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The primary purpose of a sign is to offer information to the person reading it. Whether it's a speed limit on the side of the highway, a tantalizing offer for a fast-food restaurant, or a warning about a menacing dog in the vicinity, signs are useful and often essential. However, while they might be there to provide information, there's no reason why signs can't also be amusing. Hilarious, even. Check out these clever signs that do their job because they are just too hilarious to ignore!
True, Santa never literally died for anyone, but if his work schedule on Christmas Eve is to be believed then he may as well have! We feel like sticking up for good old St. Nick here as this church tries to do him a disservice. We understand their gripe — they feel too many people get caught up in the Christmas fervor for all the wrong reasons, like gifts, parties, and... terrible Christmas sweaters. However, we can't help but feel a hint of jealousy exuding from this church sign.
Apostle Faith Church is saying that the commercialization of the festive season isn't what's important, rather, the birth of Jesus. Even though they take aim at Santa, it's still pretty funny.
What's not to love about this passive-aggressive — yet hilarious — swimming pool sign? Let's be honest, most of us who go for a dip in a public pool are secretly hoping that no one is relieving themselves underwater. In Texas, however, they're clearly not afraid to say exactly what they think! The clever dropping of the 'P' in 'pool' grabs the attention, letting the rest of the sign do the talking.
While Texans may be blunt, they are also extremely friendly and hospitable. How to get on their good side? Well, not peeing in the pool is a start.
This is certainly at the quirkier end of the church sign spectrum. In fact, it took us a while to even realize it was a church sign; it looks more like an advertising campaign in our opinion! Still, we're here for the uniqueness of this funny statement by Melbourne Welsh Church. They might want to be careful what they wish for, however, as dinosaurs — even the friendly ones — are unlikely to be easily domesticated.
The serious point here is that history has a funny way of repeating itself, so be mindful of this when making decisions in the present. We hear that!
For those of you who live in areas that suffer from torrential rainfall, or areas that serve up seemingly neverending drizzle, we're sure you can relate to this sign. We get it, after a particularly dry period rain is necessary to replenish the land. However, when that rain does arrive and then stays all winter, everyone has had enough. Lake George Bible Church has taken it upon itself to ask those who have prayed for rain to kindly stop; in a very amusing way.
The ominous-looking dark clouds gathering behind the sign outside Lake George sure haven't gone unnoticed, though. Clearly, their request is yet to be granted!
Diners must surely feel some trepidation stepping foot into a fish and chip restaurant that takes its inspiration from the world's most famous mob movie. You'd better be on your best behavior in The Codfather or you might just be served a horse's head — and no, it doesn't go well with ketchup. Perhaps you'll pass a member of the Corleone family as you head to the bathroom? If so, keep your head down and carry on walking, or there's a chance you'll end up swimming with the fishes.
Seriously, though, this establishment does a great job at mimicking the moody, murky vibe of The Godfather. The colorway is on point and the reference to it being licensed gives off that mobster vibe!
Shoutout to the clever souls at this baptist church for probably the most creative church sign we've seen. It's so clever, in fact, we're kind of annoyed we didn't spot this wordplay ourselves! Did the church hire a professional copywriter to come up with this witty message or do they just boast a very talented staff? We'd imagine the latter. Either way, it's almost guaranteed to pull in more visitors — even if they just want to know who came up with the sign!
This church also deserves praise for its backlit sign. The last thing you want is to come up with some genius copy, only to realize that nobody can read it!
There's nothing better than a good play on words when naming a restaurant and this one will certainly never grow old. Who knew that everyone's favorite yeast-leavened flatbread could so seamlessly intertwine with the boy with the never-ending childhood? Pita Pan's attention to detail must also be commended; the green font chosen for the sign looks like the exact same hue as the famous outfit worn by young Peter.
The establishment also offers free delivery. So, in true Peter Pan style can we assume that the pita — or should that be Pita —can fly and deliver itself? We sure hope so!
