Neon signs have a pretty remarkable history that most people are unaware of. They were first shown at the 1910 Paris Motor Show by engineer Georges Claude and were most popular in the United States from 1920–1960—most famously in New York City's Times Square—before they went out of style. Today, artists like Robert Irwin and Patrick Martinez use neon to create art that goes beyond traditional, promotional signage.

History lesson aside, neon signs still exist, and unfortunately, they can burn out pretty quickly. Oftentimes, this leads to an inappropriate spelling of an otherwise wholesome establishment. If you're curious how a Cocktail Lounge becomes a "Cock Lounge" or how The Home Depot becomes "The Ho Depot," peep these 20 Hilarious Neon Sign Fails.

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