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More sign fun, and some Do Not Disturb variations

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We've had our share of sign fun on this site, and we're still riding Ransom's recent sign post wave, so why not more? Signs of the most popular genus: "For Sale"; "Help Wanted"; "Beware of Dog" are, naturally, a dime a dozen, and we've all used them or can at least concede their usefulness. Then there are the weird signs, as mentioned by Higgins, rarer signs, the collectibles. My friend just got the best gift--a packet of vintage signs his mother-in-law picked up at a yard sale. They were bleached from sitting in the backseat of someone's '72 Shelby, the owner of which fortunately never found himself in a situation that merited an insert in the windshield such as "send POLICE" and "need PUSH."

The latter might be kind of cute, the former more foreboding; anyone who heeds a "send POLICE" sign is likely to find a rather marinated disaster, no?

My favorite mechanic always gives me a giant billfold that doubles as an all-caps, 24-pt SEND HELP insert. It's so fetching that I usually just leave it around the house for guests to stumble upon. SEND HELP. How disconcerting but so wonderfully straightforward? I know someone else who leaves one of these signs on her prayer alter, which seems apt.
And then there are the "Do Not Disturb" signs, which will either (if you're staying at the Sea World Holiday Inn Express--holla!) be completely ignored, or, sure, curt and effective. Though hopefully not disturbing. There has been a fair amount of silliness in the pursuit of spicing up "Do Not Disturb" signs, with results like:

  • "I'm Hittin' the Hay"--a Marriott in Louisville, KY
  • "Grrrr. Caution, you are entering the temporary habitat of a very special creature"--Kimpton Hotels of Chicago
  • "You Keep Knockin' But You Can't Come In." Little Richard-inspired; House of Blues in Chicago
  • "There's a Good Reason for You NOT to Knock Right Now"--Embassy Suites, who also ran their own DND sign contest; winners announced next month

So do you have a weird sign story, or have a sign you think should be in syndication? Or maybe you'd like to scoop the Embassy Suites contest results and tell us what you think the best Do Not Disturb sign should be...

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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