Look on the internet for “funny signs” and you’ll find dozens of them on various websites. There’s nothing like passing a sign in the street that makes you crack up. Some of them might be clever advertisements, while others are thoughts from people who were passing through, just like you.
A good sign can be the difference between a great marketing campaign and a less effective one. Some of the principles of marketing are all about getting people to look. You’ve got to catch their attention and hold it.
Just take the restaurant that figured out a clever way to get people to look at their sign — twice. Above one of the main highways in Austin, Texas, they placed an enormous billboard. Thousands of people every day drove by that billboard, emblazoned with the words “LEGALIZE MARINARA.”
It was a brilliant way to catch people’s attention and then make them look a second time, then give them a chuckle. In short, it was a marketing campaign they remembered!
Okay, not all of these are ads. Some are warning signs, some are graffiti, and some are just incomprehensible. But no matter what they are, these all made us laugh — and they’ll make you laugh, too.
1. How to deal with a bad review
Every business gets bad reviews, even if they don’t deserve it. This is undoubtedly the best way to address them while also poking fun at themselves.
2. Beans are illegal
This sign comes with someone’s guess as to what it means. This is helpful since the rest of us have no freaking clue. Is this just one of those weird laws that some states have?
3. Well, shoot
I thought this was America! I should be able to bring my bear in anywhere I want, regardless of who it might maul! These corporate policies are just unreasonable.
4. We’ll just be in here, laughing
Human beings are terrible at reading signs even when they’re right in front of their face. How many times a day do you think this happens and gives the employees a laugh?
5. Burglars meet up at 6:15
The best way to protect your neighborhood is to put up signs like these. Everyone knows that criminals always check to make sure crime is okay in the area before breaking any laws.
6. Do I want to know what’s on the other side of the fence?
This sign is colorful to say the least. I don’t know what’s down that road, but suffice it to say, I don’t want to find out. That doesn’t appear to be a wild animal enclosure. What the heck is on the other side?
7. Slim audience for this bathroom
On the bright side, this must be the cleanest bathroom of all time, considering the only people who are allowed to use it don’t exist. And hey, there’s never a line!
8. This is his street
Sure, maybe this guy just happened to be walking down this street and saw this sign. But more than likely, one of his friends saw it and thought, “Tom can stand on his head like that. We need to get him to take a picture.”
9. What a deal!
Not every deal is a good one. For example, this sign, which proudly proclaims you can save a whole 12 cents on a chicken. Is it really worth it? Probably not.
10. Oh, good to know
There’s nothing like labeling things unnecessarily! However, would we know this large concrete structure is a large concrete structure without a helpful sign?
11. Seriously, think of the animals
Have you ever tried to give Pepto-Bismol to a lion? Seriously, it’s terrible. Don’t subject a zookeeper to helping a lion getting over its stomachache. You know, from eating you.
12. Something we can all agree on
A bad idea? Definitely. But if you have a sick, twisted sense of humor, you might also think it’s just a little bit funny. But no, don’t do it. Bad idea.
13. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore
Why yes, I’ve seen it and I can’t understand for a second why anyone would do this. Where was this such a frequent problem that they had to put up a sign to get people to stop?
14. They had me there for a second
Part of the challenge of marketing is getting people to look at your ad in the first place. This car dealership had a unique way of doing just that – one that’s just a little bit unfair. Not cool, guys!
15. The literary sign we all needed
This is a much-needed PSA at a local bookstore. If you hold up Romeo and Juliet as the ultimate in couple goals, you probably haven’t actually read the script or seen the play. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well.
16. I’m interested
It’s hard to keep going outside to change the church sign in the middle of a heatwave. Someone had this ingenious idea for supplying a TLDR version. I really hope it was an old church lady.
17. No yoga, just passive aggression
People love yoga, right? Why not get them to look by asking them if they want to learn? Then when you’ve got their attention, pull the yoga mat out from under their feet because SERIOUSLY, pick up after your dog!
18. I see what you did there
Everyone driving by this sign stopped, looked, and had a chuckle over the joke. Except for one guy, who saw it right when he needed it. Of course, he drove right into the side of the building.
19. Lead by example?
There’s nothing like a sign to display some pithy wisdom! Of course, leading by example is the best way to impart a lesson. Whoever made this sign either thought of the perfect way or made the most hilarious mistake.
20. Makes sense
Yup, it all checks out — that patio is closed. Why? Well, because it’s not open. Look, we don’t want to think of a real reason. The bottom line is that you can’t go out on the patio, okay?
21. A more helpful pain chart
We’ve all been to an emergency room or urgent care that has the pain chart with the smiley faces on the wall to help articulate our pain level. This one is much more helpful. Don’t even think about saying you’re a Courbet when you’re only a Van Gogh.
22. Challenge accepted
In areas where moose are common, people know to do everything to avoid hitting them. They can easily crush your car! But it might be a little much to call them invincible.
23. Thanks, I’m going to…not go that way
Well, I have no idea what a murder hole is, but the good news is that I know where it is. I’m going to turn left and stay alive, but thanks for the offer!
24. Manners: worth $3.25
They say being kind costs nothing, but this business disagrees. Being kind will actually save you a couple of bucks. If I add a smile, do I get it free?
25. Are you happy already?
Geez, Dave, you have so many demands. “Change the sign,” “have a good day.” Thankfully, your demands leave enough room for me to interpret them however I want. I technically did what you asked.