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Regular drivers have no doubt encountered signage that made them do a double take. From strange symbols to truly ominous texts and warnings, some drivers have likely wondered “What the hell happened here?”

So people from around the world have documented the most scary, weird, and threatening signs they have encountered in the wild. From warnings against ghostly sounds to truly demented facial expressions, oddities can be found everywhere. So get comfortable as you scroll through, upvote your favorite examples, and comment your thoughts below. 

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Just Saw This Sign At The Theater When I Was Leaving

Just Saw This Sign At The Theater When I Was Leaving

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These Pedestrian Crossing Signs Look Like Pedestrians Crossing The Street

These Pedestrian Crossing Signs Look Like Pedestrians Crossing The Street

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The number one place where one might encounter signs is in and around a road system. Indeed, you basically can’t even go a mile without a handful of them in most places. These date back to the establishment of road systems in general. Throughout Europe, North Africa, and parts of the Middle East, one can still find the old Roman milestones, telling travelers just how far they had gone. 

While many early signs were set up by the administrators of cities, a significant number started as a way to assist hobbyists. Early cyclers, who wanted to explore the country, would often end up going down hazardous roads without knowing it. So local cycling clubs began to put up warnings, some of which were no doubt as “threatening” as the examples here. 

#4

When You Buy The Old Neighborhood's Drug House

When You Buy The Old Neighborhood's Drug House

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This Sign Above The Human Cadaver Lab At My University

This Sign Above The Human Cadaver Lab At My University

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Ominous Sign At A Disused Nuclear Bunker In Essex

Ominous Sign At A Disused Nuclear Bunker In Essex

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Business signage has a pedigree just as old as roads. Indeed, the proverb "A good wine needs no bush," likely comes from a Roman tavern. For less literate citizens, certain symbols would be used, which we might still see today, for example, the white and red of a barber’s pole and three circles for pawnbrokers. 

#8

The Racoon's Choice

The Racoon's Choice

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#9

Light Blew Out On A Canadian Wendy’s Sign

Light Blew Out On A Canadian Wendy’s Sign

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In Chicago Near The Former Site Of The Argonne National Laboratory, An Early Site Used For The Manhattan Project

In Chicago Near The Former Site Of The Argonne National Laboratory, An Early Site Used For The Manhattan Project

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These Have Always Been The Scariest Signs To Me. Those Markers Aren’t Even Close To The River. Great Falls, VA

These Have Always Been The Scariest Signs To Me. Those Markers Aren’t Even Close To The River. Great Falls, VA

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mt. Sentinel in Missoula, Montana has lines across it from the various water lines of the glacial lake that formed behind ice dams. Dams broke, massive wall of water flooded Washington. Missoula was 1000 feet under water 10000 years ago.

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#12

My Science Teacher Put This On His Door For Lab's Safety Week

My Science Teacher Put This On His Door For Lab's Safety Week

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I Wish This Sign Had "Aaaaaaaa!" Caption

I Wish This Sign Had "Aaaaaaaa!" Caption

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#14

When It's So Bad You Need A Sign

When It's So Bad You Need A Sign

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Weird "Are You Dreaming" Sign Found In A Psychologist's Waiting Room

Weird "Are You Dreaming" Sign Found In A Psychologist's Waiting Room

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EP
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Um… how about a different option. This one is a recipe for a nightmare.

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#16

Michigan Tech Strikes Again

Michigan Tech Strikes Again

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#17

The Numbers Are Exaggerated, But The Warning Is Valid

The Numbers Are Exaggerated, But The Warning Is Valid

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A Sign At My Local Nursing Home

A Sign At My Local Nursing Home

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is likely a secure dementia wing. Very understandable. Not cursed at all.

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"Stop Extreme Heat Danger" Warning Sign, Death Valley National Park, California, United States

"Stop Extreme Heat Danger" Warning Sign, Death Valley National Park, California, United States

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You'd think the fact that it's called Death valley would be warning enough.

