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Bobert 10 May 02 - 03:52 PM
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Subject: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Bobert
Date: 10 May 02 - 03:52 PM


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Well, the thread about the funny names of towns remined me of a couple of business names around my parts.

PEED PLUMBING

And CarolC can attest to this one for the outfit that rents inner tubes for rafting at Harpers Ferry....BUTTS TUBES.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Justa Picker
Date: 10 May 02 - 03:59 PM

There is an art gallery/store located in a mall near me called: "Pansy's". (I always chuckle to myself when I walk by it.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: C-flat
Date: 10 May 02 - 04:07 PM

From a fish and chip shop in North East U.K. ..."In Cod We Trust" We also have a local plumber W.E. Pipe & sons.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST
Date: 10 May 02 - 04:13 PM

On my last trip to Britain I noticed several businesses whose names seemed to be deliberate double-entendres.

A hamburger café was called BURGER OFF.

A shop that sold brass door hardware was called KNOBS AND KNOCKERS.

Someone had named his house FAR CORFE.

People who re-do pubs seem to be fond of the word FIRKIN (though I can't think of any examples).


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 May 02 - 04:18 PM

J W Shufflebottom, Sanitary Engineers.

'Butts Wholesale' on the Whitechapel Road.

I Savage, Dentist.

Dr Pane.

All true.... As was the Reverend Goforth.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 May 02 - 04:25 PM

Hairdressers seem to have the monopoly on Corny names though. 'Hair today - gone tomorrow', 'Clipso's', and 'Hair Razor's' to name but three.

Incidentaly, we have a local plumber called Noah. Hmmm. Perhaps there is a conspiricy amongst plumbers as well.

Mrs G and I fancied opening a cafe come music shop at one time but it never came about apart from in name - 'Tea and Symphony'

Cheers

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Ebbie
Date: 10 May 02 - 04:36 PM

At Tom and Harry, Plumbing and Heating- I've always wanted to walk in and ask, OK, which one of you has the plumbing?

There's a local kitchen counter shop called 'Counterfitters'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 May 02 - 05:06 PM

Well Bobertz, since you asked...........Everytime this subject comes up I think first of the old Steve Allan Show. I've always loved wacky signs. I used to love the "National Lampoon's" sign pages. Some are done to be cutesy or gross such as a butcher friend of mine who did actually have a slogan on his price board that said, "You Can't Beat My Meat." But those aren't all that humorous. The really funny ones are the unintentional things that you may need to be a bit "whacked" to appreciate. Like "Big A Cleaners"--Steve Allan called them from his TV show and asked how much it would cost to clean his big A.

We have a few around here of course and they may be where you are too, like the chain of art supply stores, Dick Blick. Or another artsy supply place, AB Dick. I know I have a juvenile mind, but I swear to you I would change my name if it were Richard. (And I hate to mention the DT's very own Dick Greenhaus......can you imagine what that would look like? Boggles the mind;long tables with little pots and dicks growing out of them.......Sorry Dick)

We passed a small plant, probably specializing in sandpaper or carborundum wheels or whatever with a nice sign out front that read:

ABRASIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Now don't you know I just am dying to call these people? Uh,huh. Phone call:
"Hello, I want to talk to you about this damn (insert computer thing, ie. scanner). The directions really suck and I can't get the focker to work and its a real pisser. I can't think of anything so abrasive as this piece of crap!......Not a gawddamn bit user friendly. I figure you must have made it, so tell me what the hell I gotta' do to get it working."

Can you see the poor slob on the other end? And you could play it for awhile too. Anyway...........

Then there's this roadhouse outside of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, just north of Chattanooga on 27. Someone new came along in the early eighties and reopened this dive with a fresh coat of paint and a huge new professional looking sign out front. They called the place "Celebrate".......Sadly, the sign painter must have been paid ahead in trade, because one side was missing the "R".......still spelled wrong (Celebate)....... but somehow you just KNEW you weren't going to get any action in that dive!

