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Funny Joke: what's the difference between breast milk and steamed milk?

A: You can sell steamed milk for 10¢ an ounce!

The full text of the billboard -- which can only be read by standing directly below it -- is "Babies are made to be breastfed." The URL below the slogan -- really, the entire point of the PSA -- is completely blocked by the building.

And lest you think that the sign is only obscured at this angle, here is the view from the street.

Posted on January 31, 2006 to Observations


Funny! I drive by that all the time (I live two blocks away), and just seeing "be breastfed" completely screws with my head. I've done a double-take at least three times now.

Posted by: Anne on January 31, 2006 4:07 PM


Posted by: Duane on January 31, 2006 5:14 PM

I have always theorized that all those people that ask for straws for their lattes and steamed milks do so because they weren't breastfed for long enough.

Posted by: Cameron on January 31, 2006 8:24 PM

Okay, idea for your next tagline:

"Don't you fear - the defective Yeti is near"


Posted by: Lena on January 31, 2006 10:16 PM

Why breastfeed them when you can get them hooked on caffeine instead?

Posted by: Wende on January 31, 2006 10:57 PM

Y'know, this photo pretty much confirms the picture many non-Seattle residents have of your town: Starbucks on every corner, blotting out the overcast skyline.

Posted by: chris r on February 1, 2006 6:18 AM

Ya know, that was my first thought. "That's gonna cause an accident, what with all the people seeing 'breastfed' and trying to find out what the whole thing says."

Posted by: Andrew on February 1, 2006 9:46 AM

You should submit this to http://www.thisisbroken.com

Would fit perfectly.

Posted by: Keith on February 1, 2006 10:21 AM

Does Quick Stop really have the best sandwiches in town?

Posted by: Esther on February 1, 2006 10:48 AM

I'm surprised nobody's made a "lowfat grande breastmilk latte" joke yet. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Nadia on February 1, 2006 4:24 PM

You can sell breast milk for $200/hour if you dispense it from the proper container into the proper clientele.

It's all about location.

Posted by: pjcamp on February 1, 2006 5:22 PM

It'd be funnier if they'd paid for the billboards. Ones like those are PSA's...the billboard companies throw them up there when noone will buy the billboard space because it's blocked by a friggin' Starbucks.

Posted by: Big J on February 3, 2006 10:33 AM

Breastmilk and Starbucks huh? Made me wonder... will we ever see a milk bank in Starbucks for all the caffeinated moms?

I never understand why billboards in locations such as this simply aren't taken down. Totall waste.

Posted by: Alyice on February 4, 2006 8:42 AM

They should put the billboard inside the Starbucks- it would definately have a large audience there.
That wierd-looking Starbucks mermaid is breastfeeding the Pacific NW its caffeinated beverages anyways...

Posted by: Tara on February 6, 2006 4:59 PM

There is a billboard in Wallingford that's the same way. I think it's for Seattle Art Museum and says something like "stars don't just come out at night." It's been up for months and it is mostly obscured by that templey Thai restaurant, May. I didn't know what it was until I saw another one elsewhere. You cannot read the ad completely no matter where you stand.

Posted by: SJ on February 7, 2006 1:57 PM

I'm stunned that the billboard space could ever be sold, unless the buyer never saw it. Wow.

Posted by: Belinda on February 11, 2006 5:40 AM

The Starbucks probably wasn't there when the billboard was put up. You know how those Starbucks spring up overnight like mushrooms.

Posted by: Kristy on February 25, 2006 5:29 PM