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Old 07-12-2018, 12:25 AM
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I saw a nude man, woman, and child on a Canadian highway sign

Not exactly what you’d call graphic, but it still made me laugh, and it was a definite WTF moment for this American:

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Why do they all have the letter "I" on their backs?
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That is some crazy shit right there.
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Isn’t that a sign for a nudist camp?
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Isn’t that a sign for a nudist camp?
Yes, indeed—but not a commercial sign, like a billboard or something (which might be prohiibited in Canada? Sure seemed that way). This was an official roadside wayfinding type sign.

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Why do they all have the letter "I" on their backs?
I take that as being a crude depiction of the crease your back muscles make.
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:19 AM
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This is why they're separating Canadian children from their parents at the border.
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And hair. They have hair loss issues.
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If there's one place in this world where I would not want to be naked, it's the frozen north.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:51 AM
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Yeah, isn't that basically a form of assisted suicide?
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:49 AM
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It's the frozen south you want to worry about.
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If there had been a number on the sign, say a "5", then it could stand for "Bare Asses, next Five Kilometers"
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:01 AM
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Not exactly what you’d call graphic, but it still made me laugh, and it was a definite WTF moment for this American:

https://twitter.com/slackerinc/statu...232349697?s=21
Yep, Nude Beach/Campground. There are designated nude beaches scattered around Canada but Quebec is a special due to their French roots and very liberal views on nudity,sex, etc..


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If there's one place in this world where I would not want to be naked, it's the frozen north.
Actually, it's only frozen over for about 6 months of the year!
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:37 AM
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Americans aren't as prudish as people think; at least in the day.

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Old 07-12-2018, 11:00 AM
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I saw an actual fully nude family in Germany a week ago when I visited a lake. Dad, Mom, teenage girl, and twin toddlers. Also a few older people and at least one very beautiful woman was nude too. Pretty shocking for this American. Almost all the little kids were nude. My son was one of the few who wasn't actually. Another day walking around town we passed through a kindergarten and saw as the teachers had all the kids strip down and jump into the pool naked as well. Convenient, no need for change of clothing. But couldn't help but think how this would never happen in the US.
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I saw an actual fully nude family in Germany a week ago when I visited a lake. Dad, Mom, teenage girl, and twin toddlers. Also a few older people and at least one very beautiful woman was nude too. Pretty shocking for this American. Almost all the little kids were nude. My son was one of the few who wasn't actually. Another day walking around town we passed through a kindergarten and saw as the teachers had all the kids strip down and jump into the pool naked as well. Convenient, no need for change of clothing. But couldn't help but think how this would never happen in the US.
But it did happen for decades at high school swimming pools. There was a thread about this on the last year or so.

https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=395612

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If there's one place in this world where I would not want to be naked, it's the frozen north.
Though it has been unusually hot in much of Canada lately.
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But it did happen for decades at high school swimming pools. There was a thread about this on the last year or so.

https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=395612
I’ve heard about that (so bizarre). These days even the high school locker room showers are cobwebbed from disuse—kids are much more modest than they used to be.

But fundamentally it’s not the nude beaches that surprise me but this official wayfinding sign. Some group of government bureaucrats commissioned this, which is wild.
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Those taken aback by simple signage (tourists) are likely to be even more so should they accidentally happen upon an actual naked person, so I’m not seeing how they could win. Better they should simply be on about the signage I suspect.
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:14 PM
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I take that as being a crude depiction of the crease your back muscles make.
I think an exclamation mark would be more anatomically appropriate.
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Because French is our only official language, but in reality English and many other languages are widely spoken among locals (not to mention tourists), many Quebec road signs are pictograms. This leads to some pretty amusing signs (note the sinister-looking one for "monastery ahead").
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Those taken aback by simple signage (tourists) are likely to be even more so should they accidentally happen upon an actual naked person, so I’m not seeing how they could win. Better they should simply be on about the signage I suspect.
Maybe so, but would anyone dispute my assertion that this would never fly in the US?
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What wouldn’t fly in America?

Nudist areas?

Signage warning of nudist area?

Or just the amusing graphic would be beyond offensive and too graphic? (Really? It’s just a line drawing after all.)
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Isn't that sign kiddie porn?

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Because French is our only official language, but in reality English and many other languages are widely spoken among locals (not to mention tourists), many Quebec road signs are pictograms. This leads to some pretty amusing signs (note the sinister-looking one for "monastery ahead").
The Blessed Convent of the Overlook Hotel?

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Or just the amusing graphic would be beyond offensive and too graphic? (Really? It’s just a line drawing after all.)
This one. I could never imagine any official signage depicting anyone naked, let alone a child. And I would expect a ton of people to complain if someone used it for private signage. Publicly depicting naked people is just not done. If you must, you have strategic objects to cover private parts (of which the butt counts).
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:05 PM
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Because French is our only official language, but in reality English and many other languages are widely spoken among locals (not to mention tourists), many Quebec road signs are pictograms. This leads to some pretty amusing signs (note the sinister-looking one for "monastery ahead").
I was wondering about the blue one with a picture of a slice of cheese. "Welcome to... the Cheeseway!" ("Bienvenue à la route des fromages!")

And what was the one warning of four pine trees?

