Iceland hosts many natural wonders, with beautiful cities, full of friendly people. Unfortunately, all tourists want to see is the the Icelandic Phallological Museum, because penises. That wouldn't be a huge issue, except the museum has an address confusingly similar to the offices of the Reykjavík International Film Festival. Former parliament member, Ásta Helgadóttir, posted an image on the outside of the film festival's office informing confused visitors that if they want a penis museum, they won't find it behind these doors:
You'd think this sign means that this is a common problem, but one Twitter user was absolutely certain it was a subtweet-sign about himself and his wife.
A man named Jason Seba responded with a story about shouting penis at this particular group of Icelandic heroes:
OH MY GOD I THINK MY GIRLFRIEND AND I HELPED INSPIRE THIS SIGN!— Jason Seba (@jason_seba) March 12, 2018
Sorry, nice friendly Icelanders who work in a building that apparently is quite often mistake for the penis museum.
Now you have to tell us the story. Because it is quite remarkable to make this mistake so often that they feel like they need to make a sign.— Ásta Helgadóttir (@asta_fish) March 12, 2018
Indeed! It was about 5 years ago -— Jason Seba (@jason_seba) March 12, 2018
We were walking the beautiful streets of Reykjavík, try to follow the (not good!) directions from the museums web site.
We found what we thought was the correct address, walked in - and were greeted by a bunch of friendly but confused workers in cubicles. “What are you looking for?” They asked, after they realized we were just dumb American tourists.— Jason Seba (@jason_seba) March 12, 2018
My girlfriend said “the Phallological museum”— Jason Seba (@jason_seba) March 12, 2018
I guess the word “Phallological” is not commonly known to Icelandic English speakers. But she tried again: “the Phallological museum! Phalusses!”
We tried to look up “phallus” in our English to Icelandic dictionary. No luck!— Jason Seba (@jason_seba) March 12, 2018
So finally, frustrated, she said “the PENIS museum!!!”
After they stopped laughing - they were very helpful in providing directions to the correct location and we had a wonderful visit. Can’t wait to go back!!— Jason Seba (@jason_seba) March 12, 2018
But lots of other people have been there, so it's probably come up before:
It's quite famous:
The Phallological Museum was a lot classier than I expected. Well, with the exception of a few exhibits which were, of course, my favorites. 😉— Karen Rose (@KarenRoseBooks) March 13, 2018
Finally, an office worker came forward to reveal himself as the sign's maker:
He had the receipts:
You'd think that you'd never grow tired of having people awkwardly ask you whether your office is the Penis Museum.— jooon (@joonturbo) April 12, 2017
He honestly doesn't understand why the sign became necessary, but it did!
How can people be so bad at engaging with the environmental storytelling. The Phallological Museum is pretty fucking recognizable.— jooon (@joonturbo) April 12, 2017
He also made a template, in case your office is also having a problem with people thinking it's the penis museum:
Which people used:
There's probably other offices in the world that are not the penis museum. Probably most of them actually.— jooon (@joonturbo) April 13, 2017
If you're not sure if you need a "this is not the penis museum" sign, here's the checklist:
Do people often walk in to your office, and when you ask them "can I help you" they close up and get awkward but also won't leave...— jooon (@joonturbo) April 12, 2017
So. Do you work in a penis museum? Or are you just trying to find one in all the wrong places?