Amusingly Mistranslated Signs From Around the World

Image credit: 

If you've ever been to a restaurant in Greece, chances are you've seen lamp on the menu. The spelling mistake is about as ubiquitous as nude sunbathers on the beach in Mykonos. It's less likely, however, that you've seen my favorite mistranslated sign at Delphi, which reads: "No introducing animals and food on the path." (Banana, meet my daschund Petey. Petey, this is banana"¦)

I've had the good fortune of capturing some great mistranslations over the years as I've traveled, and the even greater fortune of unearthing even more gems on Flickr. Enjoy.

Jesus is said to have walked on water at this, the Sea of Galilee. I guess that was before the municipality of Tiberias erected this sign.

2960105121_a54fe4ec32_b

If you crack the code, and open the hidden safe, you don't even want to know what's in store! (via Ben Beiske)

217077553_00125efb87_o
Rumor is, triping will be a new category in the next Olympics. Part drunken stupor, part obstacle course, the new sport is already very popular in small villages in China. (via brytness)
crap
When in Ethiopia, probably best to avoid this restaurant... (via joshua tuggle)
Picture 5

On the other hand, I bet using this bathroom in Deqin, Yunnan, China is a unique experience. (via Timmok)
Picture 7
Never understood what this Jerusalem church has against married folk, but you have to love the photo for the mistranslation, AND the spelling mistake, AND the grammar, AND the artwork.

smokung
This one speaks for itself... from a small hotel in Israel.
acropolis
And just to come full-circle, here's a variation of the Delphi sign found at the Acropolis. Not as amusing, but still cute.

What's your favorite mistranslated sign? In what part of the world did you find it?

More from mental_floss...

December 7, 2009 - 5:45am
webby
submit to reddit