January 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Lol Cat On Video?
No Eating On Elevator?

January 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

It looks like Enochian to me, but I suspect it’s one of those teasers like in the paper.
It would be, perhaps, “5 works in your 6 5″?

Anon Amous
January 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Where were you when you took that picture? Might help…

January 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Definitely “No (something) On Elevator”. My first guess was “carts” but that doesn’t match.

January 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

oh, i thought lavatory on first sight, but i also think elevator is correct.

it can’t be no eating, because that wouldn’t be center-justified like the rest.

No Bats on Elevator

January 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

No Cats On Elevator?
No Hats On Elevator?

January 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

“No farts on elevator”?
That makes more sense…

January 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm

No fat people on elevator. :o

Jacob Matthew
January 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm

There are two signs that one might see next to an elevator in this situation:

“No Waiting on Elevator” i.e. “don’t stand around and make the place look like a slum, use the freakin’ stairs!” Used by condo associations run by bureaucratic jerks who like to enforce pointless rules on people just for kicks.

That one’s unlikely unless the people making the sign can’t spell “waiting” properly. More likely the sign is “No Gate On Elevator”, i.e. “if you get in this thing and get hurt it’s not our fault because we put up a sign”.

Mike Taschuk
January 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Pregnant Lady and Children.

Mike Taschuk
January 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I’d like to take it back. Clearly it’s a pregnant lady on a Segway.

Brent Altomare
January 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Is it what the witch doctor REALLY said?

January 9, 2009 at 6:11 am

That’s the generic Voodoo curse to make the liftboy’s feet blister!
“o at On va o! o at On va o! o at On va o!”

Or it’s
” No
Wow, that’s so damn meta!

Anyone up for making new lyrics to Aerosmith’s ” in an elevator”?

January 9, 2009 at 8:25 am

…you can actually see the photographer’s (bernie’s, i guess) reflection on the sign…

Bernie H.
January 9, 2009 at 10:34 am

Mike Taschuk wrote:
Clearly it’s a pregnant lady on a Segway.

Damn, right now it’s tied between this comment, and the following one posted over on LJ, for my favorite…

jedisoth wrote:
Well, it’s clear as day:
o at On ‘a o

“o” is hugs (i.e. XOXOX)
“at” is self-explanatory
“On” is actually an equation, written in typically poor signage lingo. O = 0 and n = variable. 0 x n = 0 or 0:00 (midnight)
‘a o = possibly a location, but it’s probably more typically poor signage lingo ‘a is supposed to be a’ (with the apostrophe standing in for “ss” and the o standing in for “hole”

So, we have “Hugs at midnight, asshole.”

There you have it. And I spent WAY too much time coming up with this. :p

January 9, 2009 at 10:53 am

Last word could be playground, depending on the font.

January 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Do not

January 10, 2009 at 12:13 am

hugs at midnight, asshole FTW!

i can’t say it looks like a pregnant lady on a segway. maybe more of pregnant hooker on her knees earning a living?

January 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm

It means there’s a special branch of the government dedicated to hiding people with cameras behind transparent signs.

Craig K. Bartley
January 11, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Go Eat One Avacado?

So Batty On Desperado?

January 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Fucks ‘around

Lilliput King
January 14, 2009 at 6:07 am

Its a cry for help from the trapped man with the camera.

He wants someone to travel to the most northern part of the world. Hes quite emphatic.

“o” is a vector, probably meaning 0, or ‘the origin,’ which is yet to be defined.
“at” is obvious
“On” Here the origin is defined – the On stands for ‘Original North’. Probably true north.
“‘ ‘a o ” Jedisoth was right to claim this is poor signage, but I believe he has the meaning twisted. It’s clearly intended to mean ” a’ o”, hence the differential of the equation a is o (0). Therefore the man with the camera is directing us to a location where the gradient of the earth is 0 (where the earth is flat – the poles)

What we will find there and how we will free the man with the camera I can’t speculate.

January 14, 2009 at 11:39 am

AlP= Yay!

January 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

It says “No Crates On Elevator”

January 15, 2009 at 8:06 am

“No skates on elevator.” And by this I propose they meant the little skatysneakers that the kids love.


O! a tOn ‘a O! Whoever made that sign apparently went around just saying O! a lot, to the point of not bringing it to you by the letter H.

January 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Who said it was by an elevator? The last word could be a contraction, contain a removed i between the a and the o, or that space could indicate 2 words on the last line.

January 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Also in case no one googled it… nothing good comes up

mostly harmless
January 19, 2009 at 2:43 am


January 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm


January 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

No Skates on Escalator

January 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm

It’s a new ploy designed by that terrible head on commercial! “Head on, apply directly to the forehead” “Head On, That Works On Elevator Music”

not abe
January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm

No Seating On Elevator.

February 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

I think Jacob Matthew might have gotten it right:
(not necessarily the elevator in question, but the line seems to be used in the context).

February 10, 2009 at 6:31 am

I think Jacob Matthew might have gotten it right:
(not necessarily the elevator in question, judging by the date, but the phrasing does seem to be used).

March 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm

it is loosely translated from northern gailec for “a beast leads all others”

i dunno, could be wrong

April 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

No Mating On Elevator.

Clearly intended to assist the public in their reproductive pursuits by encouraging privacy.

May 20, 2009 at 12:38 am

i believe it is a fat chick on her knees :D no really.

May 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Fat People

November 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I’m thinking it was:


November 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

C’mon guys…
Think Shawshank Redemption here. What does it sound like if you string them all together. It’s a bit of a stretch.
Sound it out.

January 30, 2010 at 12:21 am

pronounced “oh-wah-tan-ay-hoe”… or slightly more suggestive, “oh what an A-ho’e”…

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