Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Lost in translation

A friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook today, and I shared it as I thought it would be great if you found it and used it for Rinda's scavenger picture for an unintentionally funny sign
It amused me because the red sign obviously refers to the fact that the road is under maintenance and the cats eyes have been taken out.  The fact that it's next to the sign for a vets made it funny.

However ... turns out that they don't have 'cats eyes' in their roads in America and some of my Facebook friends thought it was horrific!  Apparently George Bernard Shaw said that the USA and England were 'two nations divided by a common language' and I guess it's true. So for my American friends who think I have a cruel sense of humour here's the story of the Cat's Eye !

And I'm still on the hunt for my own funny sign.  I did drive out to a nearby village which is called 'Ugley' at the weekend as I know that there is a Women's Group there called the Ugley Women's Institute but it turns out they don't advertise themselves in any signage!

14 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

I must admit I think the sign is hilarious....and had to smile at the obvious confusion of some of our American friends on Facebook.
I'm not surprised the Women's Institute don't advertise themselves!!

Cheri said...

We do have reflective strips in the roadway, but I've never heard them called anything but reflectors. I read that sign literally (obviously) and couldn't imagine why they would advertise such a heinous thing!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Ah-ha! Ok, NOW it makes sense! Kind of like my sign that I posted today saying "today's flavor is TURTLE." I thought everyone knew that turtle flavor was chocolate, caramel and pecans but turns out I was wrong. Haha - love our silly little differences.

Hey, speaking of differences, how'd you like the American pudding? ;o)

Louise said...

ha ha...a good one!!

Abi said...

This made me laugh a lot! The sign and the confusion it caused! I love quirky road signs and am on the look out for mine!

Amy said...

That's a really good one!

We get the reference down here, call them the same thing.

Karen said...

Love this sign Debs - I can understand how it could be confusing though.

Maria Ontiveros said...

It is a great capture; too bad you weren't the one who took it.
Rinda

Sian said...

Eugh. Gross. As TSO would say

Miriam said...

Thats the funniest thing I have seen for ages!

Ruth said...

I laughed out loud when I first saw it ~ brilliant!

Gail said...

I was really wondering about that one. Thanks for the explanation. :)

Becky said...

This made me laugh, then I laughed even more at the reaction of the Americans!!

Rachel B said...

So funny Deb! Such a shame the WI didn't have a sign up! Lol :)