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I couldn’t find those two, but the blue ones with a “bienvenue” are tourist routes. There was one for the fjords, one for historic Nouvelle-France, and so on. So I imagine the cheese one was for an area that specialized in cheese production, with area tourists could visit, try sample, buy cheese, and so on.


I believe the québécois cheese-makers have been blessed with the secret recipe for Venezuelan beaver cheese and have successfully adapted it to local conditions.
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The cheese one had no words, just the cheese icon.

I've been looking through the list, and there are a lot of these tourist symbols. Fromagerie (cheeseworks); skiing area, waterslide... Some of them are awfully specific. "Motoquad sur chenilles" (four-wheeler on tracks)? "Cyclisme aérienne" (Aerial cycling?

I wonder whether some of them have been used exactly once, but still had to be put in the catalogue.
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I can't believe people are put out by this sign. Yes, Quebec does use pictorial signs because they won't permit English. I think this sign mildly amusing, that's all.

The worst sign I have ever seen is not pictorial and the French is pretty near incomprehensible. I don't recall the exact wording, but it means "protected left on flashing green". It is actually a very good idea but no one outside of Quebec has adopted. It means any ordinary traffic light can be converted to one with a protected left turn while not needing a left arrow. Tourists will not understand the sign and will not react to the flashing green.
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...It means any ordinary traffic light can be converted to one with a protected left turn while not needing a left arrow.
We had that in Ontario too, but they've been gradually getting rid of them.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:59 PM
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And in Sask.
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I saw a nude man, woman, and child on a Canadian highway sign

Would "Cyclisme aérien" be trick cycling on ramps and jumps?

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What wouldn’t fly in America?

Nudist areas?

Signage warning of nudist area?

Or just the amusing graphic would be beyond offensive and too graphic? (Really? It’s just a line drawing after all.)
We have nude beaches, and signs warning about them. We don’t have official notifications about them out on the freeway (maybe that point was missed: this was not where anyone would be walking along, about to wander into something they weren’t expecting—clearly the intent was to bring people in rather than warn them away). And certainly not with pictures.

People would be outraged not that this line drawing exists somewhere, but that tax dollars paid for it to be commissioned and government workers installed it as an official wayfinding sign on the interstate.

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I don't recall the exact wording, but it means "protected left on flashing green". It is actually a very good idea but no one outside of Quebec has adopted. It means any ordinary traffic light can be converted to one with a protected left turn while not needing a left arrow. Tourists will not understand the sign and will not react to the flashing green.
Yes, we have been gradually figuring this out on our own, without signage (my French is pretty good). I understood pretty quickly that it protected turning left; I was at first unsure whether one could also go straight.
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Would "Cyclisme aérien" be trick cycling on ramps and jumps?
If I'm understanding the description right, it's like pedaling along a zipline. I think.
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I understand that the tourist-attraction signs out by the (provincial) highway in Ontario are paid for by the business; the MTO* just installs them.

*Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
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If I'm understanding the description right, it's like pedaling along a zipline. I think.
Yes:

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Because French is our only official language, but in reality English and many other languages are widely spoken among locals (not to mention tourists), many Quebec road signs are pictograms. This leads to some pretty amusing signs (note the sinister-looking one for "monastery ahead").
What's going on with this sign then? It doesn't look like either of them are wearing any clothes.
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I can't believe people are put out by this sign. Yes, Quebec does use pictorial signs because they won't permit English. I think this sign mildly amusing, that's all.
And in Ontario I think we use pictorial signs because people speak so many languages that it's easier just to go around the problem and use pictures. I'm always struck by how wordy US signs are.
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The worst sign I have ever seen is not pictorial and the French is pretty near incomprehensible. I don't recall the exact wording, but it means "protected left on flashing green". It is actually a very good idea but no one outside of Quebec has adopted. It means any ordinary traffic light can be converted to one with a protected left turn while not needing a left arrow. Tourists will not understand the sign and will not react to the flashing green.
Found it!

http://www.rsr.transports.gouv.qc.ca...PetiteVignette

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What's going on with this sign then? It doesn't look like either of them are wearing any clothes.
Massage? If they followed it with the ! sign, it might mean a happy ending. 😀
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I saw a nude man, woman, and child on a Canadian highway sign

"Centre de détente" = spa - so yes, a massage.

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"Centre de détente" = spa - so yes, a massage.
"détente"? Boy, did I misinterpret that...
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Would "Cyclisme aérien" be trick cycling on ramps and jumps?
Sounds more like cyclists who always take the third Reich.
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"détente"? Boy, did I misinterpret that...
Googling "translate centre de détente" brings up the literal translation of "relaxation centre" and also references to "wellness", so I think "spa" is likely the best English transation.

ETA: and now I see that the description actually says "SPA" - missed that looking at the little picture on my phone.

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If I'm understanding the description right, it's like pedaling along a zipline. I think.
I don't think I would like to do that.
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"détente"? Boy, did I misinterpret that...
I think I would be more taken aback by it if the description were "entente cordiale" ...


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I understand that the tourist-attraction signs out by the (provincial) highway in Ontario are paid for by the business; the MTO* just installs them.

*Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Ah. Well, that would eliminate the “taxpayer” objection; but I assume the design is still overseen by the MTO? That part would still irk a lot of folks if it happened in the U.S. (as well as questioning whether they should even accept such an ad regardless of design).
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WARNING: MANIAC WITH A GUN AHEAD AND LOTS OF BLOOD

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