It’s amazing how creative restaurants can be when it comes to luring potential customers with welcome signs. Sometimes though, they can actually have the opposite effect. You’ll be rolling on the floor in stitches after reading these hilarious restaurant signs.
Like McDonald’s, KFC is right up there at the forefront of fast food restaurants and is probably the most iconic deep-fried chicken outlet on the planet. So you would expect them to be able to get their welcome signs right. Of course, they meant to write on this sign “Unbeatable Feast.” However, all it took was the omission of one valuable letter, “B” in “unbeatable,” and this restaurant becomes an instant laughing stock. We’re still going to eat there though, without question.
Want Some Over-Time?
Many restaurants like to pride themselves on the fact that they stay open for six days of the week, or maybe even every single day of the week. However, we have come across a restaurant that claims to be open for not six, not seven, but EIGHT days of the week. Not only that, but they also manage to close every Sunday too! It appears that this restaurant has one more day in their week than others, it is called “Not-a-day.”
Not only are the writers of El Arroyo’s welcome signs masters of the cheeky pun, as well as the silly dad jokes; they also like to delve into philosophy every once in a while. Many have come out of the Austin-based restaurant feeling like they have learned a thing or two. When you think about it, they are right: clapping is a little bit like hitting yourself because you like something. Make sure you don’t like it too much though, otherwise you might break your wrist.
Why Not Good, Cheap and Fast?
This sign clearly demonstrates a problem with the fast-food industry. Restaurants pride themselves on delivering their meals fast that they sometimes forget to maintain the quality of their food. It’s safe to say that a lot of fast food is both fast and cheap. However, whether it is good or not is often up to debate. Why can’t restaurants tick all three boxes? To be honest, as long as the food is good, we don’t care if it’s cheap or fast.
We’ve all been there before. You were working extremely hard on your maths equations in class, and all of a sudden, an instinct sinks in. You need some help, your mind has gone into overdrive and you just can’t figure out the answer. So what do you do? You call the teacher for assistance. However, instead of referring to her as “Mrs. What’s-Her-Mame” as you should, you subconsciously say “Mom” by accident and the entire class laughs at you. This sign is dead on.
Purring For Lunch
Some restaurants and cafes have bizarre stipulations that allow customers to receive some sort of discount. Some cafes knock off a dollar if the customer says please when they ask for their coffee on the way to work. Then there is this restaurant, which is offering to take 10% of your bill. There is one condition though: you have to say “meow” 10 times when you order! “Why,” you ask? We have no idea. It’s just hilarious to imagine a restaurant full of customers pretending to be cats.
No Soup For You!
It looks like somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. This restaurant must have a tendency to have a daily special. However, we just caught the one day that the chef decided that there would be no special on the menu. Maybe he was fed up with the customers, so it was his way of punishing them. We just want to reassure all regular eaters at “GNTRBT” that you are special, and you deserve better than this.
Best Bad Meatball Sandwich
In this day and age, virtually any experience can be reviewed online. If you go on vacation and stay in a hotel, you can give an online account of how good or bad it was. The same applies to any restaurant. So when this team of cooks went on Yelp and found a scathing review about their popular meatball sandwich, they felt compelled to make a point that only one person on the planet actually hated it.
Once again, El Arroyo just can’t put down their thinking cap. One of the restaurant’s workers sat down one day and genuinely thought to themselves, “do dogs see police dogs and think ‘Oh No, it’s the cops?'” It’s a good question, but we think we know the answer to that one. However, we’re not going to share our thoughts on the matter. All we’ll say is that dogs have proven to be useful investigators. You can make your own mind up on that one.
Food Makes the World Go Round
It’s one of the ugliest truths about society: everyone is connected through the power of money. Everyone needs to live and as a result, seeks support from others. Restaurants need customers to keep going and the people who work at those restaurants need money to feed themselves, as well as their loved ones. The customers of those restaurants go to those restaurants because they also need to eat. It’s a vicious cycle, but this sign sums it up in just seven words.
The Key to His Heart
It’s so true. El Arroyo has revealed an undisputed truth once again. Look, relationships require lots of giving, time, patience and loyalty. You need to be a good listener and be able to make compromises. However, one of the most important requirements for a successful relationship is understanding what each other wants to eat. If you can master the art of selecting good places to go out to eat on a day to day basis, then your love will surely last.
Sometimes, words just aren’t enough. You might just need a diagram to accompany that message in order to get your point across. At most swimming pools, you have signs telling swimmers to not dive in the shallow end, with a picture of someone diving with a red circle around it and a line going through. It looks like this bar has had some rowdy customers in recent times and decided to design a similar looking sign. Whatever it takes to create a friendly atmosphere.
No Rhyme, No Reason
Like all art forms, poetry is subjective and will affect people in different ways. The likelihood is though that Shakespeare, Frost, and Bukowski would be turning in their graves if they saw this ghastly excuse of a poem at the Alex restaurant. However, the writer of this piece even admits in their own poem that it is a difficult art form to master. This doesn’t take anything away from the obvious passion they have for their own bacon and steaks.
Baby Got Puns
Many casual fans will recognize this nifty little pun from the song “Anaconda” by rapper Nicki Minaj. However, many young people don’t realize that the line actually came from the classic Hip-Hop song “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. So the line has actually been in the pop subconscious long before Nicki even got a record deal. We expect nothing less from the staff at El Arroyo, who have proven time and time again that they are true pop aficionados.
Everyone wants to have a healthy working relationship with their boss. Ever seen the movie Horrible Bosses? No one wants to get into those situations with the people above them. So when one member of staff was told by his boss to write “something witty and thought-provoking” on the welcome board, he took the order word for word. He even wrote in parenthesis that this is what his boss told him to write. Either this person is trying to be funny or needs to listen a little better.
