World's Funniest Signs
It seems that this is a real possibility around Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. After all, authorities put up a warning sign, picturing a car flying headfirst into the sea. And that sign, juxtaposed against an actual cliff in the background, makes for a great travel photo. Fortunately, a T+L member took a picture of it and submitted it to our Funny Signs photo contest.
Snapping pictures of funny signs seen while traveling is a favorite pastime for many travelers. We’ve all come across these gems: a miswritten translation; an unusual warning; or an illustration that just doesn’t seem right. It might be an official highway sign or something written on a shop awning. All are perfect for adding to your travel photo portfolio and sharing with friends. And oftentimes, photographic evidence of such a sign not only makes for a great souvenir, but also serves as proof for doubtful folks back home.
Some of these signs aren’t just funny, but absurd—like one next to the water in Mystic, CT, saying that throwing rocks will cost you 50 cents each.
Other signs are just plain confusing. We’re all familiar with building maps—like at a large mall, for example—with a big star pointing out where exactly you are. But imagine seeing one—as one of our members did in Beijing—with a bunch of points all over the map, each clearly labeled: “You are here.”
Confusing? Yep. And while this useless map was probably a cause of frustration at the time, it becomes a priceless souvenir when it’s added to the digital photo album.
Having received so many shots of signs that made us chuckle, it was a grueling task narrowing the selection down to just 10 semifinalists.
We hope that the photos on the following pages, and those in our community, inspire you to share your great travel memories with us.
Nothing to see here…just keep moving and pay no attention to the plotting monkeys.
What’s funnier? That they charge for throwing rocks? Or that they trust you to ’fess up?
Given the warning, you have to stop and wonder which is scarier.
You should probably just turn back now.
Just another example of “the man” trying to bring you down.
Cliff-diving, for your car.
Or should we go thissa way?
Seriously, don’t even think about going 13mph.
Thank goodness for this map; you’d totally get lost otherwise.
So if you keep on driving, does that mean you cheated Fate?
Better hope they don’t come into the office at the same time.
Well this sure puts a damper on the picnic.
Literally, bad boy street. The street for good boys must be the next block over.
If a cute puppy can’t solve your problem, you’re seriously in trouble.
But by all means, feel free to race in your cars.
If you’re going to drink in public, do it across the street like a normal person!
There weren’t any more dogs left at the pet shop. This was the next best thing.
Yes, they look soft and cuddly, but please resist the urge.
Apparently this facility has a high escape rate.
Don’t you just feel so welcome?
Nothing but chaos beyond this sign.
Somewhere in Italy, a pizza chef is weeping.
“I don’t care if it’s hot out! The sign says you can’t run through the sewage sprinklers.”
If it’s upside down, does that mean you don’t have to pay attention?
If you poke a squirrel, it will bite you.
You must now don your sequin harem pants and bust a move.