Break Room Humor

Simple statement or subtle threat? Either way, the anonymous message on this break room banana is soon likely to self-destruct.

A ripe banana inscribed with the phrase "I know what you did"

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5 Padlocks

“Locks keep out only the honest.”
—Jewish proverb

“Locks keep honest men from making mistakes.”
—Mexican proverb

Will 5 padlocks be enough to keep this gate closed?

Five padlocks on a chain keeping a gate closedFive padlocks on a chain keeping a gate closed

 

Signs in the South Island

On a recent trip to the South Island of New Zealand, I saw a variety of interesting signs!

This chiropractor has both national pride and a sense of humor!

Sign at the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral

This sign is part of a display at the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch Cathedral.

Sign advising motorists to slow down on country roads

The sign says, “Country roads are not motorways. Slow down.” Fun fact: In New Zealand, the maximum speed limit is 60 mph…

 

 

Sign for Wakatipu Croquet Club

The game of croquet appears to be taken quite seriously here.

Statue of a Tolkien dwarf in the Auckland airport

This is, ahem, a giant statue of a dwarf in the Auckland airport.

Sign on a Tolkien dwarf statue in the Auckland airport

The giant dwarf statue is on loan from Middle Earth. 🙂

A farm stand near Abel Tasman national park

A cute farm stand near Abel Tasman National Park.

A one-lane bridge in Mount Cook National Park

Make sure to note who has the right of way on the one-lane bridges!

A sign near a hiking trail "Lambing in Progress"

Lambing in progress!

A quaint motel sign

A pretty sweet-looking MOTEL sign.

A motor camp playground

This motor camp awesomely repurposed some classic McDonald’s playground equipment!

I’m Right and You’re Wrong

 

A sign stating "I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong."I recently came across these harsh, but humorous, ways to inform someone that they’re wrong.

“I can explain it to the gentleman, but I cannot comprehend it for him.”
Andrew Jacobs, Jr., American congressman, 1969

“I’ve been called worse things by better people.”
—Pierre Trudeau, Canadian prime minister

“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”
—Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer

“I’m right, and you’re smart, and sooner or later you’ll see I’m right.”
— Charles Munger, American businessman

Late February Days!

Last Saturday, spring was in the air. I left off my winter coat and went outside and enjoyed the unseasonably warm beauty of sunshine and blue skies. As the 19th century English poet William Morris expressed,

“Late February days; and now, at last,
Might you have thought that
Winter’s woe was past;
So fair the sky was and so soft the air.”

Then on Sunday, it snowed. It snowed a lot.

Snow piled on a park bench

Now, our region needs the snowpack for the coming summer and thus I am grateful for this snowstorm.

In the meantime, just as 17th century English-American poet Anne Bradstreet declared, I must remind myself that, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”