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A sign of the times

A sign of the times
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Usually, road and warning signs are there to keep you safe and informed. Signs are meant to grab your attention and direct it to something important. On the basic level, signs are meant to be read and hopefully followed. So what happens when the very signs you rely on are clearly messing with you?

For the signs below, someone clearly had a fun day at work. The signs are clever, misleading, or sometimes even downright rude. Maybe these hilarious examples will remind you to not take every laminated sheet of paper or brightly painted sign as gospel. Sometimes it’s better to take in life, or a misleading sign, with a grain of salt and a sense of humour.

Cheaper than daycare and they learn a skill

Cheaper than daycare and they learn a skill
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Leaving children unattended is generally frowned upon. That is, of course, unless they could be useful. Children make a myriad of surprising noises at the slightest provocation – high-pitched laughs and low-belly shouts. In fairness, they might be the most versatile instrument this store has ever known.

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Deflecting blame?

Deflecting blame?
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This sign isn’t messing with you so much as finding a clever way to tell you to take it elsewhere. You and your cigarette should pack it up and move along. Or maybe just the cigarette. If you send him packing, or leave ’em in the pack, you can stay.

Mixed messages

Mixed messages
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This seems a classic case of someone getting creative. Or, perhaps, a nearly unbelievable coincidence. Whatever the case may be, this sign definitely makes you question your right turn. Head down at your own risk – there’s no going back!

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Time for a change

Time for a change
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Maybe this is a blessing in disguise. It could be time for a switch from your old, comfortable way of life. Or maybe you’re just trying to get home after a long day. Either way, you’re definitely not going this way. If there’s one thing that is certain in life, it’s that nothing is certain.

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Honesty is the best (advertising) policy

Honesty is the best (advertising) policy
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I don’t know about you, but I think I’d turn in and get petrol if only to honour the chuckle I had at reading this sign. Gas prices fluctuate, but no matter what the price always seems a little steep. But in this case, honesty wins out. What would you sacrifice to get from point A to point B? I’d consider a single arm or leg because, after, we do have two of each!

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Truer words have never been written

Truer words have never been written
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It’s hard not to read this in one of many famous super villain voices. Maybe the sign makers (or clever vandaliser) had some tricks up his sleeve, too. This is an incredibly simple edit that is speaking the truth for anyone who may be stuck in traffic and reading it. But hey, at least it’s something to do!

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You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for
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This is an example of hilarious and spot-on marketing. Clearly, this is a fun play on the double meaning of the word “sucking,” yet somehow doesn’t entirely turn the customer away. The idea behind a slogan is easy enough – they should be simple, short, and catchy. This hits the big three with an element of style and humour.

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You’re on your own

You’re on your own
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To turn or not to turn – it seems you can’t really do either. This sign is messing with your sense of autonomy. Signs are supposed to make things clear not complicate them further. As such, this pole has a lot of explaining to do.

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Art is all around us

Art is all around us
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There’s something humorous about a street sign begging for art. Maybe it’s a statement about public service or the devaluation of creativity, or it could just be a lazy design. Regardless, this sign is asking you to think and simultaneously messing with your perception of art and street signs.

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Source: RD.com

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