The Ten Worst Highway Signs

Signs are intended to be informative guides to travelers, but they sometimes unintentionally end up being offensive, creepy, or just so awful they're hilarious. These are Jalopnik readers' picks for the ten worst road signs.

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The Ten Worst Highway Signs

10.) Big Bone Lick State Park

Suggested By: pallendo

Why it points us the wrong way: Look, the wooly mammoths and other Ice Age creatures whose skeletons gave this park its name don't care for your middle-school sex jokes. They just did what they did until, well, they died. So there's not much they can do about it.

Your girlfriend doesn't think it's as funny as you do.

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9.) The Queensboro Bridge, Regardless

Suggested By: Triborough

Why it points us the wrong way: New York has a tendency to rename roads and bridges in ways that never get truly adopted by the populace. At least Avenue of the Americas isn't as roundly annoying as the misbegotten idea of renaming the Queensboro Bridge the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, marginalizing a properly borough-centric name in honor of a still-living former mayor and current gadfly with no real connection to Queens.

However, as noted, absolutely no one will ever call it this.

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8.) The World's Most Ob-Comp School Zone

Suggested By: Straightsix 9904

Why it points us the wrong way: We had this up a few weeks ago, but it bears repeating — because repetition is the only way you'll learn what times the school-zone law is in effect. I'm sure someone (probably Oakland County's su doku champion) spent a significant amount of time setting this up and making sure it was compliant and everything, but there is such a thing as too much information. No, not that kind.

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7.) Boring Oregon City

Suggested By: solracer

Why it points us the wrong way: Civic pride must not be a strong point in the Beaver State. Or else it's just a matter-of-fact judgment call on Slacker Central. Or truth-in-advertising laws are respectfully considered up to the state level. Regardless, this may help show why everyone wants to move to Austin.

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6.) Emergency Phone 174 KM Ahead

Suggested By: Defender90

Why it points us the wrong way: Okay. We'll keep that in mind. Thanks, I guess.

The Ten Worst Highway Signs

5.) This Hurts To Even Say

Suggested By: chrisdraper2007

Why it points us the wrong way: We find it more than a bit hard to believe that in these kinder, gentler, more kid-protective times that a street name like this has been allowed to endure. Honestly, we find it hard to believe that anyone could be such an idiot and not figure this out in the first place.

The Ten Worst Highway Signs

4.) Not Your Grandpappy's Trading Post

Suggested By: Scorpio GTX1

Why it points us the wrong way: If you have one, that's your own damn business and we don't really want to know about it. If you want a different one, I'm sure there's someplace around that will discreetly accommodate your wishes. If you want to talk about it, there's got to be a forum for that somewhere. Trading them? That's a kink too far. Bring lots of bleach.

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3.) Bong Recreation Area

Suggested By: CmndrFish - in Deutschland

Why it points us the wrong way: In a fairer world, this would be perfectly reasonable: The area is named after Maj. Richard Bong, the quiet but spectacularly skilled Army Air Corps pilot who downed 40 Japanese planes in World War II. Instead, it's a pot joke. Have some respect, okay, folks?

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The Ten Worst Highway Signs

2.) All Roads Lead Away From Oklahoma City

Suggested By: eatadonut

Why it points us the wrong way: Well, technically, nothing on this sign is really false; if you go far enough east, you'll end up west of your point of origin, and vice versa. This is still not the most intuitive arrangement of directions. Then again, it's Oklahoma, so just keep going and you'll successfully get out eventually.

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The Ten Worst Highway Signs

1.) The World's Most Fertile Intersection

Suggested By: Aldairion

Why it points us the wrong way: The streets that form this notorious upper-upper-Manhattan intersection are named after two Colonial-era land owners, so no, not that.

Also, the nearby Fort Cockhill Park and Broadyke Meat Market aren't those, either.

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