This was contributed by Wayne Norman. It was taken during summer of 2012, in London. Wayne tells me the sign was a long way from any Olympic venue (but clearly a nice place for Olympic officials to stop for a pint!)
This one is on the escalator at the Fairmont Royal York (hotel) in Toronto. For those of you who don’t know it, the Royal York is a fancy hotel, the kind where events get held at which long dresses are not unlikely. That, of course, explains why the sign is needed. But it also suggests that long dresses may be sufficiently common that a sign like this may not be sufficient.
The sign is also interestingly lackadaisical. Long dresses may get caught. You know, it happens.
This is quite a different kind of normative sign. It’s a pictogram showing how to use a piece of exercise equipment, namely an ergometer (rowing machine).
I suspect there are 3 implicit messages, here.
(Photo courtesy of Sam B.)
What’s going on here? Is this sign self-contradictory? Or merely emphatic? Or is it a requirement that you first STOP, and then yield to, say, traffic coming from another direction? If it IS meant to imply something like the latter, how is anyone supposed to guess that?
(photo contributed by Julien Bissonnette)
This one is aimed at truckers; very few people other than truckers know what engine brakes are, anyway. Engine braking is a way of abruptly slowing a truck’s engine as a way of slowing the vehicle (sort of like shifting down). It’s loud as hell, which is why it’s forbidden in lots of residential areas.
I guess the injunction here is “don’t do something noisy, unless you really need to.”
(photo contributed by Jonas Dow)