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.


One response to “Signs”

  1. Man, they are always trying to keep the happy underwear couples down! Pegasus, fat dudes and horses can do whatever they want!

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