Signs are put up for informational purposes, but sometimes they can contain funny messages — whether intentional or not. That said, here are ten hilarious signs with funny messages.
10. Tire Discounters
Many people feel that going into business with family members is a big no-no. One reason is because family members fight with each other. And, “once business gets involved, there’s no reversing the relationship when things go sour,” according to Entrepreneur magazine. Perhaps that’s the message that family-owned and operated business Tire Discounters is trying to convey on their sign. Nah, it’s most likely just a bit of humor to capture your attention and get you to come into their store. It’s definitely funny, though.
9. Ha-Ha Road
This photo was captured 14 years ago by a fellow named Chris Downer. The road sign is located near Woolwich, Greenwich, Great Britain, and is actually quite amusing when you think about it — although Downer didn’t seem to think so at the time. He was able to snap the picture because he was stuck in traffic for a good while. Perhaps that’s why they named it “Ha-Ha Road” because the joke will be on you if you take this road because you’ll just end up sitting in traffic for hours. No, just kidding. Here’s the real reason behind the name. According to The World Book Dictionary, a ha-ha is a barrier consisting of a trench or ditch. As Downer noted on Geograph.org.uk, there’s a sloping ditch there with a vertical brick wall running along the north side of the road. According to Downer, “the ditch was used to keep animals grazing on Woolwich Common off the land in front of the Royal Artillery parade ground and headquarters.”
8. History Lesson on Frostburg, MD
Teacher: Okay boys and girls. Today we’re going to get a short history lesson on Frostburg, MD. Do you know what happened on this day in 1897 at the Frostburg, MD, train station?
Teacher: Absolutely nothing happened. And, that boys and girls is our history lesson for the day.
At least that’s one way that the sign could be interpreted. But, if you look just below it, there’s another sign that reads like this: “Kindly flush toilet after each use except when train is standing in station.” Perhaps these signs are on a bathroom door, and if that’s the case then the “history lesson” sign takes on a whole new meaning altogether, LOL!
7. Sports Injury Warning Sign
I’m not sure where this sports center is, but if you ever play there, just beware that you can get injured there when participating in sports. Funny thing is, you can get injured playing sports ANYWHERE. Perhaps these folks didn’t get the memo. Or, maybe there’s something weird, almost sinister even, about this sports center that causes more injuries than other places, and that’s why they felt the need to put up this sign. Or, maybe I’m just reading a little too much into it, LOL!
6. Weather Station
According to AcuRite.com, a weather station is “a device that collects data related to the weather and environment using many different sensors… Weather stations sensors may include a thermometer to take temperature readings, a barometer to measure the pressure in the atmosphere, as well as other sensors to measure rain, wind, humidity and more.” But, the above weather station uses something much more simple — good old common sense… and a bit of humor to go along with it, LOL!
5. Dry Stone Sculpture Plaque
This funny photo was taken at The Fountain Inn Parkend in Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, UK. The Fountain Inn has been a familiar landmark there for over two centuries and is known for its clean, comfortable rooms, its good food, and its reasonable prices. So, what’s the story behind the plaque? Inn co-owner Michelle Powell explained it to All Time Lists in an email: “My husband is the man that built the dry stone wall and sculpture. It took him over three years to finish it, which is why he had the plaque made.”
4. Unique Parking Spaces
Go to any grocery story, Walmart Supercenter, or the like, and you’ll find all different types of parking spaces. There are spaces for handicapped individuals and spaces that are van accessible. Then, there are the spaces for all the other drivers. But, the above image has got to be some of the most unique parking spaces I’ve ever seen. No, don’t rub your eyes. That really is a couple of parking spaces for baby buggies! Hopefully those spots are for vehicles transporting parents with little children and not for actually parking a baby buggy there. Anyway, this photo was taken at a supermarket in Kaindorf, Styria, Austria.
3. Paris is This Way, France is That Way
Funny, I thought Paris was the capital of France. I didn’t know they were in two separate regions. Just kidding. This is actually a sign in the Excelsior district of San Francisco, at the corner of where Paris Street and France Street intersect. According to the guy who posted this picture on Wikimedia Commons, there are other streets like that in the district as well. For example, streets with country names such as Italy, Russia, Persia, Brazil and Peru, are intersected by streets with city names such as Athens, Lisbon, Vienna, Munich, Naples, London, and Madrid.
2. Street Signs in the Middle of Nowhere
Just because you’re in the middle of nowhere doesn’t mean you don’t need to know where you’re going. In fact, it’s even more important to know since there’s no one around you can get directions from. And, yes, it’s quite funny seeing street signs in the middle of nowhere, but as Flickr user brewbooks learned, those little signs come in handy. “I initially missed the turn down Soldier’s Meadow road,” the Flickr member said.
FYI, these signs are located near Summit Lake, Nevada.
1. Conflicting Signs
Take a look at the two yellow caution signs. The one at the top says that you must open the door completely before entering. The sign right below it says the door must be kept closed. Hmm. I’m not sure how that works. If the door must be kept closed, then that must mean you can’t open it completely, or even partially for that matter, prior to entering. This is so confusing. Perhaps they should just find the front door to one of those buildings in the background and enter the enclosed area that way.
Your turn! Do you have any examples of funny signs to share with us? Feel free to do so in the comments below. Thanks!