Funny Store Signs

Funny Store Signs

Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 04:34PM EDT by Don.

Added Aug 27, 2014 at 02:34PM EDT by Don.

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Funny Store Signs are marquees, blackboards and other storefront displays featuring humorous messages or illustrations, including those that are unintentionally funny as a result of a technical malfunction or grammatical error. On the Internet, user-submitted photographs of unusual storefront signs have been circulating through image-hosting sites and social media platforms since the early 2000s, similar to other photo-documentary memes from that same era, such as Engrish and troll posters.

Origin

While the exact origin of funny store signs as a genre of internet humor remains little known, the earliest known website dedicated to highlighting photographs of humorous visual signs, including those found at storefronts, was launched at SignSpotting.com[5] in January 2000.



Spread

On November 21st, 2000, a site dedicated to highlighting funny signs was launched under the domain FunnySign.com.[1] On November 8th, 2006, YouTuber tomerikp uploaded a slideshow of funny store signs (shown below, left), which earned upwards of two million views in less than eight years. On March 3rd, 2007, YouTuber Ernie Deveau posted another compilation of store sign FAILs (shown below, right), racking up 900,000 views.



On February 1st, 2010, the Internet humor site Holy Taco[2] published a compilation of notable photographs of “hilarious storefronts.” On April 29th, 2012, the /r/funnysigns[6] subreddit was launched for submissions of humorous sign photographs. On August 31st, 2013, BuzzFeed[4] highlighted a large selection of funny store sign photos in an article titled ""88 Funniest Signs of the Summer."



On January 27th, 2014, the Internet humor blog Pleated Jeans[3] posted a compilation of photos depicting funny store signs. On May 21st, Redditor Ludop0lis submitted a photograph of a humorous blackboard spotted outside a pub in Ireland to /r/funny,[8] where it received more than 4,100 votes (96% upvoted) in the first three months (shown below, left). On May 30th, Redditor cubs1917 submitted a photograph of a blackboard sign outside of a bar in New York City with a joke poking fun a former U.S. President George W. Bush (shown below, right). In two months, the post gained over 3,500 votes (89% upvoted) on the /r/funny[7] subreddit.



Notable Examples

Storefront Signs



Marquees



Blackboard Signs




Search Interest

External References

[1]FunnySign.com – Funny Sign

[2]Holy Taco – 25 Hilarious Storefronts

[3]Pleated Jeans – 19 Funny Store Signs

[4]BuzzFeed – 88 Funniest Signs of the Summer

[5]SignSpotting.com – Sign Spotting

[6]Reddit – /r/funnysigns

[7]Reddit – A bar sign in the East Village

[8]Reddit – Sign outside a pub today

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