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'lance
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posted 19 February 2006 06:20 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Inspired by Crippled_Newsie over in this thread, who saw in Chicago the mysterious painted slogan

DOWN WITH YUGOSLAV FESTIVAL!

I thought of my favourite (and a famous one on the Internet, predating even graphical browsers):

Post 'em here, babblers: collect, trade with your friends, and like that.


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obscurantist
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posted 19 February 2006 08:20 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This will sadly have to remain apochryphal, but I once saw an ad for a clearance sale at a furniture store, and I guess the sale must have been limited to end tables or something, as I recall the ad said "END TABLE MADNESS!"

But my favourite would be the auto-part shop, or maybe an auto-repair shop that I used to ride past on the bus. It had a list of the parts it stocked / cars it repaired on the side of the building, including "USA OUT OF NORTH AMERICA".


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Crippled_Newsie
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posted 19 February 2006 08:32 PM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw another, painted along the entire length of a railroad bridge in huge letters: 'In AmeriKKKa we are corpoRATe slaves!'

Not so cryptic, but I was amused to see that the obviously reviled 'AmeriKKKa' was capitalized.


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Rand McNally
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posted 19 February 2006 08:48 PM      Profile for Rand McNally     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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Makwa
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posted 19 February 2006 09:07 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Um, I'm not sure why this sign is cryptic. My dad was a machinist, and the porosity of a cast metal mould or die part is the amount of microscopic 'air holes' in the metal. Thus if two parts which fit together are to be air or water tight, then the castings should have some kind of industrial sealant applied to them. Presumably, this shop is some kind of machinist's shop which applies industrial sealant and uses the rather catchy slogan, 'stop casting porosity (dammit)'. Of course I added the last part for oomph. Works for me.
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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 19 February 2006 09:52 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Yossarian:
This will sadly have to remain apochryphal, but I once saw an ad for a clearance sale at a furniture store, and I guess the sale must have been limited to end tables or something, as I recall the ad said "END TABLE MADNESS!"

But my favourite would be the auto-part shop, or maybe an auto-repair shop that I used to ride past on the bus. It had a list of the parts it stocked / cars it repaired on the side of the building, including "USA OUT OF NORTH AMERICA".



Well, there was the famous camping store that had 'NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCOUNT TENTS', so you never know.


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'lance
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posted 19 February 2006 10:35 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Um, I'm not sure why this sign is cryptic. My dad was a machinist, and the porosity of a cast metal mould or die part is the amount of microscopic 'air holes' in the metal. Thus if two parts which fit together are to be air or water tight, then the castings should have some kind of industrial sealant applied to them.

Yeah, after a few years of seeing this phrase repeated all over Usenet -- but with no idea where it originated -- I finally found this explanation.

[dentures]
This was before google.
[/dentures]

Why a machine shop thought it could Stop Casting Porosity by putting up a sign saying Stop Casting Porosity is, of course, another question, but I guess they expected other specialists would understand.

Regardlessly, I still like the sound of the phrase, and maybe a person could respond to trolling or baiting by telling the troll to Stop Casting Porosity. Might puzzle some of them for a while, anyhow.


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deBeauxOs
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posted 19 February 2006 10:50 PM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What about those of use who like and enjoy the benefits of casting porosity?
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catje
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posted 20 February 2006 04:28 AM      Profile for catje     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember reading in the Guardian Weekly's Notes and Queries section [many years ago, yes, but I have never forgotten it] that somewhere in the UK there is a sign, in a field, and all it says is: "Do not throw stones at this sign."
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skdadl
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posted 20 February 2006 08:18 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In the stairwells between the floors of the main stacks of Robarts Library at U of T (high up), there were, in my day, anyway, big signs warning us that it was forbidden to throw books down the stairwells.

I much preferred the sign that used to hang over the main exit from the St Mike's library. Again in my day, St Mike's library had no electronic security check at the exit - just an enormous curse against people who steal books posted over the exit.

The contrast between those signs was to me a fair measure of the different atmospheres of the two institutions.


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'lance
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posted 21 February 2006 07:07 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by deBeauxOs:
What about those of use who like and enjoy the benefits of casting porosity?

Would you be satisfied with casting aspersions?

Casting the first stone?

Casting couch, maybe?

(...crickets...)

O very well. If you absolutely must.

But you can't stop me from telling flame-baiters to...


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Hephaestion
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posted 21 February 2006 07:41 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 


This is not a made-up sign, it has not been photoshopped, or anything. It is a sign on the beachfront at Silverton, BC. Personally, I think the village council should have sprung for a second sign post...

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Boarsbreath
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posted 21 February 2006 08:54 PM      Profile for Boarsbreath   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is cryptic if you don't know how New Zealanders talk...

Graffito in a Canberra (Asutralia) washroom:
AUSTRALIA SUCKS
under it, in another hand,
NEW ZEALAND NIL


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