Rob Brezsny is an aspiring master of curiosity, perpetrator of sacred uproar, and founder of the Beauty and Truth Lab. He writes "Free Will Astrology," a syndicated weekly column that appears in over a hundred other publications and on the Web.
Among Brezsny's performance art extravaganzas is his "Reverse Panhandling" show. At least once a year, he enjoys standing at the exit ramp of a major highway holding a handful of five-dollar bills and a cardboard sign that reads, "I need to give; I love to help; please take some money." To date, he has distributed $935 to both rich and poor motorists alike.
Panhandling Against Justin Bieber
This panhandler offers a "good" reason to give him money in downtown Boston.
Robert Darling wears his heart on his sleeve — or, more accurately, on his chest.
He commutes once a week from his two-bedroom apartment in Bradley Beach, N.J. to seek love in Manhattan, panhandling for affection beneath a sandwich board. ”I'm looking for a wealthy lady to be my wife,” reads his entreaty, written in multi-colored marker.
The cardboard and duct tape sign folds into a neat square when Darling takes it to and from his home using New Jersey Transit. For nearly a decade, he has donned the portable personal advertisement at his three preferred love-seeking locations: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbus Circle, and Wall Street.
A scruffy looking man with his hoodie up, clutching a tattered sign scrawled on a scrap of cardboard, shuffled up to a car at a busy intersection in a city west of Toronto. Drivers instinctively looked away.
However, this sign's wording was different from the usual begging appeal; “My name is Constable Mike Cairns. If you are reading this sign you are about to get a cell phone ticket.” Witness the latest police tactic in the crackdown on distracted drivers.
Across Canada, police officers have been dressing as panhandlers and clutching cardboard signs to mimic the curbside come-ons in order to get close enough to see drivers using handheld phones while driving. In a growing list of cities, the unusual undercover tactic is snagging motorists who are texting, dialing, emailing, or holding cell phones.
You've probably never seen this sign on the side of the road before: “Not homeless! Need boobs!”
Well, one woman is giving it a try. Chrissy Lance is hoping that generous drivers in Akron, Ohio will give her enough money to get breast implants. Her sign is honest; she's not homeless. She even has a job at a bar.
The single mom tells drivers that breast implants would really boost her self-esteem. She plans to keep going out in her bikini until she raises enough money. It might take a while, though. When WKYC caught up with her, she only had $90. Of course, that was before her efforts made national headlines.
And several others I found:
Your eyes must be tired by now,
so just a few cartoons: