13 Unusual Road Signs from Around the World

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Driving in other countries can be challenging. Whether the steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car, you're driving on the "wrong" side of the street, or the road signs and their meanings are perplexing, it's easy to get confused. Here are few unusual road signs—and explanations of what they mean—from around the world.

1. Steep Cliff Road Sign // Argentina


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No, cars don't have a tendency to levitate in Argentina. This road sign is meant to remind drivers to be cautious about their speeds on an upcoming hill.

2. Llama Crossing Road Sign // Bolivia

Llama crossing road sign in Bolivia
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When you're driving in Bolivia and other countries in South America, you should be on the lookout for llamas crossing the road. We hear they spit.

3. Blind Hill Road Sign // Iceland


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Listen up, Iceland! That exclamation point is meant to draw your attention to the upcoming blindhæð, or "blind hill," where you can't see if anyone is coming toward you from the other side.

4. Hedgehog Road Sign // United Kingdom


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Make sure you have the strongest tires possible if you're driving through the UK and miss this road sign—it warns motorists that spiky but adorable hedgehogs are in the vicinity. Or better yet, drive extra carefully and avoid running over these little guys altogether.

5. Sled Crossing Road Sign // Greenland


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In a country with very few roads and a lot of ice, dogsleds are one of the best ways to get around. This sign in Greenland alerts drivers that there could be sleds ahead.

6. Oryx Crossing Road Sign // Southern Africa


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We know that an oryx, a type of African antelope, will attack a drone. We don't know if it will attack your car. Just to be safe, heed these road signs found in several southern African countries.

7. Prohibited Conveyance Road Sign // Israel


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This looks like it could be a landing spot in your favorite board game, but it's actually an Israeli road sign letting drivers know what modes of transportation aren't allowed in this area.

8. Dead End Sign // Germany


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This German sign does not indicate the top of a pogo stick, or that there is a bike tire pump nearby. The red line at the top of the white line on this road sign actually represents a dead end street.

9. No Overtaking Road Sign // Russia


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Despite what you might think, red cars don't have special priority on this road. This Russian sign tells drivers that the roadway is a two-way road, and the different colors mean no overtaking or passing.

10. Kangaroo Crossing Road Sign // Australia


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Australia is full of cute wildlife that wants to kill you, so watch out when you're driving on the country's highways. There could be a homicidal kangaroo eyeing your Honda.

11. Battlefield Sign // United Kingdom


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As much as you might want this one to mean "swords, next left," it really means there's a famous battlefield site up ahead. Like in the United States, brown road signs in the U.K. indicate tourist attractions and historical sites.

12. Coastal Path Sign // Ireland


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Yes, it resembles Homer Simpson's hair, but this Irish road sign indicates the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1550-mile walking path along the island's scenic west coast.

13. Camel Crossing Road Sign // Israel


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In the U.S., you might find signs for speed bumps. In Israel, you find signs for bumps in the animals crossing the road.

10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

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Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
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For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
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White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

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Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
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If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
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Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

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If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
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This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
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Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

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Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado