There is an interesting backstory behind this viral image of mammoth spider webs covering the entire tree. In 2010, millions of spiders in Pakistan crawled up on trees to escape the rising water levels. As the water took a while to recede, the spiders stayed on the tree busy knitting webs.
According to scientists, these large webs helped prevent an outbreak of malaria in the region, which goes on to establish that animals, indeed, are nature’s greatest artists.
A male pufferfish knows a thing or two about creating an artwork that can impress its target audience – a female pufferfish in this case. He often uses his artistic talents to draw intricately designed circles in the sand to win over a female pufferfish.
Female pufferfishes are believed to be one of the harshest art critics in the animal kingdom. Therefore, a male pufferfish works with all his might to create an artwork that will impress his mate, without stopping for a moment to rest or relax.
Ants can be pretty annoying. They can invade your homes and infest them in no time. But, ants are also famed for never giving up, they can teach us about work ethic — just look at the breathtaking colonies they build.
An ant colony, in other words, is the elementary unit around which ants organize their entire lifecycle. A typical ant colony normally comprises of a queen and its workers – working together in keeping the colony safe and prosperous.
Ants are pretty talented, we must say. Just think of weaver ants who are the experts in origami. These ants work with leaves to fashion homes out of it. Weaver ants as its name suggests, weave leaves to make their nests.
The process of weaving the leaves together is a family exercise for the weaver ants, which begins with identifying the leaves to be woven. The leaves are then cut into smaller pieces or tied together to give them a proper shape.
Rufous Hornero or Red Ovenbirds make nests that look nothing short of an artwork. These museum-worthy nests are made by male and female birds using materials such as clay, mud, and grass.
The nests of red ovenbirds normally consist of two chambers: a passage for an entrance and a room to keep the eggs safe. These birds spend a great deal of time building their homes with love and care, often spending almost an equal amount of time safeguarding them.
Chances are that most of us are not aware of what a sapodilla fly is. So, let’s get you acquainted with this insect first. A sapodilla fly is a scavenger fly whose larvae feed off sponges in rivers and lakes.
The larva of the sapodilla fly creates a magnificent silken net around the cocoon. Doesn’t it remind you of some gastronomical treat by an internationally renowned chef? Something that you would probably see on MasterChef. Don’t you agree?
Caddisflies are aquatic insects that gauge water’s pollution levels. The larvae of Caddisfly are known for their ability to form visually appealing cases using a variety of materials ranging from sand to pebbles.
These colorful cases are also known as galleries. These galleries can measure up to several centimeters in length. There is no doubt as to why these creatures have earned the nickname “underwater architects.”
A nest of the mud dauber looks like a panpipe. Commonly found throughout the United States, a mud daubers’ nest is made of (no points for guessing this one) mud.
Since mud daubers are not exactly sociable, they build nests for each and every generation. They are also famous for not defending their nests, commonly found in places such as garages, barns, and attics.
The male Bowerbirds are of artistic temperament as they are known for their one-of-a-kind courtship ritual. A male bowerbird uses twigs and grass to make huts (called bowers) in order to woo a female.
He further places colorful flowers, and berries outside the bower as if to seal the deal. The bowers are then inspected by the female bowerbirds and finally chosen on the basis of construction technique and overall visual appeal.
Commonly found in South Africa, Sociable Weavers as their name suggests are both sociable and artistic in nature. These birds often live in a large communal colony. The colony of sociable weavers contains many nesting chambers.
They also host many other species. The nests of these species are considered to be one of a kind. In fact, no other bird in the animal kingdom does anything that remotely resembles such nests.
Great Barrier Reef
UNESCO world heritage site Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. The entire reef is spread across an enormous area of 348,000 square kilometers.
The reef is said to house around 400 varieties of coral, 1,500 fish species, and around 4,000 types of mollusk. The Great Barrier Reef is a living, breathing work of art as it is made by the species inhabiting it. Isn’t it just beautiful?
European Red Wood Ants
Ants, as we mentioned before, are extremely artistic by nature. The European Red Wood ants, for instance, are widely known for constructing elaborate ant colonies. The ant colonies made by these species of ants have a dome-shaped mound surrounded by dense vegetation.
These colonies are normally found in sunny spots of the forest, built around a tree trunk. The other materials used for building these colonies include twigs, pebbles, conifer needles, and more.
A Baya weaver is known for its intricately trunk-shaped nest. The baya nest is predominantly built by the male, who then shows it to the female for her approval. The female baya closely inspects the nest and gives her approval only after she is satisfied with the quality of materials used for the construction.
Once she approves the nest, she herself gets involved with the rest of the nest-building process. This takes the entire process of craftsman (or woman) ship to the next level.
A compass termite builds tall mounds that look like gigantic tombstones. These mounds normally house millions of termites comprising the queen and its workers.
These mounds have an elongated axis with a north-south orientation. This mound orientation is a result of adaptation to long-term environmental conditions that maintain the temperature at the eastern side of the mound.