I think there is but one gas station in Mousie, Kentucky, but it has a big sign that says, Mousie Gas.......can you imagine what that smells like?

Spaw



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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: mooman
Date: 10 May 02 - 05:22 PM

Then there is the firm of Solicitors (Lawyers) in the UK:

Wright Hassell and Company

And we have a clothing store here in Brussels named:

Look 50

mooman


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 10 May 02 - 05:35 PM

Some old broad on the Matchgame had the idea for calling an antiques store "Dead People's Stuff"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 10 May 02 - 05:39 PM

My honey, who used to work as a courier back in the day, used to make deliveries to the office of one "Harry Beaver, Gynecologist". No shit. He's still here in Annandale, VA.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 May 02 - 06:25 PM

I used to drive past Nerd Energy everyday in Casper, WY.

LMAO @ Spaw's postings!

JP, nice to see you here!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 May 02 - 06:52 PM

Deathwish Piano Movers, Brookline, MA
Room with a Vieux (antiques), Brookline, MA
In Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA, there has been for many years a second-story window with gilt lettering announcing the firm of Dewey, Cheatham & Howe; but I believe it is not for real.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Bert
Date: 10 May 02 - 07:09 PM

I used to know an electrician named Ted Flicker.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 May 02 - 07:31 PM

Dave the Gnome: You're right about hairdressers. There's one near here called CURL UP & DYE.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: wysiwyg
Date: 10 May 02 - 07:35 PM

Doctor Dy. You get your pick too, Johnny or his brother (I forget his name).

Pronounced Dee, but funny in print.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Red
Date: 10 May 02 - 08:07 PM

Liz the Squeak
that Savage dentist? Would it have been Walsall? Can't remember the first initial but the surname yes.
Doolittle and Dally -estate agents (realtors) in Kidderminster & Bridgnorth, though my Aunt insisted they were solicitors (lawyers) and I saw the name in gold on a door as we drove past - they looked like solicitors in the 50's.
Estate ageents in Leicester German & Dutch.
A folkie who lived in Altrincham insists there was a pharmacist who's trading over the window name was "I Pillham".
then there was Mike Bender the physiotherapist on "Tomorrow's World" (TV science) a week back. This is what the New Scientist calls "nominative determinism".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: michaelr
Date: 10 May 02 - 08:36 PM

There's a store somewhere in SoCal called "Bunghole Liquors". Really!

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: rangeroger
Date: 10 May 02 - 09:02 PM

There is a Harley Davidson motorcycle supply store in Escondido,Calif. called Hawg Nuts.

rr


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Mike Billo
Date: 10 May 02 - 09:07 PM

Best intentionally funny name, "Cheeses of Nazareth.

Best unintentionally funny one, "Linoleum Dicks" (with no apostrophe between the k and s in dicks).


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Skivee
Date: 10 May 02 - 09:54 PM

The Hopping Funeral Home


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 10 May 02 - 10:00 PM

justa pika

why?


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 10 May 02 - 10:05 PM

last year, while driving back from bridgenorth ff, i saw a motel just outside telford called, 'hatton court'

perh. specialising in cloaks + headgear?


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Ian Darby
Date: 10 May 02 - 10:11 PM

One of our suppliers has a business called 'Obsolete Engineering'.

I have also seen a sign on a van belonging to a building contractor in London which reads something like..

'Singh Brothers. You've tried the Cowboys, now try the Indians.'


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: CarolC
Date: 10 May 02 - 10:24 PM

No sh*t, Bobert! No, I didn't know about that one. Thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll know who to trust my butt to if I ever get crazy enough to put any part of my body into the genuinely scary waters of the Potomac River.

I think Wang is a pretty interesting name for a business.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 May 02 - 10:54 PM

A few years back I remember reading a newspaper story about a local guy who started a public relations company called PITHY, TRENCHANT, & GERMANE. They specialized in writing advertising copy, brochures and the like. Those are not people's names. It started with some college students trying to imagine what would be the ideal comment to receive from an English teacher on a term paper.

