Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Saw the Sign

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  1. also bath foam is ‘badskum’.

    shopping-aisle eye-opener.

  2. @sensible madness attributing particular behaviors to entire ethnic groups is stereotyping
    just saying

  3. Jacob is more of a fail than the sign for not noticing the crappy pun….

  4. MsBuzzkillington

    Ok, it is NOT a pun. It is NOT a pun. Good god. Are you all saying it was a pun because you are being sarcastic?

    No people ACTUALLY think that “congradulations” is the proper way to spell it.

  5. I punch Mexicans in the face! Or do I mean Hispanic-Americans? Oh, wait. I’m racist, so I definitely meant the former. Those dang Mexcanies… You know why there’s no Mexicans in Star Wars? Because the don’t work in the future, either!

    Fuck you, blue-eyes.
    That is all.

  6. @ Father Sha

    I hate Sweden btw

  7. And let me tell you why.
    Yesterday it was first snow, then a bloody hailstorm and later on it was snowing. It´s april 22nd for godness sake!
    Conclusion: Never ever go to Sweden.

  8. I blame Iceland

  9. .. Which is, incidentally, a country full of blue-eyed blondes.. Coincidence? I think NOT!

  10. CommentsAtLarge

    Disneyland has a good take-off of the first one that they use: abandoned or unattended children will be confiscated and used in “Its a Small World”

  11. Spick 4 life! (And only we can say that 🙂

  12. Miss , i go to sweden this summer actually , and looking forward to it

  13. my private-stick-shoved-up-its-a$$ high school spelt “senior” wrong on our school certificates, all 150 of them… we were senors for the day. we laughed almost continuously, with occasional lulls before starting up again, for the rest of the ceremony. Our principal got so flustered 😀 lovely

  14. and before anyone says i must live a sad life for finding that so funny… it was just the irony of our stuck up private school spelling a simple word wrong on the certificates- not the actually f*ck up itself. <3

  15. Señor Emac, I will have the enchilada plate and a pitcher of margaritas.

  16. haha the first one is awesome, i like the signs that say the children left unattained will be sold to the circus

  17. I <3 Soup. too bad you're taken!

  18. Sensible Madness, you’re posts are gold. Pure gold.

  19. @Voodoo

    Taken? Who has claimed ownership of me? I’m free to do whatever and whomever I want. Unless my mommy says otherwise. She’s protective.

    Well, I have to go, it’s dinner time and my mom’s boobs aren’t going to empty themselves.

  20. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  21. So sensible fails and this is why the word racism is thrown around everywhere. He or she essentially described stereotyping. If I see an individual or a group of individuals who have a defining characteristic engaging in a similar behavior, after awhile this behavior becomes a stereotype of the entire group. If I notice everywhere I go, the loudest individuals have dark skin color, and therefore believe all individuals with dark skin color talk loudly, it may be stereotypical and I may be a bigot, but it is not racist. It is no different than the stereotype that blond women are dumb, kids who wear glasses are nerds, or emos cut themselves, or ethnic stereotypes such as Jews have large noses, Asian women drive poorly, and Mexicans can be found looking for jobs at the Home Depot. These are observations that have become stereotypes. Stereotypes are often founded in some truth. Racism is the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Which means if I thought because an individual has dark skin they are less intelligent than I am and therefore I have more rights than they do, that is racism.

  22. Erniesduck you are absolutely right. And to add to that, simply stating “well I’ve seen an asian woman driving well” (for example) doesn’t defeat the stereotype. If every single asian woman was for some reason a horrible driver then it would be a social fact, not a stereotype.

    When I was at orientation for college, we had this ‘defeat stereotypes’ session where people would state common stereotypes and then someone would say ‘i know a ‘insert race here’ who isn’t ‘insert stereotype here'” and this was supposed to ‘defeat it’. And I thought the exact same thing.

    Sensible, I don’t think you fail, in fact I agree with you that blue eyes was being a douche and was wrong, but I agree with Erniesduck about stereotyping

  23. Erniesduck is right about his correction of Sensible in that what Sensible was talking about was really stereotyping; however, people use stereotyping to back up their racist views. “Those people” aren’t like “us”, so are therefore inferior. I see it every day in the casual racism of the “south” of the United States. “Those people” are “lazy, loud, worthless,” etc., just to justify the beliefs that the other groups of people aren’t deserving of the same rights or resources as “us”. I applauded Sensible’s post, even if his terminology was off, because his sentiment wasn’t. Yes, the word racism is thrown away waaaayy too much. Yes, what most people mean is stereotyping. But it rarely just stops there. Especially when you’re not just talking about dumb blondes.

  24. cunninglinguist

    @Nublet – Well said. Erniesduck is absolutely right in the distinction between racism and stereotyping. And I agree that people often use stereotyping to back up racist views, although I don’t believe that’s the SOLE use of stereotypes.

    I must take a bit of umbrage at your singling out the South (or, as you call it, “the ‘south'”). I live in Alabama. Of course there’s racism here. But I’ve seen racism everywhere in this country, and all over the world. The Southern United States doesn’t hold a monopoly on racism, and I get very tired of people always using the South to signify racism. I mean, isn’t that in itself a stereotype, that Southerners are racist?

  25. @cunninglinguist – You’re offended at something that wasn’t even directed the way you think it was? Go ahead, then. I wrote a huge response explaining myself, and then realized it’s too tiring to get into, especially since my position was not that the south is the only racist place in the world nor that my position was the sole use of stereotypes.

  26. And is there anything else you’d like with that, Soup?

    and why I occasionally like to be a waitress… I very much prefer flight attendant or french maid… way sexier outfit 😛

  27. Well cunning, i have been to The South (as a european) and i must say that i have felt a lot more welcome in other areas of the States , what i have seen and the people i met were very much like the stereotype Southern folk …

    I was quite surprised because i reckoned that the southern hillbilly thing was a running gag in stead of being pretty realistic

  28. lol

  29. Thanks for the comments here. I’m surprised by the logical and clear expression of ideas. You guys rock the keyboard!!!

  30. @ Shadowpolish
    And now what’s wrong with blue-eyed blondes?

  31. Hog’s Breath (is this just an Australian place?) has a different one of those signs in each store – there’s the puppy one, the slavery one, one that says “all unattended children will be told about the birds and the bees” and other stuff like that

  32. @missfang

    Nobody knows for sure…

  33. @shadow

    All I know is that without the blondes lamebook probably wouldn’t exist. At least it wouldn’t be the same…

  34. Neither would Iceland.

    … I smell a conspiracy

  35. Am I the only one who got the second one? The reason it sucks is because it is backwards, it should rightfully be Curve B_alls, but the town did not plan for the possibility of the E failing when they assigned leases. 🙁

  36. @Nonnieyrissa actually I’m 99.5% sure that it has nothing to do with ‘curve balls’ but that, in fact, it is a sign on the department store ‘Bealls’ in which the e has burned out making it say ‘Balls’ instead…and there’s just a Curves gym next door that doesn’t really factor into the amusement of the ‘Balls’ sign.

  37. I saw the first sign somewhere when I was a child, and it TERRIFIED me. I was an early reader so young enough to know what it said but not old enough to understand it was a joke…and the wmoan in the shop gave me a scary look…damn that creeped me out! It didn’t help that my mother then pointed it out to me, giving me even more reason to believe in it! I’ll always remember how scary that was haha. Probably would have been 4-6 years old?

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