Simple Silly Signs
Simple Silly Signs
Signs obscure the landscape wherever you go. But have you noticed that some of them are exceedingly strange and funny?
I have found examples of strange and funny, even weird, signs all around the world that I want to share with you.
Take a look at the photo of the STOP sign to the right. Is there something slightly askew about it?
I found this upside down STOP sign right in my own back yard in Rogers Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois where I once lived many moons ago.
But the U.S. does not have a monopoly on funny signs. Read on for a look and a laugh at some of the funniest signs I have seen.
This clever, one-of-a-kind toilet sign applies to several ethnic populations and can be seen in Devon, United Kingdom.
“You know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar.” – George Carlin
How about this far-from-PC sign warning you about the presence of senior citizens which can also be found in the United Kingdom.
“If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” – Mae West
My question to you: Is 'Boring' a city? or a dismal, depressing description of 'Oregon City?'
Answer: Boring is a metropolis of approximately 8,000 folks.
Fun Fact: In 2012, the town of Boring in Oregon was paired as a sister city to the town of Dull in Scotland (population 84). True!
“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.” – Voltaire
To admire this interesting No Trespassing sign in person, you must travel to Edinburgh, Scotland.
As I understand the concept, 'No Trespassing' means do not trespass (without incurring some sort of dire consequences). Right?
So ... if you are given permission as the sign indicates, are you still trespassing? Just wonderin'.
"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity." – Sigmund Freud
Speaking of trespassing . . . the No Trespassing sign on Salmon Creek Ranch, Sonoma County, California is a bit more specific regarding potential consequences.
The 'mountain lion' threat would get my immediate attention.
"You are under arrest for trespassing." . . . "On what grounds?"
Whenever I have a few extra hours in any foreign city on a weekend, I look for the largest local flea market.
Do you like to shop in foreign flea markets? Then this sign in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden might easily draw you in. Although I admit it did take me a few moments for the meaning to sink in.
The 'Genuine Fake Watches' sign can be viewed in Ephesus, Turkey. Of course I stopped to view them. I tried to explain to the vendor that sales might increase if the word, 'fake,' were replaced by 'faux.' Or the sign simply read: 'Replica Watches on Sale.'
Then again, faux and replica might not be that easily understood by the local populace.
This simple, silly sign I have not personally observed, but somewhere in Canada, I am told, you will find the 'Sharp Edges' sign.
If you get close enough (taking care not to touch those sharp edges), you can read the cautionary line in tiny printing at the bottom of the sign:
'Also the bridge is out ahead.'
Back to Edinburgh, Scotland again for the pedestrian caution sign.
Obviously, you cannot be too careful when driving in that city because of those dang slippery pedestrians everywhere.
“There are two kinds of pedestrians - the quick and the dead.” – Thomas Robert Dewar
You can find this sign in Stockholm, Sweden.
Yes, the message is ambiguous. Does it refer to the sign itself flashing? Doubtful since there are no lights visible to flash.
Does it represent an invitation for perversion?
Have there been incidents of less-than-sentient citizens who were driven to perform this act?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Now help me out with this final image. The sign, printed in Chinese characters, can be found in Taizhou, Zhejiang, China.
The English translation below reads: 'Auspicious omen is hiding in the roof of the corridor counts the deity on Jufeng platform.'
What does it mean? I haven't a clue. Perhaps I should reflect on the words of Mark Twain:
"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."