Signs of the Times

January 10, 2012

hippie welcome sign

As we travelled around the world last year, we captured some funny pictures of signs and interesting graffiti:

bus food sign croatia

Some very specific food restrictons on a bus in Croatia

funny hostel no smoking sign

Don’t smoke in this Dunedin hostel.

yuppy sign graffiti prenzlauerberg

The locals aren’t pleased with the gentrification happening in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Not sure exactly what this sign says, though…anyone?

no tourismo puerto varas chile

Similarly, some people aren’t fond of the tourist influx in Puerto Varas, Chile.

no guns budapest

Hmmm…saw this one in Budapest, Hungary.

 

hush sign napier

This was stamped on the door of a brothel in Napier. Only a very specific 37%?

 

hippie welcome sign

Seen on the door of a cafe in Berlin

teenagers know it all sign

brains travel on bikes

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

murder burger

Auckland, New Zealand

don't drink alone glass

Good advice in Prague

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35 comments

  1. Comment by Annie - FootTracker

    Annie - FootTracker Reply January 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    XD We have a REDRUM Burger in Davis, California (in response to the Murder Burger photo).

    Wow, that “No gun shooting strictly” sign is kind of interesting and annoying, because now I wonder why they had to post that (all sorts of bad questions pops into my head….).

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      That’s exactly what I thought about the gun sign! Love the name REDRUM Burger =)

  2. Comment by Andrew

    Andrew Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    That first sign is from Croatia? That is hilarious as the words are in German. French fries and chewing gum from left to right.
    What hostel is that in Dunedin?  I saw a sign in Athens above the computers mentioning that the server manager has a high powered rifle and do not install ANYTHING on the computers.
    The graffiti from Berlin says Yuppies Out on the top line and no clue on the rest, guessing the “artists” tag somehow.
    Was Murder Burger any good? Was it actually meat or veggie burgers?  We LOVED Velvet Burger in Dunedin and were so happy to find one in Auckland.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Hmmm – what was that hostel called in Dunedin? Can’t remember…it was in an old hospital on a hill and said to be haunted. Thanks for clearing up the translation on the Yuppies graffiti – I thought it was something like that. We actually didn’t eat at the Murder Burger. John is still sad about that one…

  3. Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

    Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply January 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Haha I remember seeing that teenager advice sign, and I found it so funny! And not actually that far from reality!

  4. Comment by Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    Raymond @ Man On The Lam Reply January 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    One would hope they did not murder the kitty for that burger…

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Why would they use a cat for their logo? Made me think of the poor dears at the pounds all over the world…

  5. Comment by Sophie

    Sophie Reply January 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Since you can’t tell from the sign what it is, presumably only German-speakers can’t chew gum on that Croatias bus :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Plenty of German tourists in Croatia so maybe they did that on purpose? =)

  6. Comment by Andi Perullo

    Andi Perullo Reply January 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I am laughing so hard right now I can barely type!

  7. Comment by Debbie @ European Travelista

    Debbie @ European Travelista Reply January 11, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Love signs that get lost in translation!  I’ll make sure to never drink alone :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Loved that, haha – rather than the usual ‘drink responsibly’

  8. Comment by Nomadic Samuel

    Nomadic Samuel Reply January 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Those are great.  I love the hippies always welcome :)

  9. Comment by Sherry

    Sherry Reply January 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    HA! I love the teenager sign best – most clever, I think. I take tons photos of funny signs whenever I can during my travels. They’re like my souvenirs for a specific place: cheap, light, and always makes me smile. Great captures.

  10. Comment by Christy & Scott

    Christy & Scott Reply January 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Hahaha! I love the no smoking sign. Good of you to remember to take photos of these signs. I always forget!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I loved that one too – it was extra interesting at the time as well because the hostel was said to be haunted

  11. Comment by Cheryl

    Cheryl Reply January 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you for making my day! I loved all of these photos, especially the one about teenagers. Some people are just way too clever for this world, and you guys should totally post this on 9gag. 

    I’ll try to scout for signs like these too when I travel. It sounds like fun to make fun of funny signs. Thanks for the idea! 

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Cheers, Cheryl! Glad you enjoyed them =)

  12. Comment by Dayna and Kurt

    Dayna and Kurt Reply January 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    These are too funny.  I loved all of them, but I think my favorite was ‘No Gun Shooting STRICTLY.’  I mean, I’m glad they are strict about no gun shooting, at least it doesn’t say 37% No Gun Shooting.  =)

  13. Comment by Claire

    Claire Reply January 12, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Love funny signs, love the “People smoking in this house will be beheaded and vaporised…” Little extreme but definitely gets the point across and the STRICTLY NO SHOOTING one as well! 

  14. Comment by Robin

    Robin Reply January 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I think the murder burger one might be the most disturbing…

  15. Comment by Pippa

    Pippa Reply January 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Haha! Brilliant! ‘Yuppies Raus scene dogz 10G’ (presumably this is not their address), perhaps it shoulda been ‘Puppies Raus’ which would make it a similar message to that sign from Ireland..

  16. Comment by Ali

    Ali Reply January 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I love the one from the hostel in Dunedin!

  17. Comment by Anonymous

    Anonymous Reply January 14, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Great collection!  One of the little amusements while traveling.

  18. Comment by Charu

    Charu Reply January 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I just LOVE this, and we are huge fans of signspotting too! Beheaded and vaporised, LMAO!!!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Thanks so much, Charu! I laughed so hard when I saw it the first time too =)

  19. Comment by Cheryl Howard

    Cheryl Howard Reply January 15, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Ha ha, love this post! I like things that make me LOL. :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Me too, Cheryl – thanks! =)

  20. Comment by Technosyncratic

    Technosyncratic Reply January 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Sheesh, beheaded is a harsh sentence! I like the sign that says “hippies are welcome” – for some reason the whole “no hippies” things became really popular, which I think is obnoxious. 

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      The beheaded thing was quite funny, I think, because the hostel was supposed to be haunted – could explain the harshness =)

  21. Comment by emilyinchile

    emilyinchile Reply January 17, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Good to know relaxed gun shooting is ok :)

  22. Comment by Our Oyster

    Our Oyster Reply January 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    mmmmm I miss murder burger! yum!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

      We didn’t actually get to eat there – sounds like we missed out!

  23. Comment by Sabrina

    Sabrina Reply January 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

    These are too funny :) I wonder if that bus in Croatia (first pic) was a German bus since the words are in German or if there are just that many German tourists in Croatia who put their gums everywhere and leave trails of French fries behind them :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Haha, SO many German tourists in Croatia…

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