By BOB URBAN
It happens frequently in this profession known as journalism. We write something, only to re-read it and find out we stated something that has an entirely different meaning. Even seasoned veterans fall into this trap, although not as often as rookies.
But stories aren't the only thing that can be misinterpreted. Below is a collection of signs that have been spotted in various public places that mean to say one thing, but can be interpreted as meaning something else entirely.
I got a chuckle out of them, I'm sure you will also.
Did I read that sign right?
In an office:
TOILET OUT OF ORDER...... PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW
In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT
In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS
In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN
In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD
Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING - BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS
Spotted in a safari park:
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR
Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN'T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR
Notice in a farmer's field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.
On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR - THE BELL DOESN'T WORK)
The passing of James Arness last week saddened me.
Matt Dillon was always one of my favorite television cowboys. In fact, I still watch the reruns on TNT. Gunsmoke was a timeless western, one that became one of the longest running shows in television history. The cast of Marshall Dillon, Miss Kitty, Chester Good, Doc, and Festus, will never grow old.
The arrogance associated with New York Rep. Anthony Weiner isn't so apparent now that he got caught with his internet pants down. What a disgrace.
And then we have John Edwards sharing headlines with Weiner over his alleged using campaign funds to paying his pregnant girlfriend while his late wife was battling terminal cancer.
Gasoline prices have been dropping slightly the past several weeks. How long until they climb again, this time to $4 a gallon or more?
Before the summer ends, we'll have at least three more incidents of hikers falling and needing to be rescued at Glen Onoko falls.
A nice note, but one that makes us all feel a littler older. Arnold Palmer's grandson, Saunders, earned a berth in the U.S. Open Tournament. Wonder if he hitches up his pants the way his grandpa used to do before hitting one straight down the fairway.
Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket is going on the auction block next week. It's expected to fetch at least $200,000. I'll start the bidding at two cents.
Have you ever watched the Chiller network on Cable? Some good shows, especially when they replay the old Twilight Zone episodes.
If Plaxico Burress joins fellow NFL felon Michael Vick in Philadelphia, will that mean that the Eagles will have to change their pre-season training site to the grounds of Graterford Prison?