. I thought the sign was interesting and took a picture.

    Image
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #23 - October 12th, 2004, 9:21 pm
    Post #23 - October 12th, 2004, 9:21 pm Post #23 - October 12th, 2004, 9:21 pm
    This establishment features one-stop shopping. Can't you just hear the banjos playing?

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    Last edited by stevez on October 12th, 2004, 9:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    Steve Z.

    “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”
    ― Mark Twain
  • Post #24 - October 12th, 2004, 9:29 pm
    Post #24 - October 12th, 2004, 9:29 pm Post #24 - October 12th, 2004, 9:29 pm
    That's where you go when you plan a shot gun wedding.Or any of the hattyn family events.
  • Post #25 - October 12th, 2004, 11:01 pm
    Post #25 - October 12th, 2004, 11:01 pm Post #25 - October 12th, 2004, 11:01 pm
    Undecided? Try the combo platter!
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    North Av. near Austin
  • Post #26 - October 13th, 2004, 12:48 am
    Post #26 - October 13th, 2004, 12:48 am Post #26 - October 13th, 2004, 12:48 am
    HI,

    I saw this sign in the former gas station now a catfish restaurant in Mississippi:

    Eat, so we both don't starve.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #27 - November 11th, 2004, 2:23 pm
    Post #27 - November 11th, 2004, 2:23 pm Post #27 - November 11th, 2004, 2:23 pm
    I like the warning on Edy's ice cream trucks: Our drivers do not carry spoons.
  • Post #28 - November 11th, 2004, 5:50 pm
    Post #28 - November 11th, 2004, 5:50 pm Post #28 - November 11th, 2004, 5:50 pm
    janeyb wrote:I like the warning on Edy's ice cream trucks: Our drivers do not carry spoons.


    Peapod's trucks say: Driver Carries No Cash... Only Cashews.
    Ed Fisher
    my chicago food photos

    RIP LTH.
  • Post #29 - November 11th, 2004, 6:24 pm
    Post #29 - November 11th, 2004, 6:24 pm Post #29 - November 11th, 2004, 6:24 pm
    Three of my favorites.

    (3) On a car repair garage: "We specialize in everything."

    (2) On a hair dryer: "Warn children about the risk of death by electric shock."

    (I've been frightening children at every opportunity ever since.)

    and my all-time favorite, on a small slip of paper packed with an item of sexy lingerie from Victoria's Secret:

    (1) WARNING! Made in Italy.
  • Post #30 - November 11th, 2004, 6:41 pm
    Post #30 - November 11th, 2004, 6:41 pm Post #30 - November 11th, 2004, 6:41 pm
    cowdery wrote:(1) WARNING! Made in Italy.


    See, I interpret this to mean that the lingerie might be just to sexy for non-Italians. A teddy in the wrong hands could be fatal.

    Hammond

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