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Title: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on August 11, 2011, 07:18:18 am
http://www.stormfront.co.uk/

Seriously, did no-one tell them?  I suppose you can get Apple stuff in white...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: BrianI on August 11, 2011, 08:22:18 am
http://www.penisland.net/ (http://www.penisland.net/)

 :o

It is safe for work, and they do sell pens.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: tiermat on August 11, 2011, 09:09:55 am
http://www.coles-law.co.uk/

Always thought they should have missed out the hyphen, just for the giggles :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Clare on August 11, 2011, 09:16:29 am
Years ago there was a purveyor of dead animal parts on Town Street, Armley called:

S&M Quality Pork Butchers

 :o

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: why1040 on August 11, 2011, 09:19:00 am
Haha quality!

I have to say (very slightly off topic) that ever since we moved to the UK, I've been fascinated by "family butchers".   :o

Are they legal??    ;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on August 11, 2011, 09:32:31 am
I'm afraid that you'll just have to believe me on this one.  I've searched around and they no longer seem to be in business. (Or they've changed their name)

There was a small engineering works near Digbeth in Birmingham called The Maiden Screwing Co.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: LindaG on August 11, 2011, 09:33:35 am
http://www.stormfront.co.uk/

Seriously, did no-one tell them?  I suppose you can get Apple stuff in white...

I don't get it  ???
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Rhys W on August 11, 2011, 09:37:22 am
http://www.stormfront.co.uk/

Seriously, did no-one tell them?  I suppose you can get Apple stuff in white...

I stumbled on that a couple of days ago, I was reading something on Macworld I think... unbelieveable. I've just got this picture in my head of the staff who work there now...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on August 11, 2011, 09:39:04 am

I don't get it  ???

Oh good.

Nor do I.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: eeymsmo on August 11, 2011, 09:39:20 am
http://www.stormfront.co.uk/

Seriously, did no-one tell them?  I suppose you can get Apple stuff in white...

I don't get it  ???

Stormfront (not linking to it) is a notorious Racist/Nazi/Aryan/F*&kwit online forum
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on August 11, 2011, 09:53:45 am
I think it comes from the name of an SS detachment.

I think I've mentioned before the butchers in Littleover, Derby, called I M Hurt
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Si_Co on August 11, 2011, 12:18:55 pm
I quite like this one:

http://www.boxbrosfuneraldirectors.co.uk/

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 11, 2011, 01:56:35 pm
There is, or used to be, a motorcycle place in Bristol called Piston Broke.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 11, 2011, 02:20:58 pm
Top 10 Silly Website Names (http://listverse.com/2007/08/01/top-10-silly-website-names/).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on August 11, 2011, 02:25:53 pm
This place (http://www.wrighthassall.co.uk/) could be a right legal hassle...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on August 11, 2011, 03:01:26 pm
Dolittle & Dalley, the appropriately-named West Midlands estate agents?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on August 11, 2011, 05:21:01 pm
What is it about hairdressers that gives them such a profundity of awful puns ?  http://www.flickr.com/groups/hairdressers/pool/

I've always wanted to own a tearoom.  I'm undecided whether to call it The Chocolate Teapot, or The Drum-Up.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jogler on August 11, 2011, 05:35:58 pm
In the 70's there was an engineering firm near Leeds FC Elland Road stadium who had an enormous roadside billboard with their name on it.

Rafferty's Toolworks

(some wag had painted on the wall below
"so does mine but I'm not bragging")

Don't know if it's still there.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ian H on August 11, 2011, 05:44:13 pm
A couple of foreign artics recently, on the A303: "Discordia" and "Stoptrans". The latter was Polish.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 11, 2011, 05:46:57 pm
Impact School of Motoring (Ealing)
Sidney Hurry Funerals
Burnt Oak Timber
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: diapsaon0 on August 11, 2011, 05:54:02 pm
A firm of solicitors - in Birmingham,  I think - called Crooke, Swindell and Fraude.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on August 11, 2011, 06:02:54 pm
^ That reminds me of the Big Bang paper, published under the names of Ralph Alpher, Hans Bethe, and George Gamow.   :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on August 11, 2011, 06:10:52 pm
http://www.peakoil.co.uk/

Get it before it runs out.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: teethgrinder on August 11, 2011, 07:05:42 pm
A couple of foreign artics recently, on the A303: "Discordia" and "Stoptrans". The latter was Polish.

I thought that you might have mentioned a butchers shop that used to be in a Somerset town on the A30.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on August 11, 2011, 08:12:51 pm
W. Ankers & Sons, market gardeners in Stokesley.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Canardly on August 11, 2011, 09:01:57 pm
Had a bank manager called Mr Beg...... ::-)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ian H on August 11, 2011, 09:03:59 pm
A couple of foreign artics recently, on the A303: "Discordia" and "Stoptrans". The latter was Polish.

I thought that you might have mentioned a butchers shop that used to be in a Somerset town on the A30.

Char[re]d Meat?
Not a shop but a meat processor. Name changed some years ago.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Clare on August 11, 2011, 09:31:58 pm
Of course there is also the Buckinghamshire coach company, based in Olney:

Sole's of Olney

who were founded by Richard* Sole and used to have his initial in their title as well. It was quietly dropped sometime in the late 70s.




*Might have been Robert but it definitely began with an R.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: gordon taylor on August 11, 2011, 10:18:09 pm
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/gordon1314/IMG_0447.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: teethgrinder on August 11, 2011, 10:21:46 pm
A couple of foreign artics recently, on the A303: "Discordia" and "Stoptrans". The latter was Polish.

I thought that you might have mentioned a butchers shop that used to be in a Somerset town on the A30.

Char[re]d Meat?
Not a shop but a meat processor. Name changed some years ago.

That's the one.


Of course there is also the Buckinghamshire coach company, based in Olney:

Sole's of Olney

who were founded by Richard* Sole and used to have his initial in their title as well. It was quietly dropped sometime in the late 70s.




*Might have been Robert but it definitely began with an R.



I never knew it was R. Soles. They advertise on the local radio, just as Soles of Olney. (actualy, I think it's spelt Souls? but never mind)
Another one, not far from there is the hauliage company, Knights, which is based in a small village called, Old, hence the name, Knights of Old. Not sure that they are in business any more.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: teethgrinder on August 11, 2011, 10:23:08 pm
While cycling in the North American desert, I saw a sign for the ironically named, "Death Valley Health Centre."
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Clare on August 11, 2011, 10:31:03 pm
Of course there is also the Buckinghamshire coach company, based in Olney:

Sole's of Olney

who were founded by Richard* Sole and used to have his initial in their title as well. It was quietly dropped sometime in the late 70s.

I never knew it was R. Soles. They advertise on the local radio, just as Soles of Olney. (actualy, I think it's spelt Souls? but never mind)

I think you are right, it is Soul's, the R was dropped years ago but when I was a kid we used to regularly see' R Soul's of Olney' coaches.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: tonycollinet on August 11, 2011, 11:12:45 pm
There is a little village near Oswestry called Knockin.

I desperately want to open a shop there.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 12, 2011, 12:04:22 am
There is a little village near Oswestry called Knockin.

I desperately want to open a shop there.

I recall an allusion to such an emporium in one of Noel Simpson's Arrivée articles...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jogler on August 12, 2011, 12:10:27 am
There is a little village near Oswestry called Knockin.

I desperately want to open a shop there.

The Knockin Shop appears on a Wigley Perm IIRC :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jogler on August 12, 2011, 12:14:36 am

Another one, not far from there is the hauliage company, Knights, which is based in a small village called, Old, hence the name, Knights of Old. Not sure that they are in business any more.

They certainly are.I frequently see one or other of their HGV's in the Market Drayton area.In fact one passed Prees Heath roundabout during the Saturday night of the Mersey Roads 24hr TT.I believe you were in the vicinity at the time :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on August 12, 2011, 06:40:17 am
Our local "recycling and landfill" company.

http://www.crapperandsons.co.uk/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: bikesdontfloat on August 12, 2011, 11:43:08 am
Birmingham also boasts the perennial disappointment to Victorian underwear fetishist Bloomer Heaven (http://www.bloomerheaven.co.uk/)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Rhys W on August 12, 2011, 12:22:47 pm
We sometimes ride past this place. (http://www.192.com/atoz/business/pontypool-np4/sc/semen-world-ltd/30df1c57d8a51899f68fb277c3e2f91429c10803/comp/) I always imagine it to be some kind of theme park.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on August 12, 2011, 10:12:59 pm
Not really a bad name but could explain phantom pregnancies: Spook Erections, a builders in Moreton-in-Marsh in the '80s (didn't see it when the Birthday Rides were there).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: microphonie on August 13, 2011, 09:41:53 am
[Ben Elton] A little bit of politics...

 George Bush & Son, Wholesale Butchers  (http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blbushandson.htm)

[/BE]
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 13, 2011, 11:01:31 am
Many decades ago, the 'Yuk' Chinese restaurant, in Copenhagen. Locals did not see this as strange...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on August 13, 2011, 11:33:23 am
Photoshopped?  Probably not.  Deliberate?  Almost certainly.

http://www.soignorant.com/its-a-fuking-chinese-restaurant/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on August 13, 2011, 12:48:10 pm
There was a Chinese restaurant called Ho Lee Fook on the Kings Road in Chelsea.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on August 13, 2011, 12:49:14 pm
I. Quibble, Contractor in Hull.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: MattH on August 13, 2011, 02:59:32 pm
Well known in electronic engineering circles. (http://www.waynekerrtest.com/)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: zigzag on August 13, 2011, 03:24:53 pm
flier found in our inbox today - hair and beauty salon "split endz". as per my mrs -  who would want to go there?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 13, 2011, 03:51:51 pm
There is a little village near Oswestry called Knockin.

I desperately want to open a shop there.

More than 20 years ago my brother and I cycled from Shrewsbury into Wales, dropping into the Knockin Shop for essential supplies.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on August 13, 2011, 04:06:16 pm
I can scarcely believe we are 48 replies in and no one has mentioned the tool firm 'Abingdon King Dick' famous for 'podging spanners' IIRC. whether that is a variety of wrench or an immoral act I'll leave it up to you to decide.

Or how about Facom?

Has anyone else had dealings with an estate agent called Richard Head? (Hazel Grove, 1990s)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jaźwiec on August 13, 2011, 04:17:18 pm
http://feeduscrap.com/

Made me do a double take when I drove past in Nantes, France.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Canardly on August 13, 2011, 04:31:57 pm
You can street view this I am told.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=wong+fook+hing+book+store&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Aob&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1680&bih=878&tbm=isch&prmd=ivns&tbnid=iVWLBXXiaccfdM:&imgrefurl=http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php%253Ft%253D58221&docid=Fon6rN2h5wLXhM&w=480&h=360&ei=uphGTr-pM4iq8APzxP3JBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=177&vpy=92&dur=266&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=140&ty=114&page=1&tbnh=136&tbnw=173&start=0&ndsp=38&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 13, 2011, 04:47:31 pm
In Piddletrenthide, Dorset, astride the River Trent (or Piddle) lies the Piddle Inn.
Lavatorial humour abounds...
http://www.piddleinn.co.uk/ (http://www.piddleinn.co.uk/)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on August 13, 2011, 04:48:03 pm
I can scarcely believe we are 48 replies in and no one has mentioned the tool firm 'Abingdon King Dick' famous for 'podging spanners' IIRC. whether that is a variety of wrench or an immoral act I'll leave it up to you to decide.
King Dick was the name of the founder's dog, or something.  They are supposed to be very good spanners (I'm avoiding the word "tools" for obvious reasons).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on August 13, 2011, 05:02:54 pm
That's most unlike you, Rog . . .
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Arch on August 13, 2011, 05:08:15 pm
I can scarcely believe we are 48 replies in and no one has mentioned the tool firm 'Abingdon King Dick' famous for 'podging spanners' IIRC. whether that is a variety of wrench or an immoral act I'll leave it up to you to decide.