Just Horsing Around
Not only does El Arroyo’s writers specialize in cheesy dad jokes and philosophical insights, they give their customers little brainteasers to chew on while they wait for their meal. So what would you rather do: fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck? To be honest, we’d prefer the former. We can imagine these little horses galloping around our feet almost like a classier version of dogs. Not as fierce as a horse-sized horse, but with the same charm. Just kick ’em.
Vegan = Anti-Social?
Probably not the best pun that the writers at El Arroyo have ever written, but we get what they were intending. However, someone who avoids “meet” could also be a social vegetarian. A social vegan is more like somebody who completely avoids all living things. A social vegetarian is more selective about who they mingle with. Maybe we’re getting a little carried away with the metaphor, but El Arroyo has the ability to get us thinking about the most trivial things.
Traveling Back in Time
There are many restaurants and cafes that are themed and hark back to a variety of classic eras. There are 20s themed bars, 80s restaurants, old-school American diners, and jazz bars that feel like they came out of the 50s. Then there’s a fascinating little restaurant that is specifically set in 1995; a time when WiFi was not a thing and as the writer suggests, customers actually had to talk to each other, face to face. Or, maybe they just didn’t have a router fitted yet.
What Goes In Comes Out
The concept of Karma has been used in various corners of modern culture. It has arisen in movies, songs, and as you can see in this image, restaurants. Although we’re not sure if this eatery actually subscribes to the Eastern philosophy, it seems like the principle they have provided in their sign works well with the theme of the restaurant. “You will be served what you deserve” appears to be a reference to the more common phrase “what goes around comes around.”
If the owner of the restaurant would not eat in it, it would be a pretty clear sign that there is something horribly wrong with the place. Having said that, it is still not what you would expect to read on a sign placed strategically outside the restaurant, as a quote from the owner is not exactly a fool-proof guarantee this place is worth splurging on for lunch. At least the sign is honest about its references, which is somewhat reassuring.
Just Eat It
Most normal restaurants provide menus with a variety of options to please as many tastes and dietary requirements as possible. Some people like carb-based meals, others are looking for some protein in their lives. Some people are vegans/vegetarians, and some are not. However, here’s a situation where a traditional menu has been substituted for a cool little questionnaire. The only problem is that basically, every outcome ends up with meat. So, for those of you who don’t eat meat, stay clear.
To be honest, we were unaware that society was on the verge of collapse. However, this restaurant owner seems to have a reliable source telling them that it might just be the right time to close their store. We’re pretty sure they meant that they were just closing for the evening. At any rate though, things must’ve gotten pretty bad in this neighborhood for such desperate measures to be taken. We’re looking out the window right now and everything seems to be fine.
Here’s another classic from the charming staff of El Arroyo. In this particular sign, they have cited inspiration from Russian dolls, also known as, Babushkas. These dolls are known for opening up and having smaller versions inside the bigger versions. This keeps going until you reach the tiniest version and it is practically impossible to open any more. This is why this particular joke works so well, as Russian dolls are literally “full of themselves.” Ironically, they appear to be fairly modest.
The puns just keep on coming! Just to clarify for those who might not get the joke: the term “mean” in mathematics is basically another way of saying average, depending on the context. So when one of the staff members at El Arroyo wrote the joke “My math teacher called me average. How mean!”, they knew that it would only make people laugh who were familiar with the term. This goes to show that even something as mundane as math can be fun, at times.
Who Doesn’t Love Bacon?
Religious and ethical reasons aside, is there really an acceptable reason not to love bacon? It is pretty much the most delectable piece of food on the planet. A gift from a higher plain, some might say. It appears that this restaurant is extra passionate about their bacon and are even prepared to alienate potential customers who for one reason or another, don’t eat it. It’s a bold statement, but maybe it does more good than bad for the company.
Insta-Foodies Watch Out
Instagram has become a thriving platform for all the foodies out there who don’t just love the taste of what they are eating, but the look of it. We become so mesmerized by our dishes that we can’t help but freeze them in time with the art of photography and share our pics with the world. There is one restaurant by the name of Racket that gives the most fitting of freebies for their customers: a free concussion.
Can We Celebrate Anything These Days?
This sign from El Arroyo highlights an ugly truth about today’s society. The world we live in has gone crazy with political correctness that it’s difficult to say anything these days without offending somebody. There are many situations now where it is becoming increasingly difficult to even say “Merry Christmas.” Afraid to alienate those who do no celebrate, institutions are finding ways to be all-inclusive. This sign hits that message home in the most sarcastic way.
The Art Of Convincing
Whether you have just had a horrible day at work or received great news from a close relative, it seems like going out for a beer is the perfect solution. There isn’t a time where meeting some friends at your local bar isn’t an instant mood pick me up, and this joint definitely plays on their customers’ heartstrings using that analogy. To be completely honest, we would be lying if we said we were not convinced by this sign in the slightest.
Revenge On The Restaurant
This Chinese restaurant better have its lights fixed – and fast – since they would most likely lose a huge cut of their diners with a sign like this. Since the light in the letters “D” and “Y” stopped working, a hilarious outcome appeared – the restaurant sign reads the word “nasty.” This could very well be a fair warning made by someone who dined at this restaurant and wanted to avenge the food poisoning he received right after leaving the restaurant.
