Of dancing dogs and mysterious warning signs

//www.safenow.org/I had a prof in grad school who was talking about an ambitious theoretical model that didn’t quite work.

“It’s like watching a dancing dog.” he drawled, “You don’t know whether to be happy that it’s dancing, or sad that it’s not doing it very well.”.

Gawd bless the folks at Homeland Security, it can’t be an easy job. But if I’m hearing warning sirens and running around screeching like a bansh..err..barking orders to my fellow citizens, and I encounter this sign, I suspect I will just crumple like a used tissue and wait for a Katrina-like resolution.

Luckily, the folks at www.safenow.org have what must be the ultimate bummer for the folks who undoubtedly spent a lot of time designing these signs: alternative captions. The one for the sign above:

Try to absorb as much of the radiation as possible with your groin region. The current world record is 5 minutes, 12 seconds.


One Response to Of dancing dogs and mysterious warning signs

  1. Steve M says:

    The quote originates in Samuel Johnson, creator of the first dictionary. Sorry about the sexist first part!

    “A woman’s preaching is like a dog dancing on its hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find that it is done at all.”

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