Last week, while driving around the Finger Lakes, I saw several signs that gave me a good laugh. Sadly, I didn't think to take pictures at the time, but I've made recreations of them to share with you.
After we dropped our son off at school, we stopped to fill up the car. While my husband pumped gas, I read the advertisement board in front of me.
Yep. Someone slapped a "when you buy two" label near the health warning. The label blended in so well, it made it appear to be part of the warning. When my husband got in the car, I pointed at the sign and said, "So if you buy one you're okay?"
The next sign came in the bathroom of one of the wineries.
There are things you want flushed down the toilet. Trust me. It's bad when they don't get flushed.
Finally, as we were heading back home, we passed a restaurant that proclaimed:
I'm pretty sure that if you were selling illegal beverages, you wouldn't be advertising it.
The point of all this? It's not just important what you say, but how you say it. The wording on all of these signs actually meant something different than intended. The same thing can happen in your writing, so be careful and say what you really mean.
Seen any signs that gave you a chuckle? Share then in the comments.