Funny Street Signs From Around the World

Funny Street Signs From Around the World

Not all street signs are funny. That's for sure. The ones we grew up with and see every day, the universal street signs like STOP or train crossing - these signs aren't terribly funny. They are often a matter of life or death, trying their best to keep you safe from what is ahead. But sometimes you are traveling and just look at a sign and think to yourself - what on earth does that mean?

Most of the funny street signs we've seen are funny only because we are from a different culture, and perhaps aren't fully understanding the situation. Sometimes they aren't funny at all, they are just...different or odd to us. 

Sri Lanka

I took one look at this street sign and thought "no jazz". Why don't they like jazz in Sri Lanka? Who doesn't really like jazz? I mean, it's not for everybody of course, but to have an governmental level ban on jazz would be just insane! What is that, a trumpet? Maybe Dizzy Gillespie (when he was alive) came to Sri Lanka and offended a bunch of people.

When in reality what they really mean to say is that you shouldn't honk your horn. But is that what the horn on your car looks like? I mean, deep inside your car is there a little trumpet? This may simply be a case culture not catching up with modernity. Take cell phones for example. If you put an old phone on the sign, everybody would know what it was. But if you put a cell phone up there, it would look like what...a thick credit card?

 No Jazz: Street Sign in Columbo Sri Lanka

No Jazz: Street Sign in Columbo Sri Lanka

Australia

I thought for sure that we had more than one funny street sign from Australia. It is after-all, home to some of the worlds oddest creatures, including the wombat and kangaroo, featured below.

This was probably the first time I saw a street sign that had doubled up on their creatures. Normally you see just one animal crossing the road at any given time. But apparently in Australia, the kangaroo and the wombat like to cross together, at least for the next 20 km. Note: I read that hitting a wombat is seriously bad for your car - you would be better off running over a box of bricks. You wouldn't guess that from the super cute little image of the wombat on the sign though!

 Wombat and Kangaroo Crossing: Street Sign in Australia

Wombat and Kangaroo Crossing: Street Sign in Australia

Norway

We are staying in Oppland, which was described to us as the "real Norway". This area has that feeling because it's not over run with tourists like they get on the west coast. This area is mostly farm and livestock. We fall asleep and wake to the sounds of the bells worn by the sheep. They don't always cross the road. Nope. They often just lay down in the middle of it and take a nap. Especially in the middle of the day and it's a shady spot. 

 Sheep Crossing Sign in Norway

Sheep Crossing Sign in Norway

Taiwan

It came as a bit of a surprise to us to have been warned about the wasps in Taiwan. But apparently several people die each year by being stung to death by these ground dwelling wasps. They are big and don't take kindly to the wandering foot in their nests. I'm unsure if the people were actually stung to death, or if they were stung enough to take off running and fell off of one of Taiwans massive cliffs. 

We did see a few of the wasps and it sounded like a drone buzzing by. They are big. And the snakes? Yeah. Those are big too, but luckily they don't have wings.

 Snake & Wasp Sign in Taiwan. Not so funny.

Snake & Wasp Sign in Taiwan. Not so funny.

 

Tell us - have you taken any pictures of funny street signs from around the world? If so, we would love to include your story and pictures in this or another new post!