Joe F: DEWEY, CHEETHAM & HOWE is indeed a fictional law firm, but it is a famous one. It was invented by Tom & Ray Magliozzi, the "Car Talk" guys on National Public Radio. They end their weekly program by giving credit to various spurious staff members. Their mailing address is Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, so what you're seeing is probably their office.

I think I've heard of a used record store that specializes is LP's...called FINAL VINYL.

My favorite bookstore used to be called the Hungry Mind, but a couple of years ago they sold their name for an undisclosed sum, rumored to be 6 figures, to an online company. The bookstore's new name is Ruminator Books. Meanwhile, the buyer of the name, which operated for a while as www.hungryminds.com, went belly up and was bought out by Wiley & Sons, publishers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: nosluap57
Date: 10 May 02 - 11:04 PM

My wife and I had a good laugh over a hardware store Callander, Scotland called "Screw It".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 May 02 - 11:18 PM

Hey Jim....That Car Talk thing is hooey. DC&H was used in the old Three Stooges films and probably in Vaudeville and Burlesque before that. It's ancient!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 10 May 02 - 11:39 PM

There's also the mythical "Ketcham, Killum, and Eadam" law firm.

I also am fond of cross street signs that make a statement. The only one I can remember was when two roads crossed and the sign read "Nixon Bluett".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 11 May 02 - 03:22 AM

I Savage was a dentist in Weymouth, Dorset for many years covering the 70's & 80's. I suspect he's retired now.

Oh, and if we're going to divert into appropriate occupations, the two policemen who lived in my village were PC Crook and PC Pinches.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Snuffy
Date: 11 May 02 - 04:32 AM

Hairdressers do seem to be the worst - "Hair Force", "Cut & Dried", and wasn't there one in Haworth called "Jane Hair"?

I also seem to remember a chippie in Bury St Emunds(?) called "Peyton Plaice" in the 1970s, and an Indian takeaway called "Curried Away".

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Pied Piper
Date: 11 May 02 - 08:40 AM

I think fish and chip shops (UK) come a close second to hardressers for puning names. Ther is one in Little Hulton called the "Chip a hoy", and numerous "jolly friers".But I think the Chinese chipies have the funniest. ther are many "Wankings" and my local one is called the "fu keu" pronunced by everybody as "fuck you".PP


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 11 May 02 - 09:03 AM

Here in Portland we have a great coffeehouse, where patrons are treated to classical music.  It's called Rimsky Korsakoffee.

When I used to do market research, we often used the corporate 1000 book for reference.  One corporate name that always gave me a chuckle was the "Limerick Generating Station."   Yeah, I know it was a power generation station in Limerick, Pennsylvania, but I couldn't help picturing all these employees sitting in cubicles all day making up limericks!

There was also a "Peach Bottom Atomic Energy" corporation or agency or something.  [Do peaches have bottoms?  Or  maybe some bottoms are peach-colored.]

Joe F., my aunt from Kentucky [Lexington, I think] once told me that in their town they had had a law firm  [or it may have been a car dealership] by the name of Cheatham and CrookJim D., Click and Clack do, indeed, credit Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe as part of their consulting staff, but, as Spaw said, they didn't invent it.  I remember hearing jokes about that law firm at least as far back as the '50s.  Come to think of it, I seem to recall the Stooges using it, too.

I've known a doctor named Paine, a dentist named Chu [whose assistant was named Gumm], a clinical psychologist named Doctor, professors named Boring, and a minister named Sinn, and a few others I can't recall at the moment.

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 11 May 02 - 09:13 AM

Well, I've seen the occasional peach-shaped bottom, Genie....*L*

As for Hairdressers...'The Royal Hair Force' & 'The Head Gardener' are a couple of the ones we have in Hull....& I'm sure there are dafter ones, if only I could remember them....*G*


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: toribw
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:35 AM

Yet another hairdresser entry from my hometown in N. California: Bushwhackers. Also from that part of the world, a gynecologist called Dr. J. Fillerup.

