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What should we write on our signs?

I'm attending the women's march in LA with my four year old daughter and a number of other family members. The problem I'm having is that there is so much WTF and everything is infuriating at this point I don't have the mental energy left to condense it all into something short and pithy. I think I'm stumped because I'm naturally an optimist but I can't find that part of me right now. Any advice? What will your signs say?
posted by ohyouknow on Jan 15, 2017 - 50 answers

Write our signs, please?

Family BlahLaLa will be attending the big Los Angeles march on 1/21. We all want to carry signs, but we need help coming up with something. It could be unique to us, or we'd be happy to copy great signage seen at other protests. Ideas, please? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 5, 2017 - 33 answers

I need post-election house signage

I've been loathe to take down my Hillary 2016 sign, but eventually I'm going to have to do the thing. I want to replace it with something else, though, a sticker or sign that expresses inclusiveness and support for those who are most vulnerable in this scary new world. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 3, 2016 - 19 answers

What to put in my apartment window to show solidarity and support?

How can we best show our neighbors and passerbys that we welcome all and that we are a safe space? What signs would best get this message across? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on Nov 10, 2016 - 30 answers

How do highway signs get (incorrectly) made?

I saw this remarkably borked road sign and got mildly curious for the nth time in my life about the process by which road signs get made, start to finish. What's the modern Big Green Road Sign production process, how has it changed over the years, and what, exactly, is the likeliest explanation for this particular fuckup? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 18, 2016 - 22 answers

Bookable signs/marquees in Maine?

I would like to have an important birthday message displayed on a sign or marquee in a town within 5-10 miles of the highway, somewhere between the Vermont/Maine state line and Portland/Falmouth, ME. Difficulty level: this coming weekend-ish (May 29-June 1)! Do you have a Hail Mary you could throw my way? Thanks in advance.
posted by unknowncommand on May 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for a Burma Shave homage to beach season rules

I'm a resident of a small beach community. Help me publicize the beach rules with amusing (or at least cringe-worthy witty) prose. This will be vigilante signage to reinforce the municipal small-print ordinance signs and hyper-local informational a.m. radio cast. Humor, irony, and mild to medium innuendo is suitable. Assume unobtrusive roadside signage along the causeway approaching the island is tolerated. [more inside]
posted by ElGuapo on May 11, 2016 - 9 answers

Everywhere the signs

So trailing behind stenciled instructions to TRY KRATOM, the streetside signs around where I live trend heavily - and I mean borderline Twilight Zone level - toward advertisements for flag football. I've seen signs for youth leagues, coed leagues, men only, two-hand touch, flag, and on and on, more flavors of flag football than I would ever have imagined could exist. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Talk Dewey to me

I am doing a major re-haul of the 8x11 tattered paper signage in my public library that indicates where things are in my library. For example, the shelves in the 500's with books on biology, astronomy, and general science are labeled, un-surprisingly, "science"; I'm thinking about changing that one to "Life, the Universe, and Everything." Are there better ideas out there? [more inside]
posted by saucysault on Nov 5, 2015 - 13 answers

I don't know if I am reading signs or reading into signs

I have a female friend at work who I would very much like to be into me and am not sure if due to that I am reading into things - I probably am. For example, "what does that sudden hug mean?" or "Is this a dinner date or just dinner?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 26 answers

Searching for signs... literally.

Every time I'm in Austin, I enjoy driving around and looking at the unique signage of various local businesses, signs which are often works of art in steel, paint and neon or bulbs. Las Vegas, of course, has the most epic signage (and even a graveyard for signs of deceased businesses), and I've been impressed with many of the googie-styled artifacts while visiting LA. On the contrary, every time I'm in my hometown, I'm saddened by the way the custom steel signs of the past have given way to illuminated plastic rectangles. What other cities have large numbers of amazing, steel-fashioned, illuminated signs?
posted by eschatfische on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Help! I'm drowning in the middle of Paris!

Can anyone explain this sign? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Aug 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Is there something like the Studio App but for desktop/online?

I need to make some signs and hang tags for products and I'd like some more modern looking templates as a jumping off point because I am not talented enough to start from scratch on my own. [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Jul 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Why Portsmouth, NH? Why not Danvers?

I live off Interstate 95 in Massachusetts, and if I want to go north, the sign indicates 95N Portsmouth, NH, and if I want to go south, the sign says 95S Providence, RI. How are these seemingly random cities chosen? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Positive messages in Union Square

I'm going to an event in union square NYC where we'll be writing positive messages on poster board and holding them up in public for day/mood brightening purposes. I'm looking for inspirational things to put on my sign. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Searching for an image: prices & business costs on a coffeeshop sign

Sometime in the last week or two I saw (on Twitter? On Tumblr?) an image of a chalkboard coffeeshop sign. In addition to the regular menu & prices, it had a breakdown of costs (ingredients, supplies, overhead) and broke out how much profit the store was making. At least that's how it is in my memory, which might be mistaken. Can you find me this image (and attribution, if possible)? [more inside]
posted by feckless on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm in England, so this must be English

I'm in London, staying in a nice little self-catering flat. There's a sticker on the inside of the lid of the toilet that says:
"Because of various of environment will effect the tardiness down. The best tardiness down effect will after the cover board completeness open. Push the cover board to the position of self-down, and then the effect of tardiness down without voice will following."
[more inside] posted by still_wears_a_hat on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Nautical Information Needed

We've been doing some research for a project and need some help finding out what a particular sign (or type of sign) means. [more inside]
posted by notclosed on Jan 9, 2013 - 13 answers

How to create easy editable signs?

How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

What sould I know about attending a live WWE taping?

