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You know the comedic trope when someone very desperate in life calls out to God, asking for a sign? And then they are immediately met with a literal sign on the side of the road or on a wall or whatever, but with something insulting on it.

I can imagine someone who has done this very same thing was probably hit by one of those Funny Signs social media pages. A bit of a cruel trick to be pulled by an omnipotent deity, but who said they can’t have a sense of humor?

As the internet is vast, it should come as no surprise that there’s more than one community that’s all about Funny Signs.

The page was created in mid 2022—so it’s a bit over a year old—and in that time, it has managed to gather a modest following of 2,250 people.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just open it. Even if you have to use a crowbar, a bulldozer or some dynamite.

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The page inevitably proves that there is no end to funny signage, or predicaments in which signage becomes funny. And anything goes, really.

Having a yard sale and need some unique advertising? Let Mike Tyson help you out. Want to reinforce a superstition in an area that’s probably notorious for it? Make it absolutely clear with a warning sign. Wanna take a jab at doctors? Say no more, fam. The list goes on, but you probably get the point at this point.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cute and it works. unless its liek my schoolbuilding that when anyone walks above u, ur classroom shakes

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Most of us likely don’t think much of signs. They’re there. They give us info. That’s about it. Well, there’s an entire science behind them. From the colors to the forms to the imagery—you wouldn’t be too far off thinking a committee of signification wizards wrote an entire codex on how to make signs work. There’s an entire psychology that goes into designing signs, so brace yourself, it’s gonna get nerdy.

Traffic signs, for instance, have several key aspects to them. They catch your eye, but are not distracting; stick figures that signify movement trigger your brain to be more attentive to movement; and dynamic signs call you out on your speed much more effectively as opposed to slow signs. All of this is essentially based on triggering your subconscious while you drive, and you react to them naturally. Yes, you can assume that the same wizards are behind this magic.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my god I literally have these exact same Thanksgiving decorations not even kidding!

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But there’s more to life than traffic signs. Good signage can have many, many, purposes. While information and direction are key purposes of signs, they can also be a learning experience (like in a museum or a national park), form an image for a place (background in a kindergarten), communicate rules (how to behave in a zoo with specific animals around), or even provide a sense of local pride by boasting about a place’s history or culture.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why? What's going to happen? I mean if it was the first line of a story I would definitelly keep reading.

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Some might think of a sign as a singular, independent object, but more often than not, signs form systems of signage. Just like road signs or name plaques next to offices on a campus are collectively part of a larger sign system in a specific location.

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So, in order to create an effective sign or sign system, folks have to understand several things. This includes clarifying the goals of the signs, surveying the conditions of signs already in place, outlining guidelines for information systems and figuring out your sign’s target market.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

".. or react violently when suddenly one appears on the seat next to you."

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These details will allow the sign designers to develop the grand scheme of things and to put it to the test. Depending on how the test goes, you might need to get back to the drawing board or you might just need to tweak the phrasing, coloring or other aspects of the signs to make them more user-friendly. And it actually doesn’t even have to be a sign—heck, information kiosks, bulletin boards and maps all fall into this category.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I REQUEST TO SEE THE FERRET WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF DANIEL. I HAVE HEARD OF HIS CUTENESS THROUGHOUT THE LANDS AND I WOULD ALSO REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT A ZIGAZIG AH

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

me when a cute guy started flirting with me today (imma try and get his number tommorrow 🙃)

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And of course we saved the best kinds of signs for last because remember that one guy who protests about all of the annoying things in public with his cardboard signs. Yes, this too is a sign. It conveys information in a simple and clear manner, all while being comedic (that’s a plus).

Now, how to get it on a traffic sign or one of those information boards above traffic on highways…

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Well, your sign journey doesn’t have to end here as you can jump into this conveniently placed internet portal into another Bored Panda article about funny signs.

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But before you thwoop yourself out of here, share your thoughts, ideas and stories on public signage in the comment section below!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a family of them that I got to watch grow from little tiny stink bombs to full grown adults. They love catfood and I feed the colony cats so the skunks too lol. Seems they are all friends enough because Noone ever gets sprayed lol

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have this one hanging above my toilet. It's a good reminder to my 2 male roommates.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Arizona. I can vouch for the sign and its need. I too, have dust where no dust should be!

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