In San Antonio, there's a place called Madhatter's Tea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:48 AM

Community hospitals are often nicknamed Baggem & Taggem.

BTW, off topic, but volunteer fire companies often have this as their (unpublicized) motto: "Haven't Lost a Foundation Yet."

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: DMcG
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:51 AM

There's a van nearby neatly labelled "Porn and Dunwoody". Heaven knows what they sell.

Off-thread, but similar: Old computer systems that have been superceded are usually called legacy systems. A friend had a long and confusing discussion with a charity group before he finally worked out that they were talking about a system to manage legacies.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 May 02 - 11:11 AM

I had a look in the phone book to see if the hairdresser 'A Bit Off The Side' was still in business - apparently not, but I did see the entry for a business called 'A Woman of Pleasure.' It's a very BOLD entry, very eyecatching.

My favourite sandwich shop is called 'The Bread Spread' - they make the best ever fruit toast, just oozing butter, a treat I limit myself to once a week.

Sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: alinact
Date: 11 May 02 - 12:45 PM

A medical area I used to work in had a Doctor Nursey.

CarolC - If the Wang you are referring to is the computer mob, it is derived from the town of Wangaratta, a couple of hours drive up the highway from Melbourne, Australia, which is where the company began.

Allan


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Les from Hull
Date: 11 May 02 - 01:13 PM

Guest - the Firkin pubs all belong(ed) to the same chain who named them such as Firkin and Furlong (Beverley - there's a racecourse) and Firkin and Fo'c'sle (Hull - it's a port)

One shop near the Moor 'n' Coast Folk Festival campsite attracting some attention was Beevers Superstore.

Years ago a prominent business in Hull was A Boddy, Funeral Directors.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: fat B****rd
Date: 11 May 02 - 01:17 PM

Oh alright, near where I live there's a sunbed etc parlour called "Tanz in ea"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 01:27 PM

genie,

yes your mail reminds me of the famous, Cardinal Sin, of the Phillipines


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 01:35 PM

in uk there's a learning to drive service called British School of Motoring.

some years ago, they abbreviated the company name to BSM

their latest slogan on all their learner driver cars is

'you can trust BSM...We won't fail you'

i feel this to be rather worrying. do they allow people who are useless at driving to pass the driving test?

judjing by the atrocious behaviour of some road users perh. explained


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 11 May 02 - 03:39 PM

Happiness,
I think Cardinal Sin is the one I was thinking of.

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 03:56 PM

and me!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 03:56 PM

p.s.

i do confess


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 May 02 - 09:47 PM

I stand corrected on "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe." In fairness, I should point out that, as far as I know, Tom & Ray never claimed to have invented DC&H—I just assumed that. My bad, not theirs.

When I was growing up in St. Louis, there was a brand of beer called GRIESEDIECK BROS., pronounced Grease-a-dick, or almost like Greasy Dick.

I remember listening to St. Louis Cardinals baseball games on the radio and hearing the announcers do live commercials for Griesedieck Bros. It's amazing they could get through them without stumbling over words or breaking up, but they did.

See http://www.gb-beer.com/gbbeerhistory.html

Despite what the history page says, I'm pretty sure the brand was still being marketed in the 1970s under the name GB, with the logo as seen at the web site, and the name "Griesedieck Bros." appearing only in small print below it. I remember it because this was about the time the beer-can collecting craze began, and I acquired six cans the old-fashioned way—I drank them. I probably still have one somewhere in my basement.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Bill D
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:36 PM

hey. spaw!.....

re: " (And I hate to mention the DT's very own Dick Greenhaus......can you imagine what that would look like? Boggles the mind;long tables with little pots and dicks growing out of them......"

it's been done but....


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: alison
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:58 PM

we have a tree lopping company in sydney called the "the tree fellers".... I can't help thinking that if you rang them three Irishmen armed with chain-saws would arrive at your door... *grin*

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 12 May 02 - 12:45 AM

Jim D., I remember the Griesedick Bros. from when I lived in Quincy, Illinois, and as a high-schooler, I thought it was pretty funny then!