Appropriate Footwear Required
An oft derided fashion choice is the socks with sandals look, most likely because sandals are specifically designed to be worn without socks. Some intrepid dresses, however, choose to venture out attired as such either due to laziness or chronically cold feet. This restaurant has made it its mission to stop these fashion offenders in their tracks, fearing that the unsightly trend will ruin the appetites of their patrons. Perhaps they should just provide slippers so everyone can keep their feet warm.
Jumping The Gun
As the hipster movement continues its forward march into the depths of America, those original souls who were rehabilitating neglected neighborhoods before anyone else found them desirable. These urban pioneers gained a reputation for their love of the obscure, who would abandon each movement the moment it went mainstream in order to seek out something else that hadn’t yet been discovered by the general populace. Unfortunately, these harbingers of innovation also gained a reputation for being snobs.
Shizzling Hot Soup
In an homage to the Snoop Dogg from days gone by, this Vietnamese restaurant was happy to capitalize on one of his famous phrases in this clever pun. Though a good pho restaurant needs no clever names in order to win over the hearts of its customers, it never hurts when one manages to evoke a chuckle or two. As the aromatic soup continues to win fans across the USA, eventually names like this might became a necessity.
End Of The Line
They say that all good things come to an end, but as this restaurant sign points out, food is one of the few great offerings from life that doesn’t foretell an ending. Our friends and partners may come and go, but food will always be the one thing we can’t survive without. Well, maybe water too, but at least its another substance that comes without all of this negativity. Nobody needs that kind of sadness in their lives.
Working out is a way of living for some. Certain people, especially those who get into the habit of exercising daily, cannot imagine a day that goes by without a morning jog, an afternoon weightlifting session and an hour-long visit to the gym at night. However, those who find breaking a sweat to be tiring and unnecessary absolutely dread it. And in all truthfulness, most people would agree that splurging on a piece of pie and latte is much preferable than attending a pilates class.
Sometimes keeping things simple is the best thing that you can do when trying to sell. If mimes make an entire living out of passing a message without uttering as much as a single word, surely a sign could do just as well with only one word. And while we have to applaud the attempt at extreme minimalism, there is no denying a different word could have been used to emphasize just how wonderful the food inside the restaurant is.
Fried Mind Tricks
If this brilliant sign worked, this concept could be gold for the restaurant in the picture. Just imagine – the chef could decide which product he wanted to get rid of every day, and would instruct the board painter to brainwash passersby to come into the restaurant and demand whatever he wanted to run out. We can only speak for ourselves when we say the sign definitely has an effect, as we personally cannot wait to get our hands on a piece of crunchy bacon.
Can Buy Me Love
If there was ever a sign that could entice a fight between a loving couple casually strolling down the street, this would most likely be it. The “prove that you love me” statement is worn out, it can often be heard in sitcoms as a way of nagging. The owner of this restaurant was smart enough to have this sign printed out in huge letters above a bold red background. That way, no one will miss it and will have to buy the next round out of guilt.
50FT Drink Anyone?
It is well documented that you can get some real bang for your buck at McDonald’s. However, when this hungry customer showed up at the golden arches, they couldn’t believe what was being offered to them. Normally, $1 for any size soft drink would sound like a great deal. Look a little closer though, and you’ll see that the marketing team put up a 5 by accident, instead of an S. 50ft drink, anyone?
All the Single Daddies
There seems to be a day dedicated to everyone these days. There’s obviously Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but did you ever stop to consider those individuals who might know that they had a child with someone? As you can see on this welcome sign, the writer has targeted some of the prime stereotypes of reckless daddies: “poolboys, milkmen, and tv repair guys.” So, if you work in any of those professions, this special day might actually be dedicated to you!
Wet Burger Anyone?
It looks like Burger King has decided to take a page out of El Arroyo’s book – putting up a new sign each day to make passersby think that they have a sense of humor. Apparently, Spongebob Squarepants of all people is the boss of this particular chain. We strongly doubt it. However, if he did, we can’t imagine wanting to drop by for a burger. For a start, the burgers that his staff are serving must be incredibly soggy!
One thing is for sure, if there is one thing that the people at El Arroyo love to write about on their welcome signs, it is one particular food item – tacos. This makes sense, seeing that the restaurant prides itself on its Tex-Mex bundles of joy. In fact, we could probably have an entire slideshow dedicated to El Arroyo’s signs that are purely dedicated to all things taco. However, this one is probably our favorite, mainly due to the fact that it’s true.
There are many things out there that people are willing to eat or drink for the right price. Try a plate of snails, a bottle of tequila with a worm buried at the bottom or a plate of fried locusts. The list of acquired tastes goes on and on and on. However, we don’t think that this restaurant is going to get too many customers based on their slightly confusing sign: “Eat Jessica’s Family.” Maybe Hannibal Lecter will eat here. With that said, he is a fictional character.
Here is another restaurant that cannibals might have a great time at. Imagine a place where the main ingredient of your favorite burger was actually people. Yeah, we wouldn’t go if you paid us. We get what the marketing team at this Wendy’s chain were trying to do. What they mean is that their staff and customer service are the keys to their success. Or maybe it’s the great atmosphere created by the customers. No, we’re still confused.
Nothing Feels as Good as Nachos Taste
Are you really that surprised to see another epic El Arroyo sign? Well, you shouldn’t be because you’re about to see a few more. The Tex-Mex restaurant has built up a reputation of not only offering delicious food for great prices but for also having a stellar sense of humor. Now, as good as it feels to be able to fit in your favorite pair of jeans, doesn’t it feel better to pig out on nachos and tacos? We’d say so, and so would El Arroyo.
