ACHTUNG! by Nigel Blackwell | Edward Lear | 20 comments I came across this warning on some test equipment years ago. I still get a grin out of it today. I don’t know who wrote it, but no one ever messed with equipment that bore this label. Have you seen any warning signs that make you laugh? Cheers! 20 Comments Sherry Isaac on June 25, 2012 at 11:34 am Love it. Can’t say I’ve seen a warning label, or any kind of label, that compares. Does this label come as a sticker? Too late for my children, but I wouldn’t mind ten gazillion or so for the grand kids. Hm. At least half will be used for the Hubster. Nigel Blackwell on June 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm Hi Sherry. This is available as a sticker. Just print off a copy, add glue and voila! Cheers! Diane Henders on June 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm Love it! I have actually seen that one before – I think it was in one of the engineering journals. Or possibly the x-rated Red Lion engineering newsletter from the University of Manitoba back in the 80s… It’s still one of my favourites. The sign, not the Red Lion, although the Lion was pretty funny despite (or perhaps because of) its male bias and total lack of political correctness. Nigel Blackwell on June 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm Hi Diane. It was about 84 or 85 when I saw this. It probably came from somewhere else because no one owned up to writing it. The Red Lion sounds like a laugh, not that I’m politically incorrect you understand … 😉 Cheers! David N Walker on June 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm Me no speakie the deutschlanderlanguage. Nigel Blackwell on June 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm It’s pretty easy. Following the British approach all you have to do is fake the accent and speak very loudly. When people don’t understand what you’re saying, just speak louder. Though in all honestly that may be the reason I once returned from Spain with a black eye. Cheers! Madame Weebles on June 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm I can’t think of any entertaining signs that I’ve seen but the one you posted is pretty darned funny. It took me a minute to realize it wasn’t actually in German. Clearly I need to get out more. Nigel Blackwell on June 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm Yeah, you should try it from time to time. Getting out that is. Take a Weeble or two, I’m sure they’d enjoy the fresh air, just don’t let them take any of your charms! Cheers 🙂 Jenny Hansen on June 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm It’s been since college since I had German, but I’m thinking this reads something like: Keep your clumsy mitts off this machine. It’s very expensive and is meant only for experts. If you aren’t one of those, this is off limits to your ass!” Am I in the ballpark?? Nigel Blackwell on June 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm Hi Jenny Yep, you’re right in the ballpark. All you have to do is read it with a bad german accent and you’re there! Cheers! Julie Glover on June 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm Keep your hands in your pockets & watch the blinking lights! Love it. Hilarious, Nigel! Nigel Blackwell on June 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm Glad you liked it Julie 🙂 Cheers! August McLaughlin on June 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm That’s awesome, Nigel! I recently busted out laughing at several warning signs, mainl because of their location. Being someone who learns by doing (and seldom reads directions) I came upon a whole drawer of unread, still in plastic appliance manuals that said things like, “Danger! Read before use!” Yeah, funny because nothing dangerous played out. 😉 Nigel Blackwell on June 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm Hi August. Now that is funny, a drawer full of unopened “Danger read before use” notices. Brilliant. And I’m glad to hear that you haven’t been electrocuted, burned, blown up … Cheers! Jay Holmes on June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm Hi Nigel. Thanks for the laugh. I had seen a similar sign on a Navy base around 1980. I can’t remember for sure but it might have been on an o-scope where some Navy CT and ET people were working. That’s my earliest memory of that type of sign. It might have been at the old Communications Tech school in California. They had a taste for non-conventional humor. Nigel Blackwell on June 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm Hi Jay I’ve never seen it anywhere other than one place in the UK, but your comment and Diane’s makes me think it was international all along. Most of the other signs to keep people off our equipment were far more direct! Cheers Brinda on July 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm Nigel, This one is new to me. Reading it with an accent was difficult but doable and added much to the meaning and my personal amusement. 🙂 Nigel Blackwell on July 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm Hi Brinda Opps! Askimet classified your email as spam. Sorry about that! Glad you tried to read it aloud, I think it gets funnier when you try and pronounce the words. Cheers! Val on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 am “nicht fur gerfingerpoken ud mittinggraben” Love it! Though I think that if any did poken their gerfinger in a machine’s innards, they’d learn about it anyway! 😉 Nigel Blackwell on July 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm Hi Val I think the designers of some of the things I’ve used left stray wires and voltages around just to make sure people leant not to poke around inside. Cheers!