Amazing Laundrette Sign Competition

UPDATE 20th July - Answer and winner
UPDATE 14th July - Prize details and extra entry
UPDATE 7th July

Weekly trips to the laundrette are tedious.
I end up staring at signs and posters on the walls.

This one in particular has bothered me for some time.
It's a simple sign, seemingly with little opportunity for error.
What could possibly lurk below that stuck-on scrap of paper?
Perhaps horse blankets are more complicated than I realised.

The Challenge
Consider the evidence.
Ponder the obscured area.
Arrive at your conclusion.
Send in your guess(es).
(up to three per person)

The Prize
The first to give the correct answer gets a nifty goody bag
full of prizes mentioned on this site (live rodents excluded).

Closing Date
I'll go back and peel away the paper on or around 19th July 2002.
The mystery will be laid to rest, and the winner (if any) notified via email.


UPDATE 7th July

Yesterday I visited the laundrette and found the paper had been peeled off.
Coincidence or skullduggery? Who knows, but the competition continues.

The response has been amazing, with over 140 people entering already.
Here are some examples of entrants' "lateral thinking"...

BrianSIGNS. Lifts in public buildings in Melbourne used to have little signs attached to them: IN CASE OF FIRE DO NOT USE LIFT. My less pedantic friends could not understand why this confused me. I believe the wording has been revised, something like IF THERE IS A FIRE, DO NOT USE THE LIFT. Does that help?
emI think that this is a sleeve from the follow up album to last years soundtrack of the summer "Please do not wash any horse blankets or similar pets blankets in these machines" - the follow up being "Please do not wash any horse blankets or similar pets blankets in these machines II"
Mike"stick scrap of paper here"
Fat Mikeblock-headed-jerky-wondermutt
Petedarren johnson dj dj saved my life
wicketyou visiting 'orrible Auzzie CUNTS. Hewitt is merely a prink fuck off you convicts.
PAULA SECRET PASSAGEWAY THAT LEADS TO A STOCK PILE OF ALL THE LOST ODD SOCKS AND SKANKY PANTS THAT HAVE EVER GONE MISSING!
Matt WhitfieldSmall print claiming that Elvis is alive, and that he's really the Queen.
Woodsy"Monkey"
adrianreckon it says 'you stupuid cunts' thats why it is coverd up. (there is a sandwich shop near me that does liver and onion sarnies for only 1.40)
Scaryduck(In very, very small letters)
YOUR HORSE IS AT RISK IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR OTHER LOAN SECURED ON IT. THE VALUE OF HORSES MAY GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP.
richard deeleyyou sad ass fucking pet loving mother fucker !!!!
AndyThe Sign reads, you cunt. cos, its what I would say to any one .. even contemplating washing Horse Blankets in the UBER Gud Launderet Makiner, YA !
MoeI think the hair off the blanket clogs or stays in the machine. It gets on the clothes of the next person to use the machine
Jimyou're a tit. [not sure if that's an entry]
iainsigned, stan the jockey
Dean Bromley...as the goldfish have already made a reservation.
Shax
Looks like those dastardly laundrettes had tried to cover up their shoddy off-centre thumbtack use.
Peteinc. gerbils
Except Ferits
steve c...you dirty animal loving sons of bitches.
Cassius Beckguess 1)M'kay?
guess 2)Twat!
Guess 3)Pie...
Al JohansenFucking Washing
Barb SchnitkerDrowned rat
Al"or the management will be pissed off, and forced to strip you, and flog you to within an isch of your worthless life, ya animal lovin' weirdo!!!!!"
VickiI reckon someone has drawn a picture of a cock and they've covered it up with the paper.

UPDATE 14th July

1. No one's guessed the correct answer so far. Smashing.

"Look at what you could've won..."

2. Prizes are shown above, and a couple more bits and pieces
might find their way in during the week. Super.

3. The closing date is still 19th July. Smashing.

4. If you've already had three guesses you get a free extra guess. Great.

5. If no one gets it right, the weirdest entry wins. Bendy Bully.

6. The answer does kindof make sense when you know it, and
doesn't include the word 'cunt'. Super.

7. The judge's decision is final. I Am The Law. That's safe.

Stay out of the black and into the red,
There's nothing in this game for two in a bed


UPDATE 20th July
THE ANSWER

Yes, the time has come to peel back the paper and reveal what lies beneath...

See, it does make sense after all. And the clues were there.

If you looked carefully at the original picture you'd have noticed
the sign's laminated, but there's no clear plastic below the bottom edge -
the sign had clearly been cut down. This was also hinted at by the fact
that the 'mistake' had been covered after lamination.

Once you realise it's a trimmed sign, and consider the small space available,
that leaves only a few short words such as 'as', 'so' or 'or' as likely answers.

THE WINNER

I was losing hope of anyone getting it right, but then on Thursday received this:

Is it a small word following machines as the sign was longer originally -
could it be 'as'?? I know im wrong!!!!

Congratulations to Michelle G.!

(no one was ever going to get the comma as well, so that wasn't required)

Michelle wins a PlaySatan T-shirt, Get Carter DVD, Pilot pen, tin of Spam, sweet shrimps,
rubber gloves, little jars of jam/marmalade, Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass,
Mini Jelly Babies and Toast Toppers.

 

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