Let’s be real here, people — 2020 was a crazy year, to say the least. The whole world basically shut down at one point, and people were forced to stay at home for an extended period of time. While some individuals found hobbies or binged all of Netflix, others ate… they ate a lot. We can’t judge, though, because we definitely fall into that category. With that being said, this El Arroyo sign makes a very good point. A little social distancing from the fridge can’t hurt.
Inside Jokes for Days
Ha! If this isn’t the ultimate dad joke, then we don’t know what is. In all seriousness, though, it is nice to see people make light of the current situation that we’re all facing. After all, we can all agree that 2020 wasn’t the easiest of years. With that in mind, we think it’s safe to say that we could all just use a laugh once in a while. Thanks to this El Arroyo sign, we definitely had a good chuckle.
We Will, We Will Rock You!
Sing it, Freddy! There are plenty of ways to spread the message that masks are required in public places such as restaurants or stores. But this — this sign — is spectacular in every which way. Not only does it communicate to customers that they will need a mask to enter the eatery, but it also does it in the most hilariously creative way. So, people, please don’t be a big disgrace by spreading your germs all over the place.
Some People Were Kung Fu Fighting
Once again, the squad of geniuses at El Arroyo have an earth-shattering observation. There is no denying that the song “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas is one of the most iconic songs of the disco era. However, have you ever stopped to think about the lyrics? “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting.” Now, Mr. Douglas, we have to side with El Arroyo on this one. There is no chance in hell that every single person on the planet in 1974 was trained in such martial arts.
Dance Till You Drop
We have an inkling as to what the writer of this restaurant sign may have been alluding to, but we’re not going to spell it out for you. It is obviously a pun. Some people just can’t help but get off their seats and do a little dance. It seems like one of the cooks at this particular restaurant couldn’t help but do the Hokey Pokey while he was preparing the salads. Thankfully though, he got over his addiction.
The Elephant in the Restaurant
Sometimes, a sign doesn’t have to be relephant where its restaurant is concerned (see what we did there?) Signs can just be a pun, the kind of joke that only dad’s tell, but we can’t help but laugh at it anyway. It might not seem obvious, but you can tell if an eatery is worth trying out if they have some charm or a sense of humor. El Arroyo has both of these in abundance; in mammoth quantities, if you will.
So Much Choice
Normally, a drinks menu just shows you a list of the beverages, that are available to buy. However, this restaurant decided to accompany the names of the drinks with an image of each, showing the way they look in a cup that includes some ice. The only problem comes when over half the drinks look the same on the menu. The restaurant would’ve been better off accompanying each drink with a bottle rather than this.
Sometimes, all it takes is a picture of a velociraptor looking like it’s thinking hard to bring in the customers. Jokes aside, the image would be meaningless without the message that accompanies it. Seriously, how could you turn down a slice of pizza for $1? This restaurant went on to make the point that this is one of those rare pizzerias that sell their pizzas at such a cheap price. Whether this works or not, there is no denying that one member of staff here is an extremely talented illustrator.
Check out some of the many people on Twitter who were “today years old” when they discovered these things – some of them quite obvious, others not so much!
Have you ever taken a good look at eggplants? The Twitter user “badly bruised bee” has just discovered why eggplants, also called aubergines in Britain, are called eggplants. Take a look at them when they’re still in growth. They are oval and white – almost like an egg! Whoever named them must’ve been very imaginative.
When we talk about pilots, you might think of an airplane driver at first, but the true meaning of the word is not as simple. The term has been used since the 1920s to refer to a prototype or a test variable. This is also why the first episode of many TV shows is called the pilot. However, the Twitter user “Delilah” has a new way of looking at it. According to her, the first episodes are called pilots as it is the first time they are on air. You probably never thought about it that way, did you?
Foreign Exchange Student
If you’ve never watched That 70s Show, now is a great time to start! If you have, you must remember Fes – one of the many lovable comedic characters in the show. Did you know that’s not his real name, though? As the Twitter user “Brianna” Bowers points out, Fes is just the abbreviated form of “Foreign Exchange Student”. In the show, Fes represents a foreign student whose nationality remains a mystery and this is one of the many running gags in the show. The show’s official website calls him “Fez” though, for “poetic license”.
Spongebob Squarepants is a television cartoon that is a favorite of every 1990’s kid. Intelligently written, its characters became loved by all of us back in our school days, and the new flurry of Internet memes made them popular once again. The show is notorious for many subtle jokes hidden within the show, though. As “Aspen Sipes” points out, the Krusty Krab – where Spongebob worked – is actually a wooden trap designed for crabs. This makes perfect sense, as the owner of the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs, is a crab himself!
The Perfect Match
When it comes to survival in the wild, tinder can be a lifesaver, and when it comes to survival in your dating life, Tinder has your back. Confused? Well, have you ever wondered why Tinder is called Tinder? And what’s with its logo being a flame? Twitter has the answer for you. On Tinder, you swipe to get matches – with which you get to start the fire of your relationship. It might seem far-fetched, but if that’s the reason behind the logo – then the designer is a genius.
Want A Juice Box?
Kids and juice boxes go hand in hand – much to the kids’ delight, and their parents’ dismay. Let’s face it, the contents inside the box can be truly delicious, but in the hands of a kid – some of it is bound to spill. Luckily, “Kylie” has the perfect solution. She found out what those seemingly useless flaps on the sides of the juice box do. Get your kid to hold them when they drink and enjoy a spill-free ride back home from the store!
Holding Your Horses
If you hate puns, you better skip to the next item straight away, because Twitter user “SIR JOHN” has an awesome one. “Hold your horses” is a common phrase you might say to your friend before they make a rash decision, but “SIR JOHN” has figured out where it came from. You’re telling your friend to be stable, and a stable is a place that “holds your horses”. In reality, though, the phrase goes back all the way to the 1600s, when the local authorities would order a person to “hold their horses” if their horses trample someone.
