Sign Circus

Anyone who has ever hit the open road has seen a sign that sends them into hysterics. RoadTrip America has been posting these roadside bloopers online since 1996, building an online gallery like none other on the Web.

Caution: Funny Signs AheadNow, the best of RTA's collection is available in book form. Reflecting over a decade's worth of photographing actual mixed-up marquees, billboard blunders and signs of all types discovered along city streets, country roads, major freeways and back roads, CAUTION: FUNNY SIGNS AHEAD features images captured by 95 photographers from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond.

Each page presents a color photograph of an ironic, suggestive, absurd, mislabeled or otherwise amusing sign. Photographed by everyday Americans on vacations and road trips, the signs featured in this collection cover the gamut — from street signs marking the corner of Lonesome and Hardup Road to less-than-persuasive billboards for local businesses like Blue Ball Hotel. Check out the list of contributors!

RoadTrip America's CAUTION: FUNNY SIGNS AHEAD is available through and at bookstores nationwide!

What others are saying:

"Fun signs from the side of the road, shop fronts and those wonderfully-American boards where they can change the message every day. From the rude (Beaver Liquor Inc.), through unthinking juxtapositions (Cemetery Lane / Dead End) to the plain unfathomable (Cat Crap), this is a great read and an even better gift.

Peter Thody, Leeds, UK

"There are some street signs that cause double takes, restaurant names that will give you pause, and an amazing number of signs that include the word "dump" in an incongruous manner. If you're looking for a gift for someone who loves to laugh, you've found it."

Tami Cowden, author of Cruising for LoveCaution: Funny Signs Ahead

"Caution: Funny Signs Ahead is an extensive collection of bizarre, humorous, and otherwise visually-arresting signs rounded up for your enjoyment. This roadie's personal favorites include 'No Smoking on Campus Prohibited' and 'Brakeless Trucks Use Freeway'"

Drew Knowles, author of Route 66 Adventure Handbook

"If you like roadside double entendres…You'll definitely enjoy Caution: Funny Signs Ahead. My favorite is the motel in South Dakota that proudly advertises, "Imaginary Friends Stay Free."

Eric Peterson, author of Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A.

"...I loved National Lampoon's True Facts books that featured humorous road signs and billboards, but that was 20 years ago. Caution: Funny Signs Ahead is a wacky collection of unintentionally hilarious wordings..."

Brian A. Butko, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, author of Greetings From the Lincoln Highway

" excellent choice to leave out on a table at any party, it'll have everyone in the room laughing..."

Troy Paiva, Redwood City, California, author of Lost America: The Abandoned Roadside West

"This is the perfect 'anytime' gift book -- don't take a bottle of wine -- buy a bunch of these and take one next time! This book deserves a sequel already."

Carol White, author of Live Your Road Trip Dream

"This is a collection of some of the funniest signs on the road, photographed by ordinary people. It's just not possible to look through them without laughing! Perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas."

Michael Dickman, Bremen, Germany

"For the small price, it is the perfect item for that office gift exchange. This book would be a great addition to any coffee table and I'm ordering a copy for each of my family members..."

Gerald Thurman, Tempe, Arizona

"Prepare to spend some time there, because you can't just look at one sign and move on. If you're like me, you'll 'just one more' your way through the entire online collection."

Jim Pankey, Chatsworth, Georgia

"I was trying to find something different AND special for Christmas this year. I found it in this hilarious book -- my cheeks (facial) are sore from laughing so hard. Don't miss a chance to own this book.

—Kathy Wilkerson, Bozeman, Montana

"It would be a great gift -- a perfect way to light up someone's day..."

—Ruth Mormon, Henderson, Nevada

"If you've just had words with a coworker, your dog died, or you're just having a bad day, Caution: Funny Signs Ahead is the perfect way to just yourself a lift..."

—Philip Kappen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

RTA Funny Sign Contributors whose photographs are published in this book:

Larry Abramson
Heather Aday
Julia Alexander
Wendy Alexander
Clint Anglin
Stephen Ault
Doug Bandos
Ken Bell
Dan Bentley
Steve Berger
Robert B. Blalock
Michael Bono
Sari Boudreau
Tom Brookover
Cindy Brown
Rebecca Burns
Stephanie Casey
Tara Chando
Janelle M. Chang
Tami Cowden
Janet & Robert Daniel
Suzanne Deans
Michael H. Dickman
Karen Ditello
Megan Edwards
Jack Eiermann
Myke Elliott
Valerie Estes
Margaret Feit
Robert Ferguson
Ron Gillentine
Daryl Gruber
Peter Harvey
Christopher Hayter
Bethany Heginbotham
Ed Higginbotham
Erik Hollander
Mark Holloway
Mark Holmes
Jillian Imilkowski
Daniel Janes
Kevin Jemmott
Michael Jessie
Phil Kappen
Benjamin Klein
Geneviève Lauzière
Joel Lechlt
Peter M. Lighthall
Shea Listwon
Allan Llewellyn
Joe Loehr
Steve Loopstra
Rich & Steven Madow
Jim McIntyre
Michael Metzing
Eric J. Miller
Christina Moore
Don Moore
Terry & Carole Moran
Barbara Morgan
Tracye Morgan
Ruth Mormon
Pat Mount
Nancy G. Murphy
Rod & Judy Ness
Pamela Newcomb
Tom Newton
Robert E. Oshel
Jim Pankey
Bill Roberts
David & Natalie Rayburn
Michael Reardon
Ken Rhinehart
Aleisha Dawn Rosse
Matthew Rounis
Alexander Rose
Liisa Sakari
Luke Schoen
Matt Scruton
Mark Sedenquist
Douglas Sedgwick
R. Charles Siple
Steve Skopyk
Jeff Smith
Phillip Stringer
Julie Suneson
Gerald Thurman
Anna Vernicek
Laura Weddle
Melissa Wical
Jeff Winter
Nancy Koch Winter
Paul Wood
Peter Yauch

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