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I’ve Reached a Milestone

picture of a borne

Most people are familiar with the word milestone. We associate the word with an important event or turning point in a person's life or career, in the history of a nation, or in some field of knowledge. Many people, though, don't know the origin of the word. A milestone is/was a stone marker set up on a roadside to indicate the distance in miles from a given point. That "given point" is actually the destination, but we commonly use milestone to measure distances from the starting point. The picture at the beginning of this post is the kind of "milestone" still used along roads in France — it's called a borne. In Mille Bornes, a game based on this, the goal is to go 1,000 kilometers to win.

Today's blog post is a milestone for me — it's my 500th post! I have no idea how far I'll be able to go on this journey, but I'm amazed to have 500 posts behind me now. In honor of that and in consideration of the French borne, I am going to post some humorous signs from around the world.

I was amused by this French sign, wondering where and why strolling is forbidden. (Il est interdit de flâner = Strolling is forbidden.)

picture of funny foreign sign

Here's a sign to an eleventh century church in France. Since it is apparently frequented by thieves, don't leave valVables in your car!

picture of funny foreign sign

It seems that no one does funny signs better than Asians do. This next sign shows a beautiful way to phrase a harsh reality.

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This one also has a certain beauty about it.

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I guess democracy is a slippery slope?

picture of funny foreign sign

Don't try to go to this place wearing a "wife beater"!

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I'm glad that an apology has been issued in advance, just in case people have to deal with an annoyance like convenience.

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Imagine what these guys would do with even more letters!

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I'd love to know where this sign is located.

picture of funny foreign sign

I've stated before that what I call "international illiterate signs" are not always clear to me. I'll end with a sign that I really wish had words.

picture of funny foreign sign

Does that sign mean "Beware of falling victims of decapitation!" or "Don't kowtow to guillotines!" or what?

I was overwhelmed by the response to my latest blog post about cursive writing. The comments came in so fast on the blog itself, by e-mail, and on Facebook that I am not able to reply to them all. Thanks for understanding.

If you are a fairly new reader, I encourage you to explore the other 499 posts. You'll find all sorts of humorous and interesting things. In the right-hand sidebar, there's a "tag cloud" with 200 topics on which you can find humor. Click on the word of your choice and you'll go to a list of all the posts on that topic.


"Every time you sin, you're worshiping the devil." — David Hosaflook

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Gangsters killed him — he knew too much.

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11 Comments on “I’ve Reached a Milestone”

  1. #1 James
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Heard of the headless horseman? That last sign must be for the headless cowboy!

    Rob adds: James, that’s crazy enough to be the solution! 😀

  2. #2 Vikki
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Congrats on 500 postings!! Looking forward 500 more!

    I’m glad they posted words with the “Please Dress Politely” sign. Otherwise it could have been read as “No Shirts Allowed”. Kinda the opposite meaning.

    Rob adds: Thanks, Vikki! Usually places stipulate that customers must wear a shirt of some sort, so what looks like a no-shirt sign *would* make you wonder.

  3. #3 Michael
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Congratulations on your 500th post! You should have a contest like Apple did recently where the person who downloaded their 10 millionth app (I believe) received a $10,000 gift card. I believe the winner was a lady from the UK.

    Rob adds: It would be nice to be able to give away a $10,000 gift card. I think Apple has more money than I do….

  4. #4 Kristin
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Congrats on your 500th post! Looking forward to 500 more!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Kristin!

  5. #5 Nancy
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’m surprised that the last sign eludes you, Rob. Clearly, that is a “Yak Attack” sign and is probably signage from a first generation YakDonalds.

    Rob adds: That may be right, Nancy. It definitely wouldn’t be Wendy’s since we know “where the beef is” in this sign.

  6. #6 Ruth
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I love Mille Bornes! The Coup-Fourre shout is the best. As a funny side note, we actually played it in Switzerland when I was on the German team. Frau Long didn’t care for the Coup-Fourre shout, though. We had to loudly whisper it.

    Rob adds: We used to play Mille Bornes when I was a child. I was surprised when I saw a picture of some of my relatives in France playing Mille Bornes at their dining room table. It didn’t fully dawn on me the Frenchness of that game. Duh, huh?!

  7. #7 Beth
    on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    To your flâner sign, I understood the word to mean loiter instead of stroll. The Quebec slang used the word flâner to mean loaf around, loiter, or even be lazy.

    Thanks for the laughs!

    Rob adds: In the French of France the word flâner can have additional uses that mean what you’ve said, but its primary meaning there is to stroll. Strolling is a fairly lazy way of walking, and so I can see the connection with loafing/loitering. Québecois definitely has some word usages that differ from those in France. If the sign is from Québec, it very well may apply to loitering.

  8. #8 Carrie
    on Feb 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Too funny. I love the LDH guys. 🙂

    Rob adds: I know — isn’t it a hoot?! 😀

  9. #9 deb :)
    on Feb 4th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    This is a really a good post, I enjoyed the signs! “Congratulations” on 500 posts, WOW!!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Deb. Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. #10 Dalton
    on Feb 4th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I have been reading your blog ever since you told me about it. I love the cartoons and the signs. They make me laugh every time! They are SOOO FUNNY!!!!!!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Dalton! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed things so far. Not everything will strike you as funny as other things do, but then those things will crack someone else up. That’s just how humor works. Take care! Love, Uncle Rob

  11. #11 Sue
    on Feb 5th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    These are great! My thought on the last one is similar to James’ – I thought perhaps it might be “Beware the Headless Matador”.

    Rob adds: That could work, Sue.