A business name that's not funny in its own language (German) but is pretty hilarious to an English-speaking person is "Pschitt"* Cola. I remember seeing the name on the walls of the ice rink when European or World competitions were held in Germany, and I got a quite a chuckle out of the name.

Genie

*For those not familiar with German, the "P" and "C" are silent, and the "i" is short.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 May 02 - 01:19 AM

Carol - Not only is Wang a strange name for a computer company...but a friend of mine in the 70's knew a Chinese guy in Toronto whose name was Wayne Wong...and he worked for Wang!!! Strange but true.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 12 May 02 - 02:58 AM

In Madison, Wisconsin there is a time management consutation firm called "Ducks In A Row".

In Chicago there is a restaurant featuring the cuisine of Thailand called "The Beau Thai"

In Evanston, Illinois there used to be a lengerie shop called "I See London".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: CarolC
Date: 12 May 02 - 04:02 AM

No kidding, LH. That's great.

CarolC - If the Wang you are referring to is the computer mob, it is derived from the town of Wangaratta, a couple of hours drive up the highway from Melbourne, Australia, which is where the company began.

I really appreciate that you took the trouble to give me that information, Allan. But I think I'm going to pretend I don't know it just the same. So much more scope for the imagination this way, don't you think?

;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: gnomad
Date: 12 May 02 - 04:26 AM

Box & Co, Funeral Directors of Dewsbury UK.

Incidentally, the Registrar for Births Marriages & Deaths in Grimsby used to be one Jean Stiff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: gnu
Date: 12 May 02 - 05:10 AM

There was a local land developer around here years ago by the name of B.A. Hoar. The add-on joke was that he had a daughter named Ima.

A company I worked for once let a redundant senior VP go, a rather austere English gentleman solicitor. I made up gag gift for his going away party, a letter from the law firm of Pluckem, Phuchem and Chuckem. Perhaps it was the mood but he didn't appreciate the lawyer joke at all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 May 02 - 06:10 AM

Years ago in Sunderland my mother's family had a doctor of European origins whose name was actually Poisoner !!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: RangerSteve
Date: 12 May 02 - 07:25 AM

When I lived in Brooklyn, there was a place down the street named Armegeddon Carpet Cleaners. I don't know what methods they used.

And in Lenoir City, TN, a friend of mine showed me a place called Bogus Auto Parts. Bogus was the owners last name.

And in Chinatown (NY) there was a business called Big Wang's. I have a photo to prove it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 May 02 - 08:36 AM

in one of McDonald's staff training manuals:

'always remember, people are our most important ingredient'

oh, no sounds like sweeney todd

mr happy


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: RichM
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:18 AM

Near a bluegrass festival that I attended annually for many years, there was a plumbing supply store, that also sold musical goodies:
"Ray's Plumbing and Music Shop"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:12 PM

When I first got interested in figure skating, in the early '70's, several of us who were watching the US and World Championships got a chuckle every time they would introduce a competitor (all of them female) representing "The Philadelphia Ice [or Figure] Skating Club and Humane Society. I never did find out why those two organizations were linked, but I would not have liked to be a plain-looking girl or woman competing for Philadelphia, with the inevitable jokes that would have been spawned by that name.

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Dawley Dave
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:24 PM

Firm in W.Midlands.... Walter Wall Carpets!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,macca
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:28 PM

I remember, way back when, that there was an shop in Edinburgh with a sign FRANK SEYMOUR, OPTICIAN, painted in HUGE letters on the end of his building where every passing train could see it. Oddly enough, although I recall it clearly even after 35 years, I don't remember anybody else ever making any comment about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:32 PM

Well damn Bill!! I remember you linking that photo before!!! Chioce piece of work!

AND JIM DIXON---Karen's family is from St. Louis and the first time I heard the name I busted a gut! Talk about overcoming anything.....

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: ddw
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:40 PM

It wasn't a company name, but there was an auto body shop in Windsor, Ont. a few years ago which had a sign covering a whole side of the building that said "Bumping and painting." One night somebody got up there with some paint the same color as the background and blanked out the first "i" in painting. Good for a few chuckles.

