When people lose things, they generally feel compelled to get them back. They can go about doing that in many ways, but one of the classics is putting up good old-fashioned lost and found signs or flyers. Here are some unusually funny lost and found signs.
No Other Way
In the world of technology, most people put up signs as a joke — like this guy. We can’t help but wonder if he put his real contact info. Was he just lonely, or was he curious to see how many people would take it for no real reason?
It’s Mine Now
We have the feeling this sign is a joke — since most people don’t actually steal horses anymore. Not to mention that this type of joke sign is also very common, what with people claiming to have found an animal companion that they intend to keep for themselves these days.
Of course, the guy did still put a contact number down, but we’re assuming he was just bored and wanted to see how many people would actually call him over this theoretical horse. Unless he really did take a horse. You never know.
I Have Now
We may be fairly early into this list, but already, we feel that the motivation for most of these joke signs is boredom. After all, what do you get out of this? The knowledge that 10 or so people found your joke amusing?
Well, it’s not like there’s anything wrong with that. It’s not like these signs ever hurt anyone, and who knows — maybe this simple joke about a cat that everyone has now seen was enough to brighten someone’s day, somewhere.
I’ll Just Take This
The scary part about this sign is that it’s hard to tell whether it’s a joke or not. Thing is, if someone finds a stray dog who’s friendly, it’s pretty easy to get attached to that dog, and the idea of parting with him can be difficult.
That said, people should always remember that a dog with a collar likely has a family somewhere already. You can always get your own dog! Hopefully, though, signs like this one are jokes more often than not.
You Can Have This Back
A good Samaritan will return money that he has found to its rightful owner. A normal Samaritan is much more likely to keep it. And this one, with a sense of humor, will at least let the original owner that there’s no need to look for their money any longer, as it’s gone for good.
That said, this is probably another joke made by someone who wanted to find something fun to do with a rubber band, and he definitely succeeded on that front.
A Sign in a Sign
What we want to know about joke signs like this is the following — how does the one who made this joke sign actually derive any pleasure from it? How do they even know that it got a laugh from anyone unless they’re constantly keeping it under surveillance?
Well, maybe it’s enough for them to know that they have placed the sign somewhere for someone to see. And hey, it’s actually a pretty interesting one to look at. At least they had decent photoshop skills.
Begging for Mercy
If you lose your wallet, you probably also lose a whole lot of important information, and most likely some money too. For some people, their driver’s license is probably the worst — because losing it means a trip to the DMV, which is a fortress of evil.
It looks like the maker of this sign is trying to elect some sympathy. Hopefully, his plea of mercy worked on whoever happened to find his wallet.
No Love for Klaus
Believe it or not, not everyone loves their dogs. That’s because some dogs are well and truly misbehaved handfuls. Some of them cause big problems and others are too aggressive. For such dog owners, they may actually be relieved when their dog goes missing.
This sign is probably not being honest, though, because if they really wanted to get rid of Klaus, it’s not like they need an excuse to put him up for adoption. Maybe they’re just giving Klaus a hard time.
Just Wanted to Tell You
If something of yours was stolen, obviously there’s no chance that a sign is going to get it back. After all, the thief wouldn’t care about something like that. But, this sign isn’t about getting the bike back — it’s just about letting that thief know how the victim feels.
Granted, that probably won’t do anything to make them feel guilty, but at the very least, making this sign was probably a somewhat cathartic experience for the victim.
Tastes Like Chicken
What’s funny about this one is the fact that no one was actually trying to be funny at all. Sometimes, coincidence is more amusing than intent. We’re not sure who placed their sign on this pole first, but whoever placed their’s second was either oblivious or somewhat of a wise guy.
We’re certain that no parrots are harmed at parrot barbecues. Parrots don’t exactly strike us as food items cleared by the FDA in this country.
That’s… Probably Not Legal
Upfront, we’re not sure if it’s legal or not to own dogs that have wolf blood in them. But, at the same time, we can tell you that it’s a terrible idea to own a dog with wolf blood in them regardless of legality.
They’re inherently more aggressive, and while full-blood wild wolves are skittish around humans, one mixed with a domestic dog is more comfortable and less scared of them. Not a great combination. But, we’re also sure this lost dog doesn’t exist, what with its dozen breed long list of hybridization.
