Warning Signs and Other Perplexing Ideas

by Rebecca on December 4, 2009

in Outdoor Observations, Perplexing Outdoor Signs

This is the second edition of Signs that make a person think…What The Hell? The first entry of signs that I had collected from various places is located here ~ Warnings and Other Reasonable Guidelines and I’m happy to say that entry inspired a few people to send over more signs…..

Without further adieu ~


yes-no-maybe-DRIVE AWAY

This sign was sent to me from Rod aka BackyardBass on twitter. He came across this ironic sign while fly fishing for red fish in Florida and he and his family had a good hour laugh about it. They figured it was a sign for the whishy washy people of the world. If you’re the sort that can’t make up your mind, than this sign is for YOU~

So the obvious question would seem, if one is going through a drive thru, why in the world would they need to park? Or, in an effort to confuse people, some smart ass developed this sign so that he could pull up a lawn chair and watch people park, unpark, park, unpark and finally drive away looking over their shoulder to make sure no one was laughing at them.

Any way you look at it, signs like this are put on this planet to confound the mind and put the huh in our days.

Better than Viagra?

The fine print: "Sold here, its Better than Viagra, ask for Iona stall 14"

This sign was sent over from Pete who is Captain of the Fishing Jones blog.

First of all, I should mention I live in Idaho. That’s, I-Da-Ho, lands of meat and potatoes. The Simple Life. The only thing that could qualify as exotic in this territory is the bikini strippers at the local Wagon Wheel joint ~~ and those bikini’s can’t legally come off and erode the minds of Idaho citizens. So, basically, I reside in a sheltered bubble.

So when an innocent Idaho mind like my own (my fish stories are all true as well, you just have to believe) sees a sign for fresh Conch Salad I immediately want to hurl. The way I see it, a fresh conch is akin to an overgrown snail on steroids. No thank you~ However, I learned something new from this sign, a google verification search and am more than happy to innocently pass it along for the largely male audience I have. If you can choke down an over grown snail without hurling, the side effects just might… *cough* I can’t do it. I can’t write out the side effects for conch consumption. (read the fine print under photo) I’ll just say this, if the effects last more then 4 hours, eat a baked potato, the antidote to all of life’s ahh ailments~~

And on that note, because really, what else could I write….this concludes today’s sign feature. Keep a watch out for me, take your cameras with you (that includes you Rob) and send me pictures of those signs that inspire the double take so I can feature them~

Thank you Rod and Pete!


~Irish Antifreeze~

~Irish Antifreeze~

Bonus Picture: In an effort to explain to me how fisherman in Minnesota stay warm, Karl the Trout Whisperer sent me a visual explanation. He wrote, “you mentioned it looked cold…please review enclosed photo…its how we handle the cold in the great north woods….Irish antifreeze…”

So that’s how the ice fisherman do it, stay warm that is……….and, I’ve studied that fishing hole and I think if I stood back far enough, I just might be able to fly fish it from the right angle! (grin)


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

RobNo Gravatar December 4, 2009 at 9:50 am

Sorry to let you down Rebecca, I really meant to take a photo, but every time I was near the bathroom, I didn’t have my camera. Something about the scoreboard saying Camera – 3, Rob – 0….I had visions of my camera flopping into a recently used toilet and shuddered at the thought of having to shell out another 200 dollars for a new camera.

One the flip side, I did take a photo of a jackass parked in a no parking zone. The sign he was parked next to plainly said “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE” – I’m not sure, but the sign might have had, in fine print of course, like Bugs Bunny if you can read this you don’t need glasses fine print “UNLESS YOU’RE DRIVING A TARTED UP GREYHOUND FOR A**HOLES”…..i just don’t know!



kirkNo Gravatar December 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

I’m particularly curious about Karl’s “Irish Antifreeze” which appears to be of Russian origins…nothing wrong with that- America is, afterall, the great melting pot. But I’d have expected a wee bit darker antifreeze from an Irishman.


trout whispererNo Gravatar December 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

its the “absolute on ice” truth……….In Gaelic it is called uisce beatha (pronounced ish-ka bah-ha), the water of life. Erin go Braugh…….and reb…….if you can hit that hole with a fly on the end of a fat line…..sister i’d tip my glass to ya………


Kentucky JimNo Gravatar December 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm

You can hit it, Rebecca. I dunno…”large snails on steriods” doesn’t sound all that good, but “Escargot”? See, that’s got a different ring.


JohnNo Gravatar December 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm

This is gonna get good. I am still looking for the holy grail of stupidity…lol


DanielNo Gravatar December 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Great articles. I love fishing, it’s fun. But humorous blogs related to fishing are even better! Looking forward to reading more from you.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 6, 2009 at 12:07 am

@Rob…..just remember, take the camera! Even if it’s in dangerous territory like a mens bathroom~

@Kirk and @TW Kirk is everything all cleared up now? Vodka clear? TW you did a fantastic job explaining to those of us who had no idea……..

@Kentucky Jim.. I don’t know Jim, escargot has a “run for it” ring to my plain old tastebuds. I’m adventerous, just not that possible hurl adverturous……

@John..I’m waiting, waiting, waiting…..you’ll bring a sign, someday.

@Daniel, Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and plan on coming back. I was afraid if I talked about conch on steriods I might scare a few people away~


NerverackerNo Gravatar December 7, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Sign, sign everywhere a sign, blocking up the scenery breaking my mind.
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
Ahhh that song takes me back!
Seriously, escargot is good! I used to not think so, until I tried it! garlic and butter… OMG it’s good! Conch? not tried it… but if it has Viagra like properties… why not? Just stuff and smile!
Drive thru parking… isn’t that an oxymoron? like jumbo shrimp.. or military intelligence, or my favorite counter-intelligence?
As far as the ‘tater juice (vodka) is concerned, after a few bubbles pulled down out of that bottle, there’s no way in hell I could hit that little tiny hole in the ice with a fly rod or any other fishing gear. I’d be lucky to stick my foot in it by that point!
Now, onto my favorite sign. I saw it several years ago on a trip to the coast of North Carolina. There seems to be a crab house named Dirty Dicks Crab House (Google Dirty Dicks.. I promise it’s real) While driving down the road I see this huge billboard and it read. I got my crabs from Dirty Dicks. Perpetual motion at this point was not an option. I pulled the car over to the side of the road and laughed hysterically for about 30 minutes before I could compose myself enough to continue driving. Not necessarily a warning per se. But it was damned funny, and I still get a chuckle out of it to this day.



Kentucky JimNo Gravatar December 7, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I think Nervecracker has the best one. Reminds me that there used to be a restaurant in Sacramento named Rattlesnake Dicks. Hmmm…

Come to think about it, Rebecca. You’re not the one that has to eat the damn Conch Salad.


NerverackerNo Gravatar December 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

I think I might still have a pic of the Dirty Dicks sign somewhere… I’ll look for it and email it to you if I can find it.



WolfyNo Gravatar December 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm


First of all, I LOVE conch – salad or fritters. I would tend to think the “claims” are B.S. I eat it ‘cuz it’s good.

Watching Weather Channel in a hotel room while on the road – a little chilly out your way??

Stay warm



bawbNo Gravatar December 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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