View Full Version : Inappropriate Signage

23rd Feb 2004, 06:42
Has anybody else come across any badly placed signs?

Unfortunately I don't have a picture however on a visit to a small town called Mousehole in Cornwall I noticed a sign attached to the wall outside the Gents entrance to a public convinience that no word of a lie said "No Dumping"


23rd Feb 2004, 07:04
Mousehole - I'm told it is pronounced Mausal. Nice little fishing villiage renowned for being the setting of a cartoon short about a cat - often re-run at Christmas.

Had a sign at the south end of the Granville Bridge for years and years that read "Busses Only". Took them years to correct it. I couldn't be bothered to tell them.

23rd Feb 2004, 08:50
Near the Lakeside shopping complex in Essex, a lot of the writing on the road (eg "Chelmsford & Colchester this way") has got the ampersands backwards. Always amused me, that.

23rd Feb 2004, 12:13
Sign in the flight school, advertising a bus trip to Cape Canaveral, Cape Kennedy and the NASA Shuttle Launch Site.

Trip was to be done in a small(ish) 15 seater mini-bus - hence the sign...

"Book early - space is limited"

23rd Feb 2004, 16:02
A couple I saw in NZ on a recent trip, this first one was inapropriate because we just knew that would be the price .....

ArmLeg (http://members.optusnet.com.au/~thesme/mypic17.jpg)

The second one caught me out, but realised it was pointing to an alley behind a chinese restaurant ......

wongway (http://members.optusnet.com.au/~thesme/mypic19.jpg)

23rd Feb 2004, 17:08
There was a sign outside my primary school which said:
"Caution Slow Children"

And one next to the toilets at Bonus Aviation, Cranfield:
"Please take all waste with you"
Had my dad in fits that one. :}

Ascend Charlie
23rd Feb 2004, 17:51
Passing through a gorge, we see a sign "Falling rocks do not stop."

Of course they bluddy don't stop, not till they hit something.

23rd Feb 2004, 18:43
Near where I used to live was a village called Fackham and there was a place called 'Fackham Hall':E

Also saw in the window of a camping shop - 'Hurry for this is the winter of our discount tents':p

And how about this http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_jan2003/ChangedPriorities.jpg

And this one http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_dec2003/SharpEdgeSign.jpg

23rd Feb 2004, 19:44
In Etosha Game Park - northern Namibia - REAL wild animals, including the kind that eat you...

At sign in road: Ablutions ->
underneath: STAY IN YOUR CAR.

Ah, right.. :ugh:

23rd Feb 2004, 20:05
Is this (http://www.snopes.com/photos/austria.asp) inapproriate?

Take care, rude word behind this link. If the mods don't like it, by all means delete this and accept my apologies.

23rd Feb 2004, 20:33
About 15 years ago the result of some road works on the A39 near Bridgwater in Somerset caused the need for a sign: "Catseyes removed". The stretch of road has no verge and high hedges so the sign had to go at the first gap in the hedge before the missing reflective devices. This gap was the entrance to a cattery.

23rd Feb 2004, 20:40

Yes, I've checked it, I'm doing 45 so what??

Oh, you mean 'REDUCE your speed' - why didn't you say so !!

23rd Feb 2004, 21:03
Kolibear, check also means to stop or slow.

23rd Feb 2004, 21:34

I have a photo of the Mouehole sign as I also found it very funny. I have shown lots of people the picture but depending on where in the UK or world the people come from it is or isn't funny.

Story in the paper sometime ago about another line marking error. No Enry. Also at my place of work some lass supervising some line marking failed to notice that the linemarking team had painted the arrows the wrong way around a mini roundabout.



23rd Feb 2004, 23:00
Cornish Placenames..

As a former resident of these parts, allow me...

Mousehole = Mouzz'l

Penzance - P'nZaaaance

Goldsithney = Gotham City

Pendeen - P'ndeeen

St Austell = Snozzle

Truro = Big City, Lots of people

Newquay = Nookie

Barnstaple = Up North Boy.

Exeter = Execeter (Civilization Checkpoint)

London = Meddlin' townie baaaaztrds


Islander Jock
24th Feb 2004, 00:06
A construction company ad on a billboard on the highway outside the Caesars Hotel and Casino in Joburg. I can't remember it verbatim but goes something like:
"For erections that can stand a strong blow"

24th Feb 2004, 00:09
:) :ok: Proper Job Flytest!

As a Son of Kernow may I elaborate a little...

Porthallow = p'tallah

Porthleven = Porlebn

Brown Willy :ooh: - a hill on Bo'min moor

The list can go on....

OK Most Cornish names are subtle lazy pronunciations....but I am still astounded when I think of some of the Scottish place names.

How on earth can Milngavie be pronounced Milguy??:confused:

24th Feb 2004, 05:39
Sign on long distance bus/coach stop in, if I remember correctly, Motherwell:

'This stop for uplifting passengers only.'

24th Feb 2004, 15:43

Being a native Jock, and nothing more than an illegal immigrant to Kernow, I see your point.. emmets eh?

