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Signs :) by kristinekm on 20 June 2005 1:24am
International Signs (Mis-Translations)

- Acapulco hotel sign: The manager has personally passed all the water served here.
- Athens, Greece hotel: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.
- Austrian hotel catering to skiers: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
- Bangkok dry cleaners: Drop your trousers here for best results.
- Bangkok temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.
- Belgrade hotel elevator: To move the cabin, push botton for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
- Bucharest hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
- Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.
- Czechoslovakian tourist agency: Take one of our horse-driven city tours--we guarantee no miscarriages.
- Denmark: in a Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.
- Finnish washroom faucet: To stop the drip, turn cock to right.
- Germany's Black forest sign: It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.
- Hong Kong supermarket: For your convenience, we recommend courageous, efficient self-service.
- Hong Kong tailor shop: Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
- Istanbul hotel corridor sign: Please to evacuate in hall especially which is accompanied by rude noises.
- Japanese hotel room: Please to bathe inside the tub.
- Japanese hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
- Japanese information booklet about a hotel air conditioner: Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of war in your room, please control yourself.
- Kyushi, Japan Detour sign: Stop: Drive Sideways.
- Leipzig elevator: Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.
- London department store: Bargain basement upstairs.
- London office: After tea break staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.
- Majorcan shop entrance: English well talking.
- Majorcan shop entrance: Here speeching American.
- Moscow hotel lobby across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
- Moscow hotel room door: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.
- Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
- Paris dress shop: Dresses for street walking.
- Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.
- Rhodes tailor shop: Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.
- Roman doctor's office: Specialist in women and other diseases.
- Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
- Sweden: in the window of a Swedish furrier: Fur coats made for ladies from their own skin.
- Swiss mountain inn: Special today -- no ice cream.
- Thailand: an ad for donkey rides asked Would you like to ride on your own ass?
- Tokyo bar: Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
- Tokyo hotel: Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing is please not to read this notice.
- Tokyo shop: Our nylons cost more than common, but you’ll find they are best in the long run.
- Vienna, Austria hotel: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.
- Yugoslavia: a sign in a hotel read The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid. Turn to her straightaway.
- Yugoslavia: in the Europa Hotel, in Sarajevo, you will find this message on every door: Guests should announce the abandonment of theirs rooms before 12 o'clock, emptying the room at the latest until 14 o'clock, for the use of the room before 5 at the arrival or after the 16 o'clock at the departure, will be billed as one night more..
- Zurich hotel: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

Re: Signs :) by pollyanna199 on 20 June 2005 7:18am
LOL those are great. Priceless.
Re: Signs :) by beccles on 20 June 2005 9:41am
LOL!!! I literally laughed out loud!

Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

Re: Signs :) by perfectbitch on 20 June 2005 10:39am
Great thread (as usual from you) Thanks by the way. Here's 2 that I came accross myself which amused me at the time.

Prague Car park. "Car parking - Non-stop."
Spanish eatery. "All meals served with salad and guarnishment."
Re: Signs :) by DorsetBadger on 20 June 2005 11:05am
They are brilliant - I've just read a similar in Around The World In Farty Haze about a hotel in the Grand Canyon National Park made me chuckle

- On a bathroom wall: Warning - Reclaimed water - DO NOT DRINK FROM TOILET BOWL

Being in America this wasn't a mis-translation - the management didn't want to get sued for somebody having no common sense - who on earth would even think of drinking from a toilet?

Also a friend of mine who is a farmer got a manual with his new tractor he's just bought which had a section on care of his water goats. He eventually worked out it was refering to hydraulic rams!

God bless mis-translations!

Re: Signs :) by Spursfan on 20 June 2005 11:07am
I just love the Istanbul hotel sign!!

Laughed until I cried!!


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