Spiders are known for their spinning silky webs. These anthropods have time and again inspired human imagination through their creations. Case in point: the incy wincy spider.
In this image, you can see the egg sac spider. While the scientists are still trying to figure out how this spider was able to do it, one thing is certain: whoever made this is a true artist.
A Swallow’s nest is made of mud and saliva. Swallows dedicate a lot of time to building their home, often taking more than a thousand trips to just make the necessary pellets required for the nest.
The nests are built by male and female members alike in locations ranging from barns to sheds to stables. Swallows are believed to exhibit a fair level of nest faithfulness, only abandoning the nests if they are ravaged by mites.
A list of artistic animals would be incomplete without mentioning the beaver. Commonly found in North America, beavers are known to build makeshift dams to help them gain access to the resources needed for their survival.
But, a beaver-made dam is also known to help humans and the environment in many ways, including increasing frog population, reducing soil erosion, and in many other ways.
Osmia Avosetta Bees
Rare in nature, the beehive of Osmia Avosetta bees is anything, but basic. The beehives made by these species of bees are vividly colorful and gorgeous to look at. The female bees of these species are quite talented and artistic.
They use colorful petals to make their nests. The process of creating the nest begins with shortlisting the best petals, which are then brought to the location of the nest for further processing.
Montezuma oropendolas nests look like elegant chandeliers made of vines and grass. As the nests of these birds are usually tall, they are normally built on trees that are strong and sturdy.
These creatures normally make their nests closer to the nest of a hornet so as to seek protection from its predators. These nests take around nine to eleven days to complete and are made by female members of the species.
The call of a woodpecker is a distinct one. But, that topic is for another story. Today, we’ll focus on their wood-pecking talents. The woodpecker can single-handedly carve out massive holes in a tree with its laser-sharp beak.
They unknowingly also protect the trees by extracting pests from their trunks. Woodpeckers also maintain the health of trees by preventing them from mass infestations.
Next up, we have a turtle that actually paints. We are as much surprised as you. Meet Koopa, the turtle, who is pursuing his painting career and has created more than 800 artworks.
Koopa paints using his belly and has so far managed to raise more than $10,000 for charity purposes. Now retired from painting, Koopa’s artworks hang on the walls of the rich and famous all around the United States.
It’s a known fact that a bee’s honeycomb has inspired countless artists and designers all over the world. But, can we say that nothing beats the original artistry displayed by the bees?
Well, you have to see an original honeycomb to figure out what we are talking about. The geometry of each honeycomb, the hexagonal structure of each cell, and how they come together can put an expert art critic at a loss.
This bird has an artistic eye transforming old junk into something usable. Not only has she given the discarded shoe a new purpose, but she has actually shown how animals can benefit from human junk.
Other, smaller, birds can definitely learn from this little one. It is rightly said that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. The other ‘man’ is an avian, in this case.
The Painter Elephant
Elephants share many similarities with humans. Besides having a good memory, elephants can be taught to paint. Yes, you read the last part correctly. Suda, the elephant, has been actively painting for 15 years, using her trunk.
Her artworks have raised a sizeable amount of funds for the elephant hospital. Apparently, Suda is so famous that she has been regularly featured in prestigious media outlets such as CNN, WSJ, among others.
Ever wondered why some beaches across the world resemble one big blue twinkling fairy light, not to mention dreamy spots for a romantic walk or a proposal? The answer to this lies in the phenomenon called bioluminescence.
Bioluminescence (Bio = living, Luminescence = emitting light) is caused by algae called sea sparkles. These tiny creatures use light to communicate with each other and to basically protect themselves from predators. And, boy oh boy, they do it so stylishly!
A Bird’s Nest
A bird nest can be considered a design marvel simply due to the fact that they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. These nests are made using a host of materials ranging from straws, dry grass, leaves, twigs, fallen branches, and many other materials.
Watching a bird build its nest can be an exhilarating thing to experience as it showcases a range of values and qualities like patience, perseverance, craftsmanship, and industriousness.
Building Nests in Unlikely Places
A bird can build their nest in the unlikeliest of places, proving that they indeed have quite an imagination. And, isn’t that a hallmark of a true artist? The internet is filled with examples of certain birds choosing to build their nests on different vehicles.
This is irrespective of whether the vehicle is abandoned or not. Look at this pigeon, for instance. It chose to build its nest between the car’s windshield and hood. Pigeons are actually notorious for building their nests in the strangest of places.
Ducks are also likely to build their nests everywhere they can. Just look at the latest model of duck nest. It’s actually a floating nest, which provides excellent protection against predators.
It seems to be relaxing in its nest made on a floating tire. It also looks like they got their own personal escort. Another duck is swimming by the nest.
Notice how this thrush has built its nest inside the traffic light. This image shocked the internet since it first appeared. This picture was actually taken in Leeds, UK.
We are guessing that this thrush loved the bright color of the traffic light so much that it probably mistook it for sun or it simply enjoyed the warmth emanating from the light.
