In countries where English is not the first language, funny signs abound:
1. In a Tokyo hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notice.
2. In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
3. On the menu of a Polish hotel:
Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.
4. Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
5. In a Bangkok dry cleaners:
Drop your trousers here for best results.
6. Outside a Paris dress shop:
Dresses for street walking.
7. In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
8. In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
9. In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.
10. In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
11. In an Athens hotel:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.
12. On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
13. In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.