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The wackiest signs we've ever encountered

"High on a mountaintop on the Japanese island of Miyajima, we were informed by a sign on the protocol should we encounter a monkey on the trail...lucky for us, we did not."
"In India, there's a pecking order among modes of transport with everyone sharing the same limited street space, and all use their horns to get others to move over. Mumbai has numerous public service signs like this one. My drivers thought the signs were a success and claimed 'It's much better this year than it was last year.' I can't imagine!"
"Caution! Watch out for winos in Nairobi, Kenya."
"During our cruise on the Yangtze River in China, our tour group visited the Three Gorges Dam. This sign was at the entrance—good thing I didn't bring my 'pretend' plastic knife (from breakfast) that morning! Nor my shampoo bottle (which had 'exploded' during my overseas flight)!"
"Noticeable butts."
"I saw this sign while driving out of Edinburgh, Scotland. This has to be the funniest sign I have ever seen."
"I noticed that only tourists were sitting in the area marked for no sitting. A couple of the ladies were speaking English, but I guess they couldn't read English!"
"Safe pathways? This sign was on the grounds of a lodge in Tanzania. So I guess this means that you are safe as long as you stay on the pathway!"
"No drunken lords allowed! I took this shot of a sign near Chendu, China. It was a sign warning travelers about the risks of riding the cable car down the mountain. I think some of the translation was a little off..."
"A sign in the bathroom in Italy's Cinque Terre. This sign gives interesting instructions for operating the toilet."
"This is a sign outside Taylor's Grocery Restaurant near Oxford, MS. There is usually a wait, but everyone brings coolers and tailgates in the parking lot while they're waiting on their table. You'll see folks playing cards and drinking cocktails."
"What more could you possibly need on a road trip through Arizona?"
"This sign greets tourists on the journey down into Cenote Dzitnup in the Yucatan. We weren't sure what "slepering" meant, but we were careful anyway."
"Japan is known for its beautiful gardens…thus, a Kyoto display of its VIP moss!"
"So you can only ride bikes uphill? Sign seen on the city wall surrounding Xi'an, China. You could walk, or rent bicycles to ride around the 'old city' on top of the city wall, but it was mostly flat—I didn't see any 'Downhills'!"
"Don't handle the bats."
"While my sister-in-law and I were admiring the beauty of Rome and the Vatican, I noticed my husband and his brother laughing and taking a photo. There they were cracking up at this sign, saying something about "no one-legged women are allowed in the Vatican." They laughed about that forever. Men!"
"A  bank sign in Calcutta, India. I couldn't help wonder if this sign was serious. Or was it just kidding."
"Eau de toilette? Oh, the bad wording! This sign outside the very first men's room we encountered at London's Heathrow airport helped me to immediately forget about any thirst I might have developed on a long flight from New York."

LOL! Traveling can often include weird or confusing signs. Here, we dare you to decode some of our favorites from around the world.

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