The following is a collaboration with Signspotting, a website dedicated to weird and funny signs by Doug Lansky
Somehow we're expected to navigate the road and pick up the traffic nuances - perhaps even adjust to a steering wheel on the opposite side of the car while driving on the opposite side of the road - all before the first lane change.
All this is, of course, before you even throw a few wacked-out signs into the equation: the road-side traffic symbols that look more confusing than psych-test ink blots, mangled English, and the occasional screwball posting that almost stops us in our tracks (if we could just locate the brakes fast enough in that rental car!).
At least the stickfigures are easy to understand, often suffering miserably so that we might stay safe.
1. Way Off Piste
2. Wheelchair vs. Alligator
How many unattended relatives, you suppose, rolled to their tragic fate before local officials were prompted to put up this sign?
3. Officers Can Get a Little Frisky
4. Messiah Crossing?
5. World's Most Uncomfortable Ski Lift
You decide: uncomfortable chairlift or ski-in/ski-out medical clinic
6. Um, No Lap Dancing? No Red Underwear?
May look like a “no lap dancing” sign, but this is actually asking women not to urinate here. Presumably topless urination is common in this part of Croatia.
7. Warning: Giant Spikes!
C’mon, jump in! It’s not like there are giant spikes in the water specially placed to spear you in the nether regions.
8. It's Raining Men
Location: Mertola, Portugal
If you like the funny signs above (and who doesn't?), head on over to Signspotting website for hundreds more. Or get the book, Signspotting: Absurd & Amusing Signs From Around The World and Signspotting 2 : The World's Most Absurd Signs , both compiled by Doug Lansky.