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Ieva Pečiulytė

30 Times Burnt-Out Signs Created Unintended Humor

Ever noticed a store sign with missing letters that turns into something funny by accident? It’s amazing how a few burnt-out lights can change the whole meaning and give everyone a good laugh. There's a whole subreddit called "misLED" dedicated to capturing these moments, and we've gathered some of the best examples to share with you.

From a Shell gas station that becomes "Hell" to a Petco store that offers "Lies and Fish," these signs might crack you up. Scroll down to enjoy these funny and unexpected messages that prove even mistakes can bring a smile to your face! Upvote your favorite ones and let us know if you’ve ever come across a sign like this.

#1 Sad Way To Go Out!

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#2 It Happened Again…

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#3 Bro Stop The Car

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These funny signs are more than just a good laugh—they also showcase how our brains fill in the blanks. When letters are missing, we naturally try to complete the words, often with hilarious results. This phenomenon is known as “pareidolia,” where our minds recognize familiar patterns even when they’re incomplete. It’s the same reason why we might see faces in clouds or animals in rock formations.

Interestingly, some businesses have embraced these accidental messages as a unique form of advertising. A sign with a missing letter can attract more attention and become a conversation starter. In some cases, companies even leave the signs as they are to keep customers amused and curious. It’s a clever way to turn a simple mistake into a memorable marketing tool.


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#5 Calm Down, Mike

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#6 Hell

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The popularity of the misLED subreddit shows that people love sharing and enjoying these quirky errors. With over 41 thousand members, the community is always on the lookout for new and funny signs.

Bored Panda reached out to the mods of misLED to find out more about the subreddit's origins. When asked about the inspiration behind it, Maxiscoolerthanyou, the creator of the subreddit, shared a simple childhood memory: "One of my favorite childhood memories is being in the back of the car, looking out the window while we were driving somewhere. It was a rare, random comedy moment when one of my siblings or I would point out a sign accidentally saying something funny."

#7 Lizzard Warning

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#8 Die Mart

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#9 Local Casino

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When asked if they have any personal favorite posts or stories from the subreddit, Maxiscoolerthanyou shared this one because it's “a coincidence that it still makes sense, but in a different number system”.

Moderating a community like misLED can be quite an adventure. There's a lot to love about it, but if Maxiscoolerthanyou had to pick just one thing, it would be that there's never really any drama or anything serious. "I’ve never moderated a sub before, and I’m really glad it was one that I came up with as well, rather than being made a mod by someone else on an already existing sub."

#10 Fart City

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#11 Eatme

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#12 Very Bar. Much Drink

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Amidst the sea of burnt-out signs, we asked Maxiscoolerthanyou which ones stand out the most. “To be honest, we do have a lot of reposts, but the ones that get reposted are usually like childish humor, ya know, signs that look like they say swear words, but that’s just how the internet is.”

If you want to find your own misLED signs, keep your eyes peeled next time you’re out and about. Gas stations, supermarkets, and shopping malls are prime spots for these hidden gems. And who knows? You might just capture the next viral post that brings a smile to thousands of faces. So, next time you see a funny sign, snap a picture and share the joy!

#13 I Know Where I'm Eating Tonight

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#14 Sad Dome

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#15 Buildings Can Do That…?

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#16 Oops

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#17 The Best Food Around!

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#18 Peedway

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#19 Advance Disco Parts

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#20 Truly Amusing

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#21 Sus Grill

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#22 F Dave's Famous D

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#23 Hot Sara

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#24 Cone

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#25 Chin Food

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#26 Man I Think I Have 0/20 Eyesight

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#27 Haha Wood Eater

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#28 A Mexican Restaurant

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#29 When You Go To Applebee’s In France But They’re All Out Of Apples

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#30 Harmacy

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