Birds also seem to have a sense of humor. This one, for instance, decided to build her nest literally on the back of this duck. Guess it wanted to be different from the rest of the birds in the pond.
Mallards are known for their weird nesting spots. That’s why it is rather common to stumble upon a Mallard’s nest in supposedly vulnerable locations.
Pigeons are famous for building their nest in random places. But this one takes the cake, baker, and bakery with it. It took this Christmas wreath for a ready-made nest and simply decided to claim it as its own.
We can’t fully blame the bird as the wreath looks enticing and inviting. It seems like a ready-made next for any bird to find shelter and relax for a while before flying off to some other place.
Crowning the Statue
This little fellow was probably enticed by the statue so much that it decided to make itself a home right on top of it. The bird makes use of the available space wisely to create a home for itself.
Also, it seems to be enjoying the view from up there! Doesn’t the nest look like a crown on the head of a statue? If that is not art, we wonder what art is.
Parrots, as we know can impersonate human voices. They can actually converse with you by picking up the words frequently spoken by an individual. But did you know that these beautiful birds can paint as well?
This parrot loves to paint with a brush it holds with its beak. But this parrot is not the only bird that likes to create some art. These birds are taking the art world by storm and include some famous artists such as a parrot called DaVinci.
It seems like when the parrots learned to paint, the dolphins said, “Hey, we want to learn how to paint as well.” So, the art wave seems to have washed over the dolphins too. These friendly creatures can create some stunning artworks.
The dolphins at Dolphins Plus Mammal Responder Facility in Florida have been doing exactly that for 15 years. The best part is that the money raised from selling their artworks is invested in supporting noble causes. How cool is that?
There is no doubt that spiders can be easily considered master weavers. It seems like spiders know how to spin stunning webs inside out.
We know we mentioned spider earlier, but this one deserves some special attention because of this unique design. It is so creative and satisfying to look at.
Any mention of wasps seldom provokes excitement as these insects are considered to be annoying to the core. Plus, they are known to sting. Nevertheless, a wasp nest is a work of art, resembling ancient pottery or a dried piece of artisanal bread, depending on who you ask.
Wasps are known to make their nests both on trees and on man-made constructions. However, no matter how tempting it may look, you should never put your hand inside their nest.
There are owls and then there is the ferruginous pygmy owl. What’s so special about the latter, you may ask. Well, a ferruginous pygmy owl (now considered endangered in some parts of the United States) builds its nest in the cavity of cacti or a giant tree.
These owls often look for the large hollows, made by industrious woodpeckers. Another noteworthy point that deserves a mention here is that these owls are allowed to be traded commercially only if it doesn’t interfere with their chances of survival.
Did you know that nests made by swiftlets are meant to be eaten? In certain parts of the world, such nests are considered to be a real delight. Called EBN (Edible Bird Nests), these nests are considered to be a rich source of protein.
Such nests are made by the birds using their hardened saliva. Though they are normally white in color, they also come in red and are called Blood Nests.
Sand Martins have a very unique way of building their nests. These birds, dig deep burrows inside seaside walls to safeguard their eggs from predators. They are also considered to be communal in their nesting habit as they like to build nests next to each other.
Contrary to popular beliefs, a sand martins’ nest is simple from the inside, made using straws and feathers of various kinds, probably to keep it warm.
This insect can even make a log cabin its home. Doesn’t this look like the miniature version of one of those fancy wood cabins listed on an Airbnb?
On closer inspection, these bug buildings have tiny log cabins. Another point that needs to be highlighted here is the symmetry of the architecture, which makes it a bit hard to believe that something like this can be made by a caterpillar.
It’s no longer enough for restaurants to have delicious food, excellent customer service, and a warm atmosphere. These days, restaurant owners need to depend on their sense of humor to bring in customers. These hysterical signs will certainly have you in stitches!
Fun With Seasons
Austin Texas’s El Arroyo is especially good when it comes to drawing in customers with their clever signs. This hilarious sign offers their take on seasonal weight change. Of course, they see nothing wrong with a few extra winter pounds!
Break us off a piece of whatever the Colonel is serving up because it sounds delicious! According to their sign, Kentucky Fried Chicken is now selling an “uneatable feast” for just $14.99. Their advertising for this particular food offer has been virtually non-existent, leaving customers wondering, “What exactly about this feast makes it so uneatable?” The possibilities are endless. KFC’s newest marketing strategy of not sharing any actual details about their food means there’s only one way to find out!
This brewery’s sign chose some odd words to accentuate. You would think that it would make the most sense to simply write each word the same size as the others. For whatever reason, the Blue Point Brewing Company employee who wrote this sign thought it would be a good idea to share with customers that they can watch the LIVE telecast of the Olympics, including GIRLS volleyball and fencing. Why he chose to capitalize the words he did, we have no idea.
Wendy’s Want You!