It’s a Ten
Worried about wooing your date? Call them a dime – they’ll love it! The word “dime” has been used as a compliment for attractiveness for years, but have you ever wondered why? Luckily for us, the Twitter user “Iman” has the answer. Remember the one to ten scale that the Internet people now use to rate beauty? Calling someone “a dime” means calling them a ten. In other words, they are perfection! Make sure to use it as a pick-up line the next time!
Foot for Thought
Throughout the years, there have been many words that have found their way into our vocabulary, even though they are not relevant today. We cut off calls at the press of a button, but we still call it “hanging up” the phone like we’re still using a landline. As Technology Connections points out, the same goes for the word “footage”. Any form of video is referred to as “footage” even now, but the word’s origins go back to the early days of cinema – when the film was measured in feet.
Bed You Didn’t Think of That
Are you on a bed right now? Take a look at it! Now, look at this word – bed! Notice any similarities? It’s easy to miss at first glance for many, but not for “Ariel Rabinowitz”. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the word “bed” is shaped exactly like a bed – flat in the middle, with two posts on either end. The word actually originates from the Proto-Germanic word “badja”, but we like this theory better anyway.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
We all agree that Shrek was an amazing movie that was way ahead of its time, bringing together all our favorite heroes and villains from our childhood fairy tales. One such character was The Magic Mirror on the Wall, which appears in three of the four Shrek movies. Appearances can be deceiving, though. For “Emily Ulsh”, the mirror looks exactly like Ryan Seacrest, the famous radio and TV personality. We’ve got to agree – the resemblance is uncanny, although we’re not sure how Ryan would feel about this.
Speaking of Ryan Seacrest, he’s quite a genius himself. He realized something that many of us haven’t even thought about. As he so graciously points out with a photo – being “stressed” goes hand in hand with “desserts”. After all, spell “stressed” backward, and you have “desserts”. This certainly explains why we crave sweet food when we have an exam, an interview, or a deadline coming up. Mmmmmm…maybe you should treat yourself to some chocolate cake right now.
The L in Staples
If you’re looking for office supplies, you know where to go – Staples. One of the largest retailers in America, Staples primarily sells office stationery and has 1,084 stores throughout the US. However, the next time you go there to buy some printer ink, take a look at the signboard overhead. Take a close look at the “L”. You’ll see that it looks like a half-open staple, as “AlvPerG” notices as well.
Speaking of logos, have you ever taken a look at the logo of Pinterest? The ‘P’ looks like a pin, which is a nod to the website’s idea of pinning images and articles on its platform. However, that’s not only the subtle marketing strategy that Pinterest uses. Why is it called Pinterest in the first place? The Twitter user, “Broooooke” (yes, with five O’s) is surprised to learn that the website literally “pins your interests”. In other words, they are Pinterest. That’s some amazing wordplay right there!
Welcome to California
Canada is an exceptionally large country – only being defeated by Russia when it comes to size. However, much like the Twitter user “Jay” at home, you’d be surprised to know that Canada’s population doesn’t even come close to reflecting its vastness. In fact, when it comes to population, the American state of California has a bigger population than the second-largest country in the world. California isn’t exactly small either – it is the third-largest state of the United States. With its diverse environment and amazing year-round temperature, it makes sense that people would flock to live there.
For many of us, the Arabian fable of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” has been a centerpiece of our childhood. Its impact went beyond nostalgia, though, and phrases like “Open Sesame” have been forever ingrained in the English vocabulary. Although the exact reason behind the phrase is unknown, there have been theories that it refers to sesame seeds, which break open when they are mature. Twitter user “Alexis” begs to differ. To him, the phrase isn’t “open sesame” at all – rather it’s “open says me”, causing doors to unlock and revealing buried treasure.
Not Being Around
“Being square” was a slang developed in the 1980s, referring to people who are too strict and no fun at parties. At first thought, the slang makes perfect sense. After all, look at the hefty requirements for being square – you need to have four sides, all the sides have to be equal, and all the angles between them have two right angles. This is why “Dominic Shaheen” makes a great point when he realizes that being square means you’re not “a-round”. Come to think of it, round shapes are much more flexible.
Entertainment Cheese for You
If you haven’t celebrated a birthday party in Chuck E. Cheese, we’re sorry but you’ve missed out. The 612 locations of America’s family entertainment center have been a source of fun for millions of American children. Its rat mascot also goes by the name Chuck E. Cheese, which makes you wonder what the “E” actually stands for. As the Twitter user “Content Provider” rightfully finds out – the full name of Chuck E. is Charles Entertainment Cheese. That’s okay, though, we’ve seen weirder middle names.
Owl Show You the Legs
Owls are fascinating creatures. They have a mysterious, wise persona in fiction, and they are the same in real life as well. They can turn their heads up to 270 degrees, and they can fly silently without making any noise whatsoever. If you’re a bird enthusiast, you’re probably fascinated by these majestic creatures! However, do you know how long their legs are? Most owls have their legs hidden in the plumage, but once you ruffle the feathers, you’ll notice that they have unusually long legs. This gives them the advantage to catch prey during the night.
A Horrific Realization
Remember Spongebob Squarepants? The TV show is filled with numerous Easter eggs, and some of them were hidden in plain sight. Spongebob’s parents were recurring characters in several episodes of the show, but even as kids, one question baffles us all – why are Spongebob’s parents cookies? What “Tiffany Ray” realizes is that the cartoon show had a much darker undertone. The parents were not cookies at all, but dried out sponges – a nod to the aging of the characters.
