25 November 2008

No Smoking, Or ... ?

Not that I want to, in fact I've never even tried it, but you really can't smoke anywhere in New York City. My favorite sandwich shop, around the corner from my office, has a decal on the wall reminding you that you're not allowed a cigarette.


Every time I'm in there waiting for my decadent hot delicious sandwich, I ponder the sign. What I think it means is, if you light up, someone will hit you in the head with a hamburger. But the thing is? They don't sell hamburgers.

24 comments:

jo(e) said...

I think it means that bald people can't smoke or else fake teeth will come knock them in the head.

Mental P Mama said...

I have absolutely no idea. But it is funny whatever it is...

Sober Briquette said...

as former smokers, all those smokers out in the street in NYC just made us want to start again, or knock them in the head with a ... yeah, I still don't know.

RuthWells said...

No sandwich for you!

(When I was 19 and newly-moved to NYC, I didn't know that you couldn't smoke on the subway platforms. I found out pretty quick!)

Mrs. L said...

That is pretty funny.

Ree said...

I thought it was a flying saucer of some sort.

Julia said...

Judging by your description of what they do sell, nobody is going to throw that. So a McD hamburger? or a plastic one that they keep on hand just for that occasion? Cause I think the picture indicates that the hit has occurred, knocking the cig out of the poor shmuck's mouth, but also causing the hamburger to reflect away from the shmuck's head and fully retain its perfectly hamburger-shaped profile.
What? You think too much time on my hands? Or an overactive imagination?

susan said...

I thought it suggested that smoking would inspire such fearsome coughs that one's too-small hat would fly off one's head.

Marmite Breath said...

Is that Pac Man behind bald geriatric toothless dude? Or a tentacle-less jellyfish?

Either way? BIZARRO!

the queen said...

Perhaps it is a tin of chaw.

Vodka Mom said...

LOL. They just might have a secret hamburger chucker WAITING in the wings for SOMEONE to light up. I dare ya.

Maggie May said...

snark! love that.

i am very mary said...

Kinda makes you wanna try just to see wtf will happen, huh?

andi said...

I bet you wish that one day someone would smoke in there so you could throw your sandwich at their head. That would be awesome.

Lady M said...

I suppose people will be so outraged that they will leave the premises to buy a hamburger to throw.

painted maypole said...

who would throw their "hot delicious sandwich" that surely cost a fortune? NO, they grab a cheap burger from the nearest fast food joint and let it harden in their bag until the opportunity arises and then "wham" to the back of someone's head.

how satisfying would THAT be? ;)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I need to try this outside the Starbucks near where I work--they have a great outisde setup and all the old men play chess and smoke. You need a gas mask to navigate the sidewalk.

BlapherMJ said...

I'm an ex-smoker, and I still don't quite get that sign! LOL

nutmeg said...

I thought it meant if you smoke God will knock your hand-knitted yarmulke off of your head. Go figure.

Gwen said...

Now see, this almost makes me want to light up, just to see what kind of adventure awaits when I do.

Mad said...

That is very, very funny. There must be a Flickr group or some thing devoted to hilarious signage, no?

Womanin a Window said...

I thought the guy was choking so hard his toque popped off. But then if he was wearing a toque he'd have to be in Canada, eh? (you know what a toque is?)

monkey said...

this honestly made me laugh out loud for three minutes straight. my baby is sitting here in her high chair staring at me like i'm crazy. i tried explaining it to her but she's ten months old. she doesn't get it.

bipolarlawyercook said...

I look at that and all I can think of is Flying Spaghetti Monster. Flying Cheesburger is a lesser demigod in the FSM pantheon, and is not only the patron saint of nonsmokers, but good dental hygeine. Right?