We're not sure whether this church is trying to bluff its congregation — or, at least, its target congregation — but we're concerned this might just be sending the wrong message. Call us cynical, but doesn't this seem like an invitation to go absolutely wild without fear of consequences? Well, whatever their intention, this church is more than happy to welcome puritans and partygoers alike and we're definitely here for that.
It's unclear whether this church is even in the state of Nevada — we assume so. Perhaps it's walking distance from the Vegas strip? It would certainly do good business on a Sunday.
Okay, so we're all for clever restaurant names. However, how clever is it really to name your establishment after something that is famous for literally sinking? We're not so sure. Either way, Thai Tanic is an undoubtedly catchy name and sure to put a smile on the faces of passers-by — and, hopefully, those who choose to brave the food as well! The owners have clearly committed to the theme, we just hope those neon waves don't leave diners feeling seasick.
The two gentlemen in the window clearly don't seem bothered by the association with a marine disaster, so hopefully this particular Thai Tanic's story has a different ending.
Here we go again with the clever reference to an epic — this time the classic novel by the Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding. Now, while we appreciate the wordplay, presumably the owners of Lord Of The Fries are aware that the boys in the book descended into savagery and tried to eat each other? Perhaps that's how ravenous they hope their customers will be when they queue up for their grab-n-go burger and fries.
Either way, we're sure that this catchy name grabs the attention of passers-by at what looks like a mall or possibly an airport. We just hope they don't have a 'piggy special' on their menu!
While this sign doesn't exactly represent how most Texans feel, we still think it's hilarious. When it comes to veganism Texas is a tough crowd — meat is very much on the menu in The Lone Star State, although Austin is, arguably, a progressive outpost in a predominantly conservative area. Social veganism, however? We're sure plenty of people can relate, especially since the pandemic!
The folks at El Arroyo clearly enjoy coming up with witty statements to post outside their establishment and it looks like they're pretty keen on social media too. We'll give them a follow!
We can't think of many more novels (or movies, for that matter) more worthy to name a restaurant after and the wordplay on display here is, to be fair, on point. Here's hoping the theme of this popular-looking bar — based on the legendary novel by Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird" — continues when you step through the door because we'd love to stop by for a cold bottle of Judge Taylor, or perhaps a shot of Atticus.
The question is, is Tequila Mockingbird in the state of Alabama? That would make the pun even more impressive.
Ah yes, quite literally a sign of the times. We now live in a world so dominated by social media that it's probably the responsible thing to do to remind people that escaping a burning building is more important than tweeting about it. We love how casual the illustrated figure looks as they slink down the stairs, glued to their phone as a blaze engulfs the building behind them! Perhaps this sign resides in the Twitter head office or a social media marketing company? That would make sense.
It's worth mentioning that this message — while funny — should be taken seriously. We all want to post cool content on our social media profiles, but sometimes the risk doesn't outway the reward.
The reason we love this sign's play of words is that yes, it references one of the great science fiction media franchises, but it actually works pretty well. Planet Of The Grapes suggests an emporium boasting a never-ending range of wines from around the world (or planet if we're being facetious). Unlike some other stores or restaurants with clever names derived from epic movies, this one doesn't actually make us cringe. Well, we might have rolled our eyes and had a wry smile, but still.
This appreciation is based on the assumption that there are no apes present in the store, of course. Caesar in an angry mood surrounded by wine bottles? That's not something we'd like to witness!
Let's be honest, at first glance this (presumably innocent) sandwich shop looks like anything but a sandwich shop. Perhaps that's just our devious mind, but the fact that the establishment is called Thai Me Up surely gives credence to that view! We wonder if there's a dual service being provided here, where the ropes come out while you wait for your dumplings? Who knows. More likely, of course, is that the owners of this Thai Sandwich joint were in the mood for a cheeky play on words.
Either way, we're a big fan of the dimly-lit exterior, that seduces passers-by with a promise of Thai culinary classics. Anyone else feeling hungry?
Now, we're not entirely sure if Custards Last Stand is an ice cream parlor or a custard parlor — is that even a thing? Let's assume it sells ice cream, based on the poorly done artwork of an ice cream cone with an arrow poking through it. This name feels like a bit of a reach, given that it's highly unlikely there is any custard on the premises. Presumably, the owner of this establishment is a big fan of George A. Custer and his efforts during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, as well as ice cream.
What would be a nice touch is if customers are served with a scoop of historical information surrounding the Great Sioux War of 1876, alongside their vanilla and raspberry ripple. Alas, we doubt it though.
We're not sure how many shifts Abby has skipped, but we're guessing it's quite a few! The manager at Dairy Queen has decided to take drastic action here with this sign. It's a clever idea, but is Abby really likely to be anywhere near her place of work if she's skipping work? It's unlikely. Still, anyone who knows Abby — and knows that she's supposed to be working at DQ — can help the manager out and pass on the message!
On a serious note, we hope Abby is okay? We're sure her friends and family will be checking in on her when they next drive past.
Imagine telling your mom that you're finally opening your own restaurant. How proud she'd be! Then, watch that pride turn to horror as you tell her your plans to name the restaurant after an unlawful act of violence. The only "clever" part of this play on words is the mention of the word 'salt' — like, the salt you shake over your fish and chips, get it? Not even the jovial branded logo on display in the window can save this one!
Somewhat surprisingly, it would appear that patrons of A Salt & Battery aren't put off by the tasteless choice of restaurant name. Presumably, they're producing some pretty tasty battered fish.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of our favorite movie franchises — Peter Jackson's retelling of J. R. R. Tolkien's epic novel critically acclaimed as one of the greatest ever moments in fantasy cinema. For this reason, we love to see a chicken wing restaurant pay homage to the tale of the one ring to rule them all. Our only concern is the apparent lack of LOTR references notwithstanding the pun in the restaurant title.
Surely, a restaurant called Lord of the Wings could have a Mount Doom-themed kitchen or a dining area based on Hobbiton? Perhaps we're asking too much, Mr. Frodo.
Let's be honest, this might be one of the best church signs out there. We're not sure who is responsible for the hilariously risqué message outside Church of Redeemer Lutheran, but we really hope it's the priest. The sign isn't just funny though, it also does a great job at guilt-tripping passers-by into questioning their decisions on a Sunday morning — in a superbly tongue-in-cheek manner.
We reckon this sign has been responsible for at least a small uptick in service attendances. After all, that's what these witty messages are there to do, right? Amen!
We absolutely love this clever takedown of extremist would-be worshippers by the folks at Riverside Baptist Church. Religious fundamentalism is a genuine problem in some congregations and communities, so clearly stating where the church stands on such views is a great way to deter these people. Furthermore, the fruit and nut-themed play on words is downright hilarious.
The question is, do 'religious nuts' know that they are religious nuts? No matter, we're sure the good, helpful people at Riverside will gladly let them know. Or will they?
If you have a wife (or girlfriend, for that matter) then you'll easily be able to relate to this amusing sign. It's long been banter between married men especially that their wives are to blame for various decisions surrounding their domestic lives. The eyes roll when they're told that they should probably go easy on the beer during the game because they have a busy schedule the following morning, for example.
Well, the First Presbyterian Church knows of this cliche all too well and does a great job poking fun at it. A bit of self-reflection on the way into the church, perhaps?
This is a great sign, although we're not sure the long list of He Who Shall Not Be Named's victims would agree. There's clearly a big Harry Potter fan at Broadview Road Church of Christ and if you are too, you'll know that Voldermort is the villain of the piece. Evil incarnate. No number of visits to the confessional could redeem his sins.
While this sign is probably aimed at the younger members of the congregation, it will also resonate with anyone familiar with JK Rowling's fantasy series — reminding them that no matter how evil Voldemort is, he's nothing compared to the devil.
We love the weary tone of this sign. This church's groundskeeper is clearly dedicated, but everyone has a limit and it must have been a particularly hot day when this witty message went up. Not only is the copy hilarious, but it also has real longevity — it can be left up for as long as the weather stays hot. Clever thinking by the groundskeeper. Although we think that with a sharp mind like that, they'll be tempted to come up with something new and amusing before long.
The great thing about light-hearted church signs is that they immediately give the place personality. Anyone hesitant about stepping foot inside can be swayed knowing that, although it's a church, the members don't take themselves too seriously.
We're not entirely sure beer and guns are a good mix — hot sauce can't exactly help, either. Like the sign says, however, welcome to Texas! These may be all stereotypes of what Texans are into, but there's clearly some truth to it. Would we pull over to sample the goods? Possibly, but only in a curious tourist kind of way. We'd keep away from the guns, too.
What we love most about this sign is its unapologetic nature. There's no attempt to sell The Lone Star State as something that it's not and there's something incredibly charming about that. So where's that beer you mentioned?
The primary reason signs exist is to inform people and help give them direction. This hilarious effort deep in the desert somewhere in the heart of Texas is a great example of that; it may be tongue-in-cheek but it's absolutely true! However, while there may be 'absolutely nothing' on either side of the road, the sparse landscape can be absolutely breathtaking. Being out in the wilderness, far away from civilization can be great for our busy minds — just don't expect to find WiFi.
We just hope that any drivers passing this sign have enough gas in their car for at least 22 miles. The wilderness is only fun if you can make it out alive!
If you happen to be passing this establishment with a herd of cows then you're in luck and can put your wallet away. We're not entirely sure how much Daisy would be worth, but presumably a decent number of drinks? In all seriousness though, this might be the most Texas sign in the state of Texas. It would interesting to know whether any punters have paid in camels before and, if so, how many did they spend?
We wonder what this place has against checks, though. After all, it wasn't too long ago that writing a check was the currency of choice for Americans. Alas, not here, amigo.
Something Texas is not exactly famous for is progressive politics. This is a state that loves its gas-guzzling trucks, so anyone trying to preach the negative effects carbon emissions are having on the environment certainly has their work cut out. The team at Little Woodrow's in Austin, Texas clearly understands this, so rather than preaching environmental issues, they invite their fellow Texans to think about the unthinkable — a world without beer!
It's slightly concerning that anyone would care more about beer than the actual planet they inhabit, but here we are. This is Texas, folks!
Ah yes, the good people at El Arroyo again with another amusing sign that's bound to resonate with a large majority of their clientele. Not only do Texans absolutely love their beer, but we'd also suggest that kale is far less popular than in states like California or New York. You're certainly more likely to source a supersized burger than you are a superfood in this meat-loving part of the world.
Our guess is that no matter how much some Texans are sold on healthy eating, they'll always reach for a can of ale over a bag of kale. (And to be honest, can we blame them?)
The poor old folk at Little Hope Baptist Church were presumably unaware of the mistake they'd made when erecting this sign? We get it, the church is in a town called Little Hope, but surely a more inspiring name for their church could've been decided on? Yet more irony that the sign itself looks as though it has little hope of lasting the winter — look at that rust! Perhaps the church is relying on those who show pity to make up its congregation.
In fairness to Little Hope, there are bound to be a number of amusing church signs across Texas, it being one of the most church-going states in the entire US.
Texans may be a godfearing people — by and large — but there's also no denying they have some popular vices too. Domino's Pizza clearly knows this, using their sign to grab the attention of passers-by with a cheeky advert. We're surprised that pizza itself isn't tempting enough, but clearly, we don't know Texans as well as we thought!
Fair play to the creative team at Domino's for this one. We're not entirely sure the sign would be approved by the head office but hey, we're in Texas!
When we think about all of the dangerous things happening in Texas, we don't typically think of cows. Especially cows falling on our heads. Clearly, we need to add this to our list of things to be aware of when traveling around The Lone Star State. We're not sure who we're more concerned about here, the unsuspecting driver or the poor falling cow! What's concerning is that this bizarre scenario must happen enough for it to warrant a caution sign.
This must be one of the more unusual signs you're likely to pass in the US, and we wouldn't expect to see it anywhere other than good ol' Texas.
