This kind of sign wasn’t around when we were young and foolish. The number of times we climbed fences (legally and illegally) to help ourselves to the neighbor’s orange tree or to shorten the way to school, is something everyone has in their memory box. Climbing fences and climbing trees is all part of growing up.
Except for this fence, which would only trigger traumatic memories, that is, if you managed to survive getting skewered in the first place. This sign doesn’t leave much room for imagination. You climb, you die! But would that stop some people from trying? Highly unlikely.
Education, Education, Education
Don't waste your time educating your kids, teaching them manners and common courtesy if you're going to end up leaving them behind or unattended. We know it's tempting to just let them run wild for a bit, but that’s why you have the outdoors.
Australia has plenty of it too. We spend too much time trying to turn our little monsters into polite adults with acceptable dietary habits and polite language. It can all be thrown down the drain in no time. It won't be worth it. Go get them back. They will return eventually, though only God knows in what condition.
Keep Out of the Sun
How much tan is too much tan? You would think Australians get enough sunshine anyway without having to make an effort. As it turns out, we were wrong. No matter how often we hear how important it is to be safe in the sun, it still doesn't work.
No matter how often we are reminded that sunglasses, long sleeve shirts, a hat, and sunblock are mandatory (with the way this planet is going), we still embrace those suntanning hours and feel better and healthier (which we're not) when we are colored bronze. The people responsible for this sign decided that enough was enough. If you don't match the shade of this sign, you're good. (Except you aren't.)
Lost and Found
Instead of publishing missing people on milk cartons or in the lost and found newspaper section, Australians have come up with a unique and original way of asking citizens to participate in police activities and search for missing souls.
By the looks of this photo, the area seems to be isolated, like a desert of some sort, so we are finding it hard to understand where exactly the searches are supposed to take place. More importantly, are there any people around at all? Will the searcher become the search ee or vice versa? If you figure it out or find anyone, let us know. Maybe they'll have the answer.
Under the Sea
It's no secret that a slippery road is a dangerous road. We know that it's important to change the tires and ensure the car's wiper blades are in shape and ready for winter. What we're not prepared for is this sign. Is it a generic slippery situation or something that calls for an actual boat?
We wish they would have come up with something better to explain how dangerous the road is underwater. The key to a good sign is just being specific. This trail is unsafe, alright. “Water levels can reach as high as this sign, and by then it might be too late” seems a better warning.