The last post, Did I read that sign “write”?, was a copy/paste from an email I received from my friend Jagatjit Singh. It seems to have uncovered hidden wounds and brought back painful memories. People have voluntarily come forward and shared their own traumatic experiences which I have collected together and shared in this post.
From my friend Suprio Sengupta:
Actual roadsign I saw in Mauritius – Humped Passenger Crossing Ahead.
From another friend Satya Dayanand:
Saw one pic somewhere of a bar in Mauritius if I remember right with the sign: Notice: This bar is presently not open because it is closed- Manager. Could not find fault with the logic even when sober…
(Author’s Note: If you have a yen for such signs, Mauritius should be your destination)
From blogging friend Dilip Naidu:
Here’s one from the golf course: A golfer who says he never cheats is also a liar!
From friend Jagatjit Singh, from whose email, which I referred to earlier, I omitted this one:
Here’s another one from a golf course…
1.BACK STRAIGHT, KNEES BENT
2..FEET SHOULDER WIDTH APART.
3.FORM A LOOSE GRIP
4.KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!
5.STAY OUT OF THE WATER.
6. TRY NOT TO HIT ANYONE.
7.IF YOU ARE TAKING TOO LONG,
LET OTHERS GO AHEAD OF YOU
8.DON’T STAND DIRECTLY
IN FRONT OF OTHERS.
9.QUIET PLEASE…WHILE OTHERS
10.DON’T TAKE EXTRA STROKES.
WELL DONE.. NOW, FLUSH THE URINAL,
GO OUTSIDE, AND TEE OFF.
(Author’s note: The person who put-up the above sign was perhaps confused between “Tee off” and “Pee off”)
From Carl D’Agostino, one of my earliest blogging friends:
1.The Association Minister unveiled the church’s new fund raising campaign slogan last Sunday: “I upped my pledge – up yours”
2.Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
3 The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
4. Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5 PM- prayer and medication to follow.
5. This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and become prepared to sin.
6. Don’t let worry kill you off – let the church help.
7. For those of you that have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
8. Miss Charlene Mason sang “I Will Not Pass this Way Again” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
9. A bean supper will be held in the church hall on Tuesday. Music will follow.
10. Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
11. The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
12. Bring you old cast off items for the church who will deliver them to the shelter. Bring your husbands too.
13. At the evening service tonight the topic is “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to the choir practice.
14. Low self esteem support group will meet Thursday at 6:30 PM. Please use the back door.
And lastly, a couple from my own memory. I confess that I did not actually see these signs. I read about them somewhere and, like a painful memory, they have stayed hidden in the dark corners of the subconscious:
1. At a hotel in Tokyo, sometime in the seventies – All the water in this hotel has been personally passed by the Manager.
2. Outside a doctor’s clinic in a street of Rome – Doctor for women and other diseases.
If you are still troubled by more such memories and recollections, share away in the Comments section at the bottom, and exorcise your demons…
16 thoughts on “Sign Post”
Hahaha! All are pure gems indeed
Thank you Rahul – on behalf of the contributors 🙂
Do not step off the train while it is in motion.
In many places in India, this would mean spending a long time inside the train, since trains have a habit of merely slowing down at stations and rarely stopping.
Huge sign above an actual roadside auto filling station/restaurant in New Hampshire: “Eat Here And Get Gas”……
The next collection is already building…
Another fantastic collection, Ankur; thank you! I hope you don’t mind my re-blogging this one too.
Of course not Anna.
Reblogged this on flamingenglish and commented:
Since I’m still recovering from my daily-blogging challenge in November, here is another brilliant collection from Ankur Mithal. Thank you, Ankur!
On behalf of all contributors, you are welcome!
These are hilarious. I’m going to be digging through my memory for some to add to the list.
Thank you Jacqui. The next collection has started building 🙂
A great collection, all are hilarious.
Super collection! And well, I come from Gujarat and with all due respect, we are the masters of goof-ups and irony. I feel at home 😀
Thank you Prajakta! With due respect to you, don’t steal my only claim to fame 🙂