Aug. 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM ET
We’ve had a hard time keeping a straight face ever since we asked our readers to submit some of the Wild, Weird and Wacky Street Signs they’ve spotted while driving. The contest has clearly resonated with readers who’ve filled our email box with hundreds of entries from around the world.
The Wild, Weird and Wacky Street Signs Contest has brought us signs that warn of falling sheep, others that tell us to “Grinn and Baret” or advise us we’ve reached the German village of Windpassing.
Helpful road crews have posted parking signs that would require a law degree to comprehend. And readers have sent us plenty of inexplicable billboards – like one that promoted a new brand of bottled water, “now with H2O”!
Trying to sort through this motley collection hasn’t been easy and it seems that each of our judges – which include members of TheDetroitBureau.com, and sponsors such as NBC News – has individual favorites. But we’ve been able to pare the list down to 14 finalists and now we’re asking your help in selecting the winners.
Remember, there are some great prizes at stake, including a $500 gift certificate from Bridgestone Tires, a great digital camera, a navi system with traffic and weather, and more!
So, check out the pictures and give us a hand by voting below for your favorite. We’ll announce the winners on Sept. 10.
1) Water Now with H2O
We appreciate truth in advertising, but we really have to wonder what this company was offering in their water before they added H2O.
2) Be Careful
We probably didn’t need the sign to figure out there was a problem ahead. But it’s likely a good idea to find another route.
3) Electricity Drive
We got a real charge out of this pun-y entry from a reader in Windsor, Ontario.
4) Grinn & Barret
This is what we’ve often been told to do, especially after trying to sort through 100s of entries to choose the finalists for the Wacky Street Signs Contest.
5) Danger, Danger, Danger
Believe us if we tell you we’d have also turned around and gone in the other direction.
Turn left? No. Right? No? Uh, how do we get out of here?
7) Eat Here and Get Gas
Gee, didn’t we eat there just the other day? Again, while we appreciate truth in advertising, we just might go to the diner across the street.
8) City Parking Confusion
This explains why we got that $50 fine last week. Next time we try to park her you might want to call your lawyer first.
Does this Austrian town just happen to have an Eat-and-Get-Gas Café? We’re hoping this is just a case of lost-in-translation.
10) Falling Cow
We never knew it was so dangerous driving around Taos, New Mexico. When was the last time your car was hit by a falling cow?
11) No Hooking
Um? What can we add except, get a hotel room next time?
12) Mine Shafts Ahead
Who’da thought it was so dangerous wandering through the Australian Outback? Apparently you have to watch your step in mine country around Coober Pedy.
13) No doctor, no hospital, one cemetery
Here’s another place – in New Zealand, it turns out – we’re planning to just drive through and keep going.
14) Sidewalk Ends
Really? Does that explain what that green stuff is? We were wondering how they got concrete to look like grass.
Vote for your favorite
Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly identified Sign No. 9 as being located in Germany. Also, Sign No. 10 warns of a cow falling, not a sheep.
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