There is also a hairdresser's shop in town now called "The Best Little Hairhouse in Windsor"

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:19 PM

How ironical that a company like McDonald's, which serves the public garbage masquerading as food, should claim that "people are our most important ingredient". LOL!!! This has got to be the Big Lie principle in all its shameful glory.

Wonder Bread ads fall in roughly the same category, and so do soft drink ads. How about those old cigarette commercials, showing Marlborough men out enjoying all that healthy fresh air under the "big sky"? Ha! The commercial civilization is founded upon Big Lies. They are its daily bread and butter. The standard rule in life: the more vigorously a product is marketed on TV, radio, and in the press...the more worthless it actually is. Worthwhile things sell themselves.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:37 AM

Here in Portland we have a very well known restaurant called Hung Far Low. In a similar vein, there was a restaurateur named Harry Chin in another place I lived (Champaign-Urbana, IL, I think). Unfortunately, from the viewpoint of this thread, he was not a barber, but instead ran Chin's Chinese R estaurant.

Genie


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: HuwG
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:49 AM

I worked for a while in the steel industry in Sheffield (UK). At one time there was a steel products company named, "Shufflebotham and Co. (Wire-drawers)".

There was a fish-and-chip shop in York (UK again) named, "Frier Tucks"

And, I kid you not, while working in Southern Africa more than twenty years ago, I saw a car in Harare (Zimbabwe) belonging to "The Central African Driving School and Panel Beaters Ltd". (Panel Beaters = US Body and Fender Shop).


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:17 AM

I remember an Indian Takeaway in Hampstead which was called
CASH AND CURRY.

There was also a very untidy Antique/Secondhand Shop called
JUNK AND DISORDERLY
a name which I think was also used by a Folk Group or band.

There is a chain of funeral directors in SW London / Surry called
PAINES.


BTW CarolC - I think that the fact that the founder of WANG COMPUTERS was called AN WANG was more likely to have provided the derivation of the company name. BTW


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:42 AM

What about the two who regularly work on TV progs in the UK - lighting - Teddy Fader, and sound John (or pete or ???) Fader. psuedonyms?


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: jimlad
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:28 AM

Around Bolton we have an hairdressers.Curl up and dye A 24 hour vehicle recovery firm Knight and Day A chippy Fryer Tucks Plaice And Accountants Grabbit and Runn


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,micca at work
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:45 AM

This is one for Spaw, a shop in Whitechapel High St, here in London (UK) called " Butts Wholesale" I didnt know they did them retail!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Trevor
Date: 13 May 02 - 07:40 AM

I used to curl up when I saw the signs in Birmingham for the builders 'Trollope and Colls'.

And my father's doctor was Dr Akin!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 13 May 02 - 07:53 AM

The French love puns too. I've seen some great shop names in France, like a poodle parlour called 'Beau-ti-chien' and a sandwich bar called '100-wichs'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 May 02 - 09:19 AM

There is allegedly a business in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, called MAIDENHEAD REMOVALS AND STORAGE. (Unfortunately, I couldn't find any proof of this on the Internet.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 02 - 09:36 AM

The Killam hospital In Nova Scotia


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 13 May 02 - 10:05 AM

My wife was once treated away from home by a Dr. Reckless. When we got back, her GP thought it was hilarious until I pointed out that HER initials are J.A.B!

You couldn't make up some of this stuff!

Pete


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 13 May 02 - 12:35 PM

Somewhere in Rhode Island, can't remember where, I saw a diner called 'Terminal Lunch'. Needless to say, I didn't stop to eat there. And somewhere in the UK, can't remember where either, I saw a van advertising 'Kleen & Presstwell', Laundry Services.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Robroy
Date: 13 May 02 - 01:06 PM

How about a restaurant in chicago, years back called AESOPS TABLES

or a Massage Parlour (allegedly in Glasgow) suitably named Sheik Matadger. If tou don't know what your Tadger is in broad Scots, Then use your imagination!