Wendy’s dark and sarcastic sense of humor is a little offensive to their hard-working employees if you ask us. While there may be a certain stigma attached to working in a minimum wage position for a fast food joint, it’s generally frowned upon to openly and publicly insult your own workers. The only question we have is what type of person saw this sign and thought, “That’s it! I’ll apply to Wendy’s, where my hard work will certainly be appreciated!”
The Elephant in the Restaurant
El Arroyo is at it again! This time their punny sign isn’t even relephant to food or their restaurant whatsoever. Whoever was given the responsibility of posting the sign on this day, clearly knows a thing or two about dad jokes. Even though this pun may cause you to cringe and feel slightly uncomfortable, for the citizens of Austin, Texas who enjoy a cheesy joke every now and then, El Arroyo must be their favorite restaurant in town.
Want Some Over-Time?
Whichever restaurant employee made this sign needs a refresher in simple math and the days of the week. Apparently, the calendar they’ve been using has some sort of mystery day in the middle of the week. We understand that being open for a majority of the week for long hours is a point worth sharing with potential customers. However, maybe next time it would worth it to double check both a calculator as well as a calendar before printing out a sign.
Not Exactly Soup
If there are any two words that we would never want to see next to each other on a menu, they would have to be “whiskey” and “soup.” There is no possible arrangement of these two, very different products that would ever cause us to want to taste the final product. Unless there is some sort of magic secret formula that causes whiskey soup to taste wonderful, we’ll probably just stick to the New England clam chowder with a small side salad.
In addition to puns and dad jokes, El Arroyo’s employees are now also having a go at deep philosophical and sociological theories. Their signs not only inspire a chuckle every now and then, but also educate customers and those who drive past the restaurant on what it means to be human. This sign, in particular, caused us to take a moment and contemplate some of our other social tendencies such as shaking hands, dancing, waving to say hello, and the concept of money.
Best Bad Meatball Sandwich
In the age of Yelp, everyone thinks they’re a food critic. While technology has done a lot of good when it comes to being able to conveniently navigate the world around us, it has also given certain individuals, like the guy who didn’t approve of his meatball sandwich, a little too much power. These days, with just one click, some Joe Shmoe can put an entire restaurant out of business just because he forgot to tell his waitress he didn’t want pickles.
On this day, the employee chosen to think of the El Arroyo welcoming sign was Chad, the busboy. Chad is what some people would call a deep thinker. Often times, random thoughts will simply pop into Chad’s head. Last year, Chad began writing all of his deep thoughts down in his diary. When he was given the responsibility of coming up with last Thursday’s sign, it was the first opportunity Chad has ever had to share his deep thoughts with the world.
Picture this: you’re the owner of this local cafe. You’ve been running your restaurant for a few years now and business is booming. Just when you think you think you’ve finally found your calling in this world, a big chain like Denny’s or Panera moves in down the street and your business begins to suffer because of them. Are you just going to sit there and let them run you off the block? No. You’re going to fight for your territory.
This restaurant owner decided to praise their most loyal customer, who supported his favorite local business by purchasing a coffee despite the fact that he already had one. While it’s obviously easier and cheaper to buy coffee from the local Dunkin Donuts, we applaud this customer’s moral compass. By utilizing the once-popular internet meme of “Good Guy Greg,” this restaurant shows their great appreciation for this customer’s faithfulness and good cheer. We’re sure that this shoutout made “Good Guy Greg’s” day.
It’s A Miracle
Some call it magic, and others call it inventiveness. We like to call it delicious. El Arroyo is clearly the restaurant with the best signs in America. This time, they chose to give some recognition for those of us out there who don’t follow dietary or social guidelines when it comes to breakfast. When we wake up and we’re hungry, we’re going to eat whatever is in the fridge, whether it’s cold pizza, leftover Chinese food, or some tasty fish tacos.
Food Makes the World Go Round
Nothing motivates potential customers to come into your restaurant like a good ol’ fashioned guilt trip. This restaurant owner decided to put the power of guilt to the test and see how many people in his hometown actually care if he can afford to put food on his family’s table. What this restaurant owner may have failed to consider, however, is that perhaps there are other food joints just around the corner who won’t guilt their customers into buying a meal.
Just Eat It
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, this restaurant clearly isn’t the place for you. Even those of us who don’t eat meat have to admire this restaurant’s incredible critical thinking skills. If this amazing flow chart doesn’t get customers to buy their meat, we don’t know what will. Their logic is truly flawless and no matter which way you think about it, you’ll end up eating their meat. If you ask us, it’s pretty interesting how that works out…
At one point or another, this embarrassing slip-up has happened to each and every one of us. You’re sitting in 5th-period social studies, just after lunch. As you’re digesting that personal pizza, you begin to feel your eyelids get heavy. Mrs. Robinson notices that you’re beginning to doze off so she decides to call on you by surprise to answer a question. In your half-awake state, you answer to her and accidentally call her mom. You never live it down.
