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Don’t drink from the toilet!—and other odd signs around the world

by Michael

We’ve come across some unusual signs in our journey. Some funny signs caution people about not doing things that would seem to be self-evident. Like the sign posted above. It’s in the bathrooms at the Adelaide Airport in Australia. Not that we’ve ever been tempted to drink from the toilet, public or otherwise, it’s nice to know they care enough to give us another reason not to. Here are a few more funny warning signs:

Sign Bangkok taxi no humping (515x402)

These no-nos were posted on a taxi in Bangkok. We understand no animals, we didn’t realize the other one was such a major problem.

Dubai metro fish warning sign

Apparently people carrying fish is a real issue on the Dubai metro.

funny signs

I guess in the land of the hopping kangaroo, Aussie drivers need to be reminded that not everything bounces.

Spit Junction Sydney

An actual Metro stop in Sydney, it can’t be good for property values.

Sarah Palin passport

There was something about the face in this photo shop in Australia that looked familiar but we just couldn’t place it.

A clean toilet seat costs about 60 cents at this Kuala Lumpur Mall. If you’re not so particular you can go down the hall for free.

Squat toilet sign

Okay, in Asia there are Western style toilets and there are squatters. This sign in Cambodia warns against combining the two concepts.

durian warning sign

Durians, also known as stinky fruit, are banned from most hotels in Asia. Their stench is noted for its quite remarkable lingering effect.

What unusual signs have you seen in your travels?

Us February 27, 2012 at 12:21 am

It certainly can cause problems.

Richard Needham February 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Some signs (sorry no pictures) I have encountered in various hotels and restaurants:

“Welcome to our hotel. Please Take the Bathroom Door” was seen recently in a Chinese hotel.

“Please use this bag for the laundry purpose. Do not use this bag for the other purpose.” Hotel in Danang, Vietnam

“Iceburger Lettuce” on a restaurant menu in Taiwan

Us February 28, 2012 at 12:18 am

Actually the iceburger lettuce would make sense on a burger.

Patrick March 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

A sign outside a cave on an island near Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand (circa 1988): “Bring camera into cave prohibited”. I had to pause and re-read it. My first thought was that bringing a camera into the cave was a requirement of entry.

Us March 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

What was in the cave that you couldn’t bring a camera?

Lawrence Michaels July 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Asia’s got some great signs around. That no Durian sign is a great relief in a lot of places. First time I noticed it was on the Singapore MRT. Durian + Enclosed Space = Bad News

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