I read that as 'wench'.... 
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on August 13, 2011, 08:04:38 pm
You need help . . .
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 13, 2011, 10:02:57 pm
On Portland Sq in Bristol there is a Chinese foods wholesaler called Phoo Kew. I'm not sure of the spelling but that's the gist of it.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 13, 2011, 10:13:51 pm
And one I remember from India - Panicker's Travels.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: David Martin on August 13, 2011, 11:29:44 pm
  They are supposed to be very good spanners (I'm avoiding the word "tools" for obvious reasons).

They are. I have some in a variety of sizes
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 13, 2011, 11:39:30 pm
In Piddletrenthide, Dorset, astride the River Trent (or Piddle) lies the Piddle Inn.
Lavatorial humour abounds...
http://www.piddleinn.co.uk/ (http://www.piddleinn.co.uk/)

I think that's the brewery that makes Piddle in a Bottle.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on August 14, 2011, 06:58:04 pm
On the subject of booze; J. P. Sick, a wine merchant in Alsace.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 15, 2011, 01:45:43 pm
Many decades ago, the 'Yuk' Chinese restaurant, in Copenhagen. Locals did not see this as strange...

In similar vein, I have seen a sports footwear shop in Roskilde called "Athlete's Foot".
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on August 15, 2011, 02:02:43 pm
We spotted the Ottery Foot Clinic on the Exmouth Exodus yesterday.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rachel t on August 15, 2011, 03:42:58 pm
think the training provider the company I used to work for really should have thought about the website address http://www.careersexchange.co.uk would you really want to employ them to deliver professional training :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on August 15, 2011, 04:13:30 pm
Read A Tall Man In A Low Land (Harry Pearson) for some excellent examples from Belgium.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jogler on August 28, 2011, 06:32:43 pm


Has anyone else had dealings with an estate agent called Richard Head? (Hazel Grove, 1990s)

I have an ex-client of that name :-X
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jasmine on August 28, 2011, 09:00:12 pm
There's an antiques shop in Rhyl called the Glory Hole.

http://g.co/maps/szvu
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ian H on August 29, 2011, 04:39:03 pm
The official PBP supplier of gels. powders and potions is "Overstim".
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 02, 2011, 07:52:25 pm
Want a shit house building?

http://www.keechdesignandbuild.co.uk/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: MattH on September 09, 2011, 10:32:27 am
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6188/6129236175_9e09bf8e95.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: daveb on September 09, 2011, 10:56:07 am
Reeves and Pain. Funeral Directors.

On the Abingdon Road in Oxford.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Marj on September 09, 2011, 11:26:05 am
Joanne Foot - Chiropodist

In our village
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: LindaG on October 16, 2011, 10:49:40 am
The Bogie Chain.

A pub in Wallsend.  You wouldn't order the soup would you?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on October 16, 2011, 05:27:25 pm
I spotted a hair enhancement product in Claire's Accessories called 'Bumpits'.

I don't think they thought it through.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 16, 2011, 07:04:30 pm
I spotted a hair enhancement product in Claire's Accessories called 'Bumpits'.

I don't think they thought it through.

Good name for pilonidal sinuses though...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Speshact on October 16, 2011, 09:24:25 pm
I spotted a hair enhancement product in Claire's Accessories called 'Bumpits'.

I don't think they thought it through.
Got to ask, were you shopping for yourself in CAs?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on November 05, 2011, 05:07:40 pm
Two special schools have merged, close to where I live. The resulting new school will be named 'The Village School'.
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Valiant on November 05, 2011, 05:43:47 pm
I always found it weird that an electronic measurement company would call themselves Fluke (http://www.fluke.com/fluke/uken/home/default). But then i also love it.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Meegat on November 05, 2011, 06:33:06 pm
While I applaud their service, I still double-take a bit at www.cycletherapist.co.uk/

There is a Chinese takeaway near here called Ming Yin. Doesn't really inspire confidence.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rower40 on November 05, 2011, 06:59:58 pm
I always found it weird that an electronic measurement company would call themselves Fluke (http://www.fluke.com/fluke/uken/home/default). But then i also love it.
Wikipedia states:
Quote
Fluke was incorporated in Washington state by John Fluke on October 7, 1953 as the John Fluke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
I dunno if USAnian English has the same meaning of fluke as "stroke-of-luck".
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 05, 2011, 10:36:36 pm
While I applaud their service, I still double-take a bit at www.cycletherapist.co.uk/
Have you used them? Any good?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mark on November 06, 2011, 02:15:05 am
I always found it weird that an electronic measurement company would call themselves Fluke (http://www.fluke.com/fluke/uken/home/default). But then i also love it.
Wikipedia states:
Quote
Fluke was incorporated in Washington state by John Fluke on October 7, 1953 as the John Fluke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
I dunno if USAnian English has the same meaning of fluke as "stroke-of-luck".

It does.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Arch on November 07, 2011, 05:38:23 pm
I used to see a van, on my way to work, that must have something to do with Dutch espionage. http://www.hollandspies.co.uk/ (http://www.hollandspies.co.uk/)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on February 17, 2012, 06:39:07 am
http://www.happyplace.com/13476/unintentionally-inappropriate-business-names

"Big Dick's Halfway Inn"  ;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: essexian on February 17, 2012, 07:37:41 am
This shop always makes SWMBO giggle when we drive by:

http://g.co/maps/qscfc

Something about not being able to give it away let alone sell it......  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: BrianI on February 17, 2012, 08:00:32 am
Oh how we giggled at university using a http://www.wayne-kerr.co.uk/ (http://www.wayne-kerr.co.uk/) LCR bridge to measure electronic components.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: AndyH on February 17, 2012, 08:23:56 am
In Poole there is a sandwich shop called Butterfingers.... unfortunately there is a rather prominent bus stop in front of their sign which from certain places on the pavement opposite obscures a couple of the letters!
sorry no pic, but next time I'm there i will endeavour to remember my camera....
posted by Mrs H, as Mr H seems to have hijacked my computer.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mattc on February 17, 2012, 10:22:18 am
Caesar's Camp Garage

Made me smile every single time I drove past.


(Near Caesar's Camp, west of Farnborough IIRC)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jacomus on February 17, 2012, 03:37:10 pm
Not a business, but I still *snork* every time a tube announces that it is going to Cockfosters ;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Juan Martín on February 17, 2012, 04:50:33 pm
I remember a factory unit in the East End of London, possibly Poplar, in the '80s that had emblazoned 'Quick-Wrap Ltd'.

Or it may have been Kwik-wrap.

Something to do with insulation I think - it always made me laugh.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on February 17, 2012, 06:19:15 pm
(http://i43.tinypic.com/28hh5j4.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mattc on February 18, 2012, 06:51:36 pm
Oh I say!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on February 19, 2012, 04:22:58 pm
Utterly deliberate, this one.  Northampton residents will probably recognise it.

(http://failfun.com/wp-content/uploads/sofa-king-low-win.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on March 27, 2012, 08:59:28 pm
Ye gods.

(http://www.peeble.com/steamer.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jaded on March 27, 2012, 09:13:31 pm
That made me giggle a lot and then cough uncontrollably, in my state of sickness.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jules on March 27, 2012, 10:16:47 pm
Tea has just gone up my nose.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on April 13, 2012, 08:50:21 pm
Boagey Brothers, formerly of Redcar. An unfortunate name for a grocer's shop.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jaded on April 13, 2012, 11:20:05 pm
And a title for a Bowie song.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on April 14, 2012, 04:52:10 pm
I wonder if this firms  (http://www.jodafreight.com/)logistics expertise stretches as far as Spain?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: snail on April 14, 2012, 07:03:02 pm
There is a wine warehouse in Bromsgrove which nearly had me swerving into traffic.
It's called The Noble Rot.
People keep pinching the "le"

There is a chinese takeaway in Lincoln called "Legal Food" and the story I heard was that the owners asked the signwriter for "Regal Food" but...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Redjeep! on April 15, 2012, 12:48:59 am
Estate agency in Newport called Crook & Blight.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on April 15, 2012, 09:59:06 am
Utterly deliberate, this one.  Northampton residents will probably recognise it.

(http://failfun.com/wp-content/uploads/sofa-king-low-win.jpg)
Oh yes - walk or cycle past it several times a year.
About 50-odd years ago we lived in St. Leonard's Road about 50 yards from there - it was a cinema then (Odeon?).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 02, 2012, 06:01:50 pm
Got this via Twitter.

(https://p.twimg.com/Ar5YUlsCAAEr4Wp.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 03, 2012, 01:43:50 am
Spotted in Bariloche, Argentina

(http://www.woollypigs.com/images/Mr-cock-shop.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on November 18, 2012, 02:08:24 pm
The logo!  The company name!

http://www.fapco.ae/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on February 24, 2013, 11:24:29 am
I have just ordered some light bulbs from a company called Winnet Trading.

If they turn out to be shite then I only have myself to blame.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Littlesox on February 24, 2013, 08:59:28 pm
We have an Alvin Plummer, who guess what....is the local plumber.

So if you need a plumber, call A Plummer.

(Well I thought it was funny when he turned up to install our new shower, anyway).

p.s. not so funny when I got the bill......that'l teach me to laugh at his name.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: diapsaon0 on February 24, 2013, 09:01:52 pm
I remember a roofer called Knight who used the advertising strap-line "Have a Knight on the tiles".
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Vince on February 26, 2013, 08:45:40 am
I always used to misread 'Cheltenham Shopfitters' as 'Cheltenham Shoplifters' not just once, every time I saw their van.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Guy on February 26, 2013, 10:02:33 am
There's a fitted kitchen company in Biggleswade called Loline Interiors. Whenever I see their vans I always read it as Lolife Interiors :facepalm:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: agagisgroovy on February 27, 2013, 11:38:18 pm
Anywhere to do with the village of Mycock in the Peak District... remember seeing Mycock Plumbers and Mycock Holiday Cottage when on a DofE expedition there a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on February 28, 2013, 06:37:17 am
Anywhere to do with the village of Mycock in the Peak District... remember seeing Mycock Plumbers and Mycock Holiday Cottage when on a DofE expedition there a couple of years ago.
According to my university housemate, the captain of Caterham School cricket team was once a Philip Mycock.

You did NOT call him Phil.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on February 28, 2013, 10:16:38 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_2608_zps6d41ec94.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on March 01, 2013, 12:31:50 am
I wonder if they'd do our garden...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jogler on March 01, 2013, 09:20:15 am
They made short work of the Vietnamese jungle
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on March 03, 2013, 07:40:17 pm
Following on from the gastroenteritis thread:

https://www.facebook.com/BrownsLaserClinic

Nice logo, too.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Rhys W on March 05, 2013, 07:04:44 pm
You wouldn't find these (http://www.luwaran.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=15&Itemid=544) by googling.  ;)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Littlesox on March 26, 2013, 10:02:25 pm
Not quite a business, but is the same vein.

The girl presenting the weather forecast for BBC Midlands yesterday morning (and she was prediciting more snow) was Susan Blizzard.

I kid you not !
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: DrMekon on March 26, 2013, 10:30:36 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/54/Curl_Up_and_Di_Hair_Salon_-_Otley_Road_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1593781.jpg/480px-Curl_Up_and_Di_Hair_Salon_-_Otley_Road_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1593781.jpg)

I ride past this. They've changed the sign, but the name remains the same.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 27, 2013, 11:27:26 am
Spotted a concrete mixer lorry the other day belonging to Jim'll Mix It :facepalm:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Pingu on March 27, 2013, 10:47:22 pm
I just had to google that:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7278663946_31c300a2ec_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Valiant on March 27, 2013, 11:30:14 pm
Radiance Audio. All my friends keep calling it Raindance
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Littlesox on March 28, 2013, 06:29:59 am
Shawbury Shropshire.

Hairdressers called "Deb'n'Hair"


Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on April 26, 2013, 10:02:27 pm
Gross Butchers.
http://goo.gl/maps/QZZK5 (http://goo.gl/maps/QZZK5)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: David Martin on April 26, 2013, 10:28:23 pm
Local crane hire - James Jack Lifting.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Littlesox on May 04, 2013, 12:18:29 pm
Next time I'm out that way, I'll take a photo to prove it, but over by Oswestry lies the village of Knockin.

Guess what the village store is called ?

Yes, The Knockin Shop.

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jogler on May 04, 2013, 12:24:28 pm


Yes, The Knockin Shop.

I have been in there with Kim otp.

It's wellknown amongst the audax riders.

ETA

IIRC Kim has a photo of our bikes parked outside the Knockin Shop
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on May 04, 2013, 12:28:37 pm
Googling suggests that everyone in the world has taken a photo of it.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=knockin+shop&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=k_CEUda4F4PePc_ggdgK&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=460#imgrc=BOAw6uRSE9fCjM%3A%3BNvPYKh9QghdynM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fs0.geograph.org.uk%252Fgeophotos%252F02%252F05%252F76%252F2057685_bc4c553a.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.geograph.org.uk%252Fphoto%252F2057685%3B640%3B480
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Littlesox on May 08, 2013, 10:53:03 pm
Googling suggests that everyone in the world has taken a photo of it.

Blimey, you are not kidding.

More photos than Pippa's rear-end !
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on May 12, 2013, 10:47:06 am
Badly named product, at least:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0114_zps040deb02.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMAG0114_zps040deb02.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Arch on May 12, 2013, 04:40:57 pm
Badly named product, at least:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0114_zps040deb02.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMAG0114_zps040deb02.jpg.html)

Depends what sort of device you use them in...

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Arch on May 12, 2013, 04:46:19 pm
From Twitter, not so much a bad business name, as an unfortunate strapline.

https://twitter.com/cox_tom/status/333231292302884864/photo/1
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on May 12, 2013, 06:12:22 pm
From Twitter, not so much a bad business name, as an unfortunate strapline.

https://twitter.com/cox_tom/status/333231292302884864/photo/1
Given the RSPCA's penchant for euthanising anything that sneezes, not too far from the truth.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Salvatore on May 13, 2013, 07:26:43 am
Another unfortunately-named product. I saw one in the wild on the 1991 PBP. And heard it - it squeaked horribly at the pivots.

(http://www.bikecult.com/works/saddles/bummer.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jaded on May 13, 2013, 09:25:56 am
From Twitter, not so much a bad business name, as an unfortunate strapline.

https://twitter.com/cox_tom/status/333231292302884864/photo/1

For a brief moment I though the next door shop was selling used lambs.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Woofage on May 13, 2013, 10:42:38 pm
Not a business but a product:

(http://www.otsuka.co.jp/product/pocarisweat/images/keyvisual.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on May 21, 2013, 11:28:05 am
So, again, not a business, but a series of products.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0122_zps4212e67b.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMAG0122_zps4212e67b.jpg.html)

Did no one ever say it out loud before publishing?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Vince on May 21, 2013, 07:48:26 pm
May be they had never heard of inter-galactic by-passes
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on May 21, 2013, 11:30:10 pm
Sadly, there didn't seem to be one on poetry.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Vince on June 03, 2013, 02:16:37 pm
I can't stop safely anywhere to take a photo of this, so will have to link to their logo.

(http://www.djgroup.nl/App_Themes/DJGroup/images/logo.gif)

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2013, 06:36:53 pm
My new team uses a lot of this:

http://www.softwareag.com/corporate/products/aris_platform/default.asp

Presumably they never consulted any cockneys before choosing the name.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on June 03, 2013, 07:03:22 pm
Closer to home, there was the Sachs Aris (http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=cb7fc0e4-ef81-4d88-9e58-5e93f0a60bfb) groupset, which, missing a trick, didn't include a saddle.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2013, 09:41:59 pm
An organisation, to which I am close, created a mascot for a financial education programme called "Ned".  I asked, apropos of nothing, if they intended to use him in Scotland.

Ned is tragically no more.

Anyway, those forriners are immune from such concerns:
http://www.neduet.edu.pk/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on June 04, 2013, 09:18:01 am
Our CEO recently sent out an email about our company's NEDs.  He was, of course, referring to Non-Executive Directors, but after spelling it out at the start, all other references were 'NED'.  Oh, how I chuckled.  The CEO is an easy-going, approachable guy, but I decided that I wouldn't mention the other use of 'ned' to him.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Oaky on June 06, 2013, 12:33:44 pm
DONG energy (http://www.dongenergy.co.uk/EN/About_us/DONG_Energy_in_the_UK/Pages/DONG_Energy_UK.aspx)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: MattH on June 06, 2013, 12:37:16 pm
Mustafa Koc (http://www.koc.com.tr/en-us/Corporate/Board_of_Directors/Pages/MustafaVKoc.aspx) is the chairman of Koc Holding (http://www.koc.com.tr/).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: tiermat on June 06, 2013, 12:38:23 pm
Mustafa Koc (http://www.koc.com.tr/en-us/Corporate/Board_of_Directors/Pages/MustafaVKoc.aspx) is the chairman of Koc Holding (http://www.koc.com.tr/).

:D You just couldn't make it up, could you?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Vince on June 06, 2013, 02:16:37 pm
I buy spares for my boat from Kok watersport
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on June 06, 2013, 07:59:06 pm
Say it out loud.

http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/

I assume the festival in Norwich has been cancelled, then.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 21, 2013, 11:11:33 am
Not so much badly named as an unfortunate inter-lingual coincidence: blindman.pl
He's a photographer!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Bledlow on June 21, 2013, 12:21:13 pm
Mustafa Koc (http://www.koc.com.tr/en-us/Corporate/Board_of_Directors/Pages/MustafaVKoc.aspx) is the chairman of Koc Holding (http://www.koc.com.tr/).
Pronounced Koch - ch as in church.

BTW, it's Koç, not Koc. It'd be pronounced Koj (j as in jam) without the cedilla.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 22, 2013, 11:50:34 am
http://www.snickersworkwear.pl/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 28, 2013, 02:31:35 pm
The Speedwell Driving School
http://www.speedwelldrivingschool.com (http://www.speedwelldrivingschool.com)

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 28, 2013, 06:09:09 pm
FUD
http://www.fud.com.pl/

They make lifts, cranes and so on...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Trull on June 29, 2013, 04:50:30 pm
There's a nursery in Orkney called "Peedie Breeks"

(Peedie means wee, err little so that's all right then)

In York there's the Kamikaze School of Motoring
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: HTFB on June 29, 2013, 10:31:06 pm
I always used to misread 'Cheltenham Shopfitters' as 'Cheltenham Shoplifters' not just once, every time I saw their van.
Similarly Oxford Shirtprinters, efficient suppliers of cheap kit to student sports teams, were universally known as Oxford Shirtlifters. They're ShirtWorks these days, perhaps because.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on June 30, 2013, 03:10:51 pm
An Italian friend told me that there was a counsellor working for the Italian version of Relate named Borgia. Wonder if he helped to solve problems by organizing parties? Catering must have been a bit iffy.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 11, 2013, 12:47:17 pm
Print your own arse.
http://arsuprint.pl/

(completely safe  :))
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: numbnuts on July 25, 2013, 02:20:10 pm
Dunwalkin Driving School
http://www.dunwalkin.com/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 09, 2013, 01:46:39 pm
This is where Flatus buys his baby's clothes.
http://fartlandia.pl/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 24, 2013, 10:19:34 pm
There are so many ways to misinterpret this one.
http://www.beatit.pl/en/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 04, 2013, 02:14:01 am
I passed a truck this morning belonging to an outfit called Lezzer Lumber...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 04, 2013, 04:52:49 am
It's not the name, it's the deliberately naughty tagline.

http://www.ckscaffolds.com/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on September 04, 2013, 04:12:47 pm
I saw a gymn t'other day -t'was called "Fit for Less". OK.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Furious on September 04, 2013, 05:36:57 pm
http://www.penisland.net/ (http://www.penisland.net/)

 :o

It is safe for work, and they do sell pens.

"We Specialize In Wood"

After looking through the site, I think they're doing it deliberately...

"a large assortment of exotic virgin woods"
"finishing with hand-rubbed lacquers"
"In most cases we can handle your wood"

Or is it just the internet has destroyed my brain (http://"https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=59553.0")?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 07, 2013, 03:32:11 am
Spotted a couple of large horse trailers on I-84 this afternoon.  The place from whence they hail is called "Sons Of The Wind Farm".  However, their website is www.sonsofthewindfarm.com.

(https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTe0T0Y5ehVd04AY0Ojmrf4EUaIuSGyMZtrhw6b0N1kSN--8On2)

??
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on September 08, 2013, 12:03:50 pm
In Wolverton:

Boyz ll Men

It's a barber - so well in to grooming, then.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on September 12, 2013, 01:17:49 pm
'Schindler's Lifts'?

http://www.schindler.com/com/internet/en/mobility-solutions/products/elevators/schindler7000.html
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on September 12, 2013, 01:24:13 pm
'Schindler's Lifts'?

http://www.schindler.com/com/internet/en/mobility-solutions/products/elevators/schindler7000.html

Objection: The company pre-dated Oskar Schindler by about 30 years.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 12, 2013, 01:38:00 pm
And the book was Schindler's Ark anyway.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on September 15, 2013, 08:36:11 pm
(http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc459/esperowl/FUNNYSHOPBUSINESSNAMES003_zpsce8d1ef6.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 15, 2013, 10:16:05 pm
'Schindler's Lifts'?

http://www.schindler.com/com/internet/en/mobility-solutions/products/elevators/schindler7000.html

Objection: The company pre-dated Oskar Schindler by about 30 years.

