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Jette has an 'omelette' road sign and no one is quite sure why

09:04 17/05/2021

The Brussels municipality of Jette is no stranger to surrealism, with its connections to René Magritte.

Now, a few blocks from the surrealist artist's former home, a bizarre road sign has sprung up, warning drivers not of a diversion, but of an omelette.

The orange sign is a familiar sight around the city when a road is closed. It should read "déviation - omleiding". But this one reads "omelette - omeletje".

Joris Poschet, president of the CPAS social welfare organisation in Jette, spotted the anomaly outside St Peter's Church, next to the Jette cemetery, and posted the photo on Twitter on Sunday.

"In the municipality of Magritte, everything is possible," he joked.

Jette town council alderman for public works, Bernard Van Nuffel, is investigating what went wrong and has made contact with Brussels Mobility.

It could be an unusual art installation - but Van Nuffel believes the most likely explanation is that is due to a translation error.

"It sometimes happens that a contractor on a site is not good at Dutch and/or French and gets an incorrect translation from the internet," he said.

Written by The Bulletin