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Old July 5th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #421
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A toll road with a gare de péage (toll station) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Who would have thought!

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Old July 5th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #422
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"God sees everything", in Bukavu (DRC).

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Old July 5th, 2010, 10:31 PM   #423
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Adding text to symbol signs is sometimes useful, but can be confusing as well:

The normal meaning of this symbol is "no parking", but the text says "stopping forbidden" (stopverbod in Dutch). So we have a contradicting text and symbol on this sign.

Just around the corner another confusing example:

- The symbol sign says "no parking".
- The text in the symbol sign says "no stopping".
- And the sub-sign (in English!) says "parking allowed for 1 h max".
The signs would be correct if they leave out the words "stop verbod" in the above examples. It wouldn't surprise me if the local road authority think "stop verbod" means "no parking" and they're therefore unaware about the contradictiousness of these signs.
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Old July 6th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #424
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That PARKING ALLOWED sign looks like an American one. I love these.
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Old July 6th, 2010, 03:12 PM   #425
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Now check out the last photo in ths set:

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Obligatory exit for hazardous materials? Now there's an instance of information that really should be conveyed in something other than (or something in addition to) text, and probably would be in the U.S. Cheers! :-)
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Old July 6th, 2010, 04:11 PM   #426
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lol that is 1960's / 1970's signage. You can still find it in some areas in France, and even in their former colonies (I found a similar sign in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.)
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Old July 6th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #427
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If you don't know German, the word Eisenbahn is just a bunch of random letters and could mean banana or cauliflower for all you know.

Of course it doesn't mean anything to you if you don't know what it means.
I know a little about German, and the ending "bahn" indicates (to me) some sort of long flat straight thing used for transportation - maybe a railroad, maybe a highway (I'm not educated enough in German to know if it's specific to non-rail applications...) But I don't know what "eisen" means.
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Old July 6th, 2010, 09:31 PM   #428
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eisen is iron. in almost all european languages "iron" is the root in the word "railway". really only few don't have it (as far as i know, only dutch, polish, basque and english)
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Old July 6th, 2010, 09:49 PM   #429
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Yeah, the Spanish word for "railway" is "ferrocarril" with "ferro" coming from the Latin root for "iron".
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ferrovia stands for railroad in italian.
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eisen is iron. in almost all european languages "iron" is the root in the word "railway". really only few don't have it (as far as i know, only dutch, polish, basque and english)
Polish had it some time ago. In 19. century the term was droga żelazna - literally "iron road". There was also a synonim, kolej żelazna, which shortened to kolej is used today.


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TIMETABLE
for passenger trains
on Warsaw - Vienna Railway

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And to stay on topic something for those who love the text-based signs (and can read quickly):

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Watch out for crocs in Zwolle!
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Zwolle-sur-Congo ?
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This sign would be usefull in Florida
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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #436
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Polish had it some time ago. In 19. century the term was droga żelazna - literally "iron road". There was also a synonim, kolej żelazna, which shortened to kolej is used today.
Like in Slovak..

Iron - "železo"

Railways - "Železnice"

Railroad - "Železničná trať (older term -dráha, like polish droga)"
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This sign would be usefull in Florida
The crocs will soon be drowned in oil anyway, so no use in installing such sings.
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Old July 11th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #439
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So in 30 meters you come 88 km closer to Sao Paulo, and 678(!) to Rio, while to Salvador you go 14 km away
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