Said company were responsible for the lifts at the (Royal) Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield when it opened, having been a construction project for eons. They were less than reliable, which was a problem in a 19-storey tower block full of patients, staff and studies. They were lampooned mercilessly at a medics' revue.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: meddyg on September 18, 2013, 09:46:03 pm
Quote
Said company were responsible for the lifts at the (Royal) Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield when it opened, having been a construction project for eons. They were less than reliable, which was a problem in a 19-storey tower block full of patients, staff and studies. They were lampooned mercilessly at a medics' revue.

'Difficulty getting it up, I suppose' ?

I was at Sheffield Medical School '73 -'74 until I got a free transfer.

However the Paternoster ' lifts in the Arts building  were well worth the trip
to the Russian faculty -y'know endless loop - step in  - step out
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 18, 2013, 09:51:45 pm
Quote
Said company were responsible for the lifts at the (Royal) Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield when it opened, having been a construction project for eons. They were less than reliable, which was a problem in a 19-storey tower block full of patients, staff and studies. They were lampooned mercilessly at a medics' revue.

'Difficulty getting it up, I suppose' ?

I was at Sheffield Medical School '73 -'74 until I got a free transfer.

However the Paternoster ' lifts in the Arts building  were well worth the trip
to the Russian faculty -y'know endless loop - step in  - step out

The paternoster in the Arts Tower was good for a quick snog as It went over the top or round the bottom of its endless loop. I don't think we were supposed to do that...

I believe Schindler became Schwindler. The lifts were out of order rather frequently initially.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 18, 2013, 10:11:10 pm
Saved by an umlaut.

http://www.fuecker-reisen.de/

(so it's "fooker").  Owned by the wonderfully-named Heinz-Günter Fücker, which could be the best German porn star name ever.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on September 18, 2013, 10:25:20 pm
There used to be two wholesale butchers down by the abattoir in Stuttgart. One was called Anuss Fleisch and the other Harsch Fleisch (Arsch being German for what you think it is).

There's a house-painter's near us called Hittier. Until a couple of years ago it was Hittler.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 19, 2013, 06:32:41 pm
Quote
Said company were responsible for the lifts at the (Royal) Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield when it opened, having been a construction project for eons. They were less than reliable, which was a problem in a 19-storey tower block full of patients, staff and studies. They were lampooned mercilessly at a medics' revue.

'Difficulty getting it up, I suppose' ?

I was at Sheffield Medical School '73 -'74 until I got a free transfer.

However the Paternoster ' lifts in the Arts building  were well worth the trip
to the Russian faculty -y'know endless loop - step in  - step out
Zoinks galore! I seem to have perhaps possibly heard the name in a lift context but I didn't know what it was and I've certainly never seen one. I can only assume it got its name because it's a good idea to pray before getting in or out...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8-RdjCll0w
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 19, 2013, 08:58:43 pm
I *loved* the paternoster! Little queueing and constant movement kept people circulating. The conventional lift queues at the RHH were such that I usually used the stairs. My house job was on K floor, which was 9th or 10th...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 19, 2013, 09:15:23 pm
I saw an advert for 'Eco Wee' in the SAS in flight mag today. It didn't appear to be anything to do with urine but it made me snigger :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 25, 2013, 10:48:25 pm
Not really subversive at all: http://lietosecurity.com.pl/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mr magnolia on September 26, 2013, 10:24:54 am
I *loved* the paternoster! Little queueing and constant movement kept people circulating. The conventional lift queues at the RHH were such that I usually used the stairs. My house job was on K floor, which was 9th or 10th...

Back in the day, when I worked for *big co* there was a paternoster lift in the main block, and an accompanying story about the initiation of tea ladies by directing them, with their trollies, to said lift as they left on their first ever tea rounds. There was always someone who claimed to have travelled all the way over the top and around the back of the system....
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on September 26, 2013, 11:17:30 am
Arts Tower Paternoster - ah, memories!

Generally, it broke down after Freshers Week requiring substantial repairs, and keeping it out of action for a long time.  Possibly due to the japes.

I recall the wallpapering of one level, a toilet bowl being put in, with someone sat on it, trousers down, reading a newspaper.  Mixture of horror and hilarity among the students.

There was the chap who went over the top facing the back, and turned round, lying down, on the descent, revealing gory injury make up, supposedly from the crushing in the gear mechanism.  I think some Freshers cacked their pants after that one.

But sometimes the simplest ones are the best.  The ingenious woman who went up over the top and back down doing a handstand was rather clever, and got studes puzzling.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: graculus on September 26, 2013, 02:48:38 pm
I experienced it as a 6th former up at Sheffield for interview (what I was doing in the Art Tower I know not as my intended degree course was Chem. Eng.).

Does it still have the cryptic label 'over travel through loft or pit is not dangerous'?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 26, 2013, 04:08:00 pm
If you announced your intention to ride around the top or bottom, someone would invariably press the emergency stop button at the crucial point and leave you in the dark, waiting for the maintenance crew to come and bollock you.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on October 01, 2013, 11:48:59 pm
(http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/4900/dickliquor.jpg)

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on October 02, 2013, 05:49:07 pm
http://www.tnyh.ca/

Oh dear.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: SteveC on October 02, 2013, 06:27:31 pm
I experienced it as a 6th former up at Sheffield for interview (what I was doing in the Art Tower I know not as my intended degree course was Chem. Eng.).

Does it still have the cryptic label 'over travel through loft or pit is not dangerous'?
You are me and I claim my £5.
I too was intending to do Chem Eng at Sheffield. The Arts Tower was part of the tour organised by the students' union and we all 'had' to go round the top--I seem to remember the student taking us round saying something like "just follow me" as he got into the 'up' side when we were already on the top floor!
Nearly got snowed into the uni as well!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: graculus on October 03, 2013, 07:54:24 pm
I experienced it as a 6th former up at Sheffield for interview (what I was doing in the Art Tower I know not as my intended degree course was Chem. Eng.).

Does it still have the cryptic label 'over travel through loft or pit is not dangerous'?
You are me and I claim my £5.
I too was intending to do Chem Eng at Sheffield. The Arts Tower was part of the tour organised by the students' union and we all 'had' to go round the top--I seem to remember the student taking us round saying something like "just follow me" as he got into the 'up' side when we were already on the top floor!
Nearly got snowed into the uni as well!
Not quite! (peeks at SteveC's profile and realises why his avatar looks familiar - it is because we met each other 35 years ago)
Hi Steve.
It's Mike (Sheena's out circle dancing at present)
Small world.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on October 15, 2013, 07:13:13 pm
Back on topic...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spunk_%28candy%29

And yes, they do taste salty   :sick:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: MattH on October 15, 2013, 07:23:10 pm
I must admit to having asked a young lady if she'd like to taste my spunk, before producing the box  :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Vince on October 31, 2013, 10:44:19 am
(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t140/VinceHall/CyclingStuff/2013-10-30183622_zpsbb447b8f.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on October 31, 2013, 11:05:20 am
Firklover.

It's a chocolate bar from Norway.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2013, 11:54:13 am
Mardybum. (http://mardybum.pl/index.htm)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on October 31, 2013, 12:02:46 pm
What on earth does that mean in (I presume) Polish? :o

Do they use the Arctic Monkeys' song as a corporate anthem, d'ye think? ;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2013, 12:13:58 pm
It doesn't mean anything. It's one woman making and selling dolls, toys and jewellery, so perhaps she's an Arctic Monkeys fun - makes as much sense as anything else.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on October 31, 2013, 12:17:41 pm
Or maybe she's just a mardybum.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ham on October 31, 2013, 01:49:04 pm
Badly named book  but still might be useful for forumers needing to educate their children

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?isbn=9780710511287&n=100121503&cm_sp=mbc-_-9780710511287-_-used
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: tiermat on October 31, 2013, 01:55:30 pm
One I saw on the way into work the other day, a bit of a YACF in-joke (almost)

http://www.bobblack.uk.com/

I am pretty sure EG doesn't think that of him, but hey.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ian on October 31, 2013, 03:52:26 pm
(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t140/VinceHall/CyclingStuff/2013-10-30183622_zpsbb447b8f.jpg)

I've got a bottle of the Unicum (it's a Hungarian drink). It's best not to swallow.

You can replicate the taste by licking the floor of an A&E in the early hours of a Saturday morning.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Wobbly John on November 04, 2013, 11:31:30 pm
Hairy Growler Jewellery (http://www.hairygrowler.co.uk/about-hairy-growler/)  :o
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on November 12, 2013, 06:05:33 pm
(http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u496/airwise2/54caf016.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 12, 2013, 06:14:20 pm
German for 'jewellery' so you see it quite a lot.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on November 12, 2013, 07:04:25 pm
German for 'jewellery' so you see it quite a lot.

 :facepalm:   :-[
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 13, 2013, 06:06:51 pm
A well named supplier of dog food.
http://barf-warszawa.pl/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 14, 2013, 08:35:21 pm
And a well-named consumer of dogfood.
http://maltipoo.pl/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Biff on November 16, 2013, 07:28:59 pm
You might think twice before investing your hard-earned with

http://www.carlmarks.com/homepage.aspx
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 17, 2013, 03:04:45 pm
Sticking with politics...
Torys in rags! (http://torys.pl)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on November 18, 2013, 12:15:21 pm
In Peterborough:

PMP Recruitment

Cue last round on Only Connect.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Squarewheels on November 18, 2013, 09:05:50 pm
-Walter Wall Carpets (more than just a clever name)...(they say)...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on November 19, 2013, 10:16:02 pm
Not badly named as such, but it makes you wonder why they felt they had to mention it:
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/10940622385_2654f2e8ae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93751227@N04/10940622385/)
PB141966 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93751227@N04/10940622385/) by TJ Clarion (http://www.flickr.com/people/93751227@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Gus on November 30, 2013, 09:07:47 pm
not badly named, but using the wrong type of logo.
http://www.theuntappedsource.com/blog/best-worst-logo-designs/ (http://www.theuntappedsource.com/blog/best-worst-logo-designs/)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ham on December 01, 2013, 08:22:28 am
Shedloads more here http://gendermosaic.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/sexual-logos-phallic-symbols-and-sexual.html
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 01, 2013, 08:34:43 am
I'm surprised that the onomatopoeically-named FAP (a UAE power company) didn't get on there.  It has a fabulous spurting CDC logo.

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 06, 2013, 09:07:41 pm
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/jubed/image001-1.png)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on December 06, 2013, 09:34:34 pm
Run by a regular guy, presumably.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 08, 2013, 11:57:48 am
Gescrappened or geese crap?

(http://www.gescrap.com/english/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/gescrap-icono.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 13, 2013, 07:55:06 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25362863

DONG Energy Power...we could mostly use a little of that.  Love the capitals.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: contango on December 14, 2013, 11:07:04 am

I read that Susan Boyle released a new album, launched with the website susanalbumparty.com

Innocent enough, until you respace the words.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 14, 2013, 11:45:28 am

I read that Susan Boyle released a new album, launched with the website susanalbumparty.com

Innocent enough, until you respace the words.

I rather like the idea of arty bumps...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 15, 2013, 05:27:20 pm
Or Susana and her pound of arty ump(h).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: meddyg on December 25, 2013, 08:20:38 pm
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2882/11552513134_0592def41a.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 26, 2013, 11:56:28 am
A couple of years ago I lived just around the corner from a hairdresser's called "The hairdresser" where they'd had the letters done randomly in yellow, orange, blue and green. Unfortunately they'd not paid enough attention to which letters would disappear under sodium streetlighting and at night the sign would appear as:

T.. .A.R...S.E.

