Archive for the 'Signs that make me laugh' Category

12
Jun
12

Signs that make me laugh: Ha Ha Cemetery

Following up on this post from a couple weeks ago, I’ve found another place that takes “ha ha” as its name.   Strangely enough, I saw both of these signs on the same road trip.  This one was somewhere on route 915, near New Horton, NB.

I take it naming a cemetery “Ha Ha” wasn’t seen as odd in 1800.  According to this page and this historical map, the nearby bay was once called “Haw Haw Bay.”  This page, meanwhile (copied from a plaque on the site I think) says that the name comes from a first nations word for the call of a loon.  Apparently New Horton Lake was also once called “Ha Ha Lake,” but at some point they realized the name needed to change.

31
May
12

Signs that make me laugh: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Can’t believe this is real.  Who named this place?

22
Dec
11

Signs that make me laugh: Big Daddy’s Computer Lounge

I love this picture.

First, because the name is amazing.  Not only is it Big Daddy’s, but it’s a lounge.  So much better than an internet cafe.

Second, because of the cartoon face, which I presume is based upon a real person who calls himself Big Daddy.

Third, because they are selling PCs for $99.

Fourth, because they unnecessarily used an apostrophe on PCs.

Fifth, because the unnecessary apostrophe is upside down and backwards, meaning they are re-using a comma as an apostrophe (thanks to Anney for pointing that out to me!).

On Coxwell just north of Queen.

17
Nov
11

Signs that make me laugh: “Rose Computers and Antiques Enterprise”

Would you buy your computer from an antique dealer?  The odd combination of merchandise reminds me of Bakewell Auto Parts and Pet Supplies.

This place, which actually seems to do alright, is on Danforth between Woodbine and Coxwell.  I love that it’s an “enterprise”.    That really sets them apart from the computer-and-antique competition.

I wonder if you can get old Commodore 64s in there, or 5 inch floppy disks…

What makes somebody want to sell both antiques and computers?  Maybe it’s just really hard to make it in the antique market, because just around the corner is a place advertising “Hair Cutting & Antiques.”

Do you think they use antique scissors?  Straight razors?

04
Oct
11

Signs that make me laugh: UK edition

This is long overdue – it’s been way too long since I posted some funny signs.  Samantha and I were recently in the UK for a holiday, and I spotted these gems.

First, a Scottish pun:

You’d think the Scots would be an unwelcoming bunch, since they’ve embrace the thistle as a national symbol.  But we found them to be quite friendly. This is from the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh.

Here’s a winner from town of Windermere in the Lake District.  No, “booze” does not mean something else in Britain.

This sign makes me laugh now that I’m at home and no longer have to drive on roads that are 6’6″ wide.   At the time, I was terrified.

I’m not sure who thought this would be a good name for a park.  Of course, the “Christ” here is Christ’s College, Cambridge, not Jesus Christ.  Still makes me laugh.

Hmm…that font and colour scheme looks familiar.  Guess they haven’t caught up with KFC’s new branding.  Somewhere in London, spotted from a double decker bus.

I guess there are finally enough Canadian ex-pats in London to keep this place going!

01
Oct
10

Signs that make me laugh: “Bakewell Auto Parts & Pet Supplies”

My wife and I spotted this sign while on vacation in the Peak District.

Doesn’t this strike you as a bit of an odd combination?  Auto parts and pet supplies?   Who buys their cat food and oil filters from the same guy?

I would have thought that the lovely town of Bakewell, Derbyshire was big enough to have separate auto parts and pet supplies stores.

18
Aug
10

Signs that make me laugh: “Official Fuel of NASCAR”

As soon as you cross the border into upstate New York, you know you are in a strange land.




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