The Key to His Heart
Whichever El Arroyo employee came up with this day’s sign was clearly going through a bad breakup and feeling rather pessimistic about love and relationships. However, when you really think about it, it’s not necessarily that far off from the truth. In relationships, both partners are usually pretty indecisive, especially early on, because they don’t want to disappoint or let down the other person. Because of this phenomena, countless hours are wasted on simple decisions like finding a place to eat.
A picture is always worth a thousand words. In this situation, the restaurant staff wanted to let their customers know that certain behaviors, like ‘flicking over tables’ will not be tolerated in their establishment. To really get the point across, they accompanied their request with a poorly detailed illustration showing a gentleman who was so upset with the poor customer service that he took out his frustrations on his table. At least customers will now understand that this is unacceptable.
No Rhyme, No Reason
Who would have thought that the next Edgar Allen Po is actually an employee at The Alex Restaurant? While Steve still hasn’t gotten his big break, he is hopeful that if he continues to post his work on the sign outside his restaurant, one day a high-up executive from a major publishing company will come along and think “Wow, that’s the most moving and powerful poem I’ve ever seen. I need to sign the author to a book contract as soon as possible.”
Baby Got Puns
On this day, El Arroyo decided to take a page out of famous ’90 Hip-Hop artist Sir Mix-A-Lot’s book. His song “Baby Got Back” took the rap world by storm in the early ’90s and the lyrical prowess we saw in 1992, continues to have an influence in today’s modern pop-culture. Whether it’s in Nicki Manj’s hit single, “Anaconda,” or in a hilarious pun posted on the sign outside El Arroyo, Sir Mix-A-Lot has made his mark on the 21st century.
It seems to us that this employee might have some problems dealing with authority. It doesn’t take a rocket science to read the sarcasm on this chalkboard. Luckily for this Fuel & Fuddle worker, what he will later refer to as a “miscommunication,” isn’t exactly a reasonable justification for getting fired. If you ask us, though, it seems that his relationship with his boss isn’t exactly on good terms and he might be better off working at another restaurant.
Just Horsing Around
This El Arroyo sign presents an age-old question. What would be harder to fight? 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck? We did some thinking about this dilemma and we think we can finally settle the debate. While one horse-sized duck may sound pretty intimidating, a duck isn’t the most aggressive animal. Horses, on the other hand, possess incredible kicking strength. Even if they were shrunken down to the size of a duck, 100 horses could overpower the strongest of humans.
Vegan = Anti-Social?
This one is definitely not El Arroyo’s strongest pun, but funny nonetheless. This hilarious play on words pokes fun at all of those vegans and vegetarians who never stop talking about their dietary choices and lifestyle differences. The only potential problem about being a social vegan is that if they avoiding meeting new people, they’ll never have the chance to tell people about how they are a social vegan to talk about why it makes them better than everyone else.
The Most Important Equation
There’s a pretty good chance that Matt Damon’s character from the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting wrote this sign for The Redhead sports bar. Either that, or there is some other hidden genius currently working at The Redhead, washing dishes in the kitchen. While the first half of this equation seems well thought-out and clearly explained, we’re not so sure that the line written in blue makes sense to those of us who have yet to pound a few beers.
Traveling Back in Time
This restaurant decided to remind its customers of a simpler time- a time when people used to sit, talk, and take a genuine interest in the people and world around them. This sign provides a throwback to the days when an awkward silence wasn’t simply an excuse to check Facebook or Instagram. It meant that you had to actually come up with something to say to break the silence. This WiFi-less restaurant can potentially change the bad habits of an entire generation.
El Arroyo has been on a roll recently with their dad jokes. This time, they out-punned even the punniest of competitors with their take on Russian dolls. For those of you who don’t get it, these dolls are known as “Babushkas.” While it may initially appear as just one doll, you will soon discover that the Babushka opens up to reveal a smaller doll. Inside that doll lies another even smaller doll. This pattern continues until you reach the last, and smallest, Babushka.
What Goes In Comes Out
You would have to be pretty confident that you are a good person to go out for a bit to eat at the Karma Cafe. You could end up eating a delicious pastry and cappuccino, or you could end up with a pile of trash that’s been sitting in the sun for a week on your plate with a side of toilet water. So next time you take a trip to the Karma Cafe, make sure you know what you’re in for.
We were almost positive that the Spanish words “El Arroyo” meant “The Pun.” However, after a good ol’ fashioned search on google translate, we discovered that it actually means “The Stream.” Regardless, El Arroyo yet again has us in stitches with their remarkable pun skills. This sign gives El Arroyo customers a well-calculated mathematical play-on-words, utilizing the double meanings behind both the words “average” and “mean.” El Arroyo truly never ceases to impress with their word-play and dad-joke style of communication.
Who Doesn’t Love Bacon?
It’s hard for us to argue with this logic. The only exception, of course, would be those of us who have religious or ethical justifications for not eating bacon. For everyone else, however, you’re not fooling anyone when you say you don’t like bacon. The greasy, crispy, and fattening deliciousness is truly irresistible to even fitness and health gurus. With that in mind, we couldn’t agree more with this restaurant’s sentiment that anyone who doesn’t like bacon is definitely wrong.
