We’ve had a folder called “Signs” since early in our year. Time’s about up, so I’d better showcase some of these gems! They fall into several categories.
Driving Signs. Mostly these are hard to capture, because…duh, we’re driving when we see them. But here are three good ones that can cause a driver to panic or laugh depending on one’s mood.
And then there’s this one, spotted at a parking lot.
The local newspapers put up daily headlines on placards along the road. They play on people’s fears to sell these papers. There are far too many headlines that are sensationalized and inappropriate for all ages, in my opinion. But sometimes we encounter signs that make us laugh; it’s great fun just to wonder about the stories behind them. The Daily Sun seems to have a theme:
And this one could sum up much of history, don’t you think?
Danger and warning signs are not quite as abundant as in the U.S. Even so, there are plenty to keep you on the alert!
We only ever saw black flags flying on this beach. Mildly comforting.
Some people try to lighten things by highlighting their advanced security systems and guard dogs. Pretty tasteless, if you ask me.
In a category all its own has to be this warning sign:
With this many dangers, it’s a wonder they built a lookout here. Or maybe they meant “Look out!”
There are often creative takes on bathroom signs.
I don’t believe this is a typo…but then again, I’m not sure what’s the point of this misspelling.
Other signs are reminders of South Africa’s complicated and difficult history.
This sign shows an impressive commitment to honoring at least seven of the eleven official languages of South Africa.
And this last sign is one example of a whole family of advertising that comes in the form of placards on buildings, handouts at street corners, and fliers tucked under windshield wipers. In case you are wondering, a “tokoloshe” in Zulu culture is an evil spirit sent to you by an enemy to cause mishcief or worse.