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September 24, 2003 10:59 AM

Broken: Exit sign

Iain Tait writes from London:

It's almost surrealist in its absurdity.

From a recent trip to the States, the photo was taken at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.


Absolutely classic. What were they thinking?!

Posted by: codeman38 at November 3, 2003 01:50 AM

Shades of American Psycho.

Posted by: Thomas at November 6, 2003 11:43 AM

Coincidentally, turns out that the brother of a colleague of mine worked on the signage here. He wrote to my friend:

"funny....this is the Aladdin hotel in LV...I designed

the sign program at [while I worked at] CAS...

that's my sign on the right and somebody

added the big one on the door...this is the

wording the hotel wanted to use instead of

'emergency exit only'

...oh well."

Posted by: Mark Hurst at November 6, 2003 01:31 PM

Looks fishy to me.

Posted by: Ben at January 8, 2004 05:46 PM

I saw one at Florida Hospital in Orlando Florida that said "Not a exit"--doesn't someone proofread?

Posted by: JTS at January 18, 2004 11:08 PM

The oddest thing is that I took this picture in May 2003, during a convention at the Aladdin. I did send it to a couple of friends, and am surprised and honoured that it turned up here!

Posted by: rffmb at April 23, 2004 10:35 AM

what!? that makes no sense whatsoever! who would put a sign that says "not an exit" on an exit?

Posted by: lane at June 15, 2004 12:07 PM

Maybe it was just for use as an emergency exit? Still would be very confusing in that case as well though.

Posted by: Shane at June 30, 2004 01:57 PM

I'd guess its an emergency exit - but it seems kinda odd.

Posted by: me at July 13, 2004 05:25 PM

Just enforcing the cliche, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas".

Posted by: Please stop me at October 6, 2004 09:00 AM

Red exit signs mean you can only exit in an emergency. Green exit signs mean you can exit anytime.

Posted by: Eric at December 12, 2004 05:57 AM

Well how the hell are we supposed to know that?

Posted by: bob at January 5, 2005 03:44 PM

In case of a fire, when someone is trying to exit a building they are unfamiliar with, they need to know they cannot exit the building from that door.

Posted by: Linda at February 7, 2005 10:08 AM

It's kinda one of those things where I ponder and keep glancing from one contradicting sign to another.

Posted by: Ethan Skinner at April 26, 2005 08:07 AM

Oh my - I stayed at the Alladin a few weeks ago and wanted to take a photo of this sign for Broken, but didn't have my camera handy. But, I see it's already here. nice job.

Posted by: Seth at April 27, 2005 01:58 AM

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