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Sign Language: Funny displays from the road

Seth Erlanger came across this sign just outside Baker, Calif., in the Mojave Desert. (Seth Erlanger)

Seth Erlanger of Las Vegas snapped a photograph of this tongue-twisting sign in the Mojave Desert outside Baker, Calif. For inquiring minds, the road’s name (pronounced Zee–zix or Zie–zix) comes from a former spa that the owner dubbed with a moniker meant to sound like sleep. You know, as in catching some zzz’s. That’s according to the Desert Studies Center of the California State University system, which now operates the site as a research facility.

Seen an amusing sign in your travels? Read on.

Write your name, contact information and caption on the back of your photo. Photos may be color or black-and-white and should be no more than a year old. Send prints or photo-quality printouts to Travel Section Sign Contest, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. You can also send high-resolution JPEG or TIFF images to with “Sign Language” in the subject line. Photos become property of The Washington Post, which may edit, publish, distribute or republish them in any form. No purchase necessary.

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