Signs are supposed to have the most basic and practical purposes. You expect them to be brief, clear, and concise. To provide direction or information and help us glide through life without any worries. But we’ve got to tell you, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Whether it’s the most random announcements or threatening messages from around the world you want to be as far away as possible from, some signs hilariously fail to fulfill their goal.

So let us introduce you to the 'Weird Signs' Facebook page that shows the universe does have a twisted sense of humor. It is dedicated to the most unusual road or shop signs out there that tried to get their point across yet displayed the complete opposite. The creators of the account offer proof that unexpected and ironic situations are all around us, simply waiting to be uncovered.

Below, you will find some of the finest examples we’ve gathered from the page, so continue scrolling and upvote your favorite ones! Keep reading to also find an in-depth interview about irony and absurdity with Mitchell Green, a philosophy professor at the University of Connecticut. Be sure to tell us which pictures made you laugh or forced you to scratch your head from confusion, and if you have any out-of-context signs to share, let us know about them in the comments!

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KJ
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2 months ago

What could possibly go wrong!

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Fishy Squid
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2 months ago

And the five before

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Cecilia Herrera
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2 months ago

Poop Pup.

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We know irony when we see it. These unexpected moments often catch us by surprise and get stuck in our heads by completely contradicting our expectations. "In situational irony, there is a clash between the professed or ostensible aim of some person or entity, and the situation that they’re in," philosophy professor Mitchell Green, author of Irony as Expression (of a Sense of the Absurd), explained to Bored Panda.

According to him, witnessing a house burning down is tragic, though not ironic. "But when a firehouse burns to the ground, that’s both tragic and ironic, and in particular is a case of situational irony. The reason is that firehouses are built for the purpose of helping to prevent fires. That purpose is dramatically foiled by the firehouse burning to the ground."

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

poor baby, what happened?

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

Dear passengers, please go to the upper deck and smoke. All of you. Now.

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Firstname Lastname
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2 months ago

With current gas prices, this makes a lot of sense.

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"Similarly, when the president of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving gets pulled over by the police and arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, we have a case of situational irony," Green continued. "Her professed aim is to campaign against drunk driving, but it’s upended by the outcome of getting pulled over on a DWI." He added that we also take some schadenfreude-based pleasure (that we get from witnessing someone's misfortune) in seeing this person shown to be such a hypocrite.

The philosophy professor pointed out that situational irony is different from what is often called verbal irony. "In verbal irony, a person is attempting to communicate that some situation she has in mind is ironic or absurd. (I say, 'Nice job' in response to your backing up your car into a tree, for instance.) But a situation can be ironic without anyone commenting on it."

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Radek Suski
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2 months ago

LOL

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JoyfulZebra
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2 months ago

No you don't

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Cecilia Herrera
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2 months ago

Well, you can't say they didn't warn you.

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But even though we instinctively understand when a situation is ironic, we often have trouble defining and articulating the term. Professor Green told us it can be hard to put into words and express what is needed for an incident to be ironic because these situations are complex while their features don’t always register at the conscious level. "This is similar to the way in which we can often tell whether someone is lying to us but we can’t say exactly what leads us to think that. In our social lives, we often respond to complex cues without attending to all the factors that guide that response. This may be why it’s hard to explain in words what irony is," he noted.

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Hawkmoon
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2 months ago

How does James Bond always find my secret HQ?

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Laura Mende (Human)
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2 months ago

God is giving us signs again...

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Abby da great
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2 months ago

When normal neon signs aren’t eye-catching enough

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As you're scrolling through this compilation of pictures, you'll notice that some signs look more absurd than ironic. They make us stop, take a second to think, and quietly whisper, "What on Earth is going on here?" There’s no doubt that illogical and out-of-context messages make us slightly baffled, yet they are also a perfect source of entertainment.

Green told us that he sees irony as a form of absurdity. However, lots of things are absurd without being ironic, he added. "A chihuahua barking ferociously at a Great Dane is absurd, but it’s not ironic because the chihuahua doesn’t profess to intimidate the Great Dane. (He’s just trying to.) And of course, if the existentialists are right, maybe life itself is absurd. But that doesn’t mean life is ironic."

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laka puka
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2 months ago

They crashed after the sign tho

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Fat Harry
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2 months ago

It is also now twinned with Bland, New South Wales (genuinely)

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Ivo H
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2 months ago

Aaah, outsourcing!

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This does beg the question, why do so many of us feel amused when coming across these ludicrous announcements? "I suspect there’s a bit of schadenfreude in people’s enjoyment of these signs," the professor noted. "Not only do we enjoy the situational irony, but we also take a bit of pleasure in seeing the institutions that placed the signs coming across as foolish. This is of a piece with the more general fact that we love it when powerful institutions show their weaknesses, just as when famous people do." And what we enjoy even more is snapping a photo and showing our discoveries to everyone online. So if you have the perfect picture stored in your gallery, don't be shy and share it with us in the comments!

