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About the Author

Doug Lansky contributes to Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and other publications, while serving as travel editor for Scandinavian Airlines' in-flight magazine. To date, he has been on the road for roughly ten years in more than 100 countries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Signspotting: Lost & Loster in Translation
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535222
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 4.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 15 people found the following review helpful By worldtraveler on December 27, 2009
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I bought this book for my 12 year old daughter for Christmas, who has enjoyed the earlier editions of this series. So I was very disappointed, in reading through it, that there are several references to sexual things, both slang and direct, which I don't feel are at all appropriate. The earlier books, to my recollection, are much more G-rated. It really ruined my enjoyment of it personally, and I regretfully put the book away as I do not want it in my daughter's library.

I believe the author has enough signs sent to him to choose from, that he can make his next book with humor everyone can enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on October 22, 2009
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Dr. Zipper, Toiletman and the Hoebowl are all featured in this book of signs photographed from all over the world. Not the most sophisticated reading in the world but as a long-distance traveler myself I can tell you it represents some of the funnier things you see while on the road.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on January 26, 2011
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Most of the time, unintentional humor is the funniest kind of humor and this collection of various signs from around the world is a case in point. The humor in many of the signs is due to an awkward or wrong translation into English, but there are quite a few original English language signs that have inadvertently stumbled into humor. A large proportion of signs fall either into the bedroom or bathroom category of humor, so if you are offended by either one of those two kinds of humor this book will not be for you. One of my favorite signs in this collection comes from my native Croatia and it seems to combine both the bedroom and bathroom humor: it is a pictorial sign that seems to urge women not to urinate topless. You can't make stuff like that up.

All of the pictures in this collection are well done. They come with an accompanying snarky comment and an info on the location of the said sign and the name of the photographer who took the picture.

Overall, this is a very funny collection of signs and if you are into this kind of humor you will find yourself laughing on almost every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Fulton on June 8, 2010
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Of the three, this is the least best. I don't want to say worst, because it isn't bad, it just isn't quite as funny as the other two. And yes, this is the one to maybe keep away from the younger kids. The age limit is up to the individual. Personally, I wouldn't have "too" much of a problem with a 12 or 13 year old look at it. They aren't going to "get" all of the innuendo. Some might, but not all. I know some adults that wouldn't get it. But keep in mind this is a little more "non-family" friendly. The other two are like rated G to PG, this is more rated PG to PG-13ish. Be warned. If it's a gift for say an under 18 individual, look through it to make sure you think it's appropriate for them. Bu overall, like I say, this wasn't quite as funny as the first two. This is more giggle factor than laugh out loud factor.
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By J. Vasilius on July 16, 2013
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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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By Scot10 on May 13, 2015
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This series of books reduces me to tears of laughter! Not only are the signs funny, but the comments by the author are also hilarious. I ordered several of these to take as Thank You gifts for friends we will be visiting in May and June. As a caution, if gifting, you need to know what appeals to the sense of humor of those who will receive. Numerous signs and comments involve "bathroom humor" !
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By FloridaCoast on February 21, 2011
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If you have seen these books, you'll know what they are and love this one too. I look forward to more. If you haven't, these are photos of actual signs taken in mainly foreign countries that don't make sense in English, have bizarre names for establishments, etc. Some had us laughing out loud.
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