There are a few signs that have caught my attention since arriving here in France a bit over a year ago – allow me to share some of my favourites with you:
Sign No. 1
Found:On the wall in a TER (regional train that I take to school)
Nothing too funny about this – I just think dude sitting down is really fat – but at least he’s not leaning over and dumping his drink on the floor like the skinny guy in the seat in front of him.
Sign No. 2
Found: in the one of the cheap university cafeterias where I often eat lunch. There are two of them close to my school- one with an outdoor patio and one that feels like a Soviet-designed 1960’s mental institution.
“I always prefer fresh fruits and vegetables over grilled (meats)”
-Joan of Arc
Sorry – there is just no way this is not funny
Sign No. 3
Found: on the door of the train
Just think it’s funny that
1) you have to tell people to not open the door of a moving train
2) isn’t this the same danger sign that is used for ‘the floor might be a bit slippery – I just mopped” ? Seems like this might be a bit more grave of a situation.
Sign No. 4
Found: in the train (hmm -sensing a a theme here)
I just think this is a funny way of saying “turn off your phone here”
Sign No. 5
Found: in the classrooms of my business school.
Why it’s funny to me: 1) the ‘no food’ sign is a hamburger and a soda – not really the typical icon of food that you would use in France
2) there is a ‘no cell phone’ AND ‘no smoking’ sign together. Which is funny as it means that when phones were common enough to warrant their own mention – smoking in public places was also still common enough to need a mention. I’m thinking in Canada these two missed each other by almost a generation
Sign No. 6
Found: at the ancient walls to the town of Aigues-Mortes, southern France
Meaning: you can walk your dog buck naked by yourself – but no couples roaming around holding hands in their underwear
Sign No. 7
Found: on the road heading out of Uriage
Meaning: Pegasus crossing – I guess. And also “Slippery when Wet” (as in the road condition – not the 1986 Bon Jovi album )
Sign No. 8
Found: Université de Grenoble campus
Meaning: “slippery wood” Seriously though – look at that guy. I’m thinking it’s more a ‘caution – drunken students crossing ahead’ sign
Sign No. 9
Found: Pont-du-Gard (Roman aqueduct down south – we stopped in last fall)
OK – so it’s not really ‘a sign’ – but stone-carved graffiti from the early 1700’s seems funny to me for some reason.
Sign No. 10
Found: in our village
Meaning: Absolutely no entry.
Well OK – no entry in another 30 meters.
OK fine – unless your on a horse.
Real serious that one.