The use of pictures and visual international symbols on signage–such as cartoons, stick figures and the ubiquitous red circle-slash–have eased some of the challenges of communicating across language barriers. Even on signage, though, our peppy, positive-reinforcement culture frowns on warning sign fear-mongering. Too bad, because terror is still a powerful motivator for deterring dangerous and stupid behavior! These scary signs and global stick figures in water jeopardy are trying to get the (mixed!) messages out!
↓ I don’t think this kid is afraid of drowning; I think he just wants his Waaa-tah!
↓ This one could mean “Wear Speedos while two-stepping with Jellyfish.”
↓ Warning: Bubbly Water Area, No A**holes Permitted.
↓ Come when your parents call, or we’ll send the Water Monster after you.
↓ Do not do the “Wave” while facing waves.
↓ Keep safe distance from water flower attack zone?