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#25

This Warning Sign

This Warning Sign

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3 months ago

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#26

Good General Policy

Good General Policy

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Found On An Abandoned Building 20+ Miles From The Closest Town

Found On An Abandoned Building 20+ Miles From The Closest Town

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This Sign At My Local Hospital

This Sign At My Local Hospital

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a sign in a UK hospital, there is a big issue with some public building being discovered to be made from crumbling concrete. Schools, hospitals etc. are at risk from concrete used in the 60's that we've now realised it not very safe. Here is an article from the hospital where this sign is from https://eastangliabylines.co.uk/crumbling-concrete-in-our-regions-hospitals/

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#29

I Go Camping Here Every Year. There Used To Be A Lake Behind This Sign But The California Drought Took Its Toll

I Go Camping Here Every Year. There Used To Be A Lake Behind This Sign But The California Drought Took Its Toll

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, definitely swim at your own risk. And the future of children under 14 is screwed accompanied or not.

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On A Commercial Waste Bin

On A Commercial Waste Bin

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly people don’t always follow this. When I was 15 there was a 17 year old kid who ran away in the ICU next to me. He fell asleep in one of these and the garbage truck didn’t see or hear him and began crushing the garbage, and him. Both his legs had to be amputated below the knee. Be safe people.

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#32

There's A Story Behind Every Sign

There's A Story Behind Every Sign

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In my state, the department of transportation was required by state lawmakers to put up signs that read "Do Not Drink From Toilets or Urinals Non-Potable Water" in their rest areas at one point. They had the sings made and put a few up before the law was rescinded and they were required to take them down. I now have one of these signs that was never installed in my living room because I find it amusing. Maybe there's a story or maybe it's just somebody trying to cover their butt so they have no liability if a story does manage to come about.

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#33

McDonald's In Malaysia Is So Scary

McDonald's In Malaysia Is So Scary

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It might be a local campaign of honest advertisement. Like:"Billions and billions screwed" or "Here you grow again" or "I'm farting it"

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Sign Posted At Staples' Office Supply Store

Sign Posted At Staples' Office Supply Store

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Was At The Flower Shop With My Son Today And Saw This Sign. Let's Just Say He Didn't Leave My Side

Was At The Flower Shop With My Son Today And Saw This Sign. Let's Just Say He Didn't Leave My Side

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Don't Feed The Squirrels In Zion National Park

Don't Feed The Squirrels In Zion National Park

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandmother told the story about the time a squirrel fell out of a tree onto a little girl’s head. The squirrel freaked out and so did the child. The squirrel began clawing at her scalp and hair. My grandmother said she would never forget the little girl’s screams. The doctors had a hard time closing her scalp. She had so many stitches and staples and she was scarred for life physically and emotionally.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"may" is the big word here. It depends on age, physical ability, & weather conditions. And how fast or slow you go.

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A Sign From A Local Lighthouse. And They Still Get Tourists Falling In The Ocean

A Sign From A Local Lighthouse. And They Still Get Tourists Falling In The Ocean

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#39

Something's Telling Me Not To Eat Here

Something's Telling Me Not To Eat Here

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Wittenoom, Western Australia. Previously An Asbestos Mining Town

Wittenoom, Western Australia. Previously An Asbestos Mining Town

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Mark
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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I highly recommend the yt video titled ‘Australia’s secret Chernobyl’ by Fern. Wonderful mini documentary on Wittenoom

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Sign I Found On The Inside Of A Security Door Of A Fast Food Restaurant

Sign I Found On The Inside Of A Security Door Of A Fast Food Restaurant

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sign you found on the inside of a security door of a fast food restaurant where? 0.o

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Hawaii Volcanos National Park

Hawaii Volcanos National Park

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Squash Courts Don't Play Around

Squash Courts Don't Play Around

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Found This Halfway Through A Nature Trail

Found This Halfway Through A Nature Trail

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suppose children would be useful — you could just run away and leave them to the gator, quokka style.

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This Sign Near The Top Of The Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

This Sign Near The Top Of The Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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This Sign In Yukon

This Sign In Yukon

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a sign on the West Coast National Road (N7) in South Africa which says an emergency phone is just 97 km away.

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Stop, But Do It In A Goth Way

Stop, But Do It In A Goth Way

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3 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

screws not painted, someone took the time to do the painting elsewhere and Then install the sign. i'm not sure how/if the painters tape is involved.

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Road Sign Near My House Is Both Blank And Covered In Bullet Holes

Road Sign Near My House Is Both Blank And Covered In Bullet Holes

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