Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Get out and push.

There's a sign at the edge of my town that says "USE OF ENGINE BRAKES PROHIBITED" but it's printed in such a way that it looks like drivers can use neither the engine nor the brakes until they leave town.

Marcie, Leesburg, VA, USA

[If you look closely there is an alteration and it begs the question of whether the original sign said 'Use of engines brakes probihited' -Murray]

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Stop slowly?

Take an international shape and colour combination, change two letters and what have you got? Confusion.

[Spotted at the intersection of Billy Conn Avenue and 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA and contributed by Matthew H.]

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Are they specific to the locality?

JayTee found this sign while cruising the canals and has concluded there's a hotline for everything these days.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

What is the correct dog-to-lead ratio?

What is the maximum permitted number of dogs per lead?

[Chilterns, UK 25 Nov 2007]

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Which road, where?

Close-up of this sign in the middle of a paddock in Wiltshire.

Mrs Pee???

What a name for a floating port-a-loo!

[Kenet and Avon Canal - 17 Nov 2007]

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wow - that IS unusual!

A deep lake, with untreated water - whatever next?

Nene Valley Waterpark, Peterborough, UK - 21 Oct 2007

So which way to room 323?

From experience, I can tell you it is not to the right.

[Hayley Conference Centre, Ettingham Chase - 19 Oct 2007]

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

"Live" traffic???

What does dead traffic look like?
"traffic" is traffic. If it is not traffic is it parked cars.

[Matlock, UK. - 22 Sept 2007]

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

You can catch them but not clean them

We know that you are not allowed to clean fish in the toilets but obviously there are some specialist anglers who can fish there.

[Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, UK -12 Aug 2007]

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Boy, I'm sure glad they mentioned that!

Caroline found this sign in the bathrooms at the top of Haleakala (the volcano) in Maui. She rightly asks, "Do they really think that people might consider drinking toilet water???!!!"

Maybe, you are so thirsty after the climb that desperation might lead .....


[But can you clean fish?]

Does no one check?

Maybe 'Lockal' rabbits are a new breed? Perhaps this restaurant serves them for lounch?

Thanks to Peter Debono for these two.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Semi-amphibious vehicles must keep one wheel on dry-land?

[Ironbridge gorge - 9 June 2007]

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Walk it at your peril!

Given that many English street names came from trades undertaken there: Bread St, Butchers Row, Mill Rd, Dairy Lane, etc one wonders about the story behind this sign.

[Shrewsbury, UK - 10 June 2006]

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Anti-resurrectionists at large?

Fortunately this sign was not erected at a grave-yard ....

[Little Paxton Nature Reserve - 3 June 2007]

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Push or pursue?

Paul Geering, who spotted this near a ramp down to an underpass in Cardiff, Wales, wants to know: Is this sign
A) Actually encouraging people to push wheelchair bound people down the ramp?
B) Is it reminding you to chase after your friend if they are out of control?

Falling rocks? Where?

An artist with a sense of humour.

[Presernov trg, Ljubljana 20 May 2007]

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Laura spotted this on a boat on Loch Ness.

A local joke to get the message across.

[December 2006 - Loch Ness, Scotland]

A Poor Losers Rant?

Spotted by Craig in Austria
[28 March 2007, Feldbach, Austria]

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Stating the obvious

If you can read these words then clearly someone is not sitting on the seat and the seat is, thus, 'not in use'. I imagine what they really meant to say was "Do NOT Use Seat".

[No 245 Bus, London - 10 May 2007]

Sunday, April 22, 2007

At last: Proof of The Commutative Law of Geography

If Newton is by Toft then it follows that Toft must be next to Newton: Simple!

There is a quaint sort of, self-referencing, circular logic to these town names, and since there is no "Newton" and no "Toft", the full names must be something like, "Newton by Toft next Newton by Toft next Newton by Toft next Newton by ....." (until you run out of envelope)

[Lincolnshire, UK - 22 April 2007]

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


There is nothing I enjoy more than motor cycling through deep water!

[Middle Nene Sailing Club, Thrapston, UK - 1 April 2007] (Perhaps the date is significant?)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fine details

The last Barcelonian curiousity is the sign in all the Metro carriages telling passengers what is probibited and the fines for breaking the rules. All quite straightforward and clear in three languages. However, I found the fine for smoking to be somewhat curious (sorry no picture). If caught smoking the fine is 30.05 Euro. Why the .05? Will that little extra really discourage those who can afford the 30 Euro?

[Barcelona 26 February 2007]

Barcelona strikes again.

A number of Barcelona's fountains display this fine pair. 'No swimming' is obvious but the other one????

"If you swim here lightning will strike you in a very painful place"?

Suggestions please.

[Barcelona - 25 February 2007]

First, no playing and now - no walking

A number of parks in Barcelona have this trio of signs. 'No football', I can understand; 'No Dogs' is quite clear; but 'No walking in the park' seems a little strict.

[Barcelona - 25 February 2007]

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wouldn't dream of it ...

Play in a park? What a crazy notion! Everyone knows parks are really there for ...

[Snapped by (another) Murray while ignored by Max in Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka - January 2007]

Monday, February 05, 2007

Monday, January 29, 2007

Perhaps they are constantly putting out the trash?

The sign on the door says, "No Parking. In Constant Use."

The small green sign says, "Another service provided by Islington Council."

I wonder what that service is?

[Old Finsbury Town Hall, London, UK - 27 January 2007]