23 September 2020

17 Funny Road Signs That’ll Surely Grab Your Attention

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 19 seconds. Contains 664 words

When you’re on the road, you’re going to pass hundreds of signs on your travels, all made to grab your attention. Many are to alert us of what’s ahead, some are to tell us how far some place is, and others are made to advertise the facilities in the area.

However, sometimes you pass some signs that are mind-boggling. Sometimes they’re signs that look awkwardly placed, sometimes the wording on them makes you wonder how the person who made them could not see such a blatant mistake. Others, they’re just so strange that you start to wonder if they were done on purpose. Either way, here is a list of the strangest signs you may find on the road network.

  1. If you hit this sign, you will hit that bridge

An eye-grabbing warning that’ll likely grab the attention of unfortunate lorry drivers. However, it’s a rather bizarre way of warning the driver of the hazard ahead. At least the lack of dent marks on the sign gives us assurance that no unfortunate driver has hit the bridge yet.

IF YOU HIT THIS SIGN YOU WILL HIT THAT BRIDGE” by Joseph Novak, used under CC BY 2.0

 

2. Jioning Traffic Not Signal Controlled

Not only was this sign typed out and printed, but someone placed it by the road, and at no point did anybody seem to think, “Maybe we should check the spelling!”

Jioning – Is That a Word?” by Richard Riley, used under CC BY 2.0 / Modified from Original

 

3. Elderly People Crossing

An example of how you should think twice before placing your signs. They may end up looking unironically grim.

Road signs in Stroud

cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Roger Maygeograph.org.uk/p/1697161

 

4. Sign Not In Use

We’re not sure of the reason such a sign needed to be put up. Maybe it’s a placeholder for another sign that will be put in place? Maybe it’s trying to tell us that the sign above it is no longer in use (but if that’s the case, why not just remove it?)

Simply weird
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Gordon Hattongeograph.org.uk/p/5169897

 

5. Translation Errors

Apparently the designers for this sign emailed the Swansea council for the Welsh translation required for this sign, and thought they got what they asked for. However, Welsh speakers were quick to point out that it actually said, “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.” Oops!

welsh lost in translation roadsign funny” by John C Bullas BSc MSc PhD MCIHT MIAT, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

 

6. Forbidden Access

You hear that? No vechiles allowed!

Typo” by Steve Leggat, used under CC BY-NC 2.0

 

7. The Secret Nuclear Bunker

Shh! Don’t tell anyone!

DSC04351” by Neil Rickards, used under CC BY 2.0 / Modified from Original

 

8. Humped Zebra Crossing

We tried to look for a zebra here who might be walking awkwardly, but couldn’t find anything!

Humped Zebra? Where!?” by Lee Nachtigal, used under CC BY 2.0

 

9. Which Choice To Take?

Exit or education, which one should you pick?

took a left when you should have turned right” by Ben McLeod, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

10. Snoring Airfield

Ssh! Don’t wake it up!

Lets visit Little Snoring” by Tim Bowers, used under CC BY-SA 2.0

 

11. I Beg Your Pardon??

birsay and twatt” by manwiddicombe, used under CC BY-NC 2.0

 

12. Universe Closed

When the universe is closed, take the rainbow instead!

Universe Closed” by Brian Arnold, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0/ Modified from Original

 

13. Enclosure Issues

Well, they’re not wrong. It’s certainly not shark-proof!

Sharks” by Lawrence Murray, used under CC BY 2.0

 

14. Get Out Of Here Fast

If you want to make sure your car doesn’t get crushed and melted, you’d better make sure you get your food within 10 minutes!

Chilli’s parking sign” by jude, used under CC BY 2.0

 

15. A Street To Avoid

…. I’ll avoid using my smartphone on this street!

A touch of Irony” by David, used under CC BY 2.0

 

16. No

No? No what?

No? OK.” by Mark H. Anbinder, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

17. Dead End

A dead end to Cemetery Street, very ironic!

Dead End / Cemetery St.” by Patrick Fitzgerald, used under CC BY 2.0 / Modified from Original

 

M3 Motorway, at Twyford Down, Hampshire
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Peter Trimminggeograph.org.uk/p/1736665

 

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