Link - by A. Abrams

The more you stare at some of them, the more befuddled you become

Some signs are certain to crack you up, some are likely to infuriate you, some send such mixed signals hardly a human being will come out of the experience unaffected. Perhaps, some would even pledge to enter the sign design business, just to keep the streets unpolluted by the atrocities you are about to see (or, on the contrary, become urban art junkies to seek out more examples of signage insanity)

Read other parts of our "Weird Signs Series", all 12 of them! We'll start with a truly wonderful vintage sign (for those who hadn't hear about electricity yet - back when men were men and most had matches.)

(image via, Marcin Whinchary)

Warning Signs. You've been Warned.

(sent in by Robert A. Graf, Springwater, NY)

Too late now:

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The sign on the right is all about hydrogen sulphide, a naturally occurring gas often found in manure pits and sewers. All who brave these noxious areas are exposed to the deadly danger. Hydrogen sulphide is heavier than air and collects in depressions or tunnels. It induces a sudden coma after which, as they say, "Death can be immediate"! One more reason to never enter such places… ever.

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Some sensible warnings...

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... and some non-sensible ones:

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If this sign is real, then it is a cruel joke:

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A few Asian ones, including some epic Temple Admission Rules (the dead and insane aren’t welcome... maybe they should find some other place to congregate):

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Warnings that are more than simply warnings. This one, for example, is a handy guide on how to destroy fish. Warning: graphic content!

(image credit: Troy Walker)

Parking warnings should be collected and published as a book. Hmm... remember, you heard that idea at Dark Roasted Blend first.

(image sent in by J. W. of Birmingham, UK)

(image sent in by John Kinyon)

(images credit: Tyler Haggerty, Chris Radley, Jim)

Traffic and Other Road Signs

Some drivers must be laughing their head off.

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Palatine Express Road in Suburban Chicago offers way too many choices:

(image sent in by Andrew and Stacy Williamson)

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This sign is actually quite truthful and interesting. You can do something else, while your car will drive itself. -

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District 9 artifact:

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Signs for pedestrians are interesting, too:

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Simply Unique Stuff

This hotel is good. GOOD. Trust us -- less money for signs means more money for stuff like doors and fire exits.

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Ways to be polite:

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Dog food for humans:

Heroic name, quite befitting a British soldier (seen in Matlock Bath village, Derbyshire, England):

(image credit: Ariane)

Tongue-in-cheek store name from the same village:

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Make your choice:

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Mysterious sign in the Moscow Metro ("Prospect Mira" subway station):

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UPDATE: This is a symbol for "freestyle wrestling", a left-over graphic from the days of Moscow Olympic Games, 1980.

Bathroom Comedy, Written in Signage

Simply genius:

(original unknown)

Decisions... decisions...

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You have to be at the right time in the right place, but sometimes it's hard to figure out the right door:

(images via, Kirsten)

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I am not sure if this one true, or not, but it's hilarious:

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Misspelt Wonders and Other Broken English

(images via 1, 2, Derrick Pereira)

This one promises "Ovary and Kidney Maintenance" (for those willing to try new experiences):

(image sent in by Alexander Garside)

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Mitsu... oh wait -

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This supposed to be the "Green Beach", we think:

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Knock-off Asian brands are entertainment in their own right:

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Labels, Charts and Other Printed Word

First, a very cool sticker for watching certain type of TV content (more info) -

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... and a variation on that theme:

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Do you ever read the fine print and disclaimers? If you do, you may be in for a surprise:

Very mysterious product, spotted in a Dubai mall -

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This sign is very.... unreasonable:

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This is the right approach:

"Training Your Adopted Dog". The "dog" in question tends to disagree...

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And finally, wonderful interaction of birds with signs: wishful thinking, shock of recognizing yourself, etc. -

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Blogger Tzupi said...

That's sign by an hungarian street artist, Magyar Kétfarkú Kutya Párt (Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Faction :).
Some of his related works:
There are many of stuffs on his page, but most of them are hungarian-language related :)

Blogger xopxe said...

The "mystery sign" at Prospect Mira Metro station is an icon for Greco-Roman Wrestling. This station is next to an olimpic complex built for Moscow '80 olympics, so they decorated the station with blasons for different olimpic sports.

Anonymous ujanja said...

the zebra crossing made my day. Why the design in the first place. Haha

Anonymous Lainie Yeoh said...

From what I can see:

"sorry" on the bus happens in Victoria, Australia for buses not in use.

The first signage for bathroom comedy comes from Busaba, a Thai restaurant in London.

Anonymous Weaver said...

The Anti-Monkey Butt powder is a real product, aimed at motorcyclists to counter the unfortunate effects of sitting in the same position for long periods wearing tight leathers. The same company sell a range of products with risque names, such as visor-cleaner called "Foxitorff".

Anonymous Weaver said...

AND, the Harley Parking sign is commerically available from lots of suppliers. There are "retaliatiory" signs (Suzuki parking, Triumph parking etc...) too.

Blogger Elvee Kaye said...

The "Enter Only/Do Not Enter" one is from a Target store. I noticed it on a door of the Target in my town and always meant to take a picture of it. I never use that door because I'm never quite sure what's expected of me!

Anonymous Rohit Rajgaria said...

Nice pics....what a collection..i really appreciate your work..

looking forward for some new...

Anonymous monad said...

The loop road sign is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee), on the road up to Clingman's Dome -- there's a short tunnel at one end of the loop.

Blogger Lasgirl said...

http://lasgirl.blogspot.com/2008/08/these-are-funny-sign-pictures-my-friend.html You may use any of these pictues

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably stating the obvious but the 'artifact' from 'District 9' is just an ordinary walk/don't walk sign that flashes alternately

Blogger Unknown said...

Great collection! Hard to say which is my favorite. I have seen the Harley sign available for sale in the past. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous AdamSok said...

Funny that people actually know where this signage comes from!

Anonymous Sign Time said...

hahaha "Servicio de Hosteleria Industrial de Terrassa" has to be my favorite. It translates to services of industrial hostel of Terrassa. It looks like no one at that business took the time to check with their English speaking customers as to what their acronym might imply.


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