11 Silly Signs Seen Around the U.S.

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149 thoughts on “11 Silly Signs Seen Around the U.S.

  1. We have a Fifth Third Bank here in Indiana. I think it is a very strange name! I have never seen First Third Bank, Second Third Bank, nor Third or Fourth Third Bank. Is Fifth Third the same as One and Two /Thirds Bank?
    I just read down a bit further in the messages and see there is a reason for it, but I still think it is a lame name!

  2. The sign with the ‘No cussing’ is in VA Beach. If the cops catch you cursing, you’ll get fined at least $100…they want to make sure that tourists don’t get driven away by the ‘local language’, as if they don’t say the same stuff! Lol…

  3. ……..”…………Vote Republican……the SMART choose………”

  4. I couldn’t take a picture but one of my favorites was at the stairwell entry to a courthouse in Los Angeles. It said “Handicapped facilities…7th floor.”

  5. First time I ever heard of it, I thought it was an unusual name too–but I’ve been banking with them for a dozen years now and never even give it a thought

  6. Considering the road closed sign was put up to warn of lava and unexpected eruptions carried an engulfed it in Hawaii, not really that silly. Just be glad it isn’t a photo with a car and people inside. 5/3 Bank? Ho hum. Wells Fargo logo is a wagon pulled by horses harkening back to their history…

  7. The first time I saw this bank name, I thought it was an odd name for a bank. Not so much funny, but attention getting…

  8. I guess us Midwesterners are so used to seeing 5/3 Banks that we just don’t see the humor in this photo. But there are a lot of incorrect information on 5/3 Bank. So brief history lesson:

    Fifth Third Bank is the 22nd largest banking institution in the U.S. It is headquartered in Cincinnati and has 1,368 branches in 12 states. It is NOT named after the streets of the headquarters building as 5th and 3rd streets run parallel 2 blocks from each other in downtown Cinci. The headquarters is actually at the intersection of 5th and Walnut. It is named after the merger of Third and Firth National banks in 1908, but celebrates it’s founding as 1858 from the original Fifth National Bank. Most Kroger locations in the Midwest have a 5/3rd Bank branch located inside. Many minor-league ballparks are named after Fifth Third Bank including the baseball minor-league team, the Dayton Dragons which holds the current minor-league record in consecutive sell-out seasons in attendance.
    Seriously, a lot of these signs are really not that funny. I have seen a lot better ones to post to an article than these. Guess everyone’s humor is a little different :P

  9. I didn’t get the 5/3 bank as being funny either. But here is Wiki’s reason for the name:Fifth Third’s unusual name is the result of the June 1, 1908 merger of Third National Bank and Fifth National Bank, to become the Fifth Third National Bank of Cincinnati.[4] While Third National was the senior partner, the merger took place during a period when prohibitionist ideas were gaining popularity, and it is legend that “Fifth Third” was better than “Third Fifth”, which could have been construed as a reference to three “fifths” of alcohol.[5] The name went through several changes over the years until March 24, 1969, when it was changed to Fifth Third Bank.[4]

  10. Fifth Third Bank= one of the worst banks in the nation. They are named after the streets where the original bank branch is located.

  11. That “Road Closed” sign is OBVIOUSLY a Photoshop job. Strange lighting, lack of shading, sign position, post looks like it’s not stuck in the ground… this job is not worthy of professional comment.

  12. The name Fifth Third Bank comes from the merger of two large
    Cincinnati-based banks, the Fifth National Bank of Cincinnati and the
    Third National Bank of Cincinnati. In most mergers, only one name
    survives although U.S. business history is full of companies that
    adopted some form of joint name.

    1. 5 divided by 3 equals 1.666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666

  13. Photo #7 is obviously photoshopped and should not have been included as a legitimate depiction of a natural scene.

  14. I’m sorry, but a bank who’s name is an improper fraction, is not going to manage my money.

  15. oh bummer, I meant to hit reply, and I instead I hit like….. egad, I am recorded as liking someone’s lame comment…

  16. the road closed sign was Photoshopped,  and the “door beel” was from the lack of education; and I bet 5 bucks it was some “poser” that claims to be all politically correct.  I swear, some people have to prove they’ve spent money on quality education, by degrading those whom can’t spell.  Yes, it’s whom, not who…

  17. I think the other 4 Third banks must have burnt down or were declared unsafe by the authorities.

     

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  19. I’m sorry, but how is Fifth Third Bank a ‘funny sign?’ I don’t get the humor…  

    Edit: Saw the other comment. XP

  20. Spring Lake, MI…where my daughter spent the majority of her Middle School career.  Does this make me a Good Mom or a Bad one?  lol

  21. According to Wikipedia:  “Fifth Third’s unusual name is the result of the June 1, 1908 merger of Third National Bank and Fifth National Bank, to become the Fifth Third National Bank of Cincinnati.”