Insta-Foodies Watch Out
There’s nothing worse than staring at the delicious cheeseburger you bought but not being able to eat it yet because your friend is busy pulling out his phone so he can take a picture and upload it to his Instagram. For whatever reason, the latest trend of “foodstagraming” has caught on and suddenly it has become normal for an entire generation to photograph their food before they can eat. Luckily, the Racket restaurant is taking a stand to this ridiculous trend.
Can We Celebrate Anything These Days?
El Arroyo gets it. In today’s sensitive cultural climate, even the most harmless of comments can set off an angry mob of social justice warriors and millennials armed with keyboards and Facebook posts. El Arroyo just wants to wish all of its customers whatever it is they want to hear without the risk of upsetting anyone else in the process. We could all learn a lot about the importance of being politically correct at all times from this El Arroyo employee.
The Art Of Convincing
Another brilliant and logical flowchart makes our list with this sports bar and their sign displaying the reasoning as to why you should sit down for a drink. According to this sign, there’s really never a bad time to stop by and grab a beer. If you had a good day, you should treat yourself in celebration. And if you had a bad day, the best way to forget about and move on is to drink a beer and relax.
Know Your Audience
The owner of this bar was clever and business-minded enough to understand the demographics of his clientele on Valentine’s Day. Most people who are in a serious relationship prefer to either open a bottle of wine and cook something themselves or go out to a fancy restaurant with their significant other on Valentine’s day. The only people who spend their Valentine’s Day at a bar are most likely single (and if they aren’t they probably will be come February 15th).
Revenge On The Restaurant
The owner of this Chinese restaurant has been wondering for months why business has been down. The Dynasty Restaurant used to have a steady flow of hungry customers lining up out the door for some of their famous wonton soup. These days, however, they are struggling to stay afloat. If only they would realize that changing the light bulbs on their sign could solve their problem. After all, nobody wants to eat from a restaurant that describes their own food as “nasty.”
Don’t Drink And Drive
This restaurant, whether intentional or not, is doing their part to limit the number of people driving while under the influence. That’s because they don’t even offer parking to begin with. What they do provide, however, is an awesome atmosphere and a great menu with delicious pizza and beer on tap. If you can take a cab or an Uber, you’ll be good to go. You just need to make sure you show up with an empty stomach and a full wallet.
Appropriate Footwear Required
This restaurant is taking a stand against tacky fashion. While some may consider it unconstitutional to refuse service based on the clothes someone is wearing, we couldn’t agree more with the sentiment expressed on this sign. It’s a pretty simple concept. If it’s hot out, and you don’t want to wear socks and shoes, you wear sandals. If it’s not hot, and your feet need warmth, you wear socks and shoes. There is never a reason to wear socks with sandals.
Why Not Good, Cheap and Fast?
In a world where every store, restaurant, and local business is making promises they can’t keep, you truly have to appreciate the honesty shared by the employee who put this sign up. There’s nothing worse than going into a food joint with high expectations only to be let down by an expensive menu, poor customer service, or a long wait. This restaurant owner was smart when he made his business plan because now every customer knows exactly what they’re in for.
Jumping The Gun
The stuck-up and snobbish nature of hipsters leaves them vulnerable to all kinds of verbal abuse, including the type of joke we see on this restaurant’s sign. While we understand that nobody should face this kind of scrutiny on a regular basis, we can’t help but think that maybe they bring it upon themselves when they constantly brag about having known Mumford And Sons before they were on the radio or when they drink beverages out of a glass jar.
Sorry for the Incontinence
Out of all the reasons to temporarily close down a restaurant, incontinence is probably the most legitimate. It’s simply not realistic to run and operate a public food service facility with that kind of reoccurring problem. While the restaurant owner might lose a little bit of money during the time period that his restaurant is closed, it certainly beats the potential threat of a fine from the health inspector if the issues were to simply be ignored or covered up.
Shizzling Hot Soup
Sometimes a generational gap can lead to some interesting nuances among immigrant families. When the owners of this Vietnamese restaurant passed it down to their children, who had lived most of their lives in the United States, and happen to be big Snoop Dogg fans, they were concerned to learn of plans to change the name of the family business to pay homage to the rap mogul. Even though their retired parents didn’t agree with the name change, business has been better than ever.
End Of The Line
This restaurant sign might be the most honest and real sign on our list. The deep and profound message it conveys expresses that the only thing in this world that will truly be there for us no matter what is food. Food has the unique ability to cheer you up and brighten up your whole day without even using words. How many people can say they’ve experienced that from a boyfriend? Friends may come and go, but food is forever.
If we saw this sign, there is no way we’d leave this wine bar without buying a glass. The bottom line is that we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves knowing that these innocent grapes gave their lives for the sole purpose of providing us with a bottle of delicious red wine. Despite that this sign may or may not be playing the guilt trip card for the sake of business, we refuse to let these grapes die in vain.