After the infamous Michael Fish storm of 1987, the branch of Dewhurst the Butcher, in Southend, had all the letters blown off the front of the shop. Some wag had returned them, but rearranged them to read "WE TURDS". I don't know what happened to the H. Perhaps they dropped it.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: perpetual dan on December 26, 2013, 03:53:59 pm
(http://dqdqvfk41fkzb.cloudfront.net/INTERSHOP/static/WFS/Majestic-uk-Site/-/Majestic/en_GB/p/37168_p.jpg)

"Ned" wine. That's aspirational marketing if I ever saw it.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 26, 2013, 03:55:44 pm

I read that Susan Boyle released a new album, launched with the website susanalbumparty.com

Innocent enough, until you respace the words.
Tautology there, Su, and a missing apostrophe.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Pingu on December 26, 2013, 10:19:45 pm
(http://dqdqvfk41fkzb.cloudfront.net/INTERSHOP/static/WFS/Majestic-uk-Site/-/Majestic/en_GB/p/37168_p.jpg)

"Ned" wine. That's aspirational marketing if I ever saw it.

(http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Buckfast1-354x640.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Somnolent on December 28, 2013, 04:54:03 pm
(http://www.nicolas.com/images/nicolas/contrib/grand/p436576.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ham on January 03, 2014, 10:06:58 am
Would you be happy stepping into one of these? I've always thought the sharing of body excretions in an ideal environment for microbiological propagation is odd, but this .....

http://www.poolandspa.com/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Charlotte on January 03, 2014, 02:11:33 pm
www.norkclinicbanstead.co.uk

:D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on January 03, 2014, 06:25:26 pm
Anyone visiting Corridori Cycles will probably have enjoyed the delights of Nork.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Zipperhead on January 09, 2014, 03:36:42 pm
The small boy in me (which is really all there is of me) was highly amused this morning when I stopped behind a lorry and saw the name of the company - Cleveland Cable Company (http://www.clevelandcable.com/)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hatler on January 09, 2014, 05:35:14 pm
www.norkclinicbanstead.co.uk

:D
Be careful now. That was my doctors' when I was a lad.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: PaulR on January 09, 2014, 05:43:43 pm
...and I often hear my MiL reminiscing about her childhood in Nork Way
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: spesh on January 09, 2014, 05:46:02 pm
Seen on a van in Pompey this week:

Martin Leaning Masts & Rigging (http://www.masts-and-rigging.co.uk/)

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hatler on January 09, 2014, 05:53:32 pm
...and I often hear my MiL reminiscing about her childhood in Nork Way
Blimey, that was just round the corner.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on March 15, 2014, 04:51:36 pm
From my Twitter feed:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BiyDBoJCMAEDet8.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on August 05, 2014, 09:44:59 pm
A colleague, who commutes in from the Black Country, told me that she passes a company called B J Cheese.
I didn't believe her, but there was no way either of us were going to Google that at work.

Bloody hell!  It's true.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: eck on August 05, 2014, 09:49:06 pm
A colleague, who commutes in from the Black Country, told me that she passes a company called B J Cheese.
I didn't believe her, but there was no way either of us were going to Google that at work.

Bloody hell!  It's true.
When my kids were little, there was a local after-school club in Dundee which called itself BJ's Fun Club.
I was told there was a long waiting list.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Steph on August 05, 2014, 10:09:14 pm
(http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae29/cyclisttony/DSCF6049.jpg) (http://s954.photobucket.com/user/cyclisttony/media/DSCF6049.jpg.html)

(http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae29/cyclisttony/1169.jpg) (http://s954.photobucket.com/user/cyclisttony/media/1169.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jurek on August 05, 2014, 10:15:19 pm
You'd think this lot (http://www.modernmix.co.uk/) would've changed their trading name.... no?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Steph on August 05, 2014, 10:37:41 pm
One of my favourite characters was named Virginia Saville by me as a deliberate play on his name, for she is known as 'Ginny'. Oops.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: jsabine on August 06, 2014, 12:39:45 am
You'd think this lot (http://www.modernmix.co.uk/) would've changed their trading name.... no?

Bzzzt - repetition (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=50596.msg1449851#msg1449851).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hulver on August 06, 2014, 01:30:35 pm
Does anybody want some Birley Builders?

http://www.birleybuilders.co.uk/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 06, 2014, 02:11:39 pm
Does anybody want some Birley Builders?

http://www.birleybuilders.co.uk/

I once had a cow-orker named Simon Burley.  From Purley.  Sadly Mrs Burley wasn't named Shirley.

He drove a minter Capri 2.8i.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 06, 2014, 06:56:11 pm
I note partner's camera tripod is a manfrotto...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: andrewc on August 22, 2014, 08:18:50 am
I was doing some work for this outfit yesterday.....      http://www.weeworld.com/ (http://www.weeworld.com/)

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 22, 2014, 05:33:16 pm
There's a company that makes sensors in Germany with the fantastic name of 'Sick'

http://www.neffpower.com/neff-power-products/sick-optic-electronics-advanced-optic-sensors
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: pdm on August 23, 2014, 11:16:16 am

(http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Buckfast1-354x640.jpg)

Many moons ago, we visited Buckfast Abbey. The label on the bottles then also contained the sentence: "Guaranteed to contain no meat"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Efrogwr on August 23, 2014, 11:40:22 am
A wine merchant in Alsace; J P Sick.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: StuAff on August 23, 2014, 04:54:54 pm
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2936/14321386087_d947fd9e91_c.jpg)
Rochefort-sur-Loire, just SW of Angers, a couple of months back. Obviously inspired by 7-11....sort of.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: perpetual dan on August 23, 2014, 07:09:18 pm
Passed a sign for "Jump Start Nursery" in Brighton today.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 07, 2015, 07:06:24 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CL0xyIgWsAA6I6Q.jpg:large)

Actually, this is a British firm which clears septic tanks and jets drains...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jaded on August 08, 2015, 12:40:15 am
Bastard Automobile in Sallanches (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@45.957146,6.633863,3a,75y,218.45h,97.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1RnyzBEj3HY4-SCakXAuHA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1)

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on August 08, 2015, 12:04:17 pm
Not a business as such: software utility for pasting clips of text called TwinkiePaste. The developer probably has Smeg white goods.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 23, 2015, 03:52:22 pm
Bastard Automobile in Sallanches (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@45.957146,6.633863,3a,75y,218.45h,97.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1RnyzBEj3HY4-SCakXAuHA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1)
I remember seeing a firm of the same name somewhere in France circa 1986.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Bledlow on September 23, 2015, 06:53:42 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CL0xyIgWsAA6I6Q.jpg:large)

Actually, this is a British firm which clears septic tanks and jets drains...
Therefore badly named because it's not Italian.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on September 23, 2015, 07:25:36 pm
But it definitely 'does what it says on the tin'!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Guy on September 24, 2015, 08:30:30 am
I saw a smallish sheet-sided vand yesterfay morning with the letters "f g m" writ large on the side, which I thought was a bit unfortunate considering what most people now think of when they see those letters.

Still, if it helps to keep the issue in the public eye it can't be a bad thing.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: spesh on September 24, 2015, 12:47:02 pm
Rhyming slang FTW!  ;D

Or not, as the case may be...  :-X :sick:

Quote from: Aunty Beeb
The owners of a kebab shop which sold food contaminated with human faeces have been ordered to pay compensation to customers who became ill.

A rare strain of E. coli - only the second outbreak of its kind in Europe - was found at The Khyber Pass in Nottingham in June 2014.
In August, owners Mohammad Abdul Basit and Amjad Bhatti pleaded guilty to breaching food hygiene regulations.
(Emphasis mine)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-34337626
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Legs on September 24, 2015, 01:40:54 pm
Every time I see an advertising hoarding for http://www.dbassremovals.com/ (http://www.dbassremovals.com/), I wonder why anyone would want to have their ass removed...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ham on September 28, 2015, 06:12:33 pm
I've just noticed on Linkedin that a colleague from a while back now works for the CDCard Company ... truly appropriate, actually.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Aunt Maud on September 28, 2015, 06:25:57 pm
There's a carpenter round out way called Klit.

Apparently if your house is skidt, ring til Klit.

Or in the lingo "Har dit hus det skidt, ring til Klit"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 30, 2015, 10:47:59 am
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g294308-d808137-Reviews-Turtle_s_Head_Pub_Microbrewery-Quito_Pichincha_Province.html

 ;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 01, 2015, 11:51:57 pm
Pedant alert!
Why use an octagon for your company logo?
http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v (http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on October 02, 2015, 08:59:20 am
Pedant alert!
Why use an octagon for your company logo?
http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v (http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v)

I'm nicking that!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on October 02, 2015, 09:10:16 am
^Me too.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 02, 2015, 10:01:56 am
Pedant alert!
Why use an octagon for your company logo?
http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v (http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v)
that is brilliant. It's like a parody of that design meeting where the engineer tries to explain why the triangle can't be made up of parallel lines.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on October 02, 2015, 10:04:52 am
"...because they only meet at infinity."

"How do you know? Have you been there?"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on October 02, 2015, 04:11:11 pm
"...because they only meet at infinity."

"How do you know? Have you been there?"
I did at work - good for covering my own arse.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 03, 2015, 11:15:47 am
Pedant alert!
Why use an octagon for your company logo?
http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v (http://tinyurl.com/q2vbv5v)

I am minded to start an 'Ignorance that makes you cringe' thread the next time I see something like this...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on December 02, 2015, 05:39:27 pm
The BBC reports on an Indian company (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34975365)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on December 02, 2015, 05:43:25 pm
Quote
Google is a play on the word googol - the term for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros

No it isn't. They really thought it was spelt that way.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on December 02, 2015, 05:49:19 pm
The BBC reports on an Indian company (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34975365)

Every teenage boy knows what a spunk sock is.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 02, 2015, 05:56:04 pm
The BBC reports on an Indian company (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34975365)

Every teenage boy knows what a spunk sock is.
what is wrong with Lakris ?

(http://dagligvarernettet.dk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Spunk-Lakrids.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 03, 2015, 09:07:58 am
The curious thing is how spunk got from bravery to, well, spunk. Presumably through having balls.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on December 03, 2015, 09:28:02 am
Barley-corn, barley-corn, injun-meal shorts,
Spunk-water, spunk-water, swaller these warts.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 03, 2015, 09:14:55 pm
There's an IT company called Splunk.  They seem to enjoy the confusion.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hujev on December 08, 2015, 09:11:42 pm
I still remember the late 1970s TV ads for 'the aids diet plan' (may have been some similar spelling). I recall it continued well into the early 1980s... I hate feeling embarrassed for people I don't even know!

Also, when I was living in Ukraine about 15 years ago, 'fart' beer was one of the locals. (fart means luck in Ukrainian).

Lastly, there is a roadhouse a bit south of here (Fairbanks Alaska, which is why I don't 'get' so many of the posts in this thread or elsewhere in the English Language...) called 'skinny dick's halfway inn' - not sure if it's the same as referred to with slightly different name earlier; the link there was 'censored' on my US Government komputer (just as well...). I always call it 'slippery dicks', as I have heard the owner is just that. Have never been there...

