Friday, August 24, 2012

A Failure to Communicate

Thought for the day:  Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie its ribbons.  [Ruth Ann Schabacker]

Hey, know what? We haven't ventured out on the road in quite a while. For those of you who missed the bus on our previous road trips, where we took a gander at some hilarious (but not real) billboards, you can catch up any ol' time by clicking on the funny billboards tag down on the right hand side of this page.

No new billboards to share with you this time, but I do have something with more of an Asian flavor to tickle your funny bone. Today, we're gonna check out some signs written in ... English? Kinda. What can I say? Some things simply lose... or gain ... a little something in the translation. Results in a teensy failure to communicate. (A hearty Thank You! to the wonderful webmaster from, who so kindly granted me permission to use this material.)

As much as I like that road trip picture, I already used that for all the billboard posts, so how about something new to go along with this new series of posts? Here we go. How about this?

Looks like he's ready for a little fun. How about you? Okay, here we go, then...

                                              There, did any of these make you crack a smile?
                                                       Good. Then my work here is done.

                                         Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.


  1. I really love a dog who is able to get his teeth into a high-speed road trip.

    I'm still laughing at the signs, and - believe me - I desperately needed some laughs. They are absolutely hilarious. You couldn't make that stuff up.

  2. You've got me worried; I'm now wondering if I'm a prostitute, or not!

  3. You know, we shouldn't laugh.
    The slippery ARE very crafty!

  4. Oh my! What fun. Thanks for a Friday morning chuckle.

  5. Hilarious! And yet I still think they did a better job of translating English than I would any of their languages. Ha!

    Mind crotch? hahaha.

  6. LOL! Gotta love translations.

  7. I think I like the last one best. :)

    Have a great weekend, Sus!

  8. Absolutely, Susan. These are just delightful.

  9. I'm laughing so hard that I'm coughing non-stop. Thanks!!!

  10. I needed that. Thanks, Susan. Still giggling... now wiping a tear... 'not sure if you're a prostitute' LOLOLOL!

  11. Jon- That dog pic cracks me up, too. Funny how dogs love to stick their heads out of the windows of moving vehicles, but get all annoyed when ya blow a little air into their faces. Glad you found something here to make you laugh.

    Cro- I'm sure one of those friendly security guards would be happy to set you straight.

    Dianne- You betcha! (Um, did I sound like Sarah Palin just now?)

    Liza- Glad to start your Friday off with a smile.

    L.G.- You've got that right! I wouldn't know where to begin with one of the Oriental languages.

    Linda- Uh-huh. I DO!

    Suze- You have a super weekend, too.

    Karen- Glad ya liked them.

    Connie- Ooooh, good! Laughter is exercise for the inside. (My inside gets a LOT more exercise than my OUTSIDE!)
    Y'all have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Oh Jeeez -- I'm coughing from laughing too hard. What a linguistic jumble of fun!

    I'm dying to know what procedure the security guards use at Zapatas for prostitute assessment...

    And I cracked-up again at Dianne's comment!

    Thanks for the huge laughs -- have a great weekend!

  13. Still laughing...

    That Prostitute assessment reminds me of the old joke:

    He: "If there was a rich and lonely man, who'd never been with a woman in his life, and who'd just found out he only had a few months left to live, would you sleep with him if he offered you a million dollars?"

    She: "Well, I'd feel so sorry for him. Yes, I probably would. But just once."

    He: "Would you sleep with me if I gave you $10?"

    She: "Oh my God, No!!! What kind of woman do you think I am?"

    He: "We've already decided that. Now we're just haggling over price..."

  14. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!! Fabulous! I'm emailing everyone to come read your post!

  15. CarrieBoo- Glad you thought it was funny. (Not exactly PC, though.)

    Inger- Glad you thought so, too.

    Chris- I'm not too sure I WANT to know how they ascertain whether or not a person is a prostitute, but my imagination is running wild with it. Oh, gosh, I remember that old joke. (Lord help me, I remember a LOT of old jokes... guess that says something about me.) Thanks. You have a great weekend, too.

    Laura- Super! I love to make you laugh, lady.

  16. Dear Zapata's:

    Am I a prostitute? Please let me know ASAP. I have a date tomorrow. I need to know if I should charge.

    Janie Junebug

  17. a dog that actually LOOKS like a camel!
    I have seen everything now!

  18. Hilarious, delightful and much needed this week. To you and your healing humor all I can say is, "THANGS YOU FOR COME TO FISITING US".--I think.

  19. Janie- HA! Too funny.

    John- Nah, we NEVER get to see it all. (But that's pretty close...)

    Geo- Glad to give you a chuckle. Thanks for doing the same with your comment.

  20. I actually got lost in a bad section of Miami once and went into a grocery store because it had a sign up that said "Come in we speak English."

    The only one who spoke English was another customer.

  21. Juli- OY! That doesn't sound like much fun. (Bet they didn't speak Chinese, either!)

  22. oh my gosh!! they are so funny! everyone!!

  23. Annmarie- Glad they tickled your funny bone. Have a super weekend.

  24. Two real signs we see whenever we go to the country are 1. A bed and breakfast tiny billboard that the biggest words are "GO BACK!" in reference to the fact you missed it approximately 3 miles back.

    But my favorite is a road called "Need-More Rd." The kids are dying for us to drive down it to see if, in fact, they do NEED MORE road.



  25. LOL I really loved those pictures, so funny; thank you for sharing!! :) I found this website with some short stories, I couldn't stop reading until I finished them and I really think you might enjoy them too :)

  26. Skippy- You're gonna have to check out that "need-more" road next time and tell us about it. One of my favorite signs was on a dry cleaner shop. It said, "Grime doesn't pay."

    Cindee- Thanks for the info on that website. I'll be sure to check it out.