  22. Someone really needs to get a pic of the highway sign in San Diego, on the 93, I think, downtown, westbound; the big huge sign that instructs:

    Cruise Ships Use Airport Exit

    I always just about heard the cruise ship horn behind me when I saw that!

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  23. the drit sign is from Hemet CA. Crack heads lived at that house.

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  24. Fifth Third bank was named for the original bank being at the crossing of Fifth St and Third St. It isn’t very odd if you know the reason for the name instead of thinking it is someone who doesn’t know fractions.

  25. A product of an Obama supporting UNION public school teacher with tenure……..

  26. I don’t follow any of these dodges. Thay are more or less bullshit!

    Dominick Pisano

  27. Why does the page not go to the next pic? I closed my browser, re-opened it, and still the same results:(
    Tried it numerous times and just get a blank page…very frustrating.

  28.  ,
    Discover the 37 things you should “hoard” before the coming disaster.

    Do you guys think we’re ALL idiots or what? This is obscene to anyone with a brain. Nothing like making a buck off of fear that you yourself have created, while blaming it all on the majority who don’t  agree with Fox News.

    Just a minute, I finally realized who you’re marketing this to, so never mind that idiots quote. It’s probably appropriate after all.

  29.  ,
    Discover the 37 things you should “hoard” before the coming disaster.

    Do you guys think we’re ALL idiots or what? This is obscene to anyone with a brain. Nothing like making a buck off of fear that you yourself have created, while blaming it all on the majority who don’t  agree with Fox News.

    Just a minute, I finally realized who you’re marketing this to, so never mind that idiots quote. It’s probably appropriate after all.

  30. you see that all banks in america are parts of three organization and this bank is the 5th member of the 3rd organization. makes as much sense as bernecke.

  31. “Road Closed” sign is obviously photo-shopped. The sign would not have survived in such pristine condition, if at all, after being surrounded by flowing lava

  32. If these funnies are not funny…find something else to laugh about….Life is too short…Remember,…  S-M-I-L-I-N-G increases your face value.

  33. The story I heard was that the other option, Third Fifth, was a better name for a liquor story than a bank.

  34. Ok.. I know that RD is generally for old people who are less likely to use a browser other than IE, but really?    At least test in Chrome and Firefox.

  35. #5 is a 5/3 Bank.  I bank there.  There are over a dozen of them around here.  What is so “silly” about that?

  36. #5 is a 5/3 Bank.  I bank there.  There are over a dozen of them around here.  What is so “silly” about that?

  37. 1. Find something vaguely interesting, like the eccentric habits of geniuses (Tesla, Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci), common misconceptions (wooden teeth of Washington, lemmings committing suicide, etc), or hot chicks.
    2. Find several more examples of it.
    3. Put it in list form, like the one you’re reading now. If the list items are too long, break each item down into a sub-list.
    4. Loot Wikipedia or other pop-culture magazines as much as you can. Change a few words and phrases to feign expertise and to make it your own.
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    6. Link-bait on social networks.

    List articles are the stupidest form of news. But at least its better than CNN obsessing over facebook and twitter

  38. Haha, those signs are a cure for melancholy on the road, that’s for sure. They’re all pretty amusing, especially sign number three — very cartoonish in the way it’s worded, and the mini-sign at the bottom completes the comedy. It would be great to see more humorous signs like this on the road, as long as the normal signs are still there of course.

  39. It says a bag of POT is $2.49..”pot” being short for “potatoes” but it doesn’t SAY potatoes. It says POT. (slang for a certain plant)

  40. I saw a funeral home having a garage sale the other day.  I wonder what they were selling?

  41. I saw a funeral home having a garage sale the other day.  I wonder what they were selling?

  42. I saw a funeral home having a garage sale the other day.  I wonder what they were selling?

  43. The sign said ” Keep Back or Drown !”

    Yes, I missed it on the first look. don’t worry about it, Brs5000.

