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Observations...funny signs and situations! (#1)

Updated on March 18, 2012

Did you see that?

We see signs all the time, right? But do we really read them? Really?

Working in a variety of customer service settings, I am often convinced that most people don't actually take the time to read signs or think about what they are saying...occasionally, even those people who create or post them!

I really enjoy seeing the humor in everyday situations, and unusual (or maybe just silly) signs can be a great source of fun!

There are even websites dedicated to funny signage, as well as humorous situations caught on camera. Just google funny signs, or look at flickr or photo sharing sites, and you'll find plenty to keep you entertained. You can also find books with great photos of funny signs and situations. (for example, Lonely Planet's Signspotting)

But it's also fun (and not hard) to come across those moments yourself...if you're paying attention. I've posted some of my favorites here, along with some thoughts that naturally came to mind for me when I saw them. Yes, you're likely to notice some sarcasm. Hopefully, they will also provide some light moments to your day, and a reminder to take some time to stop and...read the signs! Let them also be a reminder that we're all human – no need to take ourselves too seriously.

found in restaurants...

Appropriate warning (although it should be obvious)... the fireplace is very hot.
Appropriate warning (although it should be obvious)... the fireplace is very hot. | Source

downtown atmosphere...

What are the models needed for? Modeling. Good idea.
What are the models needed for? Modeling. Good idea. | Source

educational awareness...

If you'll notice...no food or drink is permitted in this room. Then also notice...What's just inside the door?  Yep, a refrigerator. Hm...
If you'll notice...no food or drink is permitted in this room. Then also notice...What's just inside the door? Yep, a refrigerator. Hm... | Source

street safety...

I had to really think about this one for a bit. If you need to push the button for an audible signal, because you can't see (therefore need to hear when it's okay to cross)...how can you see (read) the sign in order to find the button?
I had to really think about this one for a bit. If you need to push the button for an audible signal, because you can't see (therefore need to hear when it's okay to cross)...how can you see (read) the sign in order to find the button? | Source

parking rules...

Clearly, you should not pay the attendant if he or she is not on duty...uniformed or not. (probably nice uniforms, if the attendants wear them when not working)
Clearly, you should not pay the attendant if he or she is not on duty...uniformed or not. (probably nice uniforms, if the attendants wear them when not working) | Source

a classic

This is one of my all time favorites! How do you know what to do? Stop or don't stop? (of course, as long as you don't see a pedestrian in the crosswalk, you're okay...)
This is one of my all time favorites! How do you know what to do? Stop or don't stop? (of course, as long as you don't see a pedestrian in the crosswalk, you're okay...) | Source

This series will continue as I encounter more fun moments with signage...or other funny moments caught on camera!

A couple of online sites featuring funny signs are also here:

http://www.signspotting.com/

http://www.roadtripamerica.com/signs/signs.htm


Enjoy!

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      hildred 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Haha, very entertaining. Well, some like the fireplace one are just covering their own rears from lawsuits. Sadly, that's why a lot of the "silly" warnings happen now. (My favorite will always be the chainsaw one.) As for the audible crosswalk, the sign may be for those with bad sight but not completely blind - as in, very nearsighted to the point that they can't see the light in the distance.

      I do love the last one though, and the fridge!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Love these, of course. Especially the last one . . .

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      taternotes 5 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks...the last one is my favorite too! ;-)

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