This might seem like an obvious one to many, but for one Twitter user with a quirky name “ I Don’t Text Back”, this was a brand new realization. Ore-Ida is a potato-based frozen food company founded way back in 1949. The company name might seem unusual, but as the user realizes, the name is a combination of two American states – Oregon and Idaho. The company was originally founded in Oregon and then spread to Idaho afterward, which is why they are named this way.
You’re Pollen My Leg
You deserve a break – so here’s a cute one for you! You might not feel so great about mice in general, but trust us, this one will melt your heart. Harvest mice love to eat pollen, but they enjoy a truly laidback lifestyle. Often, harvest mice will crawl inside tulips to eat their pollen, only to fall asleep inside their petals. The flowers may seem fragile, but they can support the weight of the mice gracefully. Talk about “flower beds” taking a whole new meaning!
If you could pick any animal to take care of your kids for a day, what would you pick? For sheep in Italian farms, the choice is already made. Italian farmers often use donkeys to transport new-born lambs from high pastures to lower plain areas as the kids are often too young to make the journey on their own. The Twitter user “Nerd Girl Says” was fascinated to learn this, just like us! Who knew donkeys could be so responsible?
A Wrenched Task
The hardest part of trying to repair something is the screws. They are often too tight to be removed, even when you apply all the strength in your body. You may not know this, but screwdrivers are designed to be your friend. As the Twitter user “You Had One Job, Stay Indoors” notes, the screwdriver handles are given their unique shape to fit in with wrenches perfectly. Together with the wrench and the screwdriver, removing screws from a difficult piece of machinery becomes a breeze.
Et Is What Et Is
“Et Tu, Brute?” Julius Caesar famously uttered his last words before being stabbed to death. Literally translated from Latin, the sentence stands for “And you, Brutus?” It should be obvious by now that the Latin word “Et” means “and” in English. You’d be surprised to know that we use the word “et” even today – although not directly. As “Sarah Pappalardo” finds out, the ampersand (&) symbol we use today is a ligature of “et”, the word for “and” used by Romans thousands of years ago.
What’s Inside a Turtle?
We grew up with the misconception that turtles have shells that they hide under when they are intimidated. That’s not the real case, though! As the Twitter user “b a k” learns, turtles don’t have shells – rather they are their shells. The shell is a part of the turtle’s skeleton and protects some of its most vital organs, such as its lungs and its stomach. The shell helps the prevention of lactic acid build-up, which is a by-product of anaerobic respiration.
If you own an iPhone, here’s an incredibly childish thing you can do with a friend. As the Twitter user “Jen” notices, iPhones come with quite a few hidden features. Text a friend with an iPhone the words “pew pew”, and they’ll receive a laser show on their text screen. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Tough luck for Android users, though. Maybe now is the time you can consider switching phones to get a cool laser light show.
Bumping Your Head
The old nursery rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” has far darker implications as interpreted by “Sarah McGonagall”. The rhyme tells the story of an old man who slips and bumps his head, and can’t get up anymore. Whilst that itself is pretty gloomy, Sarah takes it to a whole new level. According to her, the rhyme refers to a coma, and it foreshadows that you should never go to bed with a concussion. This medical advice from the nursery rhyme was way ahead of its time!
Under the Sea
We’re back to Spongebob Squarepants once more. Did you ever take a look at the houses in Bikini Bottom, the place where Spongebob lived? Although Spongebob’s house was shaped uniquely like a pineapple, most citizens lived in awkwardly shaped houses that look like they were made of steel. Twitter has discovered that the houses are actually car mufflers that probably fell into the ocean and contribute to pollution. Amazingly, the show had so many intelligent visual cues hidden within, that we’re still being amazed by even today!
Don’t Luke Skywalker
In case you didn’t know, it’s pretty common knowledge now that two of the chief actors of the Star Wars series, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, were pursuing a love affair on the set of the film, although Harrison Ford was married at the time. But that’s not the bizarre part. As “herb is celebrating eid” realized, another prime actor, Mark Hamill, knew about it – if you want to get technical. In truth, the naive Mark Hamill believed that Ford and Fisher were just bonding, and that’s why they were hosting sleepovers at each other’s houses.
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
Another famous nursery rhyme we often heard as kids was The Bear over the Mountain. For the Swiss chocolate company, Toblerone, they took the nursery rhyme a bit too literally. This is why if you look closely in the negative space of the Toblerone logo, you’ll see a bear hidden within the carefully designed mountain peak. “Stephanie” was “today years old” when she realized it, but her son seems to have caught it much more quickly.
The Circle of Life
Pop quiz! What’s the similarity between Hamlet and The Lion King? The answer – they have the same plot! There’s an odd similarity between the two stories, as “Tasha” from Twitter notices. For starters, both Hamlet and The Lion King are centered on a fatherless prince, who is greatly impacted by his father’s death. While The Lion King is not based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, the co-directors of the film openly admit they did borrow some thematic elements.
Cooking pasta has to be one of the most difficult tasks ever created by humanity. For instance, you can never be sure about the serving size – is it too little, is it too much? In the end, it seems like you’ve cooked way more than necessary. Unbeknownst to many of us, there’s a simple solution to that. As “RAVEN ELYSE” learns, the hole in the middle of a pasta spoon is there for a reason. It can fit enough pasta for exactly one serving size.
