Monday, March 2, 2009

Caution: Danger of Death

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I've been meaning to take a picture of one of these signs for years. I know the purpose behind them is quite serious, utility poles and high tension power lines are certainly nothing to trifle with, but the wording has always amused me. I mean really, how can you not laugh at a warning that says "Danger of Death!".
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28 comments:

ilanadavita said...

Yes, you're right: it is funny, in a way.

Felisol said...

Hmm.
I once had a similar Norwegian sign posted in my hallway.
High tension. Danger of Death.
(Guess I was the one with high tension.)
From Felisol

Mojo said...

Seems the danger of death is all around these days. Especially in your part of the world. So put beside that, I suppose it really is pretty amusing.

Leora said...

Years ago I took some friends cross-country skiing. On a golf course. One friend was a bit freaked by the death warning on his ticket. You would have to be very talented to die on that flat track.

Amusing sign.

"Sunshine" said...

You're right, Robin, there is something amusing about the sign. I think it's a combination of the blunt, to the point, "Danger of Death" coupled with the exclamation point (which generally makes serious things look silly) and of course the stick figure. That stick figure always gets me. In all seriousness, good shot.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Must be some legal thing as there is always some idiot who will climb it anyway

Shinade said...

Well I can certainly understand why the signs would be there.

I think mostly they are for children who might not really comprehend the danger.

signs can be very interesting and I for one am glad you decided to get this shot!!

Happy RT:-)

Carletta said...

High tension wires that even just look scary -it's one of those situations you just go well, duh! :)

Mines on my photoblog: Carletta’s Captures.

Jennifer said...

So true, so true. It is odd how we live in such close proximity to so many things that could hurt us if we didn't give them proper respect. Even in our own homes I guess.

Dylan said...

Good funny sign for Ruby Tuesday, I also like the red mixer in your header too ..

Ivon said...

Thanks for making us smile on Ruby Tuesday. It is a very interesting photo. Be careful!

Catherine said...

I'm just wondering what encourage people to climb up these high tension power lines. Since there' are people silly enough to climb, this sign remains useful, ...maybe.

Funny post, Robin.
I don't participate today, but I'm just taking a glance : )

Napaboaniya said...

Funny choice of words for the warning :P

Mar said...

Those are the only words I can read, anyways!!
:)
Happy Tuesday!

Nukke said...

No, I don't get it but I must be humourless.
Greetings from Finland !

Nap Warden said...

Hmmmm...I think they got their point across;)

ROSIDAH said...

Never saw such a sign here. Thanks for sharing ;p. Best wishes

marcia@joyismygoal said...

I know those always make me take a second look and go --Ok I got the message:)

Kay said...

Ahh yes, because "Danger of Pain" sounds so barbaric....

I have a shot of a beach warning sign somewhere that shows the water about to chomp down on some poor stick figure sap who had the bad idea to Turn His Back On the Ocean!!!!

Funny, indeed.

Daryl said...

I am thinking that's the idiomatic translation .. which is more effective then:

Bubbala, touching isnt a good thing.

Montay said...
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Robin said...

Sorry Montay, you don't get to waltz into my (blog) home and piss on my carpet. Any and all civilized discourse is welcome here, whether or not we agree. Coming over here and saying I make you sick is most certainly not, no matter how defective you think I am, which is why I have deleted your malicious and hostile comment.

If you have something you are genuinely interested in discussing you will be welcome to do so. If you can't abide by that I will have no problem at all banning your ass. This is a troll-free zone.

Have a nice day :).

Ralph said...

I get the fact that electricity is dangerous. But this sign is written as if a bunch of American lawyers brought their litigious skills in the design of this sign.

You would think that the normal buzzing sound emanating from the wires above would scare trespassers away all by itself, but probably not!

Phyllis Sommer said...

i am lol at this picture becuase i took almost *exactly* the same shot (shadows and all) when i was in tel aviv on thursday! i agree - the wording is funny.....

Arlene said...

aw hehehehehe. thanks for sharing this photo!

maryt/theteach said...

Ha Robin! Couldn't be a more formidable warning! Happy Ruby Tuesday to you! :)

Julia Smith said...

I think these signs are hilarious. If only people heeded them...

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yes, the translation is funny sounding. ;-)

I keep forgetting to take a photo of an establishment that's "shut" instead of "closed."