Funny Signs

Funny signs – and signs that we enjoyed.

This is a collection of signs, notices and other symbols that we have encountered and that appealed to us  enough to record. They are not all “funny signs” and many are quaint only because they are written in English which is clearly not the home language of the composer, while some are just unusual or unexpected.

Maun, Botswana - September 2000

Maun, Botswana - September 2000

A raffle where the first prize is a herd of cows and with four regional prizes of bulls. Now that’s a raffle that wouldn’t get much support in New York or London! In Maun, Botswana, though…


Australia - March 2001

Australia - March 2001

A road that runs dead straight for 90 miles! Could be the longest straight road in the world; definitely the longest in Australia.

Australia - March 2001

Australia - March 2001

Sections of the remote highway in Australia are slightly widened and designated as landing areas for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Kathmandu, Nepal - April 2002

Kathmandu, Nepal - April 2002

Some of the temples and monastries in Nepal are very strict about what you are allowed to take inside – here you are asked to leave your bainacular, lether meterials (including shose) outside. Kathmandu, Nepal.

Khumjung, Nepal - April 2002

Khumjung, Nepal - April 2002

Jane at the highest bakery in the world – Khumjung in Nepal.

Buzios - 11 August 2003

Buzios - 11 August 2003

On the coast at Buzios, Brazil, it is best to take care when the sea is ruff.

Ngepi, Botswana - 02 July 2005

Ngepi, Botswana - 02 July 2005

Toilet at Ngepi in Botswana, called the “Royal Flush”, with “Queens” for ladies and “Kings” for men.

Ngepi, Botswana - 4 July 2005

Ngepi, Botswana - 4 July 2005

The folk at Ngepi, Botswana realise that on arrival you may need a quick greeting, a place to park and a loo!

Ngepi, Botswana - 4 July 2005

Ngepi, Botswana - 4 July 2005

How urgent is your need for a toilet? Tomorrow? Today? Want one with a view? Ngepi, Botswana.

Ngepi, Botswana - 4 July 2005

Ngepi, Botswana - 4 July 2005

A chicken wire cage to protect you from hippos and crocs? Ngepi, Botswana.

Namibia - 16 October 2010

Namibia - 16 October 2010

Watch out for warthogs on the road. These signs are common throughout Namibia.

Caprivi - 2 July 2005

Caprivi - 2 July 2005

Jane at a roadside warning sign in the Caprivi, Namibia. And don’t think that the sign is just to impress the tourists – there are often elephants along this stretch of road.

Spreetshoogte Pass, Namibia - 19 February 2006

Spreetshoogte Pass, Namibia - 19 February 2006

Now we’re all for safety, and this is a very steep pass, but seriously, 2 km per hour?

Namibia - 15 October 2006

Namibia - 15 October 2006

The Tropic of Capricon (sic)  as it crosses a rather remote part of Namibia. Someone did try and correct the spelling!

Willowvale, New Zealsnd - 11 February 2007

Willowvale, New Zealsnd - 11 February 2007

It’s always fun to see a road that is named for a namesake! This one in Willowvale, New Zealand.

Mount Cook Village, New Zealand - 12 February 2007

Mount Cook Village, New Zealand - 12 February 2007

And this one in Mount Cook Village, also in New Zealand – Jane was previously a Bowen.

New Zealand - 12 February 2007

New Zealand - 12 February 2007

Sending the message loud and clear – Don’t touch my car! Came across this in New Zealand.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand - 17 February 2007

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand - 17 February 2007

A clever fun sign at Mirror Lake in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

A clever fun sign at Mirror Lake in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

Near Milford Sound, New Zealand - 17 February 2007

Near Milford Sound, New Zealand - 17 February 2007

A quote that we found on the way to Milford Sound that offers a wonderful explanation for the rock formations that abound in New Zealand.
Wanaka, New Zealand - 18 February 2007

Wanaka, New Zealand - 18 February 2007

A fun illusion from Puzzling World in Wanaka, New Zealand.

Near Te Anau, New Zealand - 17 February 2007

Near Te Anau, New Zealand - 17 February 2007

We came across this traffic-stopper in a garden near Te Anau in New Zealand.

Resolution Bay, New Zealand - 26 February 2007

Resolution Bay, New Zealand - 26 February 2007

What a change! You can feed the fish, but you cannot catch them to feed yourself! This at Resolution Bay, New Zealand.

The Hidden Valley, New Zealand - 1 March 2007

The Hidden Valley, New Zealand - 1 March 2007

Now, we live in Africa, and a map of Africa, this is not! But, perhaps it used to be. I guess pools change shape over time.  This in the Hidden Valley, New Zealand.
Te Puia, New Zealand - 1 March 2007

Te Puia, New Zealand - 1 March 2007

What a relief! I really thought that those mudpools would climb the fence and come after us!  Te Puia, New Zealand.
Taupo, New Zealand - 1 March 2007
Rotorua, New Zealand – 1 March 2007
Isn’t this magnificent! The etched window at St Faith’s Church at Rotorua, New Zealand with Christ “walking on the water” of the nearby lake.
Near Rotorua, New Zealand - 2 March 2007

Near Rotorua, New Zealand - 2 March 2007

As a cyclist, this was my favourite sign in all of New Zealand! Why is this not a rule throughout the world!!!?

Lake Otjikoto, Namibia - 06 April 2007

Lake Otjikoto, Namibia - 06 April 2007

No liquor allowed by management; thank goodness the rest of us can do as we please! Sign at Lake Otjikoto in Namibia.
Rundu, Namibia - 1 January 2008

Rundu, Namibia - 1 January 2008

The Inner Core Hair Salon at Rundu, Namibia. They also do Shoe Fixing.

Nagarkot, Nepal - 11 April 2008
Nagarkot, Nepal – 11 April 2008

Imagine having a beer at the End of the Universe! Rob at the hotel in Nagarkot, Nepal.

Chitwan, Nepal - 17 April 2008

Chitwan, Nepal - 17 April 2008

“No pizza, no pasta, no problem!”  This “Typical Nepali Kitchen” in Chitwan, Nepal probably doesn’t go down all that well with the Italian tourists.

Chitwan, Nepal - 17 April 2008

Chitwan, Nepal - 17 April 2008

Another restaurant in Chitwan, Nepal.

Kagbeni, Nepal - 19 April 2008

Kagbeni, Nepal - 19 April 2008

Kagbeni, Nepal -  17 April 2009

Kagbeni, Nepal - 17 April 2009

In Kagbeni, Nepal, there is a YacDonald’s (sic) and a Holiday Inn. They may not be exactly what you were expecting, though.

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

Jomson in Nepal is a rich source of signs! This “Welcome for climbing” sign is located on a mountainside overlooking the village. An incredible feat for whoever placed it there.
Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

At last you can buy that Antic Jewellerys that you have always wanted – just pop in to the “New Maha Laxmi Jewellers” in Jomson, Nepal.

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

I would guess that “Sand with bread” could be a sandwich loaf of some kind, but “Cinemon roll, bone”? The bakery in Jomson, Nepal.

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

Jomsom, Nepal - 20 April 2008

Would you like to Rent or Exchange your Hi-King specially socks? This is just the place. Jomsom, Nepal again.

Spitzkoppe, Namibia - 19 July 2008

Spitzkoppe, Namibia - 19 July 2008

Not really “Busman” but “Bushman”, nor “Climping” but “Climbing”, not “Paining” but “Painting”… A direction sign at Spitzkoppe. Namibia.

Windhoek - 23 November 2008

Windhoek - 23 November 2008

Presumably meant to be a play on words (“Bon appetite”) – Windhoek, Namibia.

West Coast Nature Reserve, South Africa - 26 January 2009

West Coast Nature Reserve, South Africa - 26 January 2009

Look out for tortoises on the road. West Coast Nature Reserve, South Africa.

Maun  - 27 April 2009

Maun - 27 April 2009

ForeverFU? No I don’t know what it means either, and perhaps I’m glad I don’t!! Sign in Maun, Botswana.

Maun, Botswana - 27 April 2009

Maun, Botswana - 27 April 2009

Car Wash & Apholstry Cleaning in Maun, Botswana.

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