We’ll Pay You
Generally speaking, these types of signs offer a reward for you to return something to its rightful owner. Rarely do they offer a reward for you to keep whatever that lost thing is. But hey, this guy really doesn’t like his cat.
And let’s be real, some cats are a hassle — so much so, apparently, that it’s worth paying someone else to take them off your hands. We’re just saying, this guy seems willing to go through a lot to get rid of it, so it must be a real troublemaker.
Who You Gonna Call?
You can’t quite see it in this photo, but the crux of the joke is that they want you to contact the Ghostbusters if you find this demonic dog from another dimension. You know, those guys who take care of things like this, as well as giant marshmallow men.
But, you know, you could always keep Vince. He knows a number of useful tricks, like opening portals to other dimensions. Who wouldn’t want a dog that could do that, right?
He’s Got a Point
Thieves are generally immoral or selfish by nature, but sometimes you have to wonder what they’re even trying to do. Some things are worth stealing, while others aren’t. Seriously, a floppy drive? Would that even be worth anything at this point?
We can’t help but wonder if some thieves steal things just to be jerks. So, you know, the guy who made this sign really has a point about how only such a depraved person would do this.
Ah, the oldest play in the book — get a picture of a wild animal, then make a lost sign for it, thus pretending that there’s a dangerous beast at large in the neighborhood. All the better if that dangerous beast answers to Mr. Tiddles, because who would want to be mauled by a cat with a name like that?
But you know, if it answers to the cries of pain, doesn’t that mean you could get it to stop after it hurts you? Well, we suppose you’d have to live through the initial strike first, which is a risky proposition when a lion is involved.
There’s a lot to unpack in this sign about the missing crab Lancelot, who would probably be very difficult to find (alive, at any rate) in a big neighborhood. But, do you know what we’re most interested in? The reward. It says there’s one, but it’s not cash.
So… what is it then? A firm handshake? Being knighted? One square foot of land in Scotland, thus making you a lord or lady? We’re very curious about this.
Trying to Move In
Cats have a tendency to pick and choose humans they’re interested in. That’s all well and good… unless you don’t own a cat and don’t want to. There are cats out there that seriously just try to move in with people without any invitation.
Some people might like that, but the person who made this sign clearly did not. You never know with cats, though, they pick new humans to call their own at the drop of the hat sometimes. Maybe it’ll go away on its own?
What a Twist
Let’s get one thing straight — we do not condone the eating of cute puppies. We do, however, acknowledge that this sign is funny due to the drastic and morbid turn it took there at the end. Very few people probably saw that one coming
We’re glad to say that we have no idea what Beagle tastes like, but we do find the claim of it being akin to chicken somewhat dubious. Either way, that’s knowledge we don’t really care to confirm or deny.
Any Hazard Pay?
Obviously, any sign asking for you to find and return a mosquito is a joke. But, let’s just roll with the joke for a moment and play pretend. This is a terrible sign! It doesn’t offer us any distinguishing features for Aaron, and it doesn’t tell us what to do if we find him a day too late.
It also doesn’t mention any sort of sizable reward for running the risk of contracting malaria or West Nile disease. Come on, man — who’s going to earnestly search for Aaron under those conditions?
Blind, Stupid, or Cheeky
Most people have probably seen a sign like this one on the internet before. They get circulated around pretty regularly. We don’t think anyone could mistake this (badger, we believe?) animal for a cat, but then again…
Some people have really bad eyesight. Others just didn’t get a whole lot of education. So, there’s still a possibility that someone honestly believes this is some sort of domestic feline. They’ll swiftly learn otherwise if they bother it.
Bite the Hand That Feeds
Not all who wander are lost, and this goes for dogs too! Pierre here clearly has the blood of some French Revolutionists running through his veins, and he demands freedom through blood, just like his ancestors!
Really, though, Pierre — we don’t think modern humans treat their dogs badly enough to be compared to the old nobility of France, at least on average. You’re so dramatic.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to get lost time back. You can, however, share your disgruntlement with anyone who will listen, and perhaps find some kindred spirits who understand your struggle.
