May 31st, 2011, 4 Comments »
Today I was having a drink at the Wicklow on False Creek. I visited the men’s room, and discovered this posted above the urinal (click to enlarge):
In case you can’t read the text:
Ninjas not your thing? Maybe it’s time to get a Big Brother for your son!
Big Brothers are:
- Carefully screened
- Spend 2-4 hours a week hanging out and doing guy stuff with their Little Brothers.
Little Brothers are:
- Are aged 7 – 14
- Don’t have a positive male role model in their lives.
- Just need a little guy time.
I tried to imagine a father thoughtfully musing to himself while micturating: “Hang on. I’m definitely not a positive male role model in my son’s life. After all, I’m down the pub instead of home playing with him. I need to call these people!” It seemed like the most misguided, laughably strange advertisement I’d seen in years. On top of its peculiar messaging, the pub was almost devoid of men, and full of middle-aged women.
It took me about an hour to realize that the poster had, in fact, been hung up in the wrong restroom.
Or possibly it was just somebody having a little fun.
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October 21st, 2009, 1 Comment »
For no reason in particular, lately I’ve been mentioning lost animal posters. The other day I saw a poster for a lost chinchilla named Finn. Is the name important? Do chinchillas come when they’re called?
In any case, I’d assumed that poor Finn was probably caught and consumed by a dog, coyote or particularly large cat. However, it turns out that he survived:
I appreciate that the owner went around and actually marked up all the posters with the good news. I always wonder what the success rate is on lost pets. It’s a little weird that the owner wrote the follow-up note in the first person, isn’t it? But, then, I gather chinchillas are excellent jumpers.
By the way, this is the best photo I’ve seen in Wikipedia for a while.
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July 21st, 2009, 12 Comments »
District 9 is a star-free, rather original looking science fiction movie being released (ominously) in August, 2009. While watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday, I visited the washroom. Here’s what I saw on the door:
I haven’t gotten around to calling the number listed at the bottom of the sign, but I’ll do so and report back on what I hear.
What’s ingenious is the poster’s location. It’s the rare bit of unused real estate at the cinema. The only downside is that if you’re like me, and going to the bathroom during a film, you’re unlikely to stop and read the poster.
Wikipedia shows a similar billboard version of this poster in Toronto. The associated article has a write-up on other aspects of the film’s marketing campaign.
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April 5th, 2009, 3 Comments »
I snapped this photo of a poster in downtown Victoria. Her head doesn’t look quite right, does it?
Looks like a Photoshop Disaster, if you ask me.
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November 3rd, 2008, 1 Comment »
I’ve seen a couple of these signs attached to telephone poles around my neighbourhood:
They are, it turns out, a band. Maybe I’m overly curious, but a simple sheet of 8 x 11″ paper with the band’s (admittedly peculiar) name printed on it was enough to get me to look further. Had it been your ordinary photocopied indie band poster, I probably would have ignored it.
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March 24th, 2008, 4 Comments »
From the men’s room at Workspace:
I like their frank procedural writing. And, toilet soakers, shouldn’t this have been thoroughly covered by grade two?
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February 12th, 2008, 2 Comments »
Once again, Northern Voice is sold out. I always find it a little remarkable when that happens, as we have a marketing budget of precisely zero dollars and zero cents. Plus, all of us organizers are busy people. We barely have enough time to organize the conference essentials, let alone promote it.
In any case, we’re four for four for sell outs.
In related news, check out the cool poster than artist Basco5 did for the conference this year:
You may recall that he did something last year as well.
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