Sunday, July 11, 2010

Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation

Compiled by Doug Lansky

From the back of the book:

“Looking for a quick bite to eat at the Stomach Clinic Restaurant in Kenya? Care to sample Farturas in Spain? Planning a stay at the Death Valley Health Center? Worried about going the ‘wong way’ on a road in New Zealand? These and other comically enriching rewards of travel are yours to enjoy in this all-new collection of road signs featuring daft translations, death-defying stick figures, and delicious double entendres. As many signspotters have pointed out, you can’t find these little cultural nuggets – in a way, they have to find you.”

Have you ever been driving down a road and, suddenly, out of nowhere, you see a sign that makes you do a double-take? Well, this is what Doug Lanksy gets to do all the time … he gets to travel and look for just those types of signs. Can you imagine actually making a living at this? He’s one lucky guy!

Some of the signs he’s spotted and added to this latest addition of his Signspotting series are so hilarious!

There’s the one he found in England of a pile of logs behind a fence with a sign that reads, “These are protected trees.” Or how about the sign at a Massachusetts school that lets parents know report cards will be out Nov. 21, followed by a bonfire on Nov. 22?

Too funny!

Doug is always on the lookout for more signs and has a website where folks can send in pictures of signs they find. In fact, I have one I’ll be sending in soon.

Great book and a great way to just take a few minutes break during the day. Enjoy!

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