  44. Brs5000 5/3 bank:  The 5/3 needs to be reduced to the LCD which would be 1 2/3 Bank.  So why would you want to do your banking at an institution that can’t do 3rd grade math? If you have to explain the joke, it gets funnier and funnier.  I loved trying to explain a joke to my mom, lol.

  45. Is “Door Beel” a relative of Alley Beel? Oh, wait that was Ally Beal…

  46. Is “Door Beel” a relative of Alley Beel? Oh, wait that was Ally Beal…

    1. Seriously, if you’re going to try to correct someone, at least do it properly:
      “The Fifth Third name
      Fifth Third’s unusual name is the result of the June 1, 1908 merger
      of Third National Bank and Fifth National Bank, to become the Fifth
      Third National Bank of Cincinnati.[4] While Third National was the senior partner, the merger took place during a period when prohibitionist
      ideas were gaining popularity, and it is legend that “Fifth Third” was
      better than “Third Fifth”, which could have been construed as a
      reference to three “fifths” of alcohol.[5] The name went through several changes over the years until March 24, 1969, when it was changed to Fifth Third Bank.”

    1. Well, it makes you wonder what happened to the first 4 incarnations of the bank. Seems kind of shady to me…

      1. Well maybe 5th bank merged with 3rd bank and they didn’t want to sound like an alcoholic bank three fifths so the called themselves fifth third. Do a little research and don’t sound so ignorant.

    2. I wondered that as well.  But I’m from SW Ohio, where the bank is headquartered, so I’m used to it.  I don’t think people from outside the area realize the name was a result of the merging of the Fifth National Bank and Third National Bank years ago.

        1. I vote for the 5/3 bank. Five divided by 3 = 1.66666666666666….6, an irrational number.

          1. 5/3 IS rational. it is literally a ratio. you’re thinking of the square root of 2 or some other infinitely long nonrepeating decimal.

          2. No, sorry, louie – it’s not. It’s an infinite decimal. 3/5 is a ratio. It’s rational.

      1. Why not name it SW Ohio Bank or something?  Fifth Third Bank is a stupid name.

      2. Same here, Lighthouserob.  Had to ponder a bit to get past the familiarity before the humor struck me.

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      3. And they decided that Fifth Third Bank was more appropriate than the Third Fifth Bank.

    3. Ahhhhh,now I know that a merger resulted in the name. Still, my math teaching says that this should be corrected to the ” 1 2/3 Thirds Bank ”  !!   ;-)
      JK… Still a good bank to deal with.

      1. If you have to ask, you don’t need to know! Besides, if someone told you, they would to kill you.

    4.  You wanna put your money in a bank that has an improper fraction for its name?

      1. One thing’s for sure, if it’s only s fifth of a third, it sure ain’t “too big to fail” … Intergerially speaking, of course ..

    5. Its not funny. The two banks, one of 5th street and one on 3rd, merged. 

    6. If this is only a fifth of the Third Bank, I want to know what happened to the other four-fifths!

    7. Maybe it shoudl be called “One Fifteenth Bank” … 1/5 of 1/3 = 1/15. 

    8. probably has something to do with it being an improper fraction…..

    9. Each time I see the sign for Fifth Third Bank, I wonder why it is not called 15th Bank (3×5). I also wonder if it is the same as Third Fifth Bank (3×5 = 5×3).

    10. Do you want to bank at a venue that can’t do it’s fractions correctly?

    11. I never heard of Fifth Third until they granted me a my new car loan through the car dealership.  My own lame bank refused me!  I don’t care what Fifth Third Bank is called, they’ve got my business now… and you gotta admit, the name somehow works, quirky as it is. 

    12. I’ve often wondered how drunk some person (or entire committee) must have been to call a bank “Fifth Third;” it’s a dumb name regardless of where it’s located. Why not just call it Fifteenth? I refuse to bank there because the name makes me question their judgment.

    13. I think they were thinking in terms of fractions, like 5/3 of a bank.

    14. I’m still trying to find the first, second, third and fourth – Third Banks!

    15. Because “Fifth Third Bank” is a stupid name and both mathematically and grammatically incorrect. If they are the merger of two banks they could have just come up with a better name.

    16. If you add a fifth and a third, you come up with 8/15th’s. And who ever heard of a bank called the Eight Fifteenths Bank?

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