The King Has Returned
At first look, the movies The Lion King and Coming to America seem very different. The Lion King focuses on a fatherless talking lion prince who attempts to regain his kingdom from the tyranny of his uncle. Coming to America features a prince too, but this one is looking for a wife in New York. However, as “Shea Coulee” learns, they are similar in terms of the cast. The voice actors who played the role of Mufasa and Sarabi (Simba’s parents, the king and queen) in The Lion King also play the role of the king and the queen in Coming to America.
Who, Who, Who Remembers This?
If you grew up during the early ’00s, we are sure that at some point, you sang along to the classic song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by the Baha Men. While they didn’t exactly have any bigger hits, this group really put their stamp on the world of pop music with this catchy little number. However, there is a good reason why it sounded like they were barking halfway through the chorus and that’s because it was called “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
More Like, American Father
There is no denying that American Gothic is one of the most iconic pieces of art in the history of American culture. That disturbing portrait of the farmer and the woman by his side has haunted so many of us who have laid eyes on it. There is something so chilling about the way the man looks straight at us and the dull colors also add to the macabre nature of the painting. What many don’t realize though is that these two aren’t actually married…
When Life Gives You Melons
It shouldn’t be too surprising that not all watermelons are red on the inside. The following person couldn’t believe it when he discovered for the first time in his life that there were also yellow watermelons in existence. It’s not that big of a deal. After all, there are apples of many different colors, as well as citruses of virtually every color of the rainbow. Then you have red, green and yellow peppers. The list goes on and on.
Here We Go Again
Before Mamma Mia! became a Hollywood blockbuster, it was already a popular musical, featuring the classic hit songs of Abba. But did you ever take a step back to wonder who that woman was on the album cover? Was that the original main character of the musical? It turns out though that she was simply from a stock photo. We don’t know about you, but that kind of puts a downer on what has always been an album cover shrouded in mystery.
Smartphones are known for being extremely efficient in virtually every single way. If you want to message someone, you can do it in a couple of clicks. If you want to log onto Facebook, you are just a few clicks away. The same applies to finding out what the time is. All you have to do is click on your phone and the time will appear digitally at the top of the screen. What many don’t realize though is that the clock icon also tells us the time.
Let’s face it – getting an X-Ray is never the most exciting thing in the world. While seeing our insides through some radiography can be slightly interesting, it’s something we don’t want to have to resort to doing that often. We didn’t realize though that they have a completely unique way of doing X-Rays for very young kids. Apparently, they just take the baby/toddler and shove them down a giant test tube. Seems kind of cruel but we can’t help but laugh at these pics!
Mrs. and Mrs.
The world has changed over the last 100 years and so many things that were once considered taboo are now completely normal. The idea of two women being in love and living a normal life free of prejudice would have been laughed about back in the ’50s. These days though, it is celebrated – so much so that fictional characters who happen to be gay are being brought to the forefront. Some of the latest of M&Ms are in same-gender relationships.
Look, we all want that perfect parking spot so we don’t have to walk for ages to our desired destination. However, there is one place for sure that you shouldn’t park – in front of a fire hydrant. The reason for this is because firefighters may need to use one in order to save lives. They have to hook up the water to a long tube and if a car’s in a way, they are not going to let that stop them from doing their job.
Spice Up Your Life
People do all sorts of crazy things on social media for strange reasons. So many people didn’t understand why KFC only followed the Spice Girls and some guys who all have the same name – Herb. However, it was just a matter of time before someone pointed out the reason for this. The guy who pointed out the reason though had no idea what he was going to have sent to him in the post though. It completely made his day.
It is no secret that some volcanoes are more dangerous than others. While some remain dormant for thousands of years, others are constantly erupting and causing all sorts of destruction around them. However, some volcanoes are much more dangerous than they let on to be. Take this one for example, which is located in the Philippines. A lot of this supervolcano rests underwater and we just hope that it doesn’t erupt again anytime soon. Life is so precious when you think about it.
We Come in Peace
People all over the world have found ways to protect themselves during outbreaks of the most lethal diseases. While Haz-Mat suits are certainly a thing, there were cultures that had invented their own versions over 100 years ago, most notably in the Philippines. These suits kind of made people look like they were from another planet. With “beak masks,” they are referring to the plague doctors who went around trying to treat people while not contracting any diseases from others.
Cutest Discovery Ever
There are so many breeds of dogs around the world that come in virtually every single shape and size. And unless you are some sort of canine expert, you’re probably not going to be familiar with all of them. Like this person, for example, who had no idea that a fluffy French bulldog was even a thing. It’s pretty self-explanatory what this breed is. We love how it still retains it’s quintessential bulldog qualities while also having wavy fur.
Sounds Better Than “Falker”
Anyone who listened to that song “Stan” by Eminem was bound to be weirded out instantly by the character of that song. Imagine being that obsessed with an artist that you would do such heinous things just to reach out to them? However, there was one minor detail about this song that this didn’t realize until recently, and neither did we. It turns out that Eminem called the character “Stan” because it was a combination of fan and stalker…
Blank Canvas Health
We live in a world where health is completely underestimated. The amount of germs and diseases flying around is unfathomable and we have do be as vigilant as possible when it comes to protecting ourselves. However, there are some conditions out there that make things very difficult for us to deal with others. Take this one, for example. This person was blown away by the following fact that they simply had to share it on social media. We hope it doesn’t go viral…
A Divisive Idea
If you don’t get the following fact, then we don’t know what to say to you. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Of course, there are four main operations in math. Those are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and finally, division. It is the fourth one that is front and center of the following tweet. What this person didn’t realize until recently was that the symbol very much looks like what it represents – a fraction. That is what division is all about!
