The Creepiest Signs That Exist

Beware Of Hitchhikers

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A Reddit user spotted this sign on a highway in rural Oklahoma. Funny thing is, someone in Texas spotted a sign just like this, too. And someone else noted that there are similar signs in Michigan as well.

Apparently, they have these signs near all the prisons here in the U.S. It does make you wonder just how many times prisoners have escaped. It has to be quite often, since they put up signs. Scary thought, huh? That just goes to show you that your parents were right when they told you not to talk to strangers—or, in this case, pick up strangers.

The Birds

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This looks like something straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. And Twitter user @SaeedDiCaprio was lucky enough to see it unfold right before his eyes. According to @SaeedDiCaprio, this incident took place at UWO. I’m assuming that’s the University of Western Ontario, since he has “Ontario” in his bio.

Anyway, enough about Saeed and back to the unlucky duck who got attacked by the goose. You know, it’s too bad this guy probably never watched any of Alfred Hitchcock’s films. He would have known to heed the sign’s advice.

Now, we could give this guy the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he didn’t see the sign telling him to avoid the geese. I mean, the sign is on the opposite side of where he’s walking after all, so it’s quite possible he missed it altogether. But I’m willing to bet there’s another sign over there on his side, too, and he saw it, but just wanted to walk close to the geese anyway. I’m sure he learned his lesson.

No Man’s Land

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There’s nothing scarier than being on an unfamiliar road and seeing a sign that basically says, “Turn back now while you still can!” And for those of us who are metrically challenged, 1,000 kilometers is equal to 621.371 miles. That’s a lot of miles without water, food, gas, or first aid supplies. But that’s exactly the way it is on this road heading into Nullarbor Plain in Australia.

And you know what? Food, water and supplies aren’t the only things you won’t find along this road. There are no trees (well, not that many) either, hence the name Nullarbor. In fact, its vegetation primarily consists of saltbush, blue bush, and some grasses and flowers that appear after rare winter rains.

Watch Out!

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You don’t have to speak the language to understand what this sign is telling you. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this one is screaming “Watch out!” And why does this sign have to be so graphic?

I get that they want you to pay attention to what the sign is telling you, but it’s just a tad bit too disturbing for me. By the way, the word above “danger” is the Slovak word for “danger.” Who knew? So, yeah, the next time you’re in Slovakia, keep an eye out for any planes falling out of the sky.

Fight The Bite

encephalitis signReddit

Can you imagine stumbling upon this sign while out for a walk? And what if you just so happen to have been bitten by a mosquito right before you came upon the sign? Imagine the fear and panic you’d feel.

At first there was malaria and then the West Nile virus. Now we have to worry about mosquitoes giving us encephalitis, too? At least they do in South Australia. That’s where the sign was spotted.

And for those who don’t know, encephalitis is “inflammation of the active tissues of the brain caused by an infection or an autoimmune response. The inflammation causes the brain to swell, which can lead to headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, mental confusion and seizures,” Johns Hopkins Medicine wrote.

Bonobo No-No

Sign at the zoo in Jacksonville, FLCHEEZburger

Ok, I don’t really care how much reassuring these guys are gonna do, I’m not buying it! There’s no way that glass, cracked or otherwise, is strong enough to withstand the strength of these magnificent creatures.

Now, let’s just see how much strength these creatures really have, shall we? According to Smithsonian Magazine, a 2006 study found that bonobo legs generate as much force as humans nearly two times heavier. And that’s just their legs! Yeah, I will definitely keep that in mind if I ever get the chance to visit the bonobo exhibit at the zoo in Jacksonville, Florida, which is where this sign was spotted.


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The only thing that would make this sign even scarier is if it were on the inside of the chiller. But just as scary would be if you were in there with something wedged in between the door, per the instructions on the sign, and someone came along and removed whatever you had wedged in the door without knowing you were inside.

Then, what if everyone left and went home and you had to spend the whole night in there? Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away, but it could happen. What an absolutely frightening thought!

No Cure

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I don’t know what’s scarier—driving behind a truck with a sign on it like this or being the guy inside who’s driving the truck. I wouldn’t want to do either. I don’t know just exactly what disease this truck is carrying, why it’s carrying it, and where it’s carrying it to.

All I know is that the truck was spotted about 21 miles outside of Jasper—at least that’s what that little green sign on the right side of the road says. Now, there are at least 12 towns in the U.S. named Jasper and one in Canada, plus a national park, so that doesn’t help us narrow it down any. But wherever it is, I hope the people in and near the town of Jasper are aware of what’s being transported through their area.

Toilet Cam

CCTV sign in a bathroomBuzzFeed

You know, I’m sure there’s some law against this—like the same law they have forbidding cameras in dressing rooms. I have no idea where this is, but according to a Reddit user, it’s possible that it’s in some place where they conduct drug testing. That’s because “the only way to know that you didn’t pull out a container of someone else’s urine is to have someone watch you fill the cup,” Reddit user MeEvilBob wrote.

And that’s true to a certain degree. Another Reddit user who goes by the name Rockman507 said that during his army intake at military entry processing, there was a guy in the bathroom who would watch them fill the cups. It’s just creepy either way you look at it.

Elevator Restroom

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“WHO RELIEVES THEMSELVES IN AN ELEVATOR?!” That’s the question posed by BuzzFeed writer Kevin Smith, and I would like to know the answer to that as well. Imagine seeing that sign just as the elevator door shuts and it starts to take off. I would feel like I needed a tetanus shot after that.

It kind of reminds me of the time I went into a dressing room (pre-COVID, of course) and I saw a similar sign posted on the wall. I freaked out so much! I flew out of that dressing room like a bat out of you know where, put the clothes back on the rack, and got out of that store as quickly as I could. Oh, and did I mention there was this nasty smell in the dressing room, too? Yuck!

Static Electricity

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I’m not sure where this sign is, but based on the name of the alternate route, it appears that it could be in one of four states—Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, or Virginia. Regardless of where it is, if I came upon this sign, I would definitely take that alternate route.

I mean, sure, the most that would happen is that my hair would stand up and I could hear static in my ears. But what about the people who live near these power lines? Is it safe for them to ride their bikes along this trail daily? The answer to that question likely is no, since studies have shown that electromagnetic fields (EMF) can affect our health in negative ways.

Difficult Trail Ahead

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“Please turn back now”? Ok, you don’t have to tell me twice! I wouldn’t even have needed to reach the words at the bottom of the sign before turning back. I would have done that as soon as I’d seen the part about the MINIMUM 7-hour hike. Just how long is this trail, anyway? Well, since it takes the average person 15 to 22 minutes to walk a mile, I’d say that this trail is at the very least 28 miles long. That’s longer than a marathon, which is 26.2 miles, by the way.

I wonder how many knuckleheads ignored the sign and tried to hike the trail anyway, just to end up suing after they were injured, or worse, having to be rescued because they became ill along the way? That would be such a waste of people’s time and money.

Just Say No

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I don’t know where this is. All I know is that it was seen at a dentist office somewhere—presumably in the U.S. But hey, at least they put up a sign warning patients about the effects of mixing methamphetamines with dental anesthetic.

It’s also a good thing that they put the sign in the waiting area. Can you imagine someone seeing this sign after they get called back to see the dentist and is just about to be administered anesthesia? It’d be sheer panic! But there’s a very valuable lesson to be learned from all of this. As former first lady Nancy Reagan told us, just say no.

Boiling Pond

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Being boiled in a pond or other body of water isn’t as rare as you think. There are dozens of people who have died after accidentally falling into hot springs and thermal pools. It’s a scary thought to literally be boiled to death, but it happens.

And, for people visiting Japan, the best thing for them to do is to stay as far away from this pond as they possibly can because the English version of the sign’s warning is missing some pertinent information. According to Reddit user Chlorophilia, the Japanese version says, “Danger: Careful of boiling water, please do not go beyond the railings.” Hmm, I guess they didn’t think it was important enough to add that part in English.

Don’t Worry, It Won’t Bite

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A little poison never hurt anyone, right? At least that’s what the Bronx Zoo wants you to think. And while it may be true that this snake’s venom isn’t enough to cause fatal human envenomation, it does use its venom to immobilize its prey.

While that might seem comforting to some, it’s important to keep in mind that there are times when people have been killed by snakes that were once thought to be harmless to humans. Such is the case with Karl Patterson Schmidt, an American herpetologist. He was killed by the South African green tree snake—a juvenile one at that! Ironically, Schmidt doubted that the snake could produce a fatal dose of venom.

Look Out Below!

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I agree with the person who posted this. I hope they did place the same sign at the entrance of the slide. In fact, that really would be the only place they’d need to put that sign.

Unfortunately, there was someone who climbed inside a slide just like this one. Reddit user Paulpofussel confessed that this had happened to him. I’m not sure how old he was when it happened, but I am sure he was traumatized for life. In fact, he said that “it was so hard to get out that I got claustrophobic.”

And for someone like me who already is claustrophobic, seeing a sign like this makes me start to hyperventilate. Getting stuck in there by myself would be bad enough. But what if there were a line of kids and each one just kept coming down the slide while I was at the bottom? I just wouldn’t be able to take it.

Jumpstart Elevator

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I have a fear of elevators, so this sign is definitely creepy to me. Now, the guy who originally posted it on Reddit posted it under “jokes and memes,” so it might not be real. If this is in fact a joke, it’s certainly a cruel one, especially to someone like me who’s scared of getting trapped in an elevator or being in one and it crashes.

The more I think about it, the more I realize this has to be a joke. If there was really something wrong with the elevator, the building manager would have put an “out of order” sign on the outside. Still, walking into an elevator and seeing that sign would totally freak me out.

Don’t Go In The Water

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If I ever go to Nashville, Tennessee, I’ll be sure to stay away from Percy Priest Lake. Not even a lifejacket is gonna save me from drowning. What’s more is that someone on Reddit said they grew up near this lake and was told that it was manmade and that there are houses below the surface.

When people would jump into the lake from the cliffs, they would hit the structures under water. Then, there was a person who jumped in and went through the top of an old rusted truck that was underwater. Perhaps these incidents are what accounts for all those drownings.

Something In The Water

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I don’t know where this is, but someone online said they spotted this sign at their apartment complex (most likely in the U.S.). According to the CDC, “when swimmers have diarrhea in the water, they release diarrhea-causing germs into the water. For example, a swimmer infected with the parasite Cryptosporidium can release 10 – 100 million germs into the water. Swallowing 10 or fewer Cryptosporidium germs can make you sick.”

Now, my question is, how will the apartment complex owner know who has had diarrhea in the last 14 days? And how is posting a sign supposed to stop someone from getting in the pool? It’s not like they’re going to just volunteer that information—especially if they really want to go for a swim. They’ll just ignore the rules and get in anyway, risking the health and safety of everyone else.

Food Recall

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Picture this: Your mouth has been watering all day long for stadium food. It’s finally time for the big game, and when you arrive, you head straight for the concession stand. You make your way to your seat, settle in, and take a big bite of your sandwich.

Then, you look up at the jumbotron and see the following message: “Food Recall. If you have purchased any sandwiches, wraps or salads at the stadium today, please present back to the outlet of purchase immediately.” That would be enough to give anybody a heart attack. Even if you didn’t end up getting sick, you’d probably psyche yourself into feeling actual symptoms.

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Author: Hailey Warren