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May 10, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Scrapbook store sign

CrapbooksAaron Vincent submits a picture taken in Littleton, Colorado:

It's unfortunate that the "S" on this Scrapbook store sign had to be the unlit letter.



Posted by: Mark at May 10, 2006 12:07 AM



The sign is now accurate.

Posted by: Mnok at May 10, 2006 12:17 AM


In Arkansas one time, the W went out on the Waffle House, thereby rendering the sign more accurate than it was before. :) (I still eat there, though.)

Posted by: abcdario at May 10, 2006 12:47 AM

_@_v - reminds me of the time i used to pass by what looked like a homeless guy in front of a little fire on my way into the city for night school. one day my curiosity got the better of me and i asked him about what got him into his situation.

"oh i'm not homeless, i'm an "o" watchman"

"o watchman?"

"see that neon sign back there?"

it was a sign in front of a factory saying "countless girl use tampex"

"now suppose that first "o" should burn out?"

Posted by: shesnailie_@_v at May 10, 2006 01:32 AM

During communist time, people in Czechoslovakia used to make fun of authorities and our "symbols". This post reminds me of one. The shops where fruits and veggies were sold were named "OVOCE ZELENINA" (which actually simply means "fruits, vegetables"). A well-known joke was to (let) drop the O and Z to get "OVCE Z LENINA", which means "sheep from Lenin".

Posted by: pinus at May 10, 2006 05:33 AM

yakov shmirnoff said it

Posted by: phillip j. frye at May 10, 2006 07:50 AM

IN Chicago there was a car park with a large light sign stating "Public Parking"...for years (seriously) the L in Public had been burned out....then they removed it to fix....So for about 3 months, you could enjoy downtown "Pubic Parking" for a nominal fee.

Posted by: Pumpkin Noggin at May 10, 2006 08:40 AM

Even it its not broken by this site, the sign is, in the most literal sense, broken.

Posted by: Galen D. W. at May 10, 2006 08:46 AM

"In Arkansas one time, the W went out on the Waffle House, thereby rendering the sign more accurate than it was before. "

Affle House?

I don't get it.

Posted by: DaveC426913 at May 10, 2006 08:59 AM

I used to work at an old repertory theatre and changed the marquee sign every day. One day we were showing The Count of Monte Cristo, when someone ran in to tell us that the "O" had fallen off the sign and we'd better fix it fast.

"What's the panic? The Count of Monte Christ?"

"No. Not that O."

"The Count of M nte Christo?"

"No. The other O."

"The... oh. OH!"

Posted by: DaveC426913 at May 10, 2006 09:04 AM

"Affle House?

I don't get it."

I assume 'affle' is pronounced 'offal'

Hey, mom n dad, can we go to the Offal House for breakfast, can we, can we, huh huh?

Posted by: higgser at May 10, 2006 09:16 AM

Waffle House, drop the "W", would be pronounced Awful House

Posted by: Lloyd at May 10, 2006 09:43 AM

Reminds me of a Mattress Discounters Store that I saw once. the "unters" part was unlit, leaving "Mattress Disco" - now that sounds like something that I could get into . . .

Posted by: Ryan at May 10, 2006 09:56 AM

there was a target witha pharmacy once, but the 'p' was out, so it read 'Harmacy' there also used to be a shell station with a bunt out s.

Posted by: dingus at May 10, 2006 10:13 AM

For several years back in the early 1980's, in Flagstaff, AZ, the first "o" in the sign at the Flamingo Motor Hotel was burned out.

There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!

Posted by: AndyDan at May 10, 2006 10:41 AM

On the way to a camping trip in Arkansas, we passed by a Mad Butcher grocery store. The sign was big enough to require a flouresent light on each side of the letter. Several of the lights had burnt out, so it read "Mr B!tch". I wish I had gotten a picture of that...

Posted by: Me at May 10, 2006 12:02 PM


Ok that is the funniest sign I've ever cn!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAHHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!


Posted by: NCeJ at May 10, 2006 12:41 PM

OK, I know that literally this site is about "making businesses more aware of their customer experience and how to fix it", and by reading that definition literally a burnt out light in a sign qualifies, but come on! :-)

Posted by: Alex B at May 10, 2006 01:15 PM

I once saw a building with a Loan Giant sign that became Loan Git...

Posted by: Fuzzy at May 10, 2006 01:24 PM

reminds me of a Sebadoh-Record:

Posted by: wiesengrund at May 10, 2006 03:30 PM

Random sign rambling...

I have a picture of a sign saying "Budget Luxury Hotel." Wonder how much luxury you get if you are on a budget?

There is, or used to be, a Chinese restaurant in Portland called "Hung Far Low."

I have always wanted to take a roll of carpet into a Carpet Exchange store and try to exchange it for some other roll of carpet.

A hospital in Sandy, Utah had a sign on it for a long time saying "Women's Center Opening Soon." How many ways can that be interpreted?

Posted by: Five Man Electrical Band at May 10, 2006 03:37 PM

Imagine if the 'C' also went out. Oh-boy, that would be 'RAP Books' HA! That is is really really really Broken!

Posted by: E. Lattella at May 10, 2006 03:39 PM

I love burnt-out signs. In our town, the bottom half of the B in "Big K-Mart" was burnt out for about a week. I wish I'd taken a picture--talk about being more accurate.

Posted by: The Grene Kni3t at May 10, 2006 04:42 PM

What? It's just truth in advertising.

Posted by: =David at May 10, 2006 05:03 PM

OMG that is fricken hilarious!!!!!!!!!

HAHA they should keep it that way

Posted by: John at May 10, 2006 06:15 PM

There was a time that I passed a Black Angus restaurant (it's a steakhouse in Southern California--I am not sure how common they are elsewhere) and the "g" was burnt out.

Posted by: Brian Enigma at May 10, 2006 11:59 PM

Reminds me of the Shell station that had the S burn out on it.

Posted by: Obes A Lot at May 11, 2006 12:45 AM

Love this, reminds me of a sign I loved on the way to the Jersey shore which read, "Eat Here. Get Gas."

Posted by: Janine at May 11, 2006 10:05 PM

Folks are trying just a *bit* too hard to be witty here. Most of the comments are certainly BROKEN.

Especially the homeless/tampex "joke." Jeeze.

Posted by: jackson at May 12, 2006 12:44 PM

I once saw a neon lit billboard for Colorado Steakhouse missing the -do on Colorado rendering it:


(Cholera is an "acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.")

Posted by: WillF at May 15, 2006 01:37 PM

WillF... "Colorado" minus "do" = "Colora," not "colera"

Posted by: Alcas at May 15, 2006 03:35 PM

Doh! Well, it sounds like Cholera when you say it anyway.

Posted by: WillF at May 16, 2006 02:52 PM

Ok there is this pet clinic and for about a year the e and t were gone thus it became the P clinic.

there was also this restrant called Toot toot. who on earth wants to go to a place called toot toot. lol

Posted by: Edison at May 16, 2006 05:37 PM

In Copenhagen, Denmark, the ever popular Canal Tour is enjoyed by thousands of tourists.

They must have thought twice, though, when the 'C' fell off the sign.

Or, rather, an 'anal tour' simply attracts a different clientele...

Posted by: Peter at May 17, 2006 05:28 PM

Something tells me that most of these "signs" have not actually been seen...

Yeah, that's right. Half of you just wish you had seen them.

Posted by: Yuppers at May 19, 2006 04:10 PM

Years ago in southern Colorado I saw one at a restautant called the "Trout House", with the first two letters burned out...

I don't think they got many customers until that was fixed.

Posted by: gd at May 22, 2006 02:05 PM

In my town the BERNHARD Building became the BE HARD Building when for some unknown reason the RN disappeared.

Posted by: Timm at May 24, 2006 03:03 AM

The 'E' in "SEARS" had burnt out at my local store up here in Canada last year. It was the side that faced the Transcanada Highway. Right next to that was a French-canadian bookstore which Read "RENAUD-BRA" (the 'Y' was burnt out). I think these signs know something we don't. Come to think of it, the Holiday Inn sign was broken, too. Didn't say anything interesting. Boy, we have a lot of broken signs up here.

Posted by: neil at July 7, 2006 05:33 PM

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