It’s a Little Corny
Every year bags and bags of the stuff are bought to hand out at Halloween. This little multi-colored candy is either loved or hated, but even still with all of that, this fact simply blows our mind. If you stack them you can build a corn replica, maybe there is some use for this sugary, waxy candy after all. You can use it as an art project to keep the kids busy while you sift through their candy stash.
Ketchup With Us
This would make going through the drive-thru and eating in your car on the way to work or on a long trip a heck of a lot easier. How come no one ever told us that this little hack even existed? How many of us had just assumed the height at the back of the fry container was because the fries were so tall? Well, it’s not! This little hack is for sure going to be a lifesaver for someone out there on a road trip who just wants to get to their next destination without any stains on their clothes.
Pour Another Acronym
Sometimes, words just become part of a language and no one questions where they originated from. There may even be multiple thoughts on the origin of a given word, but this is crazy! Now, the word “bar” makes sense. Who knew it was an acronym!? As they say, you learn something new every day, but is it really that hard to just say beer and alcohol room? Maybe it is after you have had a few, we guess. However, as we said, this is not the only origin story of the word, but it certainly has become a popular one.
Pancakes Make You Smile
Over 50 years ago, three friends got together to open up a pancake restaurant in California. Originally just called the International House of Pancakes, it wouldn’t take long for an acronym to be developed to make the lengthy restaurant’s name easier to handle. The name and logo have gone through many incarnations, but this picture and revelation certainly have us floored. It is one of those things that once you have seen it, you can’t unsee it. It does make sense, though. After all, who doesn’t smile when they see a stack of fluffy pancakes?
No Need to Go, Ham
Rap and its culture have become a big part of our everyday life, and in 2011, it gave birth to the phrase “going ham”. Thanks to Jay-Z and Kanye West, this little sentence became popular, but many people didn’t realize what it meant. Another acronym, the ham in “going ham” did not mean going in like a big nope. In fact, it kind of meant going hard with a certain expletive. We guess this user knows, and now so do we.
Getting orders right in a kitchen comes with its own language. In order for waitresses, waiters, and cooks to be able to deliver the food to your table, they have developed phrases and nicknames for a lot of food. Some of these find their way into the everyday lexicon. Things like ‘sunny side up’ and ‘eggs in a basket’ have become normal ways that people describe food. Along with these also comes the Club sandwich.
John Carpenter’s Halloween is a classic film and one of the movies that spurred on the ’80s mass production of slasher films. There are a lot of great facts and tidbits about this movie, but one of the most well-known (at least if you’re a true fan) is the origin of the mask. However, if you don’t already know, when you find out, you may just be as shaken up as this Twitter user.
There is nothing like dunking a nice chocolate chip cookie in some milk, and one of the most famous brands known to man is Chips Ahoy! This twitter user never realized that this was a nautical play on words. Once she did, though, she quickly followed the breadcrumbs to another nautical-inspired chocolate chip cookie. Wait until she realizes that the nautical theme is because of the very popular activity that we discussed above. Mind blown!
A Nose Knows
Skittles have been around for decades, and ever since they hit the market, the debate on which flavor is the best has been waging on. Now, come to find out, they actually all taste the same. They just smell different. This is the biggest ‘gotcha’ known to man. In fact, your nose has a lot to do with how things taste in general. So basically, the candy company that produces Skittles just scienced us out of our money.
Squash & Crumble No More
How many times have you struggled to ensure your bread wasn’t squashed after bagging. How about keeping your chips intact? Pretty much everyone has this problem, and we have all been standing in front of the fix. This Twitter user has just schooled us. Who knew that a grocery cart needs an operator’s manual that tells us that the hooks on the seat are where you hang these bags from?
Some Good Staff Right There
Wow! It seems like movies and TV shows are full of glitches and goofs that no one seems to have realized before. Take The Lord of the Rings for example. Our favorite wizard, Gandalf, did have a penchant for smoking pipes. But where did he keep it? “Sam Sykes” was “today years old” when he realized that his magical staff also acted as a pipe holder. Now, this is efficiency at its finest!
A Little Bit Goofy
Disney is one of the largest entertainment companies today, but its roots still lie within its central characters of animated shorts – Mickey, Mini, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy. However, you’d be surprised to learn that Goofy is not his real name. And yes, he has a real name. Twitter user Kim Horcher learned that Goofy’s real name was George Geef, also often called Goofus G. Dawg and G. G. Dawg. You can be the judge as to which name fits him the best.
A Load of Information
The word “buttload” might sound like a vulgar insult that only Bart Simpson would throw, but trust us – this is a real word! And it’s actually not vulgar at all. As “Rebecca Munson” discovers, it is a proper unit of measurement used to measure wine and other liquids. The actual origin of the word “butt” comes from a Medieval French and Italian word meaning “bottle”. Often used in England during the medieval ages, a “buttload” is the equivalent of 108 Imperial gallons.
Cashew nuts are arguably the tastiest nuts on the planet. However, if you watch them growing in their buds, you might mistake them for angry-looking gremlins. As “Colleen Ballinger” discovers, cashew nuts look like a creature wearing oversized hats straight out of a fairy tale during their growth. The hats are actually cashew apples and the nuts are its seeds. It’s better to think of them as gremlins, though – it’s more fun that way.
A Spongy Discovery
Although dermatologists are not so hyped about the use of a loofah sponge in the shower, it remains a popular bath accessory even today. However, did you know what loofah sponges are made of? As Twitter user @gracebeverley points out gracefully, the loofah is actually a fruit. Made from a cucumber-like fruit found in India, China, and Vietnam – the xylem of the fruit is harvested and cut out to make your baths more relaxing and enjoyable.