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: CarolC
Date: 13 May 02 - 01:57 PM

(DOH!)

Thank you very much, Dave Bryant, for providing that information for me. You are very kind. However, I think I'm just going to keep my little fantasies for now ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 14 May 02 - 01:16 AM

I like the unintentional puns better, but one of my favorite intentional ones is the Grateful Bread coffee and sandwich shop in Seattle, complete with a life-size Jerry Garcia chair (you can sit on his lap).


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Genie
Date: 18 May 02 - 01:16 AM

One I just thought of today (haven't seen it, but I think it'd be a good one):

a comedy club and microbrew pub called

Brew Ha Ha


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Peter
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 11:01 AM

Herr Kutz the German Barber


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: IanC
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 11:23 AM

The UK magazine "Private Eye" used to run these as a weekly series. I think the best ever was Argue & Phibbs Solicitors in Sligo.

:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Micca
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 11:30 AM

One for Opera lovers a friend told me he saw an Italian restaurant in Seville called "Lilas Pastas"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: frogprince
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 01:08 PM

When I was growing up in Minnesota, the nearest TV station carried frequent ads advising anyone who wanted Culligan Soft Water service to "call Sandy Leak in Minnesota Lake".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Apr 09 - 02:48 PM

There is always The Longbranch Branch of the Redbank Bank


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: bill\sables
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 04:11 PM

While staying with Namenson in the town of Bath, Main we saw the "Bath Water Company"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: kendall
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 04:15 PM

Royal Flush. A septic tank cleaner in Scarborough Maine. There is a sign on the back that says "STOOL BUS"


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Tangledwood
Date: 18 Apr 09 - 06:24 PM

A Chinese restaurant in Launceston, Tasmania - "Hung Fat". We didn't eat there.

Don't know if it's still there but about 15-20 years ago in the People's Palace area of Singapore there was a tailor "Lifting Shirts".


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: EBarnacle
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 12:45 PM

One of my favorites is the Dinersty Chinese restaurant, which is a really tacky takeout joint on 8th Avenue, just South of 32nd Street in NYC. By the way, even though the name of the place is fully descriptive, they pronounce it Dynasty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 11:25 PM

There used to be a sign on LBJ freeway in Dallas that said "Dedman Hospital". Lord only knows there's few things a dead man needs less than a hospital. The sign was changed to "R. H. Dedman Memorial Medical Center" years ago
- Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 05:17 AM

I saw a lawyers's shingle outside of his house that had Goodenough as the surname. I would certainly hope so.


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Security)
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 05:26 AM

When I lived in Salford there was a company near our flat called 'PMS Security'. Visions of grumpy women standing outside nightclubs.

'You can't come in.'

'Why not?'

'BECAUSE YOU CAN'T!'


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Subject: RE: BS: Funny Names of Businesses
From: GUEST,jimstar
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 01:53 AM

Target            Tarjay        
                
Wal-Mart         Wally World; Woemart
                
Dunkin Donuts         Dunk Your Nuts        
                
Taco Bell         Taco Hell        
                
Home Depot         Home Despot
        
McDonalds         Micky D's        

Waffle House        Awful House

Howard Johnsons        Howard's Johnson; HoJo's

K Mart                K Fart

KFC                Kentucky Flied Chicken

Jack in the Box        Jack in the Crack

Lowes                Blowes, Slows

Whole Foods        Whole Paycheck

BJ's            Blow Jobs

Piggly Wiggly        Hoggly Woggly

Publix                 Pubics

Gardunos        Gardungos (for folks from the West)

Steak and Shake        Steak Mistakes

Baskin Robbins        Robbin Bastards

Ramada Inn        Ram it in

Whataburger        Whatafuckinburger








Some Las Vegas Names:

        The Maxim = The Climaxim
        Circus-Circus = Suck-us Suck-us
        Slots-O-Fun = Sluts-O-Fun
        Sahara = Sa-Whore-a
        Ceasars = Sleazers


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