So, a ticket to the taping of Smackdown in Newark today at the prudential center pretty much fell into my lap. I've been to a number of EVOLVE and other indy wrestling shows, but never a WWE taping. Can you give me any tips, etiquette, advice or anything I should know or keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated

What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

You're 2/3 done?

Funny signs to support triathletes? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 5, 2011 - 24 answers

Big Shoulders Rally to Restore Sanity...Does this sign make my butt look fat?

Best practices for Restore Sanity rally attending in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Oct 29, 2010 - 1 answer

Fire lane markings backwards, or do I have the world's most innocuous case of dyslexia?

In NYC (and possibly other places), why are the words "Fire Lane" painted "backwards" on the street? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking on Oct 26, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me encourage communal cleanliness!

I need suggestions for gentle, preferably clever or humorous signs reminding people to help keep the break room clean. [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Sep 29, 2010 - 31 answers

Sign ideas for Moderate Marchers

Okay, so I would love to go to John Stewart's Million Moderate March, but I need a really clever design for a sign to brandish. John himself gave a few suggestions, so those are taken. What's a self-deprecating moderate who's sick of the hyper-partisan political climate to do? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Sep 22, 2010 - 65 answers

Why do towns in the USA have population signs?

Why do towns in the USA have population signs? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Mar 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Epson Stylus Pro 9000 with Os X 10.6.2?

I am the sole creative and IT person for a small nonprofit. We have the opportunity to get an Epson Stylus Pro 9000 printer with inks for free. I have compatibility issues questions. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Mar 11, 2010 - 2 answers

What the heck do these placards mean?

Los Angeles filter: I saw these placards on utility poles, opposite sides of town (first is in Highland Park, n. of downtown. Second is in Lomita, near the beach.) I'm sure there are more of them - but what in heck are they? Highland Park / Lomita
posted by soulbarn on Feb 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Legit corp?

What are the signs of a legitimate corporation? What do legitimate corporations do that fake ones don't? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel on Oct 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Mysterious sign, perhaps no longer in production?

I can't for the life of me find a picture of a particular road sign, which I consistently misunderstood as a child. It's a traffic sign in North America that I saw many times as a kid but almost never any more. It was a yellow-orange sign with a "no" symbol and some random-looking detritus behind it, which I later understood to be a crumpled can. Probably a "no littering" sign, but a search on that or like terms seems to turn up nothing! A pretty silly question, I know! I ask partly because when I was a kid, I thought the item behind the "no" sign was a mouser from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
posted by RedReplicant on Oct 5, 2009 - 18 answers

Hopelessly lost in algebra land

I am having the hardest time working with positive and negative integers in elementary algebra. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Oct 5, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I obtain measurements of exterior corporate signage at the top of skyscrapers...from the ground?

How do I obtain measurements of exterior corporate signage at the top of skyscrapers...from the ground? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Jul 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Why are LED signs so often seen broken?

Why are LED signs so often seen broken, at least in part?
posted by LSK on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

is my potential housemate a drug dealer?

how can i determine if a potential housemate is a drug dealer? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat on Apr 8, 2009 - 27 answers

"Beware of the Physicist."

What might |000> + |111> mean, on a garden gate? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 12, 2008 - 13 answers

What foods tell you they are cooked?

Gnocchi let you know when they are cooked (they rise to the top of the pan of water you are cooking them in). What other foods have simple, visual and unambiguous indicators of doneness?
posted by Tapioca on Nov 7, 2008 - 34 answers

It's not a six foot by six foot political banner

Question about yard signs (not of a political scope). The house across from mine went into foreclosure a while back. A few days ago a for sale sign went up. Now it is a billboard. [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Oct 16, 2008 - 9 answers

Public proclamations and personal poster pulling

An ethical question about political posters/signs. [more inside]
posted by dogwelder on Oct 13, 2008 - 20 answers

Vote For The Candidate On This Sign

Have campaign yard signs ever convinced you to vote for - or against - any particular candidate? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc on Oct 8, 2008 - 49 answers

Cheap mattresses?

Ultra-cheap mattresses: does anyone know what the deal is with these? [more inside]
posted by internal on Sep 18, 2008 - 16 answers

looking for hand lettered signs in NYC.

Where can I get hand lettered signs in NYC? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Aug 24, 2008 - 4 answers

What do these signs mean?

I live in western North Carolina. Recently I noticed a couple of signs along my road and am curios as to what they mean. The signs are bright blue rectangles with white letters at the top reading "WP". There are white numbers below the letters.
posted by haikuku on Jun 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Cheap and portable signs for a protest?

I'll be participating in my first ever protest later this month. What is an economical way to make hand-held signs and sandwich boards which are sturdy enough to survive a day of protesting on possibly windy streets, but also light and compact enough to transport easily? [more inside]
posted by de void on Apr 7, 2008 - 19 answers

Danger! Water contains high levels of hydrogen.

WTF is up with this sign? [more inside]
posted by Mcable on Mar 2, 2008 - 14 answers

I'd like to know when it is safe to walk on Park Ave.

Why are there certain intersections in Manhattan that do not have "Walk/Don't Walk" signs? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Feb 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Spraypaint, plastic, weather, shall they be mixed?

Spray painting plastic curtains for outdoor display. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by otolith on Jan 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Who sells "Store Closing" signs and banners?

Does anyone know a good source for ready made "Store Closing" and related signs and banners, with quick delivery times? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Dec 20, 2007 - 4 answers

No, this ISN'T a mortuary, and no this ISN'T a meat locker.

I want to buy an "official" sign or sticker that implies to the reader that "THE ROOM YOU ARE ENTERING IS GODDAMNED COLD!!!" [more inside]
posted by melorama on Dec 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Hand-painted supermarket signs

I'm looking for information about big paper supermarket window signs and for images of them, preferably from the 80s or earlier. [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz on Aug 12, 2007 - 9 answers

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