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(The Local)   Nørway unimpressed with Mønty Pythøn røad signs   (thelocal.no) divider line 9
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2014-03-30 01:47:16 PM
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ZAZ: In much of America the law prohibits posting unofficial signs that could be confused with official signs. Another law prohibits using unapproved graphics on official signs. FHWA got on the case of one state DOT that had the red dots wrong on the new school bus stop sign.


What about posting official signs unofficially?

CSB

My best friend's childhood home was on the corner of two rural but heavily travelled state roads and had a restaurant across the street that was frequented by big trucks. The parking was limited there, so frequently there would be a huge truck parked in front of their house idling at all hours. There was not really room to park there, they were basically parking on the soft shoulder but since there were no signs saying they couldn't, there was always a truck parked there.

So one day my friend's brother found a No Parking sign and pole that had been knocked over somewhere and they planted it in the ground in front of their house. Boom, no more trucks parking there.

The kicker came a couple years later when the state came along and saw the poor condition the sign and pole were in. They replaced the sign and pole and made it official.

Moral of the story: make your own rules, and when no one objects, they can become the law.

/CSB
2014-03-30 06:01:31 PM
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UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Really? Are you afraid someone will throw their back out attempting to cross the street whilst performing a silly walk?


Fake signs are mostly problematic because if they become even somewhat frequent it can easily train people to ignore real signs.

This isn't something I'm making up, either, it's actually been semi-scientifically quantified a few times.  It's the same reason that HazMat meta-rules dictate that your hazards policy  not include non-hazardous materials "just to be safe".  If your policy has people breaking out the spill kit every time someone drops their coffee and pulling the fire alarm for any detected gas level (as opposed to the actual danger level) the result is that no one will pull the kit for actual dangerous spills either and everyone will ignore the fire alarm when there's a real fire.

There's some danger of people actually mistaking the sign for something real and disrupting traffic, but that's not probably the primary concern.

// Albeit, posting fake "official" signs in places where they can't in context possibly be mistaken for official signs is usually just fine, e.g. putting a stop sign on the employees only door to warn customers off or whatever.  If they moved the sign off the street most likely no one'd care.
2014-03-30 04:34:55 PM
1 votes:
What is it with Norway and Monty Python? The Norwegian censors banned  Life of Brian, which led to adverts in Sweden describing the film as "so funny it was banned in Norway."
2014-03-30 04:12:44 PM
1 votes:

SecretAgentWoman: I do think it's funny but way too realistic and could cause safety problems. Perhaps they could have re-designed the sign so it wouldn't look so official?




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2014-03-30 03:59:39 PM
1 votes:
Has anyone been sacked yet?
2014-03-30 03:59:33 PM
1 votes:
London Underground a few years ago

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2014-03-30 03:55:28 PM
1 votes:
What about "Møøse Crøssing" signs?

/She was Karving John Cleese silly-walking on the Møøse Crøssing sign with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law...
2014-03-30 03:51:28 PM
1 votes:
Invest In Malden!
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-30 11:50:22 AM
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"One should not use signs that can be confused with public signs," section chief Elisabeth Bechmann told NRK.

In much of America the law prohibits posting unofficial signs that could be confused with official signs. Another law prohibits using unapproved graphics on official signs. FHWA got on the case of one state DOT that had the red dots wrong on the new school bus stop sign.
 
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