Someone sent me this email about eight years ago at work. I just about split a kidney laughing. Given all the bad news in the world tonight, it seems that many of us could use a dose of politically incorrect humor.

No offense is meant and despite my gallows humor I’m a strong believer in emergency preparedness. I wish I knew who put this together so I could give them proper credit.


The US government has a new website,  It’s another attempt at scare mongering in the style of the old “duck and cover” advice after WWII.

The fun thing is that these pictures are so ambiguous they could mean anything!  Here are a few interpretations.

Signs 1

If you have set yourself on fire, do not run. 

Signs 2

If you spot terrorism, blow your anti-terrorism whistle. If you are Vin Diesel, yell really loud.

Signs 3

If you spot a terrorist arrow, pin it against the wall with your shoulder.

Signs 4

If you are sprayed with an unknown substance, stand and think about it instead of seeing a doctor.

Signs 5

Use your flashlight to lift the walls right off of you!

Signs 6

The proper way to eliminate smallpox is to wash with soap, water and at least one (1) armless hand.

Signs 7

Michael Jackson is a terrorist. If you spot this smooth criminal with dead, dead eyes, run the heck away.

Signs 8

Hurricanes, animal corpses and the biohazard symbol have a lot in common. Think about it.

Signs 9

Be on the lookout for terrorists with pinkeye and leprosy. Also, they tend to rub their hands together manically.

Signs 10

If a door is closed, karate chop it open.

Signs 11

Try to absorb as much of the radiation as possible with your abdominal region. After 5 minutes and 12 seconds, however, you may become sterile.

Signs 12

After exposure to radiation it is important to consider that you may have mutated to gigantic dimensions: watch your head.

Signs 13

If you’ve become a radiation mutant with a deformed hand, remember to close the window. No one wants to see that.

Signs 14

If you hear the Backstreet Boys, Michael Bolton or Yanni on the radio, cower in the corner or run like heck.

Signs 15

If your lungs and stomach start talking, stand with your arms akimbo until they stop.

Signs 16

If you are trapped under falling debris, conserve oxygen by not farting.

Signs 17

If you lose a contact lens during a chemical attack, do not stop to look for it.

Signs 18

Do not drive a station wagon if a power pole is protruding from the hood.

Signs 19

A one-inch thick piece of plywood should be sufficient protection against radiation.

Signs 20

Always remember to carry food with you during a terrorist attack. At least you’ll be able to enjoy a nice Coke and apple before you die.


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6 thoughts on “Signs

    1. I know, right? Sometimes we could all use a reminder about not operating motor vehicles with power poles sticking out of the hood.

      And yeah, I wouldn’t mind being with Vin Diesel in an emergency. How about you? The guy really does have a voice.


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