 
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on December 08, 2015, 09:37:21 pm

Also, when I was living in Ukraine about 15 years ago, 'fart' beer was one of the locals. (fart means luck in Ukrainian).


Що?!?   :o    *дивиться у словники*   А-га, це жарґог/сланґ.

Wondered how I had missed that word, but a bit of research confirms that is a slang term, arising from the 'criminal classes' (according to one of my dictionaries).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 08, 2015, 10:00:37 pm
The same word is used in Polish, as is fuks. I've not seen any beer with either name but I've seen a pub called Fuks. It was a 'sports' bar aimed at anglers. 
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 09, 2015, 12:57:06 am
I still remember the late 1970s TV ads for 'the aids diet plan' (may have been some similar spelling). I recall it continued well into the early 1980s... I hate feeling embarrassed for people I don't even know!

The slimming sweeties were called Ayds.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on December 09, 2015, 08:17:31 am
There should be a verb similar to google-bombing for what happens to a business whose name is usurped by something vile, such as AIDS or ISIS.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 09, 2015, 09:14:04 am
Or all those punters among the dreaming spires.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 09, 2015, 10:07:08 am
There should be a verb similar to google-bombing for what happens to a business whose name is usurped by something vile, such as AIDS or ISIS.

There should also be a word for the kind of low-browed grunting dick who gives people or businesses grief for being called "Isis".  Yes, you, Ferrero, who refused to give a little girl in Australia a personalised jar of Nutella.  With this dickishness you are spoiling us, and the entire world.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 09, 2015, 06:55:53 pm
There should be a verb similar to google-bombing for what happens to a business whose name is usurped by something vile, such as AIDS or ISIS.
A lot of baby girls have been called Isis in recent years (after the Egyptian goddess, not the fundie bastards).  Oh dear.  Still, there is a precedent; poor old Ira Gershwin.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Tim Hall on December 09, 2015, 07:40:16 pm
Where does the second boat in Oxford University's rowing club stand in all this?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 10, 2015, 01:03:39 am
Where does the second boat in Oxford University's rowing club stand in all this?

I expect it'll be sunk by the USAF before long.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on December 10, 2015, 07:38:39 am
Where does the second boat in Oxford University's rowing club stand in all this?

I expect it'll be sunk by the USAF before long.

Bags I a drumstick.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on December 15, 2015, 05:56:39 pm
Not a business but a product: the Cooler Master Storm Devastator is really just a computer keyboard.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on December 15, 2015, 06:10:48 pm
Not a business but a product: the Cooler Master Storm Devastator is really just a computer keyboard.

Are keyboards like bikes?  The more aggressive the name, the more rubbish the product.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 15, 2015, 06:42:06 pm
And vice-versa, presumably.  What sort of a rubbish name is "Model M", FFS ???
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: HTFB on December 15, 2015, 07:46:39 pm
Where does the second boat in Oxford University's rowing club stand in all this?
Not too well. They're going backwards fast.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on December 15, 2015, 08:06:46 pm
Not a business but a product: the Cooler Master Storm Devastator is really just a computer keyboard.

Are keyboards like bikes?  The more aggressive the name, the more rubbish the product.

More like saddles.  Lots of people seem to swear by the IBM Model M, but some of us only really get on with modern plastic rubbish.

And then there are the darksiders with their voice recognition...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: PeteB99 on January 21, 2016, 10:51:58 am
Someone's just delivered a leaflet for Fat Boys kebab and pizza
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on January 21, 2016, 07:06:03 pm
https://www.linkedin.com/company/hand-job-auto-detailing
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: HTFB on January 21, 2016, 07:33:04 pm
https://www.linkedin.com/company/hand-job-auto-detailing
http://www.aveda.co.uk/product/7527/33798/Collections/hand-relief/Hand-Relief-Night-Renewal-Serum/index.tmpl

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: woollypigs on January 22, 2016, 11:38:57 am
While scanning the shelves at the local health food shop, I burst out laughing.

http://www.tisserand.com/ - Tisserand Aromatherapy

It works best in Danish: "Tisser" - means taking a piss, or the nickname of the dangly bits on a man, "and" - just means duck, nothing naughty.

But when just fast reading the product name it does look very close and could easily be mis read as - Tissermand.

"Tisser" - as above, "mand" - man. So put together we got the Danish word that kids and parents use for willy. Therefore we got the aroma of a nop in bottles :)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on January 22, 2016, 02:42:26 pm
There's always that Belgian cultural icon..
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on February 02, 2016, 07:40:16 am
Not to mention:

http://www.smeg.fr/cuisinieres/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 02, 2016, 04:29:24 pm
Not to mention:

http://www.smeg.fr/cuisinieres/

Win a fridge in today's London24 competition!
http://www.london24.com/competitions/win_a_smeg_fridge_1_4398646?utm_medium=email&utm_source=eshot&utm_campaign=newsletterlink (http://www.london24.com/competitions/win_a_smeg_fridge_1_4398646?utm_medium=email&utm_source=eshot&utm_campaign=newsletterlink)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ian on February 02, 2016, 08:45:26 pm
We have a Smeg dishwasher and washing machine. Not bought for the name, they seemed to be only brushed stainless steel appliances going at the time.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 03, 2016, 08:40:07 am
How we laughed at that picture of sadly deceased racing motor-ist Gilles Villeneuve walking down the pit lane with the word "SMEG" writ large across his chest.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on February 03, 2016, 12:40:18 pm
Had it entered the vernacular already, back then? Dearie me.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ian on February 03, 2016, 12:46:59 pm
SMEG is an acronym (Google says Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla). Founded 1948, so I think they claim prior art.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 03, 2016, 06:33:46 pm
Had it entered the vernacular already, back then? Dearie me.

He was dead before "Red Dwarf" made its debut but it was still pretty funny.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on February 04, 2016, 02:33:54 pm
The word had currency before Red Dwarf.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 05, 2016, 04:58:06 pm
From my Twitter feed...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CadyDSSW4AAVcqJ.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: HTFB on February 05, 2016, 06:58:49 pm
I can think of no better partner for a bolt, uh?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: slope on February 06, 2016, 10:52:39 am
In the 90s if one telephoned the Service Department of Wang Computers (by the M4 Chiswick flyover) an American woman with a twangy accent would answer -

"Wang Care, how may I help you?"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2016, 01:14:50 pm
From my Twitter feed...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CadyDSSW4AAVcqJ.jpg)
That's just nuts!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Zipperhead on February 07, 2016, 10:26:53 am
From my Twitter feed...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CadyDSSW4AAVcqJ.jpg)
That's just nuts!

You just had to get that into the thread didn't you?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Canardly on February 07, 2016, 12:12:35 pm
Is that logo cropped?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 07, 2016, 05:56:22 pm
Shamelessly nabbed from another context in my Twitter feed...
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CaoJ5KiXEAAnbt-.jpg)

Seems rather apt in that congestion...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on February 09, 2016, 08:25:10 am
There was a local-ish coach co. that was R. Souls.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 18, 2016, 04:48:16 pm
Had a business card put through my litter box this morning for
CAC Airport Cars.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on March 17, 2016, 10:11:00 am
(http://www.pbase.com/image/162798404.jpg)

Should probably go in the appropriately-named businesses thread, if we had one.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 17, 2016, 10:18:15 am
I'm not sure I'd want to work on a fuming industrial park but if Pingfu is short for "Pingfuckit" then I'd at least like to visit.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on March 18, 2016, 09:19:41 am
I'm not sure I'd want to work on a fuming industrial park but if Pingfu is short for "Pingfuckit" then I'd at least like to visit.
Spring is the best time - go now!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 18, 2016, 09:38:10 am
Ping-fu: ancient martial art practiced mainly by the inhabitants of Furryboottoon.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: David Martin on March 18, 2016, 10:27:08 am
The visiting Dutch students chortled when they discovered the East Neuk of Fife is indeed a real place.. And got plenty of pictures of themselves with Neuk Beer in one of the local hostelries.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ElyDave on March 18, 2016, 04:37:34 pm
Courtaulds at one point decided that their expertise in spinning fibres qualified them to do the same with a plant based meat substitute.

The called it Courtaulds Edible Spun Protein or CESP

Which was a dismal failure and turned by the wags into CESPit
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on March 19, 2016, 10:55:51 am
This lot (http://www.areva.com/EN/news-5429/eurysis-mesures-picks-up-speed.html) used to be a customer of mine.

"Piddle in that jar over there, we need it for a drug test".
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 06, 2016, 10:18:48 pm
My cousin in Chicago has just Facebooked that he's dining at Minghin Cuisine
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minghin-Cuisine/1722429267989645 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minghin-Cuisine/1722429267989645)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on May 06, 2016, 10:24:33 pm
In the 90s if one telephoned the Service Department of Wang Computers (by the M4 Chiswick flyover) an American woman with a twangy accent would answer -

"Wang Care, how may I help you?"
Similarly, the Fujitsu Siemens laptop repair place used to answer the phone, "Hello, Siemens Staines".
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 06, 2016, 10:27:51 pm
Ping-fu: ancient martial art practiced mainly by the inhabitants of Furryboottoon.

;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 19, 2016, 11:54:35 pm
bad.org.uk
British Association of Dermatologists.
Trufax!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: tonyh on June 20, 2016, 06:55:12 am
Thanks Helly, that cheered me up!

The excellent Bristol and district triathletes attempt something similar with

www.badtri.org/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Steph on June 20, 2016, 05:30:07 pm
We have a Smeg dishwasher and washing machine. Not bought for the name, they seemed to be only brushed stainless steel appliances going at the time.

"Brushed"? Wipe clean, shurely...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 22, 2016, 10:25:00 am
Seen on the M25 recently, a lorry from "Carsi Transport".  I suspect it does not mean the same thing in Slovenian, unless there really is money to be made from hauling great white telephones from Maribor to Milton Keynes.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on July 22, 2016, 11:08:00 am
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note
As his carsi to the rampart we hurried...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: spesh on July 22, 2016, 11:40:16 am
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note
As his carsi to the rampart we hurried...


Gardez l'eau!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 22, 2016, 12:51:32 pm
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note
As his carsi to the rampart we hurried...


Quote from: n molesworth
SIR THE BURIAL SIR OF SIR JOHN MOORE SIR AT CORUNNA SIR
(A titter from 2B they are wet and I will tuough them up after.)
Notadrumwasheardnotafuneralnote
shut up peason larffing
As his carsi
As his carsi what is a carsi sir? gosh is it?
to the rampart we carried
(whisper you did not kno your voice was so lovely)
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
PING!
Shut up peason i know sir he's blowing peas at me
Oer the grave where our hero we buried.
(A pause a grave bow i retire and Egad! peason hav placed a dainty pin upon mine seat. Fie!)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on July 29, 2016, 06:34:21 am
There is an officer at Swindon police station called DS Anger, which presumably means he always gets the same role in those good cop/bad cop interrogations.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on July 29, 2016, 07:35:35 am
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note
As his carsi to the rampart we hurried...


