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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Stitch!, July 28, 2011
This review is from: Lonely Planet Signspotting 2 : The World's Most Absurd Signs (Lonely Planet Signspotting) (No. 2) (Paperback)
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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