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Published: April 24th 2013
One false step.......
This one does a pretty good job getting your attention....if of course you haven't already gone off the cliff!
Throughout the world there are many common things that bind us together as part of the human race on this planet. One is that almost everywhere, people answer the phone with “hello” no matter what language they speak. You can be on a plane sitting on the tarmac in India and the Burmese gent next to you takes a call and begins by saying “hello.”
Another common aspect of everyday life is the posting of signs. They come in all forms, sizes and colors. Some are advertisements, some bumper stickers, and some are official government road signs or signs in parks and other areas. This is where the fun comes in if you have even the slightest sense of humor. We’ve endeavored to collect as many pictures of these signs in our travels so that we could do what all travelers love to do…..share them with others.
Now keep in mind that when these signs were posted, there was always good intent on the part of the person or persons who initiated the thought behind the sign in the first place. The general idea being that you have something important
Are we that close?
that you need to communicate to the general public and you’ve got this sign that is only so big to work with in the first place. So you have to choose how best to get your message across, especially if it is a sign on a road where people in their vehicles are not likely to take the time to stop, read and digest the meaning of these signs, mainly because they are mobile and generally in somewhat of a hurry to get where they are going.
Couple this with the local language (yes, we’re still talking about English here) and you can produce a sign that is easily understood by the local population, but for others (especially us) they come off as either unique or down right funny. For those with English as their primary language, it is easy to recognize that the same words can have different meaning within a common language. And this fellow travelers, is where the fun begins.
A couple of the signs we’ve included were found on the walls in bars or restaurants and they conveyed their message with humor. More than once, we would just be motoring
along and notice a sign, and then have to turn around to go back and get a picture of it. The process is one of those “did I just see that?” propositions. Then of course, back to the sign we’d go in order to verify that was indeed what the sign said. Others were posted and caught our eye. Some establishments had some quite hilarious ones at that.
Each of the pictures or signs below were collected on several continents in many countries. Although there was on occasion some serious intent behind them, step back for a moment and try to take them on face value alone. Don’t try to read too much into them, by try to gauge their meaning as quickly as possible. You may need to enlarge a couple of them to get a good view.
We hope you enjoy them…..
We challenge you to write a blog about signs you have seen.
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