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What about the "Signs of the Times"? Useless, Stupid, Dumb and Funny Signs

The purpose of this sign is....

The purpose of this sign is....

This useless sign is so a "sign of our times". Other warnings fall into the same category such as when you have to be warned that coffee is hot at a restaurant, or that peanut butter has nuts in it, or that a frisbee may contain small parts?!?, or warnings not to use a hair dryer while asleep or while in the shower! It's hard to know if people have been dumb enough to have tested some of these things out, or if companies have had to go with these extremes to protect themselves.

As you look at these signs, stop and consider if you can think of something witty to say about them. Let me know in the comments, and they might just find their way into the hub! Some of them left me speechless, so your input will be very much appreciated!

Some of these signs are sure to bring a smile to your face.

1.



I personally have never known of traffic to have a calming affect on anyone!

2.

This has to be the . . . I'm at a loss for words. . .



What bodies is it referring to . . . ?




Considering it is D.C., any ideas?

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3.



Ever feel like this . . . like you're going in circles and getting no where fast?


punamdharkar added: Get Born. Live. Get recycled. Only way humans can beautify the earth.

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

4.




This is definitely not one of those signs you see every day! Thank goodness!


punamdharkar added: Hurry! Or we'll uproot you. (Suited for a sign on a Public Toilet?)

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

5.




I'm not sure if this is where you go if you intend to go streaking . . .




. . . or if you're an alien and it's time to shed your skin. . .

6.




7.


I've called some of these help desks before!


I've also had this feeling after sitting with my laptop for long periods of time.

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

8.

Talking on cell phones removes part of your brain ...

Talking on cell phones removes part of your brain ...

9.



This is your brain on cell phone!

10.

Lost in the translation?

Probably, Low Voltage Power?


Happyboomernurse suggested, "Cell phones don't work in shower."

11.




An invitation to stop and play a game of chess or checkers?

12. Lost in the translation:



Anti-aging?


How about, Don't want to go there again?

13.





Duh? Who needs a sign to tell them that?

14.




Unknown conditions ahead?





15.



A sobriety test?



The sign maker failed the test!

16.




A no carjacking sign? You've got to be kidding! I'm sure they'll pay attention to this one everytime!





17.



Makes one wonder what's ahead . . .

18.



Is this one of those Geico squirrels?





If you haven't seen this one, here it is!

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

Public art project by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi. Alavi collaborated with Emeryville secondary school students to conceptualize these designs which now appear on some of Emeryville's traffic signal boxes.

19.

20.



I'm sure that we all carry parachutes with us in our cars for just such emergencies!


leroy64 suggested: “Stop James Bond”

21.



Ever stop to wish the engineer had read the sign.

22.




High impact area!

23.



What other kind of powered vehicles would there be?



leroy64 suggested: “It's okay officer, I'm driving a race car.”

24.

Warning sign at Stanford University. Taken from traffic engineer and cyclist advocate Robert Shanteau.

The city of San Francisco requested permission for an experimental sign on Market @ Octavia warning cyclists of "prohibited right turns", where motorists illegally turn right on Octavia and often hook cyclists passing on the right, in spite of the presence of signs, stripes and markings, posts and even a concrete median.

25.





Even if it were spelled correctly, what does it mean?

26.




Watch out for big bad cows?


leroy64 suggested: “Cow tipping zone”

27.



Wait, I'm confused . . . I thought green meant go.

28.



The most quiet place on earth!

29.


Who wouldn't want to obey this sign . . . especially if trapped in gridlock!

30.





Why even have a road?


punamdharkar added: No wheels. Only feet allowed.







31.





How do you semi-permanently deactivate a road?

32.


Die of what?


leroy64 suggested: “Dying at the ski resort is forbidden.”

33.




Not sure we should give some parents any ideas. . . especially after a long hard day at the zoo!

34.



How can I be aware of something that I can't see?

35.






Beware of falling cows?

36.




Enough said!



leroy64 suggested: “I can feed the animals in front of me. Why are there animals living in my mouth?”

37.



Enough said!

38.


???



leroy64 suggested: “This is really permission to throw stones at other signs.”

39.




How does a dead person pay the fine?

40.



Need I say more?

41.




And most any other body part that got in the way!

42.




Where is it unprohibited?

Now it's your turn!

I'm sure that some of you can come up with some really good sayings to go with these signs. I've numbered them to make it easy for you to designate the sign that you have thought up something witty for. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I'll add them as I get them . . . as long as they meet the qualifying criteria . . .

P.S. I like kittens. So be nice to the kittens. (#6) - first qualifying criteria


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Comments: "What about the "Signs of the Times"? Useless, Stupid, Dumb and Funny Signs"

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on November 01, 2012:

CJWood71 - Glad this hub brought a smile to you. Great ideas on the captions. Thanks so much!

Christopher J Wood from Florida, USA on October 28, 2012:

I enjoyed this hub very much, brought a smile to my face. Voted Up and Funny! A couple suggestions for #2, "Cross at your own risk", or "you are responsible for removing any pedestrians you hit in crosswalk". Keep up the good work!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on March 23, 2012:

Hi Bobbi - I am pleased that this one amused you. That was my intent. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on March 22, 2012:

Hi Cindy,

I needed a lagh tonight and your hub did it.--Thanks, I voted awesome and funny.

Thanks,

Bobbi

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 28, 2012:

Millionaire Tips - What is a traffic controlling device?

Sadly, I do not think most of these were intended to be humorous...

Thanks for stopping by. Always good to see you!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 28, 2012:

punamdharkar - I have added your insights to the hub. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 28, 2012:

Joelipoo - I'm glad that someone who has a true appreciation of signs truly appreciated my sign hub! Thanks so much!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 28, 2012:

My Minds Eye53 - I am glad that you enjoyed this collection of strange and unusual signs. The falling cows sign does have to make one wonder ... When cows start falling from the sky, no where is safe!

Thanks so much for sharing your comment!

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 27, 2012:

ytsenoh - yes, that was an interesting sign for sure. I do know ow some women who carry their money in their bras - maybe that was what was being addressed. One can hope. Thanks so much!

Shasta Matova from USA on January 27, 2012:

I am glad that they make the humorous signs to keep us from being so serious. We have those traffic calming signs in our neighborhood. Neither the neighborhood nor the traffic is calmer with the signs or the traffic controlling devices.

punamdharkar from India on January 27, 2012:

This is a fun Hub! Voted up and sharing.

#3 Get born. Live. Get recycled. Only way humans can beautify the earth.

#4 (Sign on a public toilet): Hurry! Or we'll uproot you.

#30 No wheels. Only feet allowed.

punamdharkar from India on January 27, 2012:

This is a fun Hub! Enjoyed it and voting up.

#30 No wheels. Only feet allowed.

#4 Hurry! Or we'll uproot you. (Suited for a sign on a Public Toilet?)

#3 Get Born. Live. Get recycled.

Only way humans can beautify the earth.

Joel from Ohio on January 26, 2012:

This was of particular interest to me given my appreciation for signs. Thanks.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on January 26, 2012:

molometer - It is unfortunate, but true, some people really do need these signs ... but no one that we know!!! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoying the unusual signs of the times!

Maude Keating from Tennessee on January 26, 2012:

Maybe it's me, but some of these make sense to me. #21 happened so often where I lived they had to put up a sign like that one. There were no lights to tell when a train was coming and you just could not see them in the dark.

Thanks for the laugh. The cow one would make sense if a cow stood on unstable ground, but why would they let them stand there to begin with?

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on January 26, 2012: