Tag Archives: cluelessnes

Feeding is now litter


This sign, posted on a San Diego, California, trolley stop, equates feeding birds with litter. If feeding is litter, this suggests you probably don’t want to try eating a snack on the trolley, or breast feeding an infant. Photo taken with an iPhone.


Quiet stud are


This Yoda-like sign suggests that studs are quiet.

Yet in an informal sampling of every woman I know, they claim this is not true. Unless, of course, the stud is asked a question requiring an answer, in which case absolute silence is all but guaranteed.

Taken in the Geisel Library, University of California San Diego.


Road to nowhere


Erewhon, an 1872 novel by Samuel Butler, is a satire of Victorian English society. The title is an anagram of the word “nowhere,” written backwards with two transposed letters.

Which may not seem to have anything to do with this photo, taken with an iPhone in Arlington, Virginia. Not too far from the Pentagon, it shows a crosswalk to — nowhere.


Plan ahead

You know how you’ve waited all year to sell things during the Christmas season? Some business report 60 to 90 percent of their profits come from sales during the November-December period, and they plan accordingly.

Such as this vendor who crafted a sign too large for a placard too small: “CHRISTNA FRESH WREATHS.” Nothing spells quality so much as a clear, unambiguous sign.

Photo taken with an iPhone in Silverdale, Washington.


Be sure and read the fine print

Emergency signage should be clear, concise and to the point.

Here is a stellar example, the Fire Evacuation Plan for a hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Only the top third of the sign has anything to do with fire evacuation; the rest of the plan is devoted to:

  • Safety and security
  • Your vehicle
  • Traveling
  • Guest room security
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Keys
  • Reporting [suspicious activity]
  • Recreational activity
  • Room rates
  • Check out times
  • And the ever popular Hotel Laws of the state of Washington.

Photo taken with an iPhone.


Microsoft Warning Message

I found this fascinating:

Microsoft Warning Message

You bought something. We're not sure what you bought, but we hope you are happy with what we sent.

Isn’t this just the sort of thing that gives you confidence that, not only does Microsoft sell IT software and hardware, they’ve also got just a splendid handle on how to use it?