This is a classic mix-up. While one of the activities written on this sign involves intense muscle control, balance, toning, sweating and other exercises that aren’t so fun, the latter describes a much more enjoyable activity for all of us- eating pie and drinking sweet coffee beverages. If you consider yourself a health nut, take all the pilates classes you want. We won’t judge because we’ll be too busy eating pie and drinking lattes. Maybe next year we’ll get into shape.
Dance Till You Drop
Addiction can be a tough thing to overcome. Whatever your vice is, whether illegal substances, gambling, or silly dances, addiction is no laughing matter. That is, of course, unless your bad habit somehow involves a hilarious pun. This restaurant employee decided to get creative when it was his turn to take over the parking lot sign. While he may have struggled with his Hokey Pokey problem a few years back, we’re happy to see that he has turned his life around.
So Much Choice
At this restaurant, what you see is literally exactly what you get. While most restaurant beverage menus prefer to accompany a photo of the specific bottle or company logo alongside the drinks themselves, this restaurant decided to break the typical mold by offering a menu with an even more boring appearance. They chose to feature a photo of what each drink actually looks like under each word. They probably didn’t think to consider that most drinks look exactly the same.
Purring For Lunch
The 2001 comedy film Supertroopers pioneered this incredible way to confuse an unsuspecting stranger. The trick is to slip in the word “meow” into any conversation as subtly and frequently as possible. If you can execute the technique properly, your victim will be thrown off and noticeably rattled by the conversation because they know they heard something weird, but they aren’t quite sure exactly what it was that made them feel uncomfortable. It’s definitely worth giving a try.
No Soup For You!
Every now and then, everyone needs to have their egos checked. People who go through their whole lives with the constant delusional idea that they are special, better than everyone else, or deserving of some kind of delicious specialty soup are bound to run into problems sooner or later. It won’t take long for them to realize that friends, family, peers, and strangers don’t appreciate their entitled mentality. Luckily, this restaurant’s sign is here to put these people in their place!
Nothing sounds more appetizing to potential restaurant-goers than a single, plain egg. This restaurant is revolutionizing the food industry with their new simplistic approach to menus. How often do you find yourself going out to eat but unable to decide on something because everything sounds so good? You’re simply paralyzed by choices. This restaurant is changing the game by giving customers simple menus without any confusion. If you see the word “egg” on the menu, you know you’ll end up with an egg.
Fried Mind Tricks
When all of their other marketing and advertising strategies had failed, this restaurant recruited the help of the neighborhood hypnotist to bring in some more customers. He used his special hypnotist powers to create this sign for them, which draws customers in with the psychic powers of bacon. The way it works is that as soon as the eyes of a hungry individual meet the center of the circle, their mouths begin to water and they crave bacon almost immediately.
Mieowing For More
The owners of Wicked Wok want you to know that they couldn’t care less about your family pet. They are sick of you coming in and asking about your cat, who went missing months ago. It’s time to move on. The folks over at Wicked Wok are in the business of egg roles, fried rice, and sweet and sour soup. They aren’t there to help find your lost pet. Maybe next time try putting up flyers around the neighborhood and its surroundings.
It’s always comforting to know that the owner of a restaurant would eat their food. In most food service establishments, the workers have seen the lack of cleanliness and overall low sanitary standards which are only met when the health inspector comes. This causes them to avoid food from their employer’s kitchen at all costs, despite the fact that they work there and that it’s probably discounted. So when owners say that they’s eat their own restaurants’ food, it means a lot.
Can Buy Me Love
If there’s anything in this world that says “I love you,” it would have to be picking up the bar tab. Some people go their entire lives without ever knowing love means. Clearly, these people have never set foot in this bar. Whoever wrote this sign is most likely a romance novel writer on the side, because they clearly understand the concept of love. Perhaps they also work part-time for Hallmark, writing romantic cards for guys to give their girlfriends on Valentine’s Day.
Parent’s Worst Nightmare
This restaurant has thought of the greatest possible way to get back at irresponsible parents who let their children run around and do whatever they please, causing a nuisance to other customers who are simply trying to enjoy a meal. Their idea is truly the gift that keeps on giving. By giving the child coffee, these restaurant employees are getting the best possible revenge by ensuring that the parents will need to deal with their overly-hyper children for long after they leave the restaurant.
Run For Your Life
What sounds more appealing? A refreshing tasty beverage? Or the chance of encountering a terrifying 1,000 pound, 6-foot tall creature of the forest. Yeah, we would probably also choose the nice drinks. It’s nothing personal against bears. We’re sure there are plenty of friendly, well-trained bears out there working at a circus or in the movies. That being said, it’s just not a risk we’re willing to take, especially when the other available option is a nice drink or two.
Nothing beats a delicious slice of cheap pizza. The velociraptor on this sign is asking a question that most of us probably should be asking as well. If you can get a tasty slice of pizza for just one dollar, why are there pizza restaurants out there selling pizza that doesn’t taste as good for a more expensive price? Shouldn’t all pizza places just conform to the standards set by this particular restaurant? Sometimes, restaurant signs can make you wonder.
