Odds and Ends: Jersey Shore Edition

I have recently returned from my annual family vacation to Ocean City, New Jersey, during which I consumed 39 consecutive cheese-based meals. (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.) Here are some things:

I found this sign at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (whose website is a wonderland of animated gifs) on the Ocean City boardwalk. I had just sent a handful of kids (not sure they were all with me—they start to look alike after a while) on their last ride of the day, and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this. The Really Cool Teenager working the ride gave me a bizarre look when I crouched down to take the photo, but I was not to be deterred. I liked the sign so much I added it to the rotating images in the header of this website (there’s a one-in-eight chance it’s at the top of this page as you read right now).

This sort of thing is one of the many reasons I always have a camera with me. (Another reason: the off chance that I might end up sitting next to Natalie Portman on a roller coaster at the boardwalk.)

Philly Birds
I have been a lot less productive since my co-worker Carrie told me that there are three free versions of the Angry Birds app. Also, my family has descended into a Lord of the Flies-style chaos in which the person who possesses the iPad is ruler of the tribe and the only one allowed to speak.

This T-shirt (which I received as a birthday gift while at the shore) from Cheesesteak Tees plays off the Angry Birds aesthetic and references the Philadelphia Eagles football team through the use of green. (Also, many naturalists will tell you that eagles are a kind of bird, so it’s a clever connection.)

I’d love to see an interpretive site promote a program through a “Friendly Birds” or “Happy Birds” campaign. (Please share it with us if you do!)

Everyday Peeves
I won’t tell you the name of the place where I saw these signs because I don’t want an angry flash grammar mob to descend on my favorite ice cream shop. But I will say that the deliciousness of my hot fudge sundaes (cheese sauce on the side) was tempered by these gross violations of two grammar pet peeves: 1. The unnecessary use of quotation marks (which make you wonder if they’re being sarcastic about something), and 2. The use of “everyday” (common, average) when they meant “every day” (how often I eat ice cream when I’m on vacation).

By the way, I didn’t notice until I posted this image here that my sister was peering out at me from the other side of the glass door while I took this photo.

Scriptwurst Hi
Last year, when I went to the shore, it was swarming with people wearing T-shirts with the word “ill” extracted from the Phillies logo. (I wrote about it here.) The next new fad, I hope, is this very friendly “hi” T-shirt, also extracted from the Phillies logo, from a company called Zoo With Roy. (The company’s name is explained in its tagline: “I want to go to the zoo with Roy Halladay.” They do another great T-shirt that says, “Ask me about my pitching staff.”)

This T-shirt (another birthday gift) accentuates how round and cheery the Phillies typeface, Scriptwurst, is. (I wrote about that back in 2009 here.) I particularly like this design because the single, tiny word “hi” in such a friendly typeface is an unexpected contrast to the somewhat negative national perception of the Philadelphia sports fan. (Note: People who say or think bad things about Philadelphia sports fans are morons and jerks who should be punched in the face.)

Mystery Message
Finally, this T-shirt was another birthday gift. I’ve included it here because some people do not understand the shirt’s meaning—and some have trouble simply identifying the typographic characters that make up the message. I’m curious what the IBD Nerd Herd thinks of it.

Now that I’m back from vacation, I’m off to the Fort Collins Cheese Detox Center. If you’re in town, please stop by. I’ll be the guy in the T-shirt.

Completely Flush, Please

Friends of IBD continue to keep funny signs coming our way. Over the last few years and many presentations later our collection of funny signs and/or interesting approaches to design continues to grow. I have a few to share.

The first two come from Sarah Keating who included the following message with the pictures. Her email says it all.


My little sister is quite a world traveler these days and she just got back from a trip to Switzerland.  She posted a bunch of photos on Kodak Gallery and most of them were mountains and snow and other Swiss things.  But these 2 signs were just too good to not forward on to you – “The seeker of interesting signs”.  There are many interesting things about these signs.  The most obvious being that the cow seems very upset about the little pile of poo left by the dog but I have been around cows a lot and their poo is much more significant than a dog so I don’t think the cow has a lot of room to talk!!  I guess I wish I knew what the cow was saying – maybe it explains it all?

I can on the other hand make a pretty educated guess about what NON! means.  I think it is great that the stick man is caught in the act of littering, not just standing near a pile of litter – It is better for us visual/kinesthetic  learners I guess.

Well, I hope you enjoy them.  She is in Hong Kong for the next 2 weeks so maybe she will have more interesting signs to share from there.

Hope you are having a great summer so far.


The second batch comes for Kelly Farrell who doesn’t leave home or enter a bathroom without her camera.

KF: But how will the next person flush?

KF: I know everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, but I did not know their eagles had hybridized with alligators.

For the naturalists out there, I guess the supporting image supports the “‘N Such” part and not so much the “Daisies” part. If you have a funny sign photo send it our way and we can put it up on IBD for all to see. Thoughts about these pics are welcome in the comments section. It is always interesting to see what others take from the images.