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“Caution, Lumpy Cow Crossing”

On the Road, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

Cow Crossing Sign, Brazil

Lumpy Cow Crossing Sign, Brazil

Foreign (and often domestic) roadsigns are endless sources of entertainment. Here we have a strange animal crossing sign. I have three theories as to what it could mean. #1: In trying to convey a simple message, “Caution, Cattle Crossing,” an unskilled artist pieced together images of several different cows of various sizes as seen from different angles in order to achieve one horrifying image meant to represent all local cattle breeds. #2: There really are wonky oblong cows in Brazil that have a tendency to undulate freakishly across roads. #3: Due to the unnaturally long torso, the sign might read “Multiple drunk rednecks sharing a cow costume trying to cross the road. Proceed with Caution.” Doesn’t it look like one of those two-person animal costumes, when the tail and the head have had enough of one another and simultaneously decide to mutiny? That’s what I see anyway.

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  1. Hmmm – definitely thinking it might be option #3!

    It’s so true about foreign signs though. Looking at the signs is my second favourite thing to do in a new country, after people watching of course! Thanks for sharing!

    November 21, 2011
  2. Sophie #

    I totally agree but I’d add one more thing to the list: reading foreign menus in translation. What a hoot!

    November 22, 2011
  3. I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long, long time. Thanks so much. I can’t wait for your next post!

    November 22, 2011
    • Sophie #

      What a kind thing to say! Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found me!

      November 23, 2011
  4. One of my favorites is the sign in San Diego near the Mexican border with a woman running, dragging her airborne child by the hand, feet in the air, braids flying about. It’s quite hilarious.

    November 22, 2011
    • Sophie #

      Yes! Amazing. After posting this article a friend showed me that sign you’re talking about. It’s totally flabbergasting, offensive, hilarious…just wow.

      November 23, 2011
  5. I live in an area that has Elk and deer. Someone decided one Christmas to replace the signs of Elk crossing with Reindeer crossing sign, which was an Elk with a bright round nose. Every one loved it so they remained in place for two years. The other day I saw a bear crossing and an armadillo crossing sign. BTW, I love your cow crossing sign.

    November 22, 2011
    • Sophie #

      I’d love to see that armadillo crossing sign. They are such funny armored rats. One time my cousin was on Cumberland Island in Georgia and an armadillo scurried right across her foot. She certainly could have benefited from a warning sign!

      November 23, 2011

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