Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Sign Spotting

For Christmas David's parents gifted me with a book titled "Sign Spotting." It includes photos of humorous signs from all over the world. Most of the foreign signs are funny because English is not their first language (e.g. "Beware of Invisibility"). The U.S. signs bring a laugh "just because" (e.g. "Handicap Restrooms Upstairs").

Amy commented that Ocracoke has a pair of signs that warrant inclusion in the book. She sent me a photo she took (from right past the Slushy Stand), but it might be difficult to read the signs. The one on the left reads "Work Zone, Stay Alert." The orange one just across the street says "End Work Zone."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter tells the story of Ocracoker, Kelly O'Neal, and the 1951 revolution in Siam (Thailand). You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012910.htm.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:09 AM

    There's a great piece in Roger Rosenblatt's book "Beet" in which the faculty of a small liberal arts college decide a particular street sign's message is "insensitive", and form a committee to correct the problem. The new sign's message is so long that a resident has an automobile accident while trying to read it while driving.
    Fortunately, from my experience, there's lots more to do on the island than have "sign committees", but the danger also lurks.