Quote from: n molesworth
SIR THE BURIAL SIR OF SIR JOHN MOORE SIR AT CORUNNA SIR
(A titter from 2B they are wet and I will tuough them up after.)
Notadrumwasheardnotafuneralnote
shut up peason larffing
As his carsi
As his carsi what is a carsi sir? gosh is it?
to the rampart we carried
(whisper you did not kno your voice was so lovely)
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
PING!
Shut up peason i know sir he's blowing peas at me
Oer the grave where our hero we buried.
(A pause a grave bow i retire and Egad! peason hav placed a dainty pin upon mine seat. Fie!)

George?  George, don't do that.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Pingu on September 04, 2016, 11:50:54 pm
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8143/29220104411_f60f454d92_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Lw5F2D)
IMG_7417_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Lw5F2D) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Pingu on September 04, 2016, 11:51:46 pm
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8156/28676196874_4253d30a2c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KG21gu)
IMG_7418_01 (https://flic.kr/p/KG21gu) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Giraffe on September 28, 2016, 07:45:51 am
On a van in Northampton: WBP Foods
So, marine ply then - better than cardboard?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 28, 2016, 02:38:43 pm
(https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8156/28676196874_4253d30a2c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KG21gu)
IMG_7418_01 (https://flic.kr/p/KG21gu) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
"One does not simply fly into Mordor.
One drives an articulated lorry"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 28, 2016, 08:18:27 pm
A product rather than a business name, but:

https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Cole-Reaction-Flap-Shot-Portfolio/dp/B01B4URSNG

No idea if it's deliberate.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 28, 2016, 08:20:57 pm
Have we had those cheeky German coach ooperators yet?

http://www.fuecker-busreisen.de/

It's better with an umlaut instead of "ue".

It's even better the way they've rendered the umlaut as a seagull in their logo, basically negating it.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 16, 2016, 06:43:59 pm
http://thepikeyla.com/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 16, 2016, 06:58:00 pm
http://thepikeyla.com/

I drove the full length of Sunset Boulevard back in September.  If I'd known about this I could have stopped for a point and a laugh.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on December 22, 2016, 01:05:36 pm
Parked outside Llandysul churchyard this morning.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4311/36273150656_ee62e63143_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/XgknXf)20161222_101143 (https://flic.kr/p/XgknXf) by Basil W (https://www.flickr.com/photos/153328377@N08/), on Flickr

I mean.  Really?
I'm sure light hearted flippancy is not what any prospective customer would be looking for at this time.
You're not a fucking hairdressers, mate.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on December 22, 2016, 04:08:30 pm
I suppose it's marginally better than Stone Dead or Tomb Raiser.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on December 22, 2016, 04:47:33 pm
At least they haven't got a stray apostrophe...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on December 22, 2016, 06:12:06 pm
Have we had those cheeky German coach ooperators yet?

http://www.fuecker-busreisen.de/

It's better with an umlaut instead of "ue".

It's even better the way they've rendered the umlaut as a seagull in their logo, basically negating it.
Grevenbroich is just down the road from me (well, 50km away).

A farm about 2km away is called Fückers, according to my Garmin map, but there is no name sign on the building sadly.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 22, 2016, 08:27:34 pm
I'm sure light hearted flippancy is not what any prospective customer would be looking for at this time.
You're not a fucking hairdressers, mate.

If most folk agree with you, then they'll go bust soon enough. I'd probably hire them though, if they did good work.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jaded on December 23, 2016, 07:27:18 am
I'm sure they are capable of carving out a niche.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Canardly on December 24, 2016, 10:03:09 am
Thats a good point. Will bolster the local economy.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 05, 2017, 11:42:18 am
http://thepikeyla.com/

I drove the full length of Sunset Boulevard back in September.  If I'd known about this I could have stopped for a point and a laugh.
The funny thing is, it must be deliberate. The chef's from East Dulwich, & graduated with distinction from Jamie's Kitchen. It must be his little joke.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: caerau on January 05, 2017, 12:41:06 pm
I must have missed a trendy high street shop along the way somewhere.


Yesterday I was searching for pen refills for the fountain pen my wife got me for Christmas.


Amongst the shops, down Queen St Cardiff were the bold letters 'OFFICE' on one shop that looked to still be open.  Off I trotted.


Hmm, no pens, only clothes.  WTF?  ::-)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 06, 2017, 10:56:13 am
"Office? Is that popular beat combo?"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 15, 2017, 11:30:19 pm
The Speedwell School of Motoring, London NW.

For phone number geeks, SPEedwell was the London exchange that was renumbered as (01) 455 in the 1960s and was on the Hoop Lane exchange, with MEAdway, which became 458.

I see they have a 458 phone number so they would have had a wrongly-named business 50 years ago...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: andrewc on May 24, 2017, 11:10:41 pm
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/truck-plows-analtech-odor-leads-hazmat-situation-article-1.3189762?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on May 25, 2017, 11:26:41 am
http://www.open19.org/foundation/

The logo doesn't really look like "PENIS".  Not at all.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Legs on May 25, 2017, 11:54:01 am
Has the Office of Government Commerce logo come up on this thread, or similar, before?  ;D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 25, 2017, 11:58:42 am
http://www.open19.org/foundation/

The logo doesn't really look like "PENIS".  Not at all.
It's a penis with a cock ring!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: MalRees on June 03, 2017, 07:41:49 am
John Pagan & Son, Funeral Directors, Dumfries.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: HTFB on June 03, 2017, 08:13:50 am
The Speedwell School of Motoring, London NW.

For phone number geeks, SPEedwell was the London exchange that was renumbered as (01) 455 in the 1960s and was on the Hoop Lane exchange, with MEAdway, which became 458.

I see they have a 458 phone number so they would have had a wrongly-named business 50 years ago...
It's a terrible name now. How about "Keepwithinthespeedlimitandensureyoucanstopwithinthedistanceyoucanseetobeclearwell"?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 03, 2017, 04:47:59 pm
The Speedwell School of Motoring, London NW.

For phone number geeks, SPEedwell was the London exchange that was renumbered as (01) 455 in the 1960s and was on the Hoop Lane exchange, with MEAdway, which became 458.

I see they have a 458 phone number so they would have had a wrongly-named business 50 years ago...
It's a terrible name now. How about "Keepwithinthespeedlimitandensureyoucanstopwithinthedistanceyoucanseetobeclearwell"?

Germander speedwell is a pretty little weed thobut.
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/Veronica_chamaedrys_ziedas.JPG/220px-Veronica_chamaedrys_ziedas.JPG)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 14, 2017, 02:03:05 pm
On a lorry on the M25: J CARRION

On another lorry on the M25: DISCORDIA - I couldn't see whether it had "HAIL ERIS" on the other side.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on July 14, 2017, 02:10:08 pm
If you're in the business of hiring out white vans emblazoned with your company name, the name ANKER (http://www.ankervanhire.co.uk/) may be asking for trouble.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: essexian on July 22, 2017, 08:04:04 am
The Middle of Nowhere Festival.....

Now, with a name like that, you would be expecting the festival to be in the middle of, er, nowhere, miles from civilisation and a decent pub. Somewhere like Glen Coe, or the Welsh Highlands or Leeds.

Nope, the Middle of Nowhere Festival is to be held next week on a field overlooking the M6 motorway....hang on, it must be somewhere north of Lancaster, like Shap: that's quite remote......  two miles south of Junction 13, the turning for Stafford and Penkridge.

Er.....Stafford is like the middle of everywhere: less than 75 minutes to London, 55 minutes to Liverpool and Manchester and 30 minutes (not that the trains are ever on time), to Mordor Central. Okay, Penkridge is a few miles south but still has a mainline station so is hardly cut off from the rest of the UK.

Strange name for a Festival which is not in the middle of nowhere!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 22, 2017, 12:40:32 pm
We don't have a badly sited businesses thread, but next to the Shelter shop up the road is a branch of a trendy estate agency (Elephant).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on August 27, 2017, 03:06:41 pm
(http://www.pbase.com/image/166096085.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on September 13, 2017, 10:35:38 am
Holy Water, Batman!
(http://www.pbase.com/image/166198300.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 13, 2017, 02:18:55 pm
Special shampoo, wash and dry programme for Popemobiles.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 28, 2017, 02:02:05 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKpi0PxV4AALHep.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 28, 2017, 02:08:33 am
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/09/i-wish-australias-new-space-agency-was-called-arse/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on October 26, 2017, 08:45:52 am
(http://www.pbase.com/johnewing/image/166464907.jpg)

They drive around in Carz.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 22, 2017, 03:46:46 pm
On the side of a lorry on the M25 today: "DISCORDIA"

Hail Eris!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rafletcher on December 22, 2017, 04:37:48 pm
On the side of a lorry on the M25 today: "DISCORDIA"

Hail Eris!

See post 359.....
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 22, 2017, 07:58:40 pm
 :facepalm:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on December 27, 2017, 11:23:26 am
I cannot tell you with what delight I find that the German-Japanese watch & pen manufacturer Wancher make a pen called Juvenile.

Sadly, it does not say "Juvenile Wancher" on the side, or i would have ordered one tout de suite!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Pingu on January 02, 2018, 06:30:06 pm
Companies House rejects 50 potentially offensive names (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-42016501)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: andrewc on January 03, 2018, 06:07:15 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSiqshUUIAUyCFB.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on January 03, 2018, 09:04:13 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSiqshUUIAUyCFB.jpg)

 ;D  That's one for the brilliantly-named business thread!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Guy on January 04, 2018, 11:36:40 am
The funeral director in Upton (W Yorks) is a chap called Burke. One wonders if he has ever had a business partner called Hare.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: essexian on January 06, 2018, 07:38:35 am
Not sure its badly named but it did make me do a double take when they arrived at my neighbours house yesterday to clean their horribly smelly wood burner....

https://nacs.org.uk/up-urs-ltd/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: robgul on January 14, 2018, 08:40:19 pm
Driving on the A1 near Biggleswade today and I spotted a sign :  Huge Tackle Shop

.... turns out it was for fishing stuff.

Rob
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Ian H on January 14, 2018, 09:08:32 pm
A local estate agent has shortened its name to 'gth', all lower-case.  It's quite difficult to pronounce without significant expectoration.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: cygnet on January 14, 2018, 09:52:02 pm
get to heck, go to hell, or is gth simply the verbalised response to encountering an estate agent?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on January 15, 2018, 12:58:33 am
Driving on the A1 near Biggleswade today and I spotted a sign :  Huge Tackle Shop

.... turns out it was for fishing stuff.

Rob

Not, strictly speaking, badly named but somewhat (tenuously) related - being on the A1 - between Ferrybridge and the A14, there are a number of ex-diners which have been converted to sex shops.

I know long motorway journeys can be tedious but . . .
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 15, 2018, 08:59:44 am
Numerous colossal billboards for "Adult Superstores" along I-70 between Kansas City and St Louis suggest this phenomenon is not confined to BRITAIN.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Tom M on January 15, 2018, 10:46:46 am
I saw someone on a local Facebook group advertising their new pet sitting service, which for some reason they'd decided to call Cruella Deville pet sitting... Perhaps not the kind of association you'd want really
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jakob W on January 15, 2018, 11:46:37 am
I always assumed the roadside adult emporia were intended to help provide succour for the loneliness of the long-distance trucker; I'm always surprised that they seem to be hanging on in an age of online shopping and mobile internet devices.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Torslanda on January 15, 2018, 11:59:46 am
Where's Jacomus when you need him?

Insight required...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ian on January 15, 2018, 07:47:28 pm
Numerous colossal billboards for "Adult Superstores" along I-70 between Kansas City and St Louis suggest this phenomenon is not confined to BRITAIN.

Not sure what the planning laws are in the UK, but zoning in the US often pushes such 'adult enterprises' out onto the highways where they won't risk corrupting innocent little children and god-fearing christians.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Beardy on January 16, 2018, 08:56:19 am
Numerous colossal billboards for "Adult Superstores" along I-70 between Kansas City and St Louis suggest this phenomenon is not confined to BRITAIN.

Not sure what the planning laws are in the UK, but zoning in the US often pushes such 'adult enterprises' out onto the highways where they won't risk corrupting innocent little children and god-fearing christians.
I thought it was so that God fearing Christians could visit said emporia without the risk of being seen by their fellow Congregationalists  ::-)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on January 27, 2018, 08:52:34 pm
(http://google.localdataimages.com/800_WM/2349/23496479.jpg)

To clarify, that is the BARGAIN MEAT CENTRE. :hand:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 27, 2018, 09:05:37 pm
I saw someone on a local Facebook group advertising their new pet sitting service, which for some reason they'd decided to call Cruella Deville pet sitting... Perhaps not the kind of association you'd want really
Specialist in dalmatians?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on January 30, 2018, 01:27:49 pm
Observed the 'sham lounge' shop front in the taxi on my hospital clinic trip today.
?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 30, 2018, 01:35:34 pm
I saw someone on a local Facebook group advertising their new pet sitting service, which for some reason they'd decided to call Cruella Deville pet sitting... Perhaps not the kind of association you'd want really
That's a good spot...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: clarion on February 13, 2018, 11:33:35 am
I saw someone on a local Facebook group advertising their new pet sitting service, which for some reason they'd decided to call Cruella Deville pet sitting... Perhaps not the kind of association you'd want really
That's a good spot...
Fur Goodness' Sake!
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: andrewc on March 03, 2018, 07:52:51 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXUSzR4WsAAtnFH.jpg)




Now that's what you call a memorable slogan.... :D
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Canardly on March 03, 2018, 07:56:50 pm
Its a fire sale.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on March 04, 2018, 09:05:19 am
Is there a Ralph's around here?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Jaded on March 04, 2018, 09:37:37 am
Ashes to cashes
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 07, 2018, 11:24:07 pm
I'm not sure the people behind floplast.co.uk went to Specsavers.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ElyDave on May 30, 2018, 08:35:09 pm
not sure if this should be here or the div thread, parked in the railway station carpark, I suspect an altercation with the nearby low bridge, the most driven into in the country despite hi-vis signs every-bloody-where.

It's the "careful removers" strapline that made me chuckle

(https://i.imgur.com/Z7eHXZj.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 14, 2018, 11:48:53 pm
Appletree Court, a Nursing Home with Dementia....

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6018763,-0.2688702,3a,15y,99.97h,91.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF6z5ojGSMnpEhschvRpWCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6018763,-0.2688702,3a,15y,99.97h,91.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF6z5ojGSMnpEhschvRpWCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on June 15, 2018, 12:58:48 am
Appletree Court, a Nursing Home with Dementia....

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6018763,-0.2688702,3a,15y,99.97h,91.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF6z5ojGSMnpEhschvRpWCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6018763,-0.2688702,3a,15y,99.97h,91.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF6z5ojGSMnpEhschvRpWCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)

Surprisingly, they punctuate the telephone number properly.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on June 15, 2018, 07:44:36 am
Appletree Court, a Nursing Home with Dementia....

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6018763,-0.2688702,3a,15y,99.97h,91.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF6z5ojGSMnpEhschvRpWCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6018763,-0.2688702,3a,15y,99.97h,91.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF6z5ojGSMnpEhschvRpWCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)

Surprisingly, they punctuate the telephone number properly.

Hope it can find its way home.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: rogerzilla on June 19, 2018, 09:56:02 pm
There is a van parked near me for "Axis Signs".  Sadly, they didn"t add a swastika, the Rising Sun flag and Mussolini's fasces.  But they could probably knock a few up.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 19, 2018, 10:17:42 pm
Basil Towers is a facility in Weymouth for treating addiction etc.

I keep thinking of Mr Fawlty...

Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on June 19, 2018, 10:52:47 pm
 :o
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Moleman76 on June 20, 2018, 07:33:20 am
https://goo.gl/images/ykHvSn (https://goo.gl/images/ykHvSn)

probably neither vegan nor vegetarian
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: T42 on June 20, 2018, 09:06:50 am
Might go well with some of this*:

(http://www.pbase.com/johnewing/image/167596969.jpg)

And the maker's name would be pronounced "crotchy".

* OK, it means "bones and raw food" but all the same...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on November 27, 2018, 12:14:10 pm
WinterHellWonderland has returned to Hyde Park.  I spotted, over the wall, a banner which read THOR'S TIPI BAR.  I never new the Norse used wigwams.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 27, 2018, 01:49:09 pm
WinterHellWonderland has returned to Hyde Park.  I spotted, over the wall, a banner which read THOR'S TIPI BAR.  I never new the Norse used wigwams.
Well 'ish

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Nordic_Sami_people_Lavvu_1900-1920.jpg)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on November 27, 2018, 01:51:43 pm
Isn't it more a case of the Norse used anything they wanted to?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ian on November 27, 2018, 01:57:55 pm
Is it some Norvish variant of a tiki bar? Everyone likes tiki bars. Fact.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on November 27, 2018, 02:38:34 pm
WinterHellWonderland has returned to Hyde Park.  I spotted, over the wall, a banner which read THOR'S TIPI BAR.  I never new the Norse used wigwams.
Well 'ish

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Nordic_Sami_people_Lavvu_1900-1920.jpg)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people

I sit corrected.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ElyDave on November 27, 2018, 07:46:49 pm
I'm currently reading a book on the Vikings, seems they were not afraid of a bit of cultural appropriation, so why not?
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: andytheflyer on November 28, 2018, 08:19:36 am
I'm currently reading a book on the Vikings, seems they were not afraid of a bit of cultural appropriation, so why not?

If you live in the Fens it's useful to know something about the people who live next door, especially if they have red hair.....
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Moleman76 on November 28, 2018, 08:34:44 pm
http://cycle.panasonic.jp/products/pos/

more in the "not all three-letter acronyms translate well" department, unless they mean "Piece of Shinyness"
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on November 28, 2018, 10:33:21 pm
The Muff Diving Club.

https://www.muffdivingclub.ie/
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Andrij on November 29, 2018, 08:46:22 am
http://cycle.panasonic.jp/products/pos/

more in the "not all three-letter acronyms translate well" department, unless they mean "Piece of Shinyness"

My initial reading of POS is 'point of sale'.  I blame too many years working in retail.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: essexian on November 29, 2018, 08:51:03 am
Trans Peninne "TRAINS"

Do I need to say more?????
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 10, 2018, 12:31:59 am
What do you call a lorry that crashes into a house?

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/EA2E/production/_104705995_mediaitem104705994.jpg)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 13, 2018, 10:29:26 am
https://www.bristol247.com/food-and-drink/restaurants/bare-grills-restaurant-review/

 ::-)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 24, 2019, 06:43:47 pm
Because we don't have a badly-named places thread. And because it might in fact be quite a good name for this place:
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EoLzhw5Kh08/Uf2mZZ0H0lI/AAAAAAAAGWk/kHIkr-pRFSA/s640/Bumpass.jpg)

I was actually looking for a similarly-named town on the China/Kazakhstan border...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 25, 2019, 03:21:11 pm
Also not a business (oh no, he's a plastic surgery procedure):
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/29/obituaries/dick-tuck-dead-democrat-consultant.html
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2019, 01:12:46 pm
Because we don't have a badly-named places thread. And because it might in fact be quite a good name for this place:
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EoLzhw5Kh08/Uf2mZZ0H0lI/AAAAAAAAGWk/kHIkr-pRFSA/s640/Bumpass.jpg)

I was actually looking for a similarly-named town on the China/Kazakhstan border...

There's a Bumpass Mountain in the Lassen Volcanic NP in Northern California.  The mountain next to it, sadly, is not Brokeback Mountain.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 26, 2019, 01:27:05 pm
I've been wondering how it's pronounced. I'd assumed Bum-pass but it could be Bump-ass.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on February 26, 2019, 01:28:12 pm
I've been wondering how it's pronounced. I'd assumed Bum-pass but it could be Bump-ass.

I think 'ass' is more USAnian than 'bum'...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 26, 2019, 01:39:04 pm
"A bum steer" is a Usanian phrase, I think. I'm imagining that the name is either a complaint from early settlers who'd taken the wrong pass over the mountains, or possibly from an indigenous language (though that would make it odd to have the same name in California and Virginia).
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: ian on February 26, 2019, 01:56:40 pm
I've been wondering how it's pronounced. I'd assumed Bum-pass but it could be Bump-ass.

This ex-resident of Virginia confirms it's pronounced with no emphasis on the 'ass' and a slight southern drawl so it comes out a sounding a little like Burmpuss.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: spesh on February 26, 2019, 02:00:22 pm
"A bum steer" is a Usanian phrase, I think. I'm imagining that the name is either a complaint from early settlers who'd taken the wrong pass over the mountains, or possibly from an indigenous language (though that would make it odd to have the same name in California and Virginia).

It's a largely American and Antipodean phrase, believed to have originated from American maritime humour about the perils of trying steer a sailing vessel in reverse.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bum_steer


Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Legs on August 05, 2019, 11:25:49 am
I don't know if there's a terrible-pun-business thread (mostly hairdressers, I suppose), but I saw a van the other day for Spruce Springclean...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Canardly on August 05, 2019, 01:01:21 pm
Local builder 'Milk and two sugars'
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: mllePB on August 06, 2019, 06:59:27 pm
'Shard End Glass' in Birmingham - from the suburb of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_End (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_End)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Basil on August 06, 2019, 07:13:26 pm
'Shard End Glass' in Birmingham - from the suburb of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_End (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shard_End)

Yes. I remember that one.  Unfortunately they moved across Brum from Shard End to Aston a while back.
Still a great name, though.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 06, 2019, 07:14:32 pm
Reminds me of Burnt Oak Timber I did upthread...
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: Kim on August 06, 2019, 08:14:38 pm
'Shard End Glass' in Birmingham

I think I got a puncture from some of that once.
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 11, 2019, 03:30:54 pm
Golden Fountain Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway.

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5927841,-0.3343379,3a,37.5y,47.2h,89.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svwNZPnroxGfqixOpAoKR8Q!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 (https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5927841,-0.3343379,3a,37.5y,47.2h,89.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svwNZPnroxGfqixOpAoKR8Q!2e0!7i16384!8i8192)
Title: Re: The badly-named businesses thread
Post by: caerau on August 13, 2019, 09:36:33 am
Riding up to my house last night I noticed an advertising board leaning on a skip outside one of my neighbours houses...


Asphire construction and carpentry.


Is it just me or is that what you get the next morning after a hot vindaloo?