Sure, we get that the priority for this zoo is the welfare of their animals, but presumably, they also have a responsibility for the welfare of their visitors? The sign starts off as you'd expect, with a giant 'please be safe' in capital letters. Nice. It then gets a bit weird, suggesting that the main reason to avoid falling into the enclosure isn't that you might be, you know, eaten, but that if you are then the poor animals might get sick! Huh?
Let's hope the zoo put up this sign for a bit of a laugh. We're not convinced, however, as it's not exactly giving us a tongue-in-cheek vibe. We'll probably give it a miss.
Trespassing is rarely advised at the best of times. You'll likely encounter an angry landowner who might call the cops or even take matters into their own hands. In this case, it would be an even worse decision — unless you happen to have the getaway speed of an Olympic sprinter, that is. Bulls are known for their short temper and terrifying charging speed, so this is a pasture you'd be better off giving a wide berth.
We wonder how the landowner timed their bull, though. Hopefully, the sign wasn't put to the test before it was erected?!
Well, this seagull clearly doesn't think much of being told it can't be here. In fact, so flagrant is the disregard for this sign, we half expect the bird to relieve itself all over it! We love the fact that the seagull has perfectly mimicked the image on the sign, striking an identical pose. We're curious to know why anyone would think a bird could read a sign in the first place? It reminds us of 'smoking' and 'non-smoking' areas inside the same restaurant.
If only the makers of this sign could produce some 'no wasps' versions for picnic areas, that would be greatly appreciated. Whether the wasps would take any notice is another question.
In principle, we agree with the message of this sign — that diving into shallow water can be extremely dangerous. However, we're not sure it's necessary on the top of a toilet (no matter how drunk the person using it might be). Presumably, this is a bit of banter courtesy of a witty builder or plumber, so we ought not to take it too seriously. We just hope that this doesn't backfire and convince someone to attempt a dive into the bowl!
We'd suggest that better use of signage here would be to tell boys using the toilet to lift up the lid when having a pee. Thank you very much.
Any parents reading this will appreciate the genius behind this sign. Sure, if you've never had to navigate your way around a store while keeping a child in tow then you might think that an espresso and a free puppy are wonderful, but this is a truly terrifying proposition to parents. A little one hyped up on caffeine is one thing, but a new pet to take care of as well? Give us strength! Needless to say, children are likely never left unattended in this shrewd establishment.
Even though this sign is clearly a joke — at least, we presume so — the message itself is important. Adding humor to this important reminder to those accompanying children is clever and effective.
If there's ever been an image to make you think twice — or even three times — about getting a tattoo then this is surely it. As we know, tattoos are permanent and, while laser removal is possible it can be an expensive and somewhat arduous process. In fact, some say it's as painful as the tattoo itself. This tattoo studio is offering punters a cheaper alternative at just 50 cents per removal — the catch? Well, it looks like you'll have a lot more than just a tattoo removed!
Perhaps this tattoo studio is so confident in its service that the idea anyone would want their tattoo removed is out of the question, hence the tongue-in-cheek removal offer.
Zoos are a great family day out and kids especially love discovering all of the different animals. Usually, of course, there are signs warning visitors of the various dangers associated with each enclosure, but this one at the hippo pen is like nothing we've seen before. No one wants their finger bitten by a tiger or their hat stolen by a monkey, but getting caught in the 'splatter zone' might be the scariest scenario possible!
While we appreciate the warning, we're not entirely sure why the perspex screen isn't slightly higher — wouldn't that solve the splatter situation?
Let's be honest, this is a genius way to make someone think twice about climbing over that gate. The ominous promise that you will likely not return alive is surely the only deterrent needed to not trespass on this property — even a farmer with a shotgun is less terrifying than this! Needless to say, we presume that whoever took this photo swiftly turned on their heels. We hope so!
Like all great signs, a little bit of creativity — and humor — is often the secret ingredient. While we're sure the owners of this land don't actually hide dead bodies, it's bound to have the desired effect.