Normative Signs: The Poetry of "Ought"

In which the author finds beauty in how people tell other people what to do.

Month: August, 2017

Steam Rooms and the Rising Cost of Health Care

As the contributor of this photo says, “Imagine how annoyed doctors would be if everyone started booking appointments to get permission to have a steam bath.” (Yes, this sign is likely intended to mitigate liability. But imagine if it were taken seriously!)

The picture was taken at a YMCA in Toronto, and contributed by Marnina Norys.

Eating Customers

Is this a “Welcome All Zombies” sign? Or just evidence, once again, that punctuation matters. Or that “eating” isn’t really a synonym for “dining.”

This sign is posted in the window of a burger joint in Washington, DC, and was contributed by Wayne Norman.

Dear Hosers

File this under “There’s Gotta Be a Story Behind This One.” And also, “What Kind of Idiot Would Have Done That Anyway?”

This picture was taken at a hotel in New Zealand, and contributed by Jacob Levy.