After all, we’ve all been through a period of time where you’re just sitting and waiting for some medicine to actually do its job and let you get back to your life. Seriously, could Claritin work just a little faster?
We’re a little torn on this one. The silly idea of someone gathering lost “lost dog flyers” is pretty funny, but only if it’s a joke. If someone really is missing their dog, taking down all of their flyers would be pretty scummy.
But, no one would actually do that, right? We’d like to say that, but by now, you probably know that our faith in humanity as a whole is middling at best.
The Good Samaritan
Despite what we said not too long ago, we’re aware that there are good people actually out there, as exemplified by the brief story told by this little note. Stealing lost items would be easy, but not everyone does that.
That said, we do think it’s kind of weird to leave a thank you note in such a manner. Not to mention, it’s littering. Just thank them in spirit or something.
Schrodinger’s Cat is very well-known, but for those of you who are out of the loop, the gist of it is this — Erwin Schrodinger had this theoretical idea that, if a cat was under a box, it was equally likely to be dead as it was alive, and until you confirmed it, as far as you were concerned, it was technically both.
It’s a thought experiment that goes over a lot of heads, but we can’t blame anyone for that. At the very least, it makes a pretty funny joke in a scenario like this one.
Have We Been Here Before?
Don’t be fooled — there’s not really any such thing as original ideas. Everything was borrowed or inspired from some idea someone has had before. Recognize this type of sign? Not to mention that meme dog everyone has seen online?
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with unoriginality sometimes. If things were only good when they were brand new, we’d live in a world that was very difficult to find any joy and entertainment in, now wouldn’t we?
Sounds Like a Pro
Even the most questionable of souls has to find work, but in this economy, that’s even more difficult than usual! In such cases, a sign that lets everyone know how good you are at your job is a valid option.
Of course, you might want to leave out the part where you abduct their child into your dark family forever, or something. That tends to scare away potential customers, in our experience.
You, or Similar
Wouldn’t you know it, your boyfriend went out to get some milk at the store, and now he’s been missing for more than an hour. Obviously, a “lost” sign is the only right course of action at that point.
And if you broaden your search parameters a little bit and let everyone know that a close enough substitute is good enough, you are likely to find your boyfriend much more quickly. These are some big-brain strategies right here.
Us Too, Daisy
It’s always the tiny dogs that are the most ill-behaved, isn’t it? It’s crazy how pit bulls and bulldogs get all the flak when these little menaces are really the ones causing all the trouble.
But hey, maybe Daisy is justified. It sounds like she has some serious beef with the Pope for some reason. Does she have some dark past none of us are aware of? Maybe she’s really on a mission of vengeance!
Harry the Hairy Fly
We’re not really the type to understand how people could become emotionally attached to a fly, but we’re also not ones to judge, in most cases. Maybe, Harry was a really nice fly that truly bonded with whoever is looking for him.
Or maybe they were just so bored that hunting down a fly that caught their attention one day seemed like a reasonable course of action. When you’ve got nothing else to do, you’re willing to do anything.
Just Wanted to Share
Some people put up signs just because they can. It has nothing to do with whether or not they lost something at all. This guy just wanted to let everyone know how awesome his dog Gilligan is. And let’s be honest, he’s a pretty darn cool dog judging by the sound of this sign.
You know, though, what if this galvanized someone to abduct your precious dog? Because who wouldn’t want a pet as awesome as Gilligan for their own?
Not Very Friendly
The fact that there are many signs like this one found all over the internet is evidence of the fact that most people are probably joking when they make them. Heck, this sign is even worded similarly to the other one on this list.
That said, possums aren’t really that dangerous (did you know that they can’t get rabies?), so even if the person who made this sign is oblivious, they shouldn’t be in too much danger.
That’s Saying Something
When you think about it, most problems and worries are a result of you having a brain. If you didn’t have a brain, you wouldn’t have a problem. That’s probably why this guy is alright with having lost his brain, theoretically.
Obviously, he won’t be able to go very long without it, but for now, everyone should leave him alone and allow him to enjoy the lack of brain for a little bit. It’s probably quite cathartic.
Something Seems Familiar
Losing a turtle is one thing, but losing a turtle who has stolen some nunchucks from you is extremely dangerous. We all know what a turtle armed with nunchucks is capable of. Thankfully, Michelangelo here seems to be a threat to villains and no one else.
We’re convinced that all turtles could move much faster than they do, they just hide that fact so they have a trump card when they really need it.
Is it Me You’re Looking For?
Now, this is one creative sign, even if the intent is just humor. For anyone who knows this song, this poster allows them to pick their favorite lyric off of it. We’re not sure what that accomplishes, but it’s probably kind of fun.
We can’t help but wonder how much effort people are willing to put into things like this for a very small amount of gratification. We suppose it doesn’t matter so long as they enjoyed themselves.
Speaks for Itself
For a flyer that asks people if they have seen it, we wonder what the endgame is — the knowledge that 10 or so people did in fact see it? Is that the objective for the person who put it up?
Or are they doing some sort of odd social experiment to see how many people will interact with something that is, ultimately, completely pointless? Either way, it sure seems that some people just have too much time on their hands.
If You Lost a Chicken
Most signs of this nature provide a description of a lost animal so people can see if it is their’s, but not this one. Presumably, that’s because there can’t possibly be too many people out there who have lost a chicken.
At the same time, though, would anyone try to steal a chicken that didn’t belong to them? That would be a pretty odd thing to do. Still, we wouldn’t put it past some people to do exactly that.
My Missing Friend
If you become friends with a pigeon, you’re gonna be in for a bad time, considering the fact that pigeons look really similar, and most of them don’t hang around in one place for too long. Doesn’t hurt to try and find your buddy again, though.
That said, it’s probably not going to work, considering the giant clone army of pigeons. Besides, this guy should consider a corvid for a best bird friend instead. They are much better options for that kind of thing.
Two Birds, One Stone
If you’re going to post a sign about your missing dog, you may as well take the opportunity to let everyone know that you’re selling some drums as well, right? There’s no reason to make a whole new poster or anything.
Oh, and providing a good amount of info for your dog, including an apology related to his nudity, is probably a good idea too. Gotta let people know what they are in for before they get to it, right?
Missing Unicorn, Contact Psychiatrist
We like to tell ourselves that this missing poster is actually a trick by a psychiatric professional who’s looking for work. After all, if you’ve seen a unicorn, there might be a problem that needs to be discussed, don’t you think?
It’s a funny thought, but in reality, someone with a printer and too much time on their hands felt like trolling the neighborhood. We’re curious about what kind of reward he would have offered, though.
It Belongs to Nature
It pains us to say this, but we can’t say with certainty that this sign is a joke. Some people out there are just… well, you know. Most people are aware that pigeons are wild animals and pretty common ones at that.
We’re not sure how anyone could mistake a pigeon for a domestic bird in the same vein as a pet parrot or something, but we also wouldn’t put it past humanity as a whole to make that mistake.
Someone Didn’t Think This Through
Speaking of the overall intelligence of your average human, we’re fairly certain this sign is a joke. Because come on, no one could actually be this stupid, right? Who would give out their address knowing that someone out there might have their keys?
Unfortunately, we once again cannot say with certainty that it’s a joke, because we also know that people can be really, really dumb sometimes. Hopefully, this person didn’t inadvertently set up a robbery of their home.
A Fair Trade?
This sign raises many questions about the relationship this husband is in. In what area is he failing his wife? Why would trombone competence be the thing that restores her faith in him? And why is he willing to trade his dog for it?
Well, it’s very likely that none of that is true, but it does make us think of something else. What are the odds that anyone in your neighborhood knows how to play the trombone?
Does This Remind You of Something?
A lot of people know about the famous song “Raspberry Beret”. Apparently, both of the individuals involved in this exchange were familiar with it. Enough to make a joke between each other, at least.
But hey, what if that guy really did lose his raspberry beret? This might not be a joking matter! Although, we’ve never actually seen anyone wearing a raspberry beret in the last 20 years or so…
How Do We Find Him?
If an imaginary friend is lost, how would you find him? Because no one can see him other than you, right? And he’s also intangible, so it’s not like anyone can just bump into him or even hear his voice.
But wait, what if you just imagine your lost imaginary friend being by your side again? Then, he’s not lost, right? We’re just saying, the rules of imagination seem weirdly limited at times.