If you’ve passed your K53 learner’s license test then you’ve probably got a great grasp of South African road signs. And, to be fair, road signs here tend to be pretty common sense affairs. That’s not true in other countries, however. No matter how well you think you know your traffic signs, we’re willing to bet that you can’t figure some of these ones out. These are the weirdest road signs from around the world (and they’re pretty weird…).
Road Signs for Donkey Parking?
Some road signs are a real mystery, including this entry from Greece. The “no parking” part is obvious, but the donkey and the stop sign have us thoroughly confused. No donkey parking? No parking, but take a donkey instead? If there are any Greek speakers out there that can solve this one, feel free to comment below. In the meantime, if you’re going to Greece, be careful where you leave your donkey!
Feline Danger Signage
Beware cat lovers! If you’re carrying your furry friend in the car, you might want to choose a different route… Fortunately, this road sign isn’t quite as horrifying as it appears. In the UK cat’s eyes is the name for the luminous road studs that mark road lanes at night. Still, they could probably have found a better way to phrase this…
Anti-Zombie Road Signs
This has to be one of our favourite road signs on this list, and as you can probably guess it very obviously warns against zombies, making this by far one of the most sensible warning signs that we’ve ever seen. After all, no one wants to have their brain eaten. We just didn’t know that zombies were such a big problem in Finland, that’s all. (Note: apparently the sign says “Beware of Thin Ice” in Finnish, so it’s possibly less zombie related than we thought…)
Safety Signs for Camels?
Sometimes road signs just leave us mystified, and this is definitely one of those times. We get that there are camels involved, but how? Should we beware of camels? Ride camels? Eat camels? Who knows. Any Arabic speakers fancy helping us out on this one?
Some Road Signs are Just Mistakes…
Alright, this one isn’t that weird, but it is hilarious, so we had to include it. This comes from Wales, where road signs are required to be English/Welsh bilingual. The sign doesn’t look that odd if you only speak English, but if you can read Welsh you’ll know that the bottom half of the sign isn’t actually a translation of the top half. Instead, the Welsh section reads “I’m not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.” Those email auto-responses can be very tricky…
We Love Poland!
And one of the many reasons that we love Poland is for road signs like this, how could you not love a country that makes laws that everyone can stand behind? No trumpets. Perfect. Nobody wants to hear trumpets at the wrong time, and besides, trumpet playing has to impede your driving (maybe trumpet players should have higher insurance premiums?).
Not a clue. Really. We’ve paid attention, but have absolutely no idea what we’re paying attention to. Next!
Road Signs for Your Own Safety
We sort of assume that this sign is from North America, but we could be wrong. Wherever it’s from, the message is clear: Absolutely No Dancing With Deer. We’ve heard that deer are terrible dancers anyway, so it’s probably in your own best interests (and the best interests of your delicate toes) that you refrain from partying with them.
Scary Road Signs
Look, usually surprises are good things, but there’s something about this road sign that’s terrifying. Maybe it’s the phrase “road surprises.” Whatever it is, we’re pretty sure that these are surprises that we don’t want.
First of all, we’re not sure if the top and bottom parts of the sign are related at all. Maybe the top is about ice skating bikes and the bottom is just selling mangoes. Our next best guess for this Australian sign is that it’s somewhat like one of those no drinking and driving road signs, except this one warns against eating mangoes and biking. Obviously a dangerous combination.
If these signs are any indication then the next time you go abroad you might want to take an international dictionary of Road Signs and What They Mean. Also, don’t go to Finland (zombies). Got a guess for any of the road signs that left us mystified? Then let us know in the comments below!
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