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Funny Signs Round 1

Updated on November 23, 2014

Always Good for an All-Out Belly Laugh

In most cases, people tend to write hubs that revolve around some of the more serious issues that life tends to throw in our direction. However, I tend to prefer adding a little humour to my life and to those of the people around me whenever I am able to. As a result, I have gotten into the habit of looking for funny signs, poorly worded signs, sights and situations wherever possible. These can be found almost anywhere - from your local supermarket shelf to a poorly worded sign located in your doctor's exam room.

What often makes these signs even funnier than initially intended is the fact that most people around me didn't see the funny side of them until I took the time to explain everything to them in tremendous detail. That of course, made the signs as well as the situation at hand even funnier - to the point where I am quite sure that if they could have, they would have probably had me checked into the local asylum with a lifetime membership pass.

Today I thought I would give serious the day off, and share a few funny signs and even a newspaper report that I never would have thought would have seen the light of day, thanks to the poor choice of wording it contained. Although some people may claim to have seen it all in their lifetimes, I'll bet they have never yet seen a submarine cruising on the freeway or a blind man driving a vehicle around town.

Please note that, as with my other hubs, all of the photos you see are from my own personal collection of pictures that I have managed to accumulate through the years. Should you wish to share any of my photos on your own websites or elsewhere, please be courteous enough to give credit where credit is due. A link back to my hub would also be greatly appreciated - provided that you are sharing the content on a high quality website.




Let's Hear From You

Do You Think These Signs and Sights are Legit?

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Scrub Away the Ugliness

Yes, apparently taking a shower or bath and accompanying it with this soap will make you a lot more attractive to members of the opposite gender. Only in Africa...
Yes, apparently taking a shower or bath and accompanying it with this soap will make you a lot more attractive to members of the opposite gender. Only in Africa...

Subs on a Freeway

"The visits are part of the South African Navy's mandates to make regular stops, especially at cities along the coast." Uhm hello...where else would you take a submarine? For a drive along the freeway? I think not...
"The visits are part of the South African Navy's mandates to make regular stops, especially at cities along the coast." Uhm hello...where else would you take a submarine? For a drive along the freeway? I think not...

What did the Poor Duck do?

What did the poor duck do? Although there is clearly a huge difference between duck and ducT, something tells me that this manufacturer doesn't know how to tell them apart....
What did the poor duck do? Although there is clearly a huge difference between duck and ducT, something tells me that this manufacturer doesn't know how to tell them apart....

Blind Man Driving, Anyone?

No words needed for this one...
No words needed for this one...

How do They End up Seeing the Light of Day?

When it comes to some of the funny sign photos that have accumulated in my collection, I often stop and wonder how on earth these specimens managed to escape being noticed before falling victim to my eagle-eyed camera lens. Some of the errors and misspellings couldn't have been more obvious if they had leaned out of the signage and slapped you with a 2x4, so surely, someone should have noticed them? It would seem not though, because these days, most people are rushing around like headless chickens on ecstasy to notice much of anything.

Mind you, we probably also have spell check and numerous other grammar-related apps to thank for the high levels of illiteracy these days. Yip, most people have come to rely so heavily on an app or program to do the thinking (and of course, spelling) for them that they are clueless when it comes to having to hand write something all by themselves (and horror of horrors, actually figure out how to spell anything without spell check)..

God bless America, all the other continents and everyone else who is responsible for giving me a good giggle when it comes to spotting these signs and sharing them with the world...(insert hint of sarcasm here)...

A classic example of a person spelling something as they say it. Again, there is a huge difference between a deepstick, and a dipstick (which is what this was supposed to be).
A classic example of a person spelling something as they say it. Again, there is a huge difference between a deepstick, and a dipstick (which is what this was supposed to be).
I am still stumped as to what a working model of a scissors lift has to do with snacks and the promotion of world peace.
I am still stumped as to what a working model of a scissors lift has to do with snacks and the promotion of world peace.
Personally, I prefer the rest of the chicken myself...
Personally, I prefer the rest of the chicken myself...
You know you're in South Africa when not even the batteries in the display toys aren't safe from thieves.
You know you're in South Africa when not even the batteries in the display toys aren't safe from thieves.

Enjoy the Hunt

The next time you head to the shops, take a few moments to truly read the signage in and around the store you are in. While the majority of it will be run of the mill 'do not park here' or 'trolley bay' signs, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that quite a bit of it will bring a smile to your face, thanks to its errors and misspellings.


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    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you, Thatguypk. If people look hard enough, humour can be found in almost any place or situation :-)

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      Thatguypk 

      7 years ago

      Like myself, you enjoy humour as much as the serious issues of life! It's so important to have a good laugh! Thanks for the follow! Reciprocated! :-)

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Same this side, RichERich. Besides, what did the poor chicken do?

    • RichERich1175 profile image

      RichERich1175 

      7 years ago

      I do not know if I have ever flame grilled a chicken's ass, but wonderful job collecting all of those hilarious signs! It definitely made me laugh out loud.

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Yep Nell, those were my exact words in the supermarket when I saw the signage. The strange part though, was that management didn't seem to notice what was wrong, which made it even funnier...

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Chicken what??!! ha ha brilliant, I love this sort of thing, I will have to keep my eyes open! cheers nell

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Absolute pleasure, marisue. Have a stack more to still put up, but between recently eloping and moving cities, I'm only now getting back to writing...been suffering severe withdrawal symptoms from lack of writing! :-)

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      marisuewrites 

      7 years ago from USA

      Too Funny!! I once saw a sign in a restaurant, right by the door to the restroom "Please wait, hostess will seat you."

      God, life is funny, huh?

      thanks Shona!!!

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Absolute pleasure, equella. Still many more to come in future hubs. As the ysay, seeing is believing, and of course, "Welcome to Africa."

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      equealla 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Africa certainly has her humour to enjoy. Thank you for sharing.

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you elayne001, tonymac04 and PeggyW. Laughter is always an important part of life. Without it, we might as well not be alive.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you, I would GREATLY prefer the rest of the chicken! These were funny. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      These are almost as good as the English in instruction leaflets for gadgets made in Asia! Loved this. Makes me feel right at home (I guess 'cos I am at home, LOL!)

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      heeheeehaaahaaa - pretty funny. thanks for the chuckles.

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      LOL JAAffiliates. It's amazing to see how much signage is actually put up without people giving it a second thought. But they are what enable us to have a good laugh at the signmakers and designers expense. :-)

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      JAAffiliates 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for this--it has put a huge smile on my face!! My favorite from back home (Michigan, USA) were signs on the highway going up north of the state that read: Do Not Pass When Opposing Traffic Is Present....if you need that sign to remind you--you clearly shouldn't be driving!!

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