Signs of Stupidity: High Voltage

A quickie photo post today, so that I don’t have to think too hard about how to pick random prize winners. Yes, I know it’s not that difficult, but I’m that tired.

Today’s photos come from a pedestrian railway crossing near Kokura station. Here’s a view of the overall scene.

pedestrian railway crossing

And here’s a closeup of the sign.

danger: high voltage sign

I love the expressions on these guys’ faces. And the hands on the leading train car. To me, it’s a no-brainer that you wouldn’t fly a kite under the railway electrical lines. Especially in a busy urban setting, near a bridge. And it’s beyond me why anyone would want to go fishing in anything as polluted as the waters next to Kokura. I can understand sport fishermen, but taking home a basket of fish?

Here’s a crop with just the cartoon:

close-up of cartoon on danger: high voltage sign

Then again, if you’re doing either of these things, you definitely need to be warned away from 20,000 volts. Otherwise you might be tempted to lick them. All they need to complete the scene is a couple of meshback caps.

2 thoughts on “Signs of Stupidity: High Voltage

  1. It’s a pretty wonderful cartoon, all the same. Are people lawsuit-happy in Japan?

  2. As far as I know, it’s not a very litigious society. Which isn’t surprising given the way everyone apologizes for everything. And yes, it is quite a wonderful cartoon. Gets the message across and entertains the foreigners simultaneously.

    I especially like the fish flying out of the basket. One wonders if the expressions on their faces are surprise at being thrown from their new home, or have to do with them having been caught on a barbed hook. And the hands on the train! Who needs a cow catcher when you’ve got those?

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