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Lonely Planet Signspotting 2 : The World's Most Absurd Signs (Lonely Planet Signspotting) (No. 2) Paperback – September 1, 2007


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"Danger: These signs may cause excessive laughter." -- USA Today, November 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2nd edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741791820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741791822
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 4.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Doug Lansky is an American travel writer based in Sweden. He spent about 10 years traveling the world nonstop, visiting over 100 countries, and has since lived outside the US for an additional 13 years. Doug has contributed to Esquire, Men's Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, Reader's Digest, COLORS Magazine, Public Radio, and many others. He has written books for Rough Guides and Lonely Planet (advice and photo books, not guides) and has had a nationally syndicated travel column in 40 newspapers around the United States. He has always been mindful of the effects of travel writing and the impact of tourism, and currently writes about this in a regular column for Skift.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy1018 on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim after reading a few pages, and it was well worth buying. It's a collection of laugh-out-loud funny signs from around the world. Each sign is accompanied by a humorous remark. Some are poor translations, others are funny taken out of context, and others are just ironic or ridiculous.
I found it so amusing, I bought the first in the series, and took them with me while visiting family for Thanskgiving. Leaving them on the coffee table, folks of all ages (teens, parents of young kids and grandparents) picked them up over the course of several days, reading them to one another and laughing out loud.
I like "Signspotting 2" slightly better than the first, "Signspotting" only because the photos are better quality/resolution, but both are great reads.

Lonely Planet Signspotting (Lonely Planet Pictorial)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Menasco on May 19, 2008
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This would be a great gift for anyone in the hospital, recovering at home or a gift for that person "that has everything!" These signs are REAL, the photographers who spotted these signs and took the time to back up, dig out the camera, snap the picture and email it to Doug Lansky, deserve much credit!!

Doug Lansky is a great guy to put it all together, so we can sit and laugh our fool heads off!! A GREAT GIFT BOOK FOR ANYONE!!

Yeah, the picture I submitted to Doug is also in the book (shame shame!)
Seriously, this is a very funny book!!
S.M. from Elk Grove, CA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on August 18, 2008
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Signspotting 2 continues the franchise with more humorous wit and wisdom gleaned from oddball and haphazard signs around the globe. Small doses of this humor have been shown to dispel gloom, get small groups laughing, and cause good-natured head scratching. Grab a copy and keep it close---you never know when stuff this funny might make someone's day.

I do have to say that the captions prove a bit distracting and that I think most folks would rather come up with their own tag lines for these truly funny photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Kaye Moser on February 8, 2008
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Lonely Planet Signspotting 2 : The World's Most Absurd Signs (Lonely Planet Signspotting) A gift for the person who has everything. Both of the sign spotting books by this author are fun, amusing and inclined to have readers looking for their own funny signs as they travel. These books are good for passing around or even "regifting" (if you are willing to give them up).
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Knowing my love of unintentionally humorous signs, newspaper headlines, and so on, my wife bought me a copy of Doug Lansky's Signspotting 2 when it first came out several years ago. It is absolutely one of the most sidesplitting collections of photographs and brief captions I've ever seen. Be aware that some of the humor that comes through is a tad racy, but, frankly, that's part of the fun. One of the things that is so fascinating about Lansky's collection is that while some of the humor in the signs clearly is the result of misguided translation into English by non-English speakers, some of these signs come from the USA, the UK, Australia, and other English-speaking countries. Some of the signs are funny because they are pictured out of context (e.g. a sign that says "Entrance Only...Do Not Enter"), some are funny because of the quirky connotations that result from the specific idioms of various forms of English around the world, but most are funny because someone, somewhere either didn't know the English language particularly well, or just plain didn't think about the ramifications of what they named their business or how they juxtaposed words on their signs. It's a hoot and highly recommended for adults!
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This was a great idea for book that was very poorly done in the original book. When I first opened this sequel and came across the lion picture with arrow sign and no dumping $50 000 fine sign, I feared this book would be filled with the same low quality and mostly unhumorous signage of the original sign spotting book. Thankfully they seem to have used up the average stuff in that first book and this one's first two pages. No doubt after the first one came out, backpackers everywhere flooded Lonely Planet's publishers with their own better quality and funnier signs from their travels. There's some extremely funny signs in this sequel, most are a poor translation into English from the original language, some just have messages for multiple things together on the one sign, that when read as one sentence mean something totally else.

The book still could be improved by having better information such as a street address to where these signs actually are so travellers can find them and check them out for themselves.

Forget the first book and get this sequel instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Marshall on February 4, 2008
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Both of the Signspotting books are bust out loud funny. The second one if anything is even more histerical than the first one. These are must haves.
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I have traveled to 66 countries and I love noticing oddities in signage. The sign spotting books collect the best examples of these intercultural gaffs, many of which are laugh-out-loud funny! Why would anyone who reads English want to eat somewhere titlesd "Nasty Buffet?" What was the intended name? Yet when you try to analyze the signs, they often reveal a great deal about intercultural differences. For example, is "Please notice the safety" less helpful than "Watch your head?" How do you watch your own head? With a mirror? Perhaps noticing safety is a good start for being safe. Or a sign reading "Racism and outside food not allowed" is intriguing. Why this combination? Are food smugglers inherently racist? Perhaps the caution about racism is simply a good idea?
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