March 12th, 2011

The Poop Scoop: Houston Oddities

Last night, driving through downtown Houston, I came across a hijacked construction alert sign. “POOP” it said. I laughed and continued driving on until my brain screamed at myself, “turn around the car and take a picture of that ‘poop.’” So, here you go. I give you downtown “POOP.”

(Note: We’ve updated to give you the new message from the hijacker.)


Apparently, nobody clued in on the sign last night. The word is that it was still up during the Bayou City Classic 10K this morning.

Ah, Houston. I love you so. There’s something for everyone around every turn, specifically the corner of Louisiana and Prairie.


Original photos are on my flickr here and here.


The hijacker has struck again. They have amended their sign. The joke is on downtown. The LOLs are for us (or is it “lulz”?). That doesn’t mean that we’re changing “The Poop Scoop” to “The LOL Scoop.” It just doesn’t have the same ring to it.


Thank you to the intrepid Loopster who sent the new downtown Houston LOL sign this morning. Hooray for iPhone blurriness!

— Paul


CurrentlyVince — Sunday, March 13, 2011 8:49 am

I’ve been searching for the story behind this sign. It was still up when we came downtown last night.

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 6:56 am

Yeah, it says :> LOL now!

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 7:13 am

Stupid city workers ruined my fun today. I was gonna make it really good today! Damn workers actually got to work on time this morning. =(

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 9:06 am

Hopefully, during my lunch break, they will not be around! Expect it to change again, if it’s still there! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Paul — Monday, March 14, 2011 10:02 am

Let us know if you you’re successful. We’ll update this post again.

BeBreezy — Monday, March 14, 2011 10:04 am

@theguythatdidit- Are these your works of art? I work in the office building right next to the sign. ITS HILARIOUS!! You’ve brought joy to my world, lol. Thanks man. YOU ROCK!!

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 11:35 am

Yes, I had some fun this weekend. Tried to bring a little joy to an otherwise boring weekend.

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 1:03 pm

Damn, rain didn’t run the workers off and the news was there. They asked me a bunch of questions. I might be on the news tonight. Look for black sunglasses. Obviously, John is not my real name, so don’t worry. Sorry to all off the people who were hoping for Rain Rain Go Away!

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 1:15 pm

Since they ruined my fun, I won’t be so PG next time. Let’s see what type of reaction F*CK gets. LOL!

BeBreezy — Monday, March 14, 2011 1:17 pm

HOLY CRAP! I walked out of building and saw the 2 person crew as well. My friend and I talked to her. I told her that I thought it was awesome, hilarious, and that I couldn’t wait to see what it said next =)

Paul — Monday, March 14, 2011 1:26 pm

Hey, “John,”

Send me an email. Let’s talk about an anonymous interview about your shenanigans.

The world wants to know what they won’t hear in a 10-second sound byte.

BeBreezy — Monday, March 14, 2011 1:29 pm

Hey Paul, I gave your site/blog free PR. You’re welcome lol =)

Paul — Monday, March 14, 2011 1:39 pm

BeBreezy, we will forever be indebted to you. Thank you.

PS – Where?

Omar H — Monday, March 14, 2011 2:09 pm

Just to prove you really are the guy who did it, can you predict what the sign will say next?

JamieMae — Monday, March 14, 2011 2:28 pm


Do you take requests??

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 2:46 pm

Left Lane Closed… stupid city workers.

BeBreezy — Monday, March 14, 2011 5:40 pm

Hey “John”! They quoted us lol:

Jonathan — Monday, March 14, 2011 9:28 pm

Hey if you want, Ive got a high res image of the :) LOL sign if you interested, just shoot me a comment on my flickr page.

theguythatdidit — Monday, March 14, 2011 9:34 pm

I BROKE NOTHING!!!! THERE WAS NO LOCK!!!! THEY’RE TRYIN TO COVER THEIR A$$3$!!!! THAT’S CRAP!!!! But seriously, let them try to find me. I guarantee they won’t. I’ll give you a hint. I bounce around the world 9 times before I actually connect to the internet. If they wanna try to track my IP, they’ll be in for a long and hard journey. Also, as for cameras, I’d love to see the video! Bring it on! When you do things that can get you in trouble, you can’t be afraid of the consequences.

