Saturday 21 September 2019

The World's 10 Funniest Signs

Give or take a few feet... Maui, Hawaii, USA. Photo: Doug Lansky / Scott Mason
Give or take a few feet... Maui, Hawaii, USA. Photo: Doug Lansky / Scott Mason
Erm, what? Essex, England Photo: Doug Lansky / Phil Crane
Murphy's Law applies to signs too, apparently. Steelport, South Africa. Photo: Doug Lansky / Melvin Ekandjo.
We're not fussy about the fish. Alexandria, Egypt. Photo: Doug Lansky /Jeff Vize
That famous Nevada desert humour... Las Vegas, NV USA. Photo: Doug Lansky / Donna Washburne
Bad dog! Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. Photo: Doug Lansky / Ruth Chernia
Oh, you guys... Venice beach, California, USA. Photo: Doug Lansky / Kathy Ramirez
At least they're honest... Los Angeles, California, USA. Photo: Doug Lansky / Emmanuel Tissot
Anything we've forgotten to mention? Namibia. Photo: Doug Lansky / Einar Rossaak
But you may cling to the outside. Derby, England. Photo: Doug Lansky / Richard Still
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Pól Ó Conghaile

Whether they're lost in translation, or just plain lost, Lonely Planet has rounded up some of the most side-splitting signs you're likely to encounter on your travels.

"Seeing a funny sign in ‘in the wild’ is a bit like seeing a rainbow," says Doug Lansky.

He should know. Lansky - a travel writer who has visited 120 countries - has just gathered the world's most weird and wonderful signs into a collection for travel bible, Lonely Planet.

'Ultimate Signspotting' contains the cream of the crop - the best of some 50,000 sign photos collected from amateur and professional photographers over a two decade period.

From 'secret' nuclear bunkers to the inevitable Lost in Translation bloopers, the results are sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who has stopped to snap a sign.

"Drivers only recall about 20pc of the signs they glance at," Lansky says.

Somehow, we think all of the above would make the cut.

Ultimate Signspotting: Absurd and Amusing Signs from Around the World, is published by Lonely Planet at €8.95. You can buy the book online here.

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