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Signs of Missed Translations

Caution: Be wary of translation software. People in other countries sometimes go out of their way to communicate with their English-speaking tourists. Here are examples of signs seen around the world.

Out of sight, out of mind was translated into Mandarin by a translation software, then back from Mandarin into English. It came out as - Blind, stupid.

Cocktail lounge, Norway: Ladies are Requested Not to have Children in the Bar.


At a Budapest zoo: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.


Hotel, Acapulco: The Manager has Personally Passed All the Water Served Here.

Car rental brochure, Tokyo: When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

On an Athi River highway: TAKE NOTICE - When this sign is under water, this road is impassable.

Tokyo hotel's rules and regulations: Guests are requested NOT to smoke or do other disgusting behaviors in bed.

Hotel lobby, Bucharest: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

Hotel elevator, Paris: Please leave your values at the front desk.

Hotel, Japan: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

Supermarket, Hong Kong: For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.

Hotel, Zurich: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, is it suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

Airline ticket office, Copenhagen: We take your bags and send them in all directions.