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November 1, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: St. Peter's Basilica sign

SignatvaticanKristen Lindgren submits a picture taken in the Vatican City in Rome:

I took this picture while waiting in line to get into St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. 

I can't really figure out what this sign is trying to communicate. Maybe that one-legged people or people without a shoulder aren't allowed to enter?


No mini-skirts, halter tops, shorts and overalls. It was probably made a long time ago and hasn't been refurbished. Still broken in the sense that it is actually broken.

Posted by: Alex at November 1, 2006 12:20 AM

_@_v - no lepers?

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at November 1, 2006 01:14 AM

I'd guess its "no tank tops" more than overalls.

I think its basically trying to convey the message "Don't wear revealing clothing" in a way that any language can understand. (considering this is the Vatican City) Unfortunately, it fails.

Posted by: Haggai at November 1, 2006 07:37 AM

Believe Alex and Haggai are correct -- St. Peter's and most of the other tourist-destination churches in Italy try to discourage people from wearing tanktops, shorts or very short skirts, as they are all still active as places of worship.

Broken in that the sign is both unclear and, as Alex said, broken.

Posted by: Mullet Vampire at November 1, 2006 06:44 PM

Anybody also notice that the red X is taped on? Did they set up this sign before for some other purpose?

Posted by: st33med at November 1, 2006 07:58 PM

And the persons leg has fallen off? And a persons shoulder has been bitten off?

Maybe they're implying, "No revealing outfits are allowed. Any violaters are bitten by sharks and are not hospitalized."

Posted by: st33med at November 1, 2006 08:02 PM


Posted by: Sean Z. at November 2, 2006 12:19 AM

"And the persons leg has fallen off? And a persons shoulder has been bitten off?"

Obviously, the entire sign was constructed from adhesive forms (including the red X) and certain parts have come unstuck.

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at November 5, 2006 04:28 AM

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