While traveling in Scotland a few years ago, I met two lovely Australians, Linda and Evgenia, and we bonded over the fact that we’d all noticed that Scotland seemed to have a disproportionate number of signs that essentially said, “You’re going to die!” Evgenia commented on this when she saw one with an alarming image of a car about to topple into the waves at the Lochaline ferry dock, and we’ve been collecting alarming sign photos ever since. Over the years our collection criteria have expanded to include signs that are just funny, too. This gallery includes some of the highlights of my “sign seeing.” Read More →

A couple of years ago I wandered down an old, narrow street in Kilkenny City, Ireland and saw a pub sign featuring an arched-back, black “Halloween” cat. Naturally that tripped my witchy senses, so I went up for a closer look, and saw that “Kyteler’s” was the name on the sign. “No freaking way!” I said to myself, excited, because that could only mean this was the pub formerly owned by Dame Alice Kyteler, and I’d just found it completely by accident. My inner history nerd was doing cartwheels. Dame Alice became famous—or infamous—in 1324 for being the first person recorded as being accused ofRead More →