06 August, 2009

Airport fun, S-XL


Those of you who know me (even if only on Facebook) know that my kids have just been shuttled off to a fun-filled vacation in Chicago with my parents. This traveling as "unaccompanied minors" seemed to me a bit absurd, but apparently worked without a hitch. Anyway, we were there at the airport last night, and of course I managed to find a few funny signs. Now that I know that everyone's
landed safely, I'm in a better mood to post them :)

First off: this one isn't funny, but definitely fits solidly in the "only in Israel" category. This is part of the sign next to the elevator, helpfully trying to guide you to the floor that you need:

Ha! I liked that one.

After we saw our kids off, we waited another half an hour or so, as our cousins were scheduled to arrive just then from the States. While hanging around in the Arrivals Hall, I noticed this, on the ceiling:

All those balloons - sad but funny nonetheless!

Then I noticed someone arriving with this box, which made me chuckle (feel free to enlarge the photo by clicking on it, if it's hard to see):

And of course - I've saved the largest for last:

This is actually a pretty typical Israeli mistake - since there aren't any of those "is, are, am" kind of words (auxiliary verbs) in Hebrew, Israelis tend to leave them out when translating into English. But Bank Leumi, come on! You're not some Mom 'N Pop hardware store in Be'er Sheva, you're Bank Leumi!

I really need to stop being surprised by these things...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ha! I love that last one.

--Benjy

Mrs. S. said...

What's up with the capitalization on the last one? It's like once they used a big "L" for "Leumi", they couldn't turn off their capitalization program...
:-)

toby said...

Anonymous Benjy - thanks!

And good eye, Mrs. S. - I didn't catch that! Pretty funny.

The Real Shliach said...

Nice. Cute.

Karen said...

There's an even better "only in Israel" one at the airport that you didn't see. On the machines where you pay for parking, when you walk up the screen that gives you status messages says "veshavu banim l'gvulam" and shows a little digitized picture of Gilad Shalit. I did a double-take when I saw it. I guess usually it says "welcome" or "ready" or something like that, and they reprogrammed it to do this.

toby said...

Karen - someone just mentioned that to me this past weekend. I'm going to the airport tomorrow to get the kids, I'll see if I can find it :)

Anonymous said...

To Be is only sometimes and auxiliary verb: when it is with another verb, e.g. 'am going.' in the sentence "Leumi with you" 'to be' would be used in its copulative meaning, which Hebrew does sort of lack, although very often it's made up for by use of 'hu' or 'hi'

Zoe said...

another sign also apparently from BG Airport at

http://www.israelibyday.com/2008/07/i-want-to-work-in-israeli-advertising.html

I love it!

Zoe said...

another sign also apparently from BG Airport at

http://www.israelibyday.com/2008/07/i-want-to-work-in-israeli-advertising.html

I love it!

toby said...

Zoe - wow! I'll have to look for that one next time!