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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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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By ss on December 16, 2013
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another edition of this very funny series of sign books. I bought the other sign books and each one is as funny as the next. Some inappropriate signs (even though in the country they are posted, the signs aren't racy) so I had to censor it for my 10 year old.
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Hysterical road and business signage from all over the world. Great for laughs, and definitely indicative that some parts of the world -- including, unfortunately, America -- don't know English as well as they'd like to think they do.
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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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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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