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Signspotting 2 : More Absurd and Amazing Signs from Around the World (Lonely Planet Signspotting #02)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

It's easy to get lost in translation - and it can be hard to find your way back when signs tell you to 'beware of missing foot' or a menu offers 'tasteless coffee'. The world of gaffs and good ol' miscommunications is back: Signspotting 2 is a round-up of the world's most perplexing signs and garbled messages. Now,
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Lonely Planet
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Feb 26, 2016 Carol ♔ Type, Oh Queen! ♔ rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
Thumbing through this book was a great way to spend my lunch break! Laughed out loud quite a few times.
Stewart Tame
Jun 29, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it liked it
Fun book! I've not read the first volume, but the basic concept is clear enough. Find signs anywhere in the world with English text that can be mocked, and do so. Many of these have been floating around the internet. If you've never seen the Phat Phuc Noodle Bar, it's in here. If you have seen it before, well, it's still in here. Fun, but rather on the light and fluffy side. Reviewing it is, honestly, pretty pointless. Those who want to read it aren't likely to let a bad review stop them. Those ...more
Feb 24, 2008 Aimee rated it liked it
Shelves: lightreads
I liked Signspotting 1 better, but this collection of billboards and signs that were either improperly translated and/or edited is good for a chuckle or two. I especially like the "George Bush Center for Intelligence" out of Langley, VA.
May 01, 2016 TrumanCoyote rated it liked it
The signs were fine. However, the captions were almost never funny, and the guy's intro was a load of pseudo-apologetic crap.
Aug 10, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
The second installment of the Signspotting books. I enjoyed the second book a bit more than the first. I found more signs in the second book that made me laugh more than the first. This book, like the first, also includes more translation issues and will leave you wondering once again, where was the editor or at the very least the person who signed off on the approval of the signs prior to their being made. And also sometimes its just all about location location location!
Aug 28, 2011 Nenangs rated it liked it
Recommends it for: travellers around the world
my choice of gifts from times bookstore amazing race. :)
looks promising to be hilarious...:)

and indeed it was hilarious, though not as much as i hope it would be.
some of homour was lost to me, possibly because of the same reason as why the sign is okay for the maker but deadly funny to some others. but some of them really makes my laugh like a crasy maniac. XD
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it really liked it
Shelves: in, 2010, humor, nonfiction
Like the first book, this is an ideal and humorous read at the end of a long day. It doesn't require deep thought - you can just laugh and relax. All of the signs are displayed in photographs, with location information and an amusing caption. Some of my favorites:[return][return](road sign) BE AWARE OF INVISIBILITY[return][return]
Dec 23, 2010 Sunflower rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny. For those of us who have our own photos of Engrish signs taken while travelling, this raises the bar. The captions only add to the effect. Read it when you feel like a good laugh.
Jan 08, 2010 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Another funny compilation of hilarious and embarrassing signs from all over the world. Again, I'm not sure which is funnier: the pictures or the captions under them.
Dec 05, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I got this book free when I ordered some other Lonely Planet books. Some very funny signs from around the world in it.
Jun 06, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
I just grabbed this when I was at the library one day; it's quite funny.
Jan 03, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Purchased and had signed when Doug Lansky came to speak at school. Very fun!
Norah Alohali
Nov 21, 2012 Norah Alohali rated it liked it
How the bad translations comes really funny signs !
May 11, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
hilarious photos of of absurd signs
Aug 18, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
A fun, quick read :)
Aug 05, 2008 Rochelley rated it liked it
Shelves: funny
Funny book. Made melaugh. :)
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DOUG LANSKY is an American travel writer and keynote speaker based in Sweden. He spent about 10 years traveling the world nonstop, visiting over 100 countries, and has since lived outside the US for an additional 13 years. Doug has contributed to Esquire, Men’s Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, Reader’s Digest, COLORS Magazine, PublicRadio, and many others. He has written books ...more
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Lonely Planet Signspotting (3 books)
  • Signspotting: Absurd and Amusing Signs from Around the World
  • Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation

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