Signs are supposed to have the most basic of practical purposes. They can give directions, for example, or give the name of a street or place. Perhaps they are there to warn us of a potential hazard up ahead.

Sometimes though, a warning sign can instill more fear and trepidation in a person than is strictly necessary. Sure, it's better to be safe than sorry, but who really wants to be told to watch out for falling snakes? I mean, how often is that really happening?

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a series of sinister signs that captured people's attention for their slightly threatening nature. Sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes deadly serious, these are the kind of warnings that everyone is definitely taking notice of! Which is, ultimately, the point in putting up signs in the first place.

Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Sign At An Irish Zoo

Sign At An Irish Zoo

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MagicalUnicorn 4 weeks ago

fair warning

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#2

Sarcasm Meets Capitalism

Sarcasm Meets Capitalism

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Asat Voong 4 weeks ago

Best Ad 2019

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#3

It’s Only Fair

It’s Only Fair

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Jo Johannsen 4 weeks ago

Snakes behind a mesh fence?!?! *runs away screaming*

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#4

This Sign At My Uncles House

This Sign At My Uncles House

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Sean Reynolds 4 weeks ago

Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again

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#5

I Noticed A New Sign At My Doctors Office

I Noticed A New Sign At My Doctors Office

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Foxxy 4 weeks ago (edited)

What?? People get a lollipop after vaccinations. All I got was a sore arm (and protection from vaccine preventable diseases).

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#7

Good Advice

Good Advice

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ADHORTATOR 4 weeks ago

I have this on my office wall and on my working jacket.----

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#8

At Pittsburgh Zoo - What?

At Pittsburgh Zoo - What?

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chachkimooch 4 weeks ago

She kinda reminds me of Samira Wiley from Orange is the New Black.

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#9

This Corn Maze Sign

This Corn Maze Sign

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Roger Haywood 4 weeks ago

Don't they mean maize?

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#10

Thanks For The Heads Up

Thanks For The Heads Up

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#11

I Mean... It’s Not Wrong

I Mean... It’s Not Wrong

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Invisible Killer Platypus 4 weeks ago

Oh snap

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#12

Presenting Exhibit A

Presenting Exhibit A

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Ben Smith 4 weeks ago

But you’ll still win sadly. They’ll find some reason it wasn’t your fault...even though it 100% was

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#13

I Have Well Meaning Neighbours Who Knock On My Door At All Times (All Times) To Inform Me Of Neighbourhood Discord

I Have Well Meaning Neighbours Who Knock On My Door At All Times (All Times) To Inform Me Of Neighbourhood Discord

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Francis 4 weeks ago

i need this!

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#14

This Sign

This Sign

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ADHORTATOR 4 weeks ago

Have a look at the famous german shortfilm "Staplerfahrer Klaus" (you don't need to understand german to appreciate :-))

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#15

Nope

Nope

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Jo Johannsen 4 weeks ago

I thought horses were herbivores? Oh, look out, Herb!

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#16

This Sign Outside A Cabin My Family Is Staying In

This Sign Outside A Cabin My Family Is Staying In

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Fruzsina Märcz 4 weeks ago

Which bear doesn't kill you, makes you a revenant.

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#17

Gotta Be Bold To Urinate In Public In Tirana, Albania

Gotta Be Bold To Urinate In Public In Tirana, Albania

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Human #1,232,867 4 weeks ago

Same in China.

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#18

At The Hippo Exhibit

At The Hippo Exhibit

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Asat Voong 4 weeks ago (edited)

warning...shit happens

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#19

This Sign At My Local Orthodox Church

This Sign At My Local Orthodox Church

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Francis 4 weeks ago

this is terrifying! Oo

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#20

Take A Guess

Take A Guess

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Dave van Es 4 weeks ago

Always yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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#21

Alligators Love Kids

Alligators Love Kids

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Stevie 4 weeks ago

Kinda looks like the alligator is wearing sunglasses

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#22

Public Service Announcement To All Kids

Public Service Announcement To All Kids

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Roger Haywood 4 weeks ago

So you're on the ride until an emergency happens? No wonder people are crying.

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#23

This Is A Real Sign

This Is A Real Sign

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mcsa student 4 weeks ago

pretty accurate.

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#24

At A Nearby Wolf Sanctuary

At A Nearby Wolf Sanctuary

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TheExtremeSmell 4 weeks ago

Imagine trying to rob the place and not realizing there are wolves

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#25

Crocodile Enclosure At Sydney Aquarium

Crocodile Enclosure At Sydney Aquarium

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Toujin C'Thlu 4 weeks ago

And if the crocodile doesn't kill you, you're either lucky or not human

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#26

Seen At My Local Tattoo Studio

Seen At My Local Tattoo Studio

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Roger Haywood 4 weeks ago

But my tattoo is on my neck....................

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#27

Just Another Day In Alaska

Just Another Day In Alaska

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Invisible Killer Platypus 4 weeks ago

yeah...thats not scary at all

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#28

Texas, Home Of The World's Scariest Sign

Texas, Home Of The World's Scariest Sign

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MagicalUnicorn 4 weeks ago

sounds kinda like Australia

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#29

This Is How Our Tigers See You

This Is How Our Tigers See You

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Foxxy 4 weeks ago

We look delicious.

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#30

Trust Me, I Won't

Trust Me, I Won't

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Jo Johannsen 4 weeks ago

Or make jokes about his name.

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#31

No Idea What It Means But Can't Be Good

No Idea What It Means But Can't Be Good

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Kalaih Zora 4 weeks ago

In Spanish, the testicles are called "eggs"

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#32

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee-Uh Oh!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee-Uh Oh!

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Eirik Johnsbråten 4 weeks ago

That's oddly specific.

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#33

No Worries, 3 Layers Of Glass Still Remain To Protect You From The King Of The Jungle

No Worries, 3 Layers Of Glass Still Remain To Protect You From The King Of The Jungle

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Chyppa Homer 4 weeks ago

Glass expert evaluated it, and then got the hell outta there :D

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#34

My Relaxing Road Trip From Darwin To Melbourne, Australia

My Relaxing Road Trip From Darwin To Melbourne, Australia

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Foxxy 4 weeks ago

This is Australia, need I say more.

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#35

A Good Reminder Not To Drown

A Good Reminder Not To Drown

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Foxxy 4 weeks ago

Yeah, I have heard that.

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#36

Killer Coconuts In Oahu Hi

Killer Coconuts In Oahu Hi

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MikeyG 4 weeks ago

You are still 30 times more likely to die from a falling coconut than a shark attack.

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#37

Advertisement For An Anti-Malaria Medicine (1941)

Advertisement For An Anti-Malaria Medicine (1941)

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Kathy Baylis 4 weeks ago (edited)

Would also make a good pro-vaccination advertisement. “These people’s parents didn’t believe in vaccination”.

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#38

Found This Gem At A Local Bulk Foods Store

Found This Gem At A Local Bulk Foods Store

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eliana 4 weeks ago

children must have cyclops supervision

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#39

Ominous AF

Ominous AF

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Daniel Lewis 4 weeks ago

I think I saw that episode of the Twilight Zone.

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#40

Ummm... Okay?

Ummm... Okay?

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Jo Johannsen 4 weeks ago

If your kids "live" here, they are zombies: drive as fast as you can!

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