Friday Photos #49 – Funny Signs

Let’s count ’em down, shall we?
At #7, these guys want your business. Right damned now. Pub in Dublin, Ireland.
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At #6, it’s not that it’s funny really, just that it’s entirely incomprehensible advertising. Billboard in Sanya, Hainan Island, China. Shoe shop?

Whatever.

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At #5, the entrance to Luna Park, an amusement park at Milson’s Point in Sydney, Australia.

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Here’s #4, the men’s room at the Hotel Føroyar, Torshavn, Faroe Islands. At least I guess that’s what it is. I wasn’t going in there.

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#3: Bless you. Rail stop in Poland. Town too, I guess.

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#2. I bet. Sign in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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And the number 1 all time best sign ever, anywhere, sign in the world, from Bangkok, welcome to Miss Puke!

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Here are some more interesting signs. And all the other Friday Photos. Have a good weekend, everybody.

Time to Lighten Up a Little

It’s important to talk about wars and rumors of wars, but CS&W was originally about travel, travel writing and photography. So today, back to that.

Wherever we go we collect photos of fun, strange, unusual, bewildering, sometimes incomprehensible signs. Here are a few for your amusement, and there are over 450 in the Signs Gallery at EarthPhotos.com. Go ahead, have some fun.

Click ’em to make them bigger.

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 The venerable Miss Puke, Siam Square, Bangkok. She’s been there for years. Last confirmed last Christmas.

 

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 Of course not. Seen in Hanoi.

 

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 Whatever it says, it means it. Illimanaq, Greenland.

 

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 Ad man at work, downtown Rangoon, Burma.

 

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 Something lost in translation. At a shopping center on Hainan Island, China.

 

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Making a living in Fort Portal, Uganda.

 

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 Might want to click through on this one to make it bigger so you can read it. This restaurant in Lima, Peru offers real, fresh aborigines!

 

Click on through for a dozen more.

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More Funny, Strange or Indecipherable Signs from All Over

signs1You can say that again. At a flea market in Moscow, Russia.

signs2Perhaps this makes sense to the egoist himself. Over a doorway in Sydney, Australia.

signs3All the important places. Restaurant in Helsinki, Finland.

signs4He’s got ’em all. On the road outside Lilongwe, Malawi.

signs5Instructions on how to summon the Erakor Island ferry. Just kilem the gong. Near Port Vila, Vanuatu.

signs6It figures Fairyland would be a long way from wherever you are. Turns out it’s on St. Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean.

signs7I have no idea. Storefront in Yerevan, Armenia.

signs8Open curtains as navigational hazard. Sign in the owner’s cabin on the MV Ilala, Lake Malawi.

signs9Enough said. Sign in restaurant, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

There’s lots more in the Signs Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

Ten Funny, Sad, Strange Signs from All Over

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sign1The venerable Miss Puke was still massaging away last time we checked, in December.

 

sign2We wouldn’t think of charging you for taking your stuff. Sign in Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

sign3Don’t know what it says, but with an exclamation mark, it looks like they mean it. This is from Illiminaq, Greenland.

 

sign4Ad man working the account in Rangoon, Burma.

 

sign5Some things translate better than others, apparently. From Hainan Island, China.

 

sign6It takes all kinds. Sign in a village on the road from Kampala to the Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda.

 

sign10Graffiti and bullet holes in Sarajevo, June, 2003.

 

sign7Click it to make it bigger and check out the first item. Vegetarian aborigines! Menu in Miraflores, Lima, Peru.

 

sign8Facade of the National Drama Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

sign9Back of the driver’s seat in a cab in Hong Kong.

 

There’s lots more in the Signs Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

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Wales

This Wales-shaped toast on Strange Maps is a reminder of Wales' silly side.

As you study the toast, above, note the protrusion in the top left. There, in Anglesey not far from the ferry to Dublin at Holyhead, is part of Wales' claim to fame: the place with the longest place name in the world. It's called:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

As Wikipedia puts it, without irony, it's "short form" is Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. It's said to mean "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" in Welsh.

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(Top photo from Strange Maps, bottom photo of the sign announcing the town of
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch from EarthPhotos.com. Click for a larger photo.)

Relieves Thirst Omnidirectionally

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Stories about translation between Mandarin and Cantonese and English can be pretty funny. Tim Johnson has one about Chinese bottled water in his China Rises blog.

We came upon the sign on the right in the photo above in Beijing in 1995. Don't really know what it's about, but you have to accept its wisdom.

It's in the China Gallery and the Signs Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

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