20 Totally Unnecessary Signs That Are So Obvious It Hurts

Usually, signs play a necessary function in society. Yes, whether they’re explaining how to use something, guiding traffic or otherwise just offering a helping hand, there’s nothing like a good sign to point you in the right direction. Unless it’s one of these signs, that is. Then, you’d probably have been better off without it.

It sure is, sign. It sure is. Of course, it would have been approximately one million times more helpful to actually tell us when the opening time is, but, well, you can’t have everything in life. Not if you’re a member of this library, anyway.

Sage advice from this sign, without which we’d all have burned to death long ago, presumably. Really, this well-meaning message may have been relevant a couple of million years ago, but it’s aged pretty badly in all the millennia since.

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Phew. For a second there we were worried that you were going to tell us these glass flowers had been produced on Mars or Mercury. And if outsourcing manufacturing to other countries causes a stir, can you imagine the backlash that would come with outsourcing it to other planets?

Sorry, kid. It’s back to swimming school for you. Sure, maybe in a different day and age you’d have gotten away with not having your 25-meter badge yet. Not in this pool, though. As this super-serious sign proves, it’s far too sensible for that.

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Most people just call it the coastline, but sure, “sea entrance.” We can get on board with that. Whatever you want to brand it as, though, there’s basically no need for a sign pointing in its direction. After all, you’d have to be pretty dense to miss something as massive as, well, the ocean.

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Quite what this sidewalk is on the side of we may never know. It appears to us to just be a random slice of concrete, with the sign dutifully informing us that the end of this slab is not only where the sidewalk ends, but also that it is in fact a sidewalk at all. Mind-blowing stuff.

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It’s one rule for Aquaman, one rule for the rest of us, isn’t it? It’s no wonder there was all that backlash against superheroes in Captain America: Civil War. Although, truth be told, this rule is probably for the best, when you think about it.

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Speaking of superheroes, there’s one stellar crusader who’s gone unmentioned so far. What’s more, he’s really the most relevant of all. That man’s name? Captain Obvious, obviously. Look – he’s struck again with this wonderfully redundant sign. Thanks, Captain!

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We must all remind ourselves in these trying times how fortunate we are that signs like this one exists. Not the stop sign, of course, but the sign directly below it, explaining that it is such. After all, how else would we know what those strange white markings on it are supposed to indicate?

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Of course, if you find yourself in Middle-earth, it’s probably a good idea to watch out for Ents. However, here in the realm of reality, we’re all well aware that trees are absolutely static. So if you’re going to ski down between them, it stands to reason that you really wouldn’t need reminding.

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This sign may actually have been pretty useful had it been stationed a couple of hundred yards back down the road. As is, it’s painfully redundant; if you haven’t figured out yet that the road ends in water, then you’re sure as anything about to.

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You have to wonder what necessitated this sign being put up in the first place. Clearly, this wall had been suffering from perpetual punching – by people too braindead to realize that slamming your fist into a brick wall will probably do more damage to you than it. So perhaps the sign was needed after all…

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What on earth were they serving before? Okay, according to the adjacent sign, pizza by the slice. But then, why was it called Burritos & Tacos in the first place? This confusing signage combination has just opened up a whole can of worms.

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As obvious as this sign is, it also opens up a world of pedantry. For instance, does it mean that this rocky incline dries instantly as soon as it stops raining? Alas, we’ll never know. More likely, though, is that it’s just a ridiculously pointless sign.

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Why was this disclaimer needed? Who on earth has been buying hot dogs from Ikea and complaining that they don’t match the size of the banner? How did they even expect to be able to eat it? And all for 50 cents? We’re so confused.

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Maybe this isn’t the world’s most obvious warning sign. Maybe, in fact, it’s just the most roundabout way possible to explain the ingredients in peanuts. Yeah, okay, that seems pretty unlikely even to us. Instead, it’s probably just a classic case of a company being too cautious.

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If you have the capacity to read a sign but not look beyond it to recognize for yourself just which floor you’re on, then there’s basically no hope for you. Sign or no sign, chances are you are probably going to topple straight over this balcony. Sorry.

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To be fair, if this sign wasn’t there, you just know some chancer would try to sit down and end up suing for damages. So, maybe it does serve a purpose after all. Just not one that needs spelling out so obviously, perhaps.

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Methinks thou doth protest too much, wardrobe. Indeed, perhaps this is just the world’s worst cover-up for the secret entrance to Narnia. Well, there’s only one way to find out. And it doesn’t involve paying attention to this ridiculous sign…

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How many people tried urinating into a hole in the wall before this sign needed to be put up? We’re not quite sure we want to know the answer, but even one is too many. If we had to guess, this is probably in some kind of bar. After all, nobody sober would be stupid enough to pee here… right?

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