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Fishy Squid
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2 months ago

Legally parked cars will be fineD

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

"Hey Colin, remember the other day when you asked for the definition of irony?"

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Fishy Squid
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2 months ago

Ya’ll don’t want the dog to escape again, do ya?

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Morgis Arts
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2 months ago (edited)

Thats a good thing, right?

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Ivo H
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2 months ago

That's usually prefered. Unless you're ghost.

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Nadine Bamberger
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2 months ago

I want to believe

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Cecilia Herrera
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2 months ago

"Please use tongue..." EEEWWWW

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Cecilia Herrera
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2 months ago

Google Maps?

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

it's like a test, can You make it out of this aisle without questioning Your healthy living choices?

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Paul C.
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2 months ago

In a pub on Valentines night, the usual rose sellers are out and about. Made the mistake of offering me one for my wife, she leans over and whispers, you want to buy me something red, make it wine!

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

they might still judge You though

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Shrodinger's sign?

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

I'm tempted

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Fishy Squid
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2 months ago

It seeks the low winds, but not high winds

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justmemorticia
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2 months ago

I always wanted to ses kangaroos and wombats on skis! Gimme the directions!

Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago (edited)

Especially kangaroos soaring off the wombat jump! Of course, the wombat will then leave a few cubes behind to mark the occasion.

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Ristina Nielsen
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2 months ago

"The quick red kangaroo ski- jumps over the lazy brown vombat". Makes perfect sense!

Stefaan De Clerck
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2 months ago

Hey. Wombats aren't lazy. They parti all night long!

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Steven Bennett
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2 months ago

We might get the occasional roller-skating moose here in the States, but nothing like a skiing wombat! Australia has all the cool animals.

the_anonyMrs_Mir
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2 months ago

Australia may have all the cool animals but they have some of the creepiest too LOL x

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Angela B
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2 months ago

Wait. No Drop Bears?

Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago

That happens a lot here in Australia.

Daniel Atkins
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2 months ago

Looking forward to the day a kangaroo wins the slopestyle in the x games

Izzy
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2 months ago

is this the australian version of 'hey diddle diddle'

A
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2 months ago

All Australians take their sports very seriously.

Afshin Tajian
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2 months ago

is this sign to guide people or kangaroos/wombats?

Callie Dryer
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2 months ago (edited)

Christ, the mice are the size of kangaroos and on skis! WTF🤣🤣 Edit: they’re all on skis

Riley Quinn
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2 months ago

I didn't even know there were places to ski in Australia.

Kaioz
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2 months ago

What universe is this?

Teresa Francis
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2 months ago

🤣🤣

Ozymandias73
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2 months ago

Whole new meaning to Bunny slopes

dude with fat japanese in pp
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1 month ago

huuuu skiing kangaroos is my biggest fear

DetongLhamo
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2 months ago

The skis get taped on during the ski season.

Echidna learns extreme ironing
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2 months ago

Somewhere in the Snowy Mountains?

Viola Fö
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2 months ago

I'm down for animals partaking in the winter Olympics. Let's do it

AngelWingsYT
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2 months ago

I have questions...

Demongrrrrl
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2 months ago

The kangaroo is competing in the ski jump, the wombat in cross-country.

Grace Noyes
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2 months ago

I love wombats!! But if the sign is to scale, I'm hoping they're not that big.

ChocolateCake
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2 months ago

ooooo cool! skiing kangaroos and wombats! AWESOME!

Beenie Cat
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2 months ago

Ok this I gotta see

Renay T
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2 months ago

I would not be surprised at Australia

Lara M
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2 months ago

I'd go to that ski resort!

Pollywog
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2 months ago

Are we allowed to ski with them or is it exclusive??

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

This new Marvel franchise sounds awesome

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Laura Mende (Human)
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2 months ago

not really I guess... They are the filling of shoes though.

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Repel
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2 months ago

What if I just want to roast it a bit?

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

I knew it was good decision to keep my face away from the pubic space

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Fishy Squid
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2 months ago

Ummm I think I will take the bike then

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QJBean
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2 months ago

Bit harsh

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Roxy Eastland
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2 months ago

Yup, both places in Kent, UK

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

not sure it helped

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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

I would have done that too

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Surely this should be Route 69?

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

I think I missed this episode of Doctor Who.

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Abby da great
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2 months ago

Taking cosplay to another level

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Abby da great
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2 months ago

Head left for less London.

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Karl Leaning
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2 months ago

pretty sure the holden owners will love this

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Men's toilets and wizard's toilets?

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Rowlie
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2 months ago

best place to solve arguments

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Is this on the A404?

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Repel
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2 months ago

They have special seats for woman with wifi bellies in Japan? Amazing.

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Abby da great
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2 months ago

Poor, poor building…

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Cecilia Herrera
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2 months ago

Not anymore.

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