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Old June 22nd, 2010, 07:25 PM   #321
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 09:27 PM   #322
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Roadsign in Pecica, Romania:



It means drunk citizens.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 09:28 PM   #323
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if I read it, it sounds like it says: "Tormented Citizens"
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 09:41 PM   #324
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yeah, "turmentați" = drunk
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:05 PM   #325
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Still nice:



(ganzen = geese)
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:09 PM   #326
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Doesn't look like a goose....
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 10:20 PM   #327
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The sign means "domestic animals crossing", not necessarily cows!
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 02:20 AM   #328
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It's not a matter of assuming Americans are stupid, although I realize that assumption is fashionable in parts of Europe. Just think of the history: this is a large and essentially monolingual country. Many people spend their entire lives without ever getting anywhere near an area where a language other than English is spoken, and the number of non-native-speakers - forgetting about immigrants - using the roads in a given area at a given time is very low. When road signage started to develop, writing things out in English would have been the natural way to do it - understandable to just about anyone. Why develop a symbol system? In fact, it probably wouldn't have occurred to anyone to do so. The symbol system Europeans are used to developed in an environment where writing everything in the local language has its drawbacks, the main one being that significant numbers of people who don't understand the local language will be in or passing through the area...
It doesn't have anything to do with intellectual levels indeed. It's just a bit of a habit and so far there has been no reason to adjust those habits (and I can't blame them for that).

In this case however, I would be confused into thinking that the subsign tells me that I'm allowed only to turn to the right when the red light is on (since that seems to be allowed on all intersections if there's no subsign saying it's not). Looking at the picture I can clearly see that the green light is an arrow to the right and as such deduct that they actually mean that if the light is red, that I shouldn't turn right any more...

But if it takes that long to understand a light, you're in for problems. Much simpler would've been to just give all the colours the shape of an arrow to the right and just abandon the sign... Or of course change the text to what Fargo Wolf said in his post.

As for the symbols instead of text: the main idea was indeed to have a uniform traffic signalisation in the whole of Europe, but also it's a lot easier to recognise the shape of a sign than first having to read the text on it to grasp what it says. Luckily most of those texts are at least somewhat the same everywhere, otherwise it wouldn't be efficient at all since you would have to spend a lot of time reading the signs and you'd end up not paying enough attention to the road.

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 08:47 PM   #329
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 11:02 PM   #330
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I don't understand what you should do when you see this sign:



Slow down? No, because you want to pass that falling rocks area as quickly as possible because rocks may fall on your car.
Go faster? No, because rocks may fall in front of you car and you won't be able to avoid crashing into them.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #331
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I don't understand what you should do when you see this sign:



Slow down? No, because you want to pass that falling rocks area as quickly as possible because rocks may fall on your car.
Go faster? No, because rocks may fall in front of you car and you won't be able to avoid crashing into them.
The US has a text-based version of that sign, reading "Watch for fallen rocks" - I just drive normally, there's not much you can do about rocks falling on your car, and generally the road has been there long enough that any bigger rocks that could fall onto the road have already done so, and most of the rocks that do fall onto the road - if there are any at all - are small enough to drive past or over without any damage to the car, or if they're too big for that then they're nearly always small enough that you can just get out of your car and move them yourself.
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"Watch out for fallen rocks" is indeed the meaning of that sign. It doesn't tell you that you should watch out from rocks falling from above since there's no way you can evade those anyway...

Besides, pretty much all rocks that "fall" on streets actually roll down the slope onto the road and therefore are less dangerous. This sign just warns you that this could occasionally happen.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 05:32 PM   #333
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Here is one from home, Kosovo.


"Undressing is Forbidden"

....ok this one is a photoshop but quiete good....

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Old June 25th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #334
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Two signs in Ecuador. The first one is very popular on Ecuadorian roads where there have been many accidents. it is an official sign by the transit authorities. The second one speaks for itself

It reads: "I am waiting for you"



It reads on left "do not overtake on curves"
It reads on right "obey the signal"
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Old June 25th, 2010, 01:36 PM   #335
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On the left sign of the second photo, if it were in Spain, it would say "Prohibido adelantar en las curvas".

Anyway, that death sign is
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Old June 25th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #336
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In Romania there are signs mounted by the police on roads with high rate of accidents that says: "Stop the accidents, life has priority."

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Old June 27th, 2010, 05:24 PM   #337
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Sea lion warning, on the French island of Kerguelen, in the South Indian Ocean.

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is that really a traffic sign?
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Old June 28th, 2010, 09:21 AM   #339
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It reads on left "do not overtake on curves"
It reads on right "obey the signal"
Are those actual grave sites?
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Old June 28th, 2010, 09:58 AM   #340
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Are those actual grave sites?
Not actual graves per se, but it is tradition in Latin America to put a cross where somebody has died in an automobile accident.... so that is REALLY a dangerous curve
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