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November 14, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: No smoking sign

NosmokingA reader submits a picture of a sign taken in Iraq:

If smoking isn't allowed, why is there a need to pick up your cigarette butts?


Also, that universal "no" symbol appears to be lacking a symbol for the object it prohibits. Plus, since this is posted in Iraq, shouldn't at least one local language be up there?

Posted by: Maurs at November 14, 2006 01:29 AM

This doesn't have to be broken. It could be that you are entering a non-smoking area/building and they don't want you to leave your cigerette butts right in front of it.

Posted by: InsanePlushie at November 14, 2006 03:54 AM

Well, it's broken in at least one sense considering the spelling of the word cigarette.

Posted by: tandy1000tl2 at November 14, 2006 04:19 AM

Or perhaps they oppose smoking because of all the liter it causes.

Rather than smoke they encourage you to leave and pick up all the butts you have dropped over all those years.

Posted by: arcticJKL at November 14, 2006 11:23 AM

We have a similar sign at the entrance to our building. No smoking inside, and please dispose of your cigarettes in the receptacle to the right. Not broken.

Posted by: Fastolfe at November 14, 2006 11:28 AM

Heh. I can imagine someone grafitying the 'cigarette' part (childish, I know. But it would fit military standards...)

Posted by: st33med at November 14, 2006 04:27 PM

Which reminds me: Where is this picture taken? A building? A beach? A zoo? Out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere


Posted by: st33med at November 14, 2006 04:30 PM

This was taken in Iraq. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT???????

Posted by: jon at November 17, 2006 08:29 PM

It's just a bad translation. What is meant to say is:

"No smoking. Now pick up your stinking butt and go somewhere else."

Posted by: interlard at November 27, 2006 05:50 PM

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