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"Eccentric Signs I Have Seen" Personal Page by glabah

If No One Knows where the Road Goes, Who Built It?

I think my all-time favorite sign will always be this one. Unfortunately, in late 2011 it was removed as apparently the park staff had gotten tired of hearing comments about it.

Despite the intent of the sign, it is especially appropriate here on VT, I think.

The final Calvin and Hobbs cartoon ever drawn, published on December 31st, 1995, has Calvin comparing the white winter landscape to a blank piece of paper, and how the future opens up before them. After a night time snow storm makes the world covered in fresh white:

"Everything familiar has disappeared! The world looks brand new! A new year, a fresh clean start! It's like we have a big white sheet of paper to draw on! A day full of possibilities! It's a magical world, Hobbes ol' buddy, let's go exploring!"

All we have to work with is the clean sheet of paper that is before us, called the future. It's a magical world indeed. Let's go exploring.

Even if we don't quite know where the road goes.

For many years, this sign was the sign in Champoeg State Park directing people to the information and visitor's center from the main bike trail.

Instructions on How to Use the Public Park:

In the event you were wondering, this sign states:

"This park is for
Enjoyng Shore Views
Picnicking, Biking
Exercising and Relaxing"

Should there be any question about how you are to make use of the park.
(except the bike path from here doesn't actually go anywhere - it is basically a 100 foot long sidewalk from one end of the park to the other...).

- Smith Cove Park, Seattle:

End of the Road - but Only from Dawn to Dusk!

Two things I find entertaining about this one:

City of Bainbridge Island: Public Road End!
(in the event that the large concrete barriers and the waters of Puget Sound aren't enough to tell you that the road ends here)

Hours: Dawn to Dusk
So, does the road only end here from dawn to dusk, at which time a bridge magically appears?

And yes, I do understand what the sign means, but it just seems a strange way to word it.

No Swimming in the Grass or Rocks!

Castle Rock, Washington would like to remind you that it is a bad idea to swim in the rock pile, or in the grass.

There is actually a small pond here, which serves as an overflow for treated wastewater from their sewage plant. The water is clean enough to not smell, but dirty enough they don't want people swimming in it.

However, the pond is invisible from a distance as it is hidden behind the pile of rocks.

Thus, this sign seems to indicate that swimming is prohibited where there isn't any water.

This Road is Closed!

In the event that the pile of rocks, the chain link fence, the huge concrete wall, and the taller fence on the rise beyond the wall aren't enough to convey the message that you can't get there from here....

This sign is located in my own neighborhood, where a road was removed 30 years ago to make way for a limited access highway.

Flying Bicyclists Smack You in the Rear End There

Alternate Meaning?

Giant Pedestrians Grab your Front Tire

The meaning of this sign seems clear to me. However, there was actually an article about this sign in our local newspaper because there was an argument about the true meaning of the sign. It was suspected by the anti-bike crowd that bicyclists with jet engines on their back would come flying out of nowhere and smack people on the rear end. Thus, the warning sign.

Bicyclists, however, claimed that the sign warned of huge pedestrians that might grab the front bicycle tire of any bicyclist coming past and give them a nasty surprise.

As it turns out, this is just a boring old warning sign for motorists that bikes and pedestrians also use this parking lot in Tigard, Oregon.

Trail May be Used by Those Leaning Left or Right

Usually, these trail signs have marks on them indicating uses. For example, emblems may show hiking and horse back riding, but not mountain biking. Trails in fragile condition may be closed to all uses except hiking.

Not in Yakima, Washington! Here, the big danger is political. This trail sign warns us that this trail may be used by those that go left or those that go right.

If It Rains, Then Drink Wine

For those of us that live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the meaning of this warning label on a box received where I work seems obvious:

If it is raining (which it does most of the winter) then get drunk.
Or maybe drink wine.
Or maybe have a margarita?

Whichever, it obviously means you are supposed to drink something when it is raining.

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