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Photo Friday: Silly Signs Around The World

With very little travel content to write lately, I’ve been going through my Asia posts, some of the earliest blog posts I wrote on this site, to update them and make them a little more useful, entertaining and just generally upgrading them with more photos (apparently I used to think 10 photos was enough to cover a whole destination).

So, naturally, I’ve been going through all my photos from that trip.

And then I remembered an idea I had for a silly photo post.

You see, one thing I *always* take photos of, no matter where I am, is silly signs. Whether they’re lost in translation or genuinely stupid and funny, I WILL LAUGH and then promptly get my camera out.

On my mission to find as many of these photos as possible… well, I found a lot. Here is my collection of pictures of silly signs from Asia and beyond!

A WHAT specialist? This was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Come and get an eye test in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and you could end up looking like an 11-year-old Harry Potter! Yay!

An interesting selection of pictures for this sign at Wat Pho, Bangkok.

Maturity level: zero.

Pornping Tower, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Erm, the what tower?!

Captain Condom Bar, Bangkok, Thailand

There is actually a really good story behind this one in Bangkok – the restaurant, Cabbages & Condoms, raises awareness in poor communities and provides contraception. The Captain Condom Bar is part of the restaurant, but it’s still a great sign!

This is actually the travel card in Bangkok!

A diving company on Koh Tao using great marketing.

Mr Wee

What was I saying about my maturity…?

Oh come on now. This is of course on Koh Phi Phi (and the viewpoint, despite having a silly name – I mean they COULD have just called it Phi Phi viewpoint, but noooo! – is SPECTACULAR).

No parking on uneven days, Koh Lanta, Thailand

What does this even mean?!

Well damn.

I had been really hoping to put my skateboarding-over-a-bicycle skills to good use in Singapore, but my hopes were dashed by this sign.

Learning English sign in Hong Kong

Go from crying in frustration to crying with happiness with our English lessons! Crying guaranteed.

Fisshy objects, Hanoi, Vietnam

“Fisshy objects.”

So which one is it?

Mmmm, just what I always wanted! (I would have tried it but couldn’t find it actually for sale…)

This sign was in our room in our hostel in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Obviously had to take a photo.

I LOVE drilled pork & ribs! They also served orange juice with milk. What is that about?!

Technically not a sign – this is a book!

Ohhh but that’s part of my daily hair care routine! Always spoiling the fun, Thailand.

So… I could understand the warning – but the PICTURE?!

Anyway, not all silly signs are in Asia, of course. Here are loads more from around the world!

Rhino tram advert, Melbourne, Australia

An obvious way to promote the dangers of trams, right? Well, in Melbourne of course it is.

Batman Park, Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia

There are a lot of Batman-themed places in Australia – we saw a few but I think this was the only photo op we had!

Ham & Egg Terrace sign, Laxey, Isle Of Man

An unusual address and house sign on the Isle Of Man.

Kockums sign, Malmo, Sweden

Getting cultural in Malmo, Sweden.

Cronk-Y-Voddy sign, Isle Of Man

There are some GREAT place names on the Isle Of Man, but I think this might just be my favourite!

Nothing happened sign, Laxey, Isle Of Man

Another silly sign on the Isle Of Man – these seem to be popping up all over the place now, but back then this was the only one I’d seen, haha!

Laundry sign, Tirana, Albania

I was left very confused by this sign in Tirana, Albania. Apart from what it says… why is it in English?!

Social distancing sign, Tobermory, Isle Of Mull, Scotland

Even during the pandemic, I’ve been catching silly signs. This is in Tobermory on the Isle Of Mull, Scotland!

Hilarious toilet sign, Seattle, USA

Outside some toilets in Seattle. “COME BACK WITH MY BABY!!!!”

Aarchway Inn Hotel sign, Moab, Utah, USA

Possibly my favourite hotel sign ever. Just outside Moab, by Arches National Park.

Peacock sign, St Naum Monastery, Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

What is this guy even doing?! Sign is at St Naum monastery in North Macedonia.

Yes, I even take photos of random stupid signs in cars! I’m sure that doesn’t look safe. Or is that what they’re saying? I’m confused.

Knobs Flat, New Zealand

Uh oh. New Zealand, we have a problem.

Slutspurt, Copenhagen, Denmark

I mean… I don’t know what this means. But I found it funny anyway! Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ape warning sign, Gibraltar

What is with this sign in Gibraltar?! In one picture, the ape looks terrifying and a bit Bigfoot-esque, and the other looks like it’s been drawn by a 7-year-old in MS Paint.

No farting or dog poo - bar in Texas

Hahahahaha. A great sign in a saloon bar somewhere in Texas!

Silly slipping hazard sign, Arlington Cemetery, USA

I’m afraid to say that despite the “silence and respect” sign, I let out a muffled but still disrespectful laugh at how happy this guy looks about falling over. This is from (just to make myself sound even worse) Arlington Cemetery near DC, and I believe it was by the eternal flame for JFK.

Mr Cocky, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

I mean, the sign says it all. This is at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia. I would like to note that Mr Cocky is not a koala. He is of course some sort of parrot.

Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, York, UK

Honestly pretty sure this is the best street name. Ever. (York, England)

Ah yes. I thought there would be more A boards featured in this post. I’m sure more will materialise.

Oo Roo From Pinnaroo, Australia

I’m pretty sure we already stopped just to get a photo with the Pinnaroo sign. The slogan just makes it better! Australia, obviously. (Where else?)

And one more fantastic one from Australia. Totally behind the message, of course.

Dull, Scotland. The road sign says "Welcome to Dull - paired with Boring, Oregon, USA". Best road sign in Scotland!

*Possibly* my favourite road sign in Scotland?! Ooh I don’t know, because then we have…

Twatt sign, Orkney

And it seems fitting to end this post with a photo of possibly one of the more famous silly road signs in the world – Twatt in Orkney! The standalone Twatt sign has long been removed as it was constantly stolen, and I’m not sure if this one is still there either – but there is still one photo opportunity for this lurking around!

Are you as obsessed with silly signs as me?! I wish you could post photos in the comments as I’d love to see some of yours!

8 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Silly Signs Around The World

  1. I’ve seen my fair share of hilarious signs throughout my travels, and it’s definitely the unintentionally-sexual ones that crack me up! I’ve seen quite a bit of them in France and non-English-speaking countries, and they never cease to give me a chuckle and photo op before I continue with my journey. Looks like you’ve seen one too many on yours!

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  2. Haha, these are great! I tend to do the same and make sure to get a photo as I come across amusing or stupid signs 🙂

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  3. Laughed out loud at several of these, especially the “pets allowed except bears… won’t make that mistake again” one from Moab. This is a great idea for a post. I’d steal it, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have nearly enough pictures of signs. Nevertheless, I’m going to go and make a “signs” folder in my photos file. Someday I’ll have enough… 🙂

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  4. Lol what a great collection Clazz!! I have quite a few of these too (I guess we have a similar sense of humour!) Plus a whole bunch of Engrish from Japan… I was always a fan of the “wanko” signs for puppy related businesses (wanko is a cutesy work for doggos)

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  5. These are hilarious! Struggling to choose a favourite! I’ve also amassed a few photos of funny/mistranslated menus and signs, but nowhere near as many as you. I saw a couple of good ones last summer – one was a quiz to raise awareness about fly-tipping (Q: Why are you fly-tipping? A: I couldn’t care less about the environment; B: I want you to track me down and prosecute me; C: My mum still cleans up after me; D: All of the above) and a speed limit sign that someone had edited to ‘Please die carefully’… couldn’t help but reach for the camera and share with my family over WhatsApp!

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