Wet Burger Anyone?
It looks like Burger King has decided to take a page out of El Arroyo’s book – putting up a new sign each day to make passersby think that they have a sense of humor. Apparently, Spongebob Squarepants of all people is the boss of this particular chain. We strongly doubt it. However, if he did, we can’t imagine wanting to drop by for a burger. For a start, the burgers that his staff are serving must be incredibly soggy!
One thing is for sure, if there is one thing that the people at El Arroyo love to write about on their welcome signs, it is one particular food item – tacos. This makes sense, seeing that the restaurant prides itself on its Tex-Mex bundles of joy. In fact, we could probably have an entire slideshow dedicated to El Arroyo’s signs that are purely dedicated to all things taco. However, this one is probably our favorite, mainly due to the fact that it’s true.
There are many things out there that people are willing to eat or drink for the right price. Try a plate of snails, a bottle of tequila with a worm buried at the bottom or a plate of fried locusts. The list of acquired tastes goes on and on and on. However, we don’t think that this restaurant is going to get too many customers based on their slightly confusing sign: “Eat Jessica’s Family.” Maybe Hannibal Lecter will eat here. With that said, he is a fictional character.
Here is another restaurant that cannibals might have a great time at. Imagine a place where the main ingredient of your favorite burger was actually people. Yeah, we wouldn’t go if you paid us. We get what the marketing team at this Wendy’s chain were trying to do. What they mean is that their staff and customer service are the keys to their success. Or maybe it’s the great atmosphere created by the customers. No, we’re still confused.
Nothing Feels as Good as Nachos Taste
Are you really that surprised to see another epic El Arroyo sign? Well, you shouldn’t be because you’re about to see a few more. The Tex-Mex restaurant has built up a reputation of not only offering delicious food for great prices but for also having a stellar sense of humor. Now, as good as it feels to be able to fit in your favorite pair of jeans, doesn’t it feel better to pig out on nachos and tacos? We’d say so, and so would El Arroyo.
Let’s be real here, people — 2020 was a crazy year, to say the least. The whole world basically shut down at one point, and people were forced to stay at home for an extended period of time. While some individuals found hobbies or binged all of Netflix, others ate… they ate a lot. We can’t judge, though, because we definitely fall into that category. With that being said, this El Arroyo sign makes a very good point. A little social distancing from the fridge can’t hurt.
Inside Jokes for Days
Ha! If this isn’t the ultimate dad joke, then we don’t know what is. In all seriousness, though, it is nice to see people make light of the current situation that we’re all facing. After all, we can all agree that 2020 wasn’t the easiest of years. With that in mind, we think it’s safe to say that we could all just use a laugh once in a while. Thanks to this El Arroyo sign, we definitely had a good chuckle.
We Will, We Will Rock You!
Sing it, Freddy! There are plenty of ways to spread the message that masks are required in public places such as restaurants or stores. But this — this sign — is spectacular in every which way. Not only does it communicate to customers that they will need a mask to enter the eatery, but it also does it in the most hilariously creative way. So, people, please don’t be a big disgrace by spreading your germs all over the place.
Some People Were Kung Fu Fighting
Once again, the squad of geniuses at El Arroyo have an earth-shattering observation. There is no denying that the song “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas is one of the most iconic songs of the disco era. However, have you ever stopped to think about the lyrics? “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting.” Now, Mr. Douglas, we have to side with El Arroyo on this one. There is no chance in hell that every single person on the planet in 1974 was trained in such martial arts.
Let’s Add Some Seasoning!
One particular restaurant that is consistently churning out funny signs is Austin, Texas’s very own El Arroyo. Take this sign, for example, which used the seasons to comedic effect! For this person, winter fat was gone, but spring rolls were just around the corner!
Of all the reasons to close a restaurant early, this one seems to be the most legitimate. The potential threat of the coming apocalypse is always a concern for restaurant owners, but rarely will they actually sacrifice business in anticipation of “the imminent collapse of society.” This probably means one of three things. Either one of the employees has the power to predict the future, the owner needed an excuse to get home early, or he has simply lost his mind.
All the Single Daddies
This cafe decided to use their welcome sign to give a special shoutout to a few groups of men who typically go unappreciated. For all the pool boys, milkmen, and TV repairmen out there, don’t worry, this restaurant owner has your back. While fathers day wishes are typically reserved for the more traditional father figures in this world, we applaud this restaurant’s effort to reach out to each and every dad, whether they know it or not, on Father’s Day.
50FT Drink Anyone?
Drop what you are doing right now and head to McDonalds! The famous fast food chain is now offering an incredible, limited-time special on beverages. For just one dollar, you can get an entire 50 feet worth of drink! In case you’re accustomed to the metric system, that’s approximately the entire length of a semitrailer. If you ask us, that sounds like far too much beverage. But who are we to judge? Never change and keep on living that super-sized life, ‘Merica.