20 Unintentionally Funny Road Signs

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Image by Anes

The main thing about road signs is that they’re not supposed to be funny – which makes the following examples all the more amusing!  It’s easy to imagine a group of gloomy civil servants debating whether or not the bike on the sign should have a cyclist on it, but these 20 images prove that even those in charge of our roads have a sense of humour.

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Image by Team Traveller

One rural American demographic even had a road named after it.  By the look of things, the sign has proven to be such a novelty that it’s had to be secured to the post with a length wire.

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Image by doug88888

Edinburgh’s streets are old, narrow and extremely crowded, especially near Waverley Railway Station where this photo was taken.  This can make road-crossing treacherous for drivers and pedestrians alike.  But what exactly is this sign getting at?  Is it warning pedestrians to be vigilant, or telling drivers to aim for the tourist?

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Image by Sideshow Bruce

He’s an unfortunate irony – or perhaps the result of a road maintenance worker with a sense of humour?  Either way, the “end” result is clear.

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Image by gothicnexus

This one could be an extreme case of stating the obvious.  Or it could be the work of the British Health and Safety Executive, a feared non-departmental public body that will soon have smothered Brits confined to their homes because there’s always the risk of being randomly struck by lightning if one sets foot outside…

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Image by Newhaircut

Fierce advertising!  This is an interesting “tell it like it is” approach to tackling the problem of drunks behind the wheel.  Which brings us to the picture at the top of this article, showing an inebriated individual crawling across a road with a bottle of, presumably, booze.  By all accounts road safety chiefs in certain areas have become so fed-up of drunks getting flattened by cars that they’ve put signs up to warn drivers.  Find out more here.

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Image by andryone

Sage advice!  And these are the people who are in charge of our roads…

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Image by xq311z

Isn’t the drawing on the sign wearing a helmet?  Or maybe this is how Clark Kent gets off his bike?

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Image by Anderson Mancini

“THIS IS SPARTA!”  Absolutely priceless.  Enough said.

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Image by cobblucas

Slightly ominous… It’s bad luck that the non-Spartan chap in the previous picture didn’t see this one first!

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Image by John Pastorello

What’s with the bubbles?

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Image by Shiny Things

This isn’t the kind of sign you’d expect to see on an average bike track…

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Image by Florian

Most helpful!  So…… where is Tahquitz Canyon?

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Image by scazon

Does this mean that if you’re marginally under 9 feet high the planes will just about miss you?  If so, it’s not very comforting.  Perhaps a phone number would be useful, unless ground control is a common number in the address book of every local resident…

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Image by TheTruthAbout

Sounds more like something Han Solo would come out with than the local highway gurus.

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Image by John of Austin

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

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Image by Carly & Art

Maybe these trucks are the “monsters” mentioned in the sign painted on the previous bike trail (above)?

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Image by glassdesk

Admittedly photoshopped but nevertheless amusing – and probably more true to life!

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Image by gruntzooki

The above highlights a couple of straight talking – and enterprising – establishments.  Clearly the owners are of the no nonsense variety.

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Image by basykes

And finally, not a road sign but a place name, and definitely an old favourite!  What possessed founders to name this small town on the Orkney IslandsTwatt” is unclear, but it has provided an enormous amount of entertainment to visitor if not local.  Perhaps that’s because the locals are referred to as… Well, you get the picture!  If not, click here.

For more funny signs and place names, don’t miss Lesser Spotted Britain: Quirky Signpost Photography by Dominic Greyer.

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  • http://www.indmetalstrap.com/galvanized-steel-strapping.html Carl Patten

    I laugh the most usually with the posts hanged with their galvanized steel strapping. Not just because they’re funny, but I actually see them in the streets! Like those “Warning: water on the road when it’s raining”! LOL

  • Bensib

    There are other funny signs here:
    http://humourger.com/panneaux

  • http://northierthanthou.com/ northierthanthou

    Ha! Love the post office.

 
 
 
 
 

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