Monday, June 26, 2006

Easily amused...

Easily amused… That describes me sometimes. Take a look at these funny shop names. I was particularly fond of “Brief Moments”, “The Frying Scotsman” and “Junk and Disorderly”. All very nice play words.

And a blast from the past. When programming was ‘cool’. I remembered that Atari print ad as I read it. “Little did they know I had Microsoft Basic II, the powerful programming language that uses simple English commands”. The entire ad is pretty funny.

And if you need a quick laugh and have the bandwidth to view it – this rocketboom from last week made me chuckle (the Bill Gates “interview” part).


Blogger Roderick said....

There's a little restaurant called "Ho Lin Wah" on the K'damm in Berlin. I never found out if the pun was intended.

Mon Jun 26, 05:16:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Dougie McGibbon said....

Then there's the fast food chain in Ireland called Abra Kebabra, a fish and chip shop in Edinburgh called The Cod Father (I think they did deliveries with the promise of "Give us a call and we'll send the boys round"); and a famous pub in Edinburgh called The Last Drop - directly opposite where the city gallows used to be!

Mon Jun 26, 05:25:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Peter Lewis said....

Back in the 1990's there was a shop in Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay called 'The Wee Freeze' that I think sold frozen food. It was/is a wonderful play with words. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo...

If anyone has no idea what on Earth I'm on about, Google for 'the wee frees'.

Mon Jun 26, 05:32:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Jeffrey Kemp said....

"Beau Thai" reminded me of an ad for Yellow Pages they're showing here in Australia. Two competing shopowners repeatedly change their Thai restaurant name trying to get more business, e.g.
"Thai Phoon"
"Thai Tanic"
"Bow Thai"
"Thai Harder"

Mon Jun 26, 09:56:00 PM EDT  

Blogger William Robertson said....

I think the term for this type of name is a drebley.

Tue Jun 27, 02:03:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

For those who wouldn't know, "frying" is a drug user term for being high on LSD, quite literally describing certain visual and auditory anomalies. "The Frying Scotsman," indeed.

Tue Jun 27, 09:52:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Stephen Booth said....

I suspect that "The Frying Scotsman" is more likely a reference to the famous steam locomotive "The Flying Scotsman".

There's a fish and chip shop near me (Birmingham, England) called "The Codfather", the sign is even in the same font as teh film title.

Tue Jun 27, 10:48:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Riverside, CA had/has a flower shop called 'Sherwood Florist'

Wed Jun 28, 10:43:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Daniel Fink said....

I recently saw the name of a landscaping company, specializing in aquatic accessories. The name on the truck is 'Once A Pond A Time'. Made my day.

Thu Jul 13, 01:08:00 PM EDT  


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