Apparently I like signs a lot, as it seems as though it was mostly signs that I took photos of during our trip this week to Florida.

Here’s a sign in the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa that seems entirely at cross-purposes with children’s museum philosophy:

Do Not Climb on the Fire Truck

Outside on the plaza in front of the museum is a “spray deck” – a sort of water fountain that you can walk through when it’s hot. It’s one of the oddest signs I’ve ever come across, especially point number six, which would seem self-evident:

Tampa Signage

At the condo where my parents are staying there are two elevators, one of which bears this sticker (the elevator is nonetheless in operation):

Elevator Warning

Around the corner is a statue of a pirate. You’re not allowed to climb on it:

Please Keep Off Pirate

Between my parents’ condo and the pirate is a boulevard with a suggestion that pedestrians should thank drivers for not running them over:

Thanks Drivers Who Yield

And on the main street you’ll find a series of non-signalized pedestrian crossings that are outfitted with bright yellow warning flags that pedestrians can wave to reinforce to drivers that they are crossing:

Flags for Street Crossing

In the airport jetway in Terminal F in Philadelphia is a place where you pick up your “gate checked” luggage. There are obviously some issues that need addressing from the perspective of the luggage handlers, so they’ve modified the sign:

Jetway Signage


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Dave on March 29, 2011 - 15:33

I love the flags. But I would think that the flow of commuters (and how they tend to travel in the same direction) would create the problem of all the flags being on one side.

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Peter Rukavina on March 29, 2011 - 15:50

We experienced, and saw others experience, exactly this problem: showing up at a flag-equipped cross with all the flags on the other side of the road.

I don’t know if there’s a system in place — “flag replacers” — to counter this, or if it organically works itself out.

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