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)
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.)
Warning Signs. You’ve been Warned.
Too late now:
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.
(image via ToyZone)
Some sensible warnings…
… and some non-sensible ones:
If this sign is real, then it is a cruel joke:
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):
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.
Traffic and Other Road Signs
Some drivers must be laughing their head off.
(lower right image via)
Palatine Express Road in Suburban Chicago offers way too many choices:
(right image via)
This sign is actually quite truthful and interesting. You can do something else, while your car will drive itself. -
District 9 artifact:
Signs for pedestrians are interesting, too:
Simply Unique Stuff
This hotel is good. GOOD. Trust us — less money for signs means more money for stuff like doors and fire exits.
Ways to be polite:
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:
(image credit: Ariane)
Make your choice:
Mysterious sign in the Moscow Metro (“Prospect Mira” subway station):
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
You have to be at the right time in the right place, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out the right door:
I am not sure if this one true, or not, but it’s hilarious:
Misspelt Wonders and Other Broken English
This one promises “Ovary and Kidney Maintenance” (for those willing to try new experiences):
Mitsu… oh wait -
This supposed to be the “Green Beach”, we think:
Knock-off Asian brands are entertainment in their own right:
Labels, Charts and Other Printed Word
First, a very cool sticker for watching certain type of TV content (more info) -
… and a variation on that theme:
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 -
(image credit: Derrick Pereira)
This sign is very…. unreasonable:
This is the right approach:
“Training Your Adopted Dog”. The “dog” in question tends to disagree…
And finally, wonderful interaction of birds with signs: wishful thinking, shock of recognizing yourself, etc. -