Interpreting the signs

This item appears on page 51 of the September 2013 issue.

Tell us about the funniest thing that happened to you while traveling in a foreign country. (ITN prints no info on destinations in the United States.) There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged. 

This month’s winner is CHUCK BOTTS of Monrovia, MD:


Several years ago, my wife and I visited relatives in Germany and rented a car to explore. On one trip, we traveled to Mannheim, parking on a side street and walking through a museum. We returned to the car and I pulled out but came upon a street sign that was unfamiliar. 

Now, when renting a car in Germany, you are given a road map that has on its back about a hundred road signs and their meanings, so I pulled over and got out the map.

Looking back and forth from the pictures to the sign, I finally announced, “Here it is: ‘NO STOPPING’.”