BeBreezy — Monday, March 14, 2011 11:12 pm

Dude you should’ve seen the workers looking at everyone all SUPER suspicious as they walked by and observed the sign. My friend and I totally laughed it up as we came back from lunch. What a happy Monday…..

Tonia — Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:20 am

I really want to believe “theguythatdidit”… how can we know you’re telling the truth? Please let us know when you strike again…pretty please.

BeBreezy — Tuesday, March 15, 2011 9:53 am

@Tonia: Well, I believe “theguythatdidit” is legit for several reasons; 1- I saw a guy in shades talking to the reporter, 2- “John” told us about the interview right after it took place (I know because I was interviewed as well), 3- because he told us about the interview at 1 o’clock. The article wasn’t posted until 4:54. Just saying…..

Eye_Spy — Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:32 am

To “John”:

The Police can:
1. Obtain your video for facial identification.
2. Check the IPaddresses to that Poop scoop forum.
3. Net trace the IP to a business, or a phone provider (smartphone)
4. Check the business names of nearby buildings matching nettrace.
5. Use the video to find the perp
6. Fingerprint the control box. He used Poop and LOL messages. The ‘O’ was not used by the workers. Might have left a finger print. There are merely the beginnings.

I personally don’t care. It was humorous to a drab day.

If you aren’t on the video, wearing sunglasses, named John, with a finger print on the sign control panel, with an IPaddress to a smart phone or a business near the crime scene… you’re probably okay… maybe?

But, If you are a person who did this by the seat of your pants and didn’t think that posting here, or leaving a possible trail of clues might lead them to you?!?!?

Cant wait to see if the police, thought of this! If they did, if you evade their investigation…

Good Luck and May the games begin…

OtherGuy — Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:07 pm

@guythatdidit – There were at least 4 messages. 3 are well-known. Do you know what the 3rd one was?

Not that I don’t believe you– In fact I do. I think you are the guythatdid[someof]it. But I know there were others. And if you’re not afraid of consequences, why hide? I’m proud of a well-intended act of friendly mischief, including :) LOL for which credit & blame go to me and my good friend from Charlotte, NC who was in town for the weekend.

I met with TXDoT this afternoon to accept whatever consequences are in store for what I did, and to set the record straight about what I DID NOT do– that is I didn’t break anything. And I believe you probably didn’t either. I challenged them to review the video to get all the facts.

Why did I do this? Well… Like you, I’m not ashamed of my act. You, I and my friend made a lot of people happy. But… I have children who know I did it (the content of the LOL message was even their suggestion). Now that it’s all blown up in the news, my kids are hearing allegations of ‘breaking in’ to the box, etc. and I can’t let them go uncontested. My kids also are hearing that TXDoT is “looking for” the “hacker(s)”.

I teach my children to own their actions & accept whatever consequences they bring. What kind of father would I be if unwilling to do the same? Of course I’d lose all credibility with them. So it was time to own it.

The 3rd message (after POOP, before :) LOL ) will remain undisclosed for now, as doing otherwise could incriminate my friend and that is not my place.

theotherotherguy — Monday, March 21, 2011 3:35 pm

I know what the third message was.

I believe you theguywhodid(someof)it. I’m sure there was no lock on there and your message was all in fun as well.

I agree with what theotherguy (we all know his name now) did. I have also told him that including my name would not be throwing me under the bus. If questioned, he has my nod to include me as a responsible party for 2 reasons. one is the same reason he decided to fess up, the other is the friendship that wouldn’t let him throw me under the bus is the same one that will not permit me to leave him hanging out to dry alone.

All that having been said, I hope that if I’m back in town at the beginning of May, more Friendly Mischief will be made. Non-Destructive only.

Please visit Friendly Mischief on Facebook. Eventually you might get the scoop on the 3rd message.

Maryann — Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:53 am

Kudos, on your actions. Adding a bit of nonsense fun into the otherwise drab boredom of the daily grind, and for letting your kids know that you should take responsibility for your actions. Super Hero Artist-Super Hero Dad.

I don’t know you but I love you.

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