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July 2nd, 2001

Great Roadsigns

It’s no secret that I love roadsigns. i find them fascinating in a way that isn’t easy to articulate; I find them to be a nice, quiet type of art. They’re functional, but also can be pretty, symbolic, or even entertaining.

So when Michelle put up her Greatest Roadsign Ever, I couldn’t help but think back to a trip up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, from a couple of months ago. On the way to our destination, we passed many a quaint farmhouse and even more large fields. But one sign in particular was just funny for no good reason: Back Rd. Yes, there is an actual back road, and it’s Back Road! It’s like naming a street Other Road:

How do you get there?
Well, you take the Back Road to the other road…
Other Road?

I feel an Abbott and Costello routine coming on. Got any fave roadsigns in your neck of the woods? -pm

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday July 1, 2001 -- 11:24:48PM
Just north of Fredericksburg, VA on Rte. 1 there is/was a sign for Triple K Fence Service. It scares me.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 1:51:05AM
There's one I always plan on snapping a picture of, but I have yet to. It's in Havre De Grace, MD and says "Decoy Museum" with an arrow.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 2:56:08AM
My absolute favorite road sign is one on I-5 between Salem and Eugene, OR:
"Welcome to Linn County
Grass Seed Capital of the World"
I think it's just hilarious.

FROM: dave
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 7:43:39AM
A friend of mine has a picture from a highway in the Middle East that says "Beware of Road Surprises."

FROM: Jeani
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 9:45:19AM
I saw one in Israel that said, "Beware the Rolling Stones." Gotta go find that picture now...

DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 9:55:05AM
My aunt actually lives on Back Road.

I always thought it was cool that there's a Green Lantern Road somewhere in Maryland...

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 10:02:07AM
Rob -- Your Aunt lives on the same Back Rd that Paul mentioned? Wow... weird.

My stupid joke about signs is always how it's mean to have "SLOW CHILDREN AT PLAY" sign... why make fun of kids because they're a little slow? But as I drive on, I feel better because I see they eventually get jobs as "SLOW MEN AT WORK." I'm not sure which stand-up comedian I stole that from...

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 10:07:12AM
Somewhere in the backwoods of VA between Richmond and Charlottesville I saw a "Fields of Boaz Road". Drop the "a" and you've got my dream--a field of Brian Bosworth's.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 10:25:28AM
Upon entering the town of Luck, Wisconsin, there is a sign reading "Now you're in LUCK".. ha ha.

On the way from Milwaukee to Chicago there's a sign for the "Bong Recreation Area"... I actually saw that one on the way to visit Paul a few years back.

Another favorite is the ominous "DO NOT PICK UP HITCHHIKERS IN THIS AREA".

DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 2:18:02PM
Ryan -- Not unless the Back Road Paul was talking about was in Mashpee, Massachusetts. And that IS a stupid joke. ;)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 2:37:16PM
We Brits have some quaint road names, I live on Station Road but it doesn't have a station. Our village also has a "Front Street" The next but one village has a "Back Lane". A village called "Ludford Magna (about13 mile away) has a "Fannyhands Lane"

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 3:29:41PM
Last year going to a conference in DesMoines, we passed Dingleberry Road.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 5:44:09PM
I saw an awesome one in England that read "Speed Retarder"

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 8:20:39PM
On some highway that may very well be the New York turnpike (if that runs between Youngstown, OH and Buffalo, NY) you pