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Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation (Signspotting: Lost & Loster in Translation) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2009

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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Signspotting: Lost & Loster in Translation
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535225
  • ASIN: B00342VEG0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,809 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Every page is full of guffaws.
Laugh out loud!
Don't think like some series that by the time they get to number 3, they have run out of the really good ones. It is the opposite. The signs are funnier than ever from the first and second books. A real keeper.
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