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February 20, 2006

my risk

i've been working on a show about the history of airplane safety, and was pleased to come across a sign in Johannesburg airport - as you enter the airport you pass under a large sign that says: "enter at your own risk". I'd say they win points for simplicity.

edited to add:

here's a pic:


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Comments (9)

I've never thought of it that way, but I suppose that's true... anything can happen in an airport.

Posted by: Jenny [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 22, 2006 1:04 PM

That's amazing. I hope you took a picture.

Posted by: Phoebe? [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 22, 2006 3:10 PM

"enter at your own risk" is a common mistranslation (from the isizulu) of "have a nice flight". this is simply another example of what happens when your translator is a surly teen who has learned to speak english off the internet and by playing Quake. it's the same as kruschev's "we will bury you" translation debacle. or hamas's "death to all israelis", which they picked up on the playground by hanging around north korea as it chanted "america sucks" and gave south korea a wedgie when it wasn't looking.

Posted by: denaliwoman [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 22, 2006 6:06 PM

in Joeys (Johannesburg) -
all our "ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK" signs should actually be changed to "NO ENTRY" signs...

simple...
effective...?

Posted by: shadZ [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2006 7:31 AM

in Joeys (Johannesburg) -
all our "ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK" signs should actually be changed to "NO ENTRY" signs...

simple...
effective...?

Posted by: shadZ [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 23, 2006 7:33 AM

Will you put your AIGA 2005 conference presentation about the history of airplane safety on line with the now famous his-ass presentation?

Please respond Ze . . .

Posted by: bert [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 24, 2006 9:34 PM

heh. a bit disconcerting, though true. no? ;)

not the last thing i want to see before going in.

Posted by: Melissa Glenn [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 25, 2006 1:22 AM

it could be funnier a sign at the exit door that say:"Once again you're safe!"

Posted by: smastro [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 25, 2006 9:29 AM

I was in Cape Town South Africa when you gave the speak on airplane safety sign's. It's was pretty amazing, I didnt stop laughing for 30min... The design indaba was great hope to see you again next year....

Posted by: ManUva [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2006 4:27 AM

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