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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Cyburbia Road Signs (AIB Burma-Shave)

    This Bear was quite surpised when I browsed the archives and found very little reference to Burma-Shave.....and the cute little signs that adorned the roadsides of most major highways in this here United States of America. Yes, there are a few codgers who inhabit Cyburbia who may have viewed the simple/quaint little ditties as they roared past the signs in their Dad's Oldsmobile (with the Rocket 88 engine). The average age of Cyburbian residents may be part of the reason that the always-in-capital-letter signs (placed in line, one after another) have not been oft-discussed. Consider.....

    Very effective advertising gimmick - cute and humorous.
    Very effective advertising gimmick - repetitious (key in selling a product).
    Very effective advertising gimmick - the last words were always "Burma-Shave".
    Placement along major highways - at slower travel speeds, easy to read.
    Interstate High System - The death march for Burma-Shave signs.

    Some examples:

    CAR IN DITCH / DRIVER IN TREE / MOON WAS FULL / AND SO / WAS HE / BURMA-SHAVE
    THE WOLF / IS SHAVED / SO NEAT AND TRIM / RED RIDING HOOD / IS CHASING HIM / BURMA-SHAVE
    SAID FARMER BROWN / WHO'S BALD / ON TOP / WISH I COULD / ROTATE THE CROP / BURMA-SHAVE
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    Because so many Cyburbians (nearly) lust for the "good old days", perhaps it is time to line the roadways leading into our fair community with some signs of our own. Using the Burma-Shave process, signs could reference the actual community (Cyburbia), planning, central business districts, zoning, that old DeSoto on blocks behind the strip stores that are only partially-full (due to overbuild, over confidence, and a generally poor economic climate).
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    (No need to use caps for this adventure down Cyburbia 101.)

    It's Not Random
    It's Not Toast
    But We
    Ramble
    When We Post
    Cyburbia

    Polar Bear
    Has No Choice
    Bear Up North
    Lives Here
    Rejoice
    Cyburbia
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    Give it a try. What say you?

    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    Cyburbia

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    Going Back To
    Mis-Placed Humor
    That's My Sporte

    Cyburbia
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Signs seen on Master Street, coming in to Cyburbia from the north.....

    Car On Blocks
    Better Call Stan
    Wonder How Long
    Since
    It Ran
    Cyburbia
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    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    Signs seen on a road coming into Cyburbia from the west.....

    Colorado Skies
    Blue To The Pass
    Dancing For Rain
    To Grow Z's
    Grass
    Cyburbia

    Great Leader Slid
    Down Texas Way
    Now The Dogs
    In Austin
    Lay
    Cyburbia
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    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    Bad, I know . . .

    Overworked, Underpaid
    Wearing Many Hats
    Some days I wish
    To be Plancatz

    Cyburbia

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    My brains to deride?
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    Its snowing now,
    for one whole day.
    Teachers let the little
    bastards out to play!
    I'll be stuck at work
    without a snow day!
    Cyburbia
    I can't deliver UTOPIA, but I can create a HELL for you to LIVE in :)DoD:(

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    AICP

    APA
    Where Is The Glory
    Got My Pin
    Expected More
    Wasted Dues Allegory

    Cyburbia
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Saw this set of signs on the main boulevard leading into Cyburbia.....

    Enjoy These Signs
    Certainly Not A Bore
    Once You Are In
    Cyburbia
    There Ain't No More
    Cyburbia
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    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    Just for Bear . .

    Rock star glory
    Isn't all that
    Groupie girls ask
    Where's the Guitarist at?

    Cyburbia

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    Holiday panties
    Logo says "Peel and Eat"
    Mom's slippers
    On her feet

    Cyburbia
    RJ is the KING of . The One

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    Up ahead
    as you travel
    Budgie makes
    Rumpy unravel

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Signs

    This set of signs were on the "old airport road" on the east side of Cyburbia:

    Snow Shovel Blues
    Leads To Moaning
    But Those
    Junk Cars
    Cry For Zoning
    Cyburbia

    And I noticed a set of signs that were (no doubt) inspired by TOFB:

    Plays In A Band
    Near Fields Of Corn
    Day Job Plans
    To Blow
    That Horn
    Cyburbia

    Also caught sight of a sign with a certain "down East" flair:

    Lobsters & Rocks
    Tides In The Bay
    Autumn Comes
    And Belichick Ain't Gonna
    Have His Way
    Cyburbia
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    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    More Signs

    On a radio talk show the other day they were discussing Burma-Shave signs. Reminded me of this thread. Here's another sign I noticed on a road leading to Cyburbia.....

    Summer Sun Dries
    The Submissions
    Cyburbia
    In August
    Quiets The Admissions
    Cyburbia


    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    Last edited by Maister; 15 Oct 2009 at 9:08 AM.

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    Lots Of Zoning
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    Cyburbia

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    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    Bump

    Not In Haiku
    Da Weekend Plan
    Work De Noc
    Coz I Can
    Cyburbia



    Bear
    Occupy Cyburbia!

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    One more month
    you know they're the best
    time to celebrate
    another Stanfest
    Cyburbia

    Air Supply's playing
    It's no joke
    ursus' man card
    has been revoked
    Cyburbia

    Don't know what I'm saying
    acting spacy
    I wish we had
    Our own Macy's
    Cyburbia
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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