What about Kirkudbright? = Kirkoobry

And for interest a Loch has water in, a Lock has a key!!:ok:

24th Feb 2004, 16:09
Many wee hick towns in Zealand still have their own boneyard, a legacy of the times when roads were poor and deceased folk decayed rapidly on long journeys.

Boot Hill was usually placed at the end of its own road on the outskirts of town (resists temptation to call it a dead-end).

The sign will, without variance, read:

No Exit

24th Feb 2004, 20:39
and there was me thinking that the cemetary was the dead centre of town ;)

24th Feb 2004, 23:54
And there is a big fence around it cause everybody is dying to get in!

Stupid signs : Keep locked shut. See loads of them on doors and cupboards at work.

25th Feb 2004, 18:46
I've added a link to my photo of the sign on the above conveniences on my post on the first page of this thread.



25th Feb 2004, 18:55

Just to let you know the link is not working, it says that "The owner of this file has exceeded their daily usage limit. "


25th Feb 2004, 18:56
It's often been said Plazbot has a mouse d*ck, so I think you definately might have a customer there!

25th Feb 2004, 19:07
On the side of a construction company's van - Quality Erections Everytime

Poor lads didn't get any peace, they were renovating the front of an all-girls school common room, a common room filled with extremely frustrated (for the most part :E ) 16-18yr old girls. Ah...happy days :\

Paul Wilson
25th Feb 2004, 19:29
On the side of the carpet fitters van that did my house -

You've just been laid by Mick and Steve

25th Feb 2004, 20:09
"Slow down" - what a cheek!!

simon brown
25th Feb 2004, 20:28
Isn't there a sign somewhere that simply says " Do not throw rocks at this sign"

25th Feb 2004, 23:42
Back of the door in the bedrooms of the crew hotel in Cologne.


Ok I wont then!:D

26th Feb 2004, 00:28
I once saw in Private eye a road marking at a pedestrian crossing that said:

<--- Look Right


26th Feb 2004, 03:08
I have a photo of a mate in the West of Ireland, mincing around a "No Camping" sign...

Still makes me laugh...


26th Feb 2004, 03:24
Until a couple of months ago there was a restaurant in Gibraltar that had on its menu "Apple pie and custurd". So tempting to stick a sign outside saying "Don't eat here - the food's [email protected]"

26th Feb 2004, 17:35
When I was instructing in the USA I used to land at Kalamazoo airport quite a lot. At the FBO there was a corridor between the reception area and flight planning. About half way along the corridor was a door leading onto the ramp. On the inside of the door was a notice saying "No Exit" and on the outside was another notice that said "No Entry."

26th Feb 2004, 23:49
Many years ago while on an around Britain coach tour and travelling between Chester and Keswick I noticed a billboard sign near the entrance to the tunnel that links Birkenhead with Liverpool and it read;

"Enjoy a Manns Brown and widen the circle of your friends".

I think it was advertising beer. Unfortunately the coach passed it to fast for me to take a picture.

23rd Mar 2004, 10:30
Notice gone up in the toilets here:
...If "things" remain after flushing, please remove them with the brush and flush again.

What are we supposed to do with the "things" once removed? :confused:

23rd Mar 2004, 13:08
I'm gonna get so told off for this!!

I saw a sign in Central Florida...... "Coons for Sale".

Now I'm pretty PC but that had me in fits for days and days and days!

23rd Mar 2004, 13:28
Always used to beat me why the AA never saw a problem with printing "Join Here" on the side of rubbish bins in motorway service stations.

23rd Mar 2004, 14:27
Down the other end of the corridor from where I have an office there is a mailroom. The staff mail boxes are there.

For at least the past 20 years a sign on the door has read "This door must remain closed at all times".

24th Mar 2004, 12:01
East of Melbourne Australia, just north of Pakenham I came across a sign indicating the way to Pakenham Upper.

I parked and laughed for about, erm, a while...

Send Clowns
24th Mar 2004, 21:34
From a site Capt Kaos linked to on another thread:


24th Mar 2004, 22:04
Seen at a gay bar

"All deliveries at rear"

25th Mar 2004, 00:44
In Bangkok...http://www.houseoftoucans.com/Pictures/Picmid5.html

Low Fidelity
25th Mar 2004, 10:25
Somewhere in the void between Cranfield & Stansted (I haven't been here long, still lost and confused!) there's a big information sign that reads: "Secret Nuclear Bunker" :rolleyes:

Round of applause to the MoD!

Low F

25th Mar 2004, 10:39
Another Irish example:
Sign outside a multi-storey car park saying ... "No Parking". :confused:

25th Mar 2004, 11:49
The "Secret Nuclear Bunker" roadsign can be seen on the Ongar station website (http://www.gorge.org/images/ongar/)
Repost from the Mornington Crescent 2004 AGM thread (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=120898), apologies Mr T.I.M. :ok:

Low Fidelity
26th Mar 2004, 16:10
Ahhh...so that's where we were! never trust a lady navigator! (prepares to get flamed :\ )

26th Mar 2004, 18:00
At last got some webspace of my own.

Here is a photo of the sign that was mentioned in the first post on this thread.

Mousehole Toilet Photo (http://www.aspf19.dsl.pipex.com/Mousehole%20Toilet%20Small.jpg)