Funny Signs Lost in Translation

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While staying at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, a sign in the corridor caught my eye. It started out very helpful, reminding people that in case of fire it is important that they not use the elevator and instead to take the stairs.

There are pictures on the right to assist with the message, showing flames and an elevator of people that are crossed out.

Here’s where it gets funny. The bottom right picture shows two men using the stairs, but they are confused, running in opposite directions – one down the stairs and one going up!? There’s a fire? Panic! Everyone should just run!


Oh, and the picture at the top of rice? It was on a menu at an airport restaurant in Myanmar. With “plane” rather than “plain”, they got the concept right. And very cheeky how they used a little dollar sign in place of the “S” in US.

As a bonus, here’s a sign that is just a couple streets over from the Park Hyatt Tokyo. I think it is a crossing sign and the little girl cutout looks sweet with a bow and dress, but the oddly misshapen man(?) appears to have a prosthetic hook hand, very large shoulders in relation to his head and feet, and a bulge around his waist. Sort of a creepy looking guy, but hopefully a gentle giant that just needs more time than usual to cross the street.


What funny signs have you come across in hotels or when traveling in general?

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