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I've read the story now. That's not where I got the idea, but it wasn't original to me. I heard it as a quite short joke from a friend in the mid 1970s, in a movie theatre while watching "Blazing Saddles," which is probably why the memory triggered with the 'no steenking topics" post. I don't read many (= none) Westerns, but I read a huge amount of science/speculative fiction.
I started reading the "Daily Science Fiction" site some time ago, starting with the first published and moving through the site month by month. Just checked my bookmarks and I'm up to mid October last year. I'll probably try to catch up tonight.
"Wet Paint" signs are like a Schrödinger's box to me - is the paint really wet, or is it dry? You can't be certain until you actually touch it. Unless, of course, the sign has been there since last month, and you can pretty well depend on the paint being dry by now.
They are working on a big room next to the elevator on the first floor in my office building. The workers are uhm, slow. The room is usually empty. Last week they put up a sign that says "Please Do Not Enter". It's on the wall right next to the constantly open door. I didn't actually go in... but I did stick my toe in and grin. The room has new carpet and stinks to high heaven so I didn't really want to go in. I just had to see, since they said not to look. LOL
Skids, I guess I'm glad you got to laugh at our expense. Just wait until BK gets even with you! (Don't bother telling me not to watch, I'll ignore that, too.)
The thing with a Wet Paint sign is that even if it has been sitting there for two weeks, when you touch it, you will invariably touch the one part that hasn't quite dried yet. The amount of paint still wet will reduce by half every week, but even in 5 years, when the amount of wet paint has become infinitesimally small, you will always touch it first.
On things such as Polish War Memorial, there's a segment in the news segment of Top Gear which highlights stupid signs. I'll try and find it, and post it here. Really goes to point out the idosyncracies of English.
If this proposition is true then it follows that when some entity enters the world they turn the ligho and it allstarts over again.
God is in a permanent 'Groundhog Day' situation.
No wonder she is moving in mysterious ways!
We alwys had a problem with the 'stock crossing ' signs that abound in Oz. As my father was involved in the improvement of breeds of cattle he mused on the possible/probable occurence of hybrids and/or crossbreeds, or, as an alternative, an infestation of catholic practices among the bovine population.
Oz is infested with road warning signs with the image of a kangaroo that are meant to indicate the presence of Skippys and their relatives, the Wobbalies, but I always feel that the signs are a warning that QANTAS is flying above and you are in peril of having an engine or baggage contaier casing falllling on you.
The fact that they have the best safety record of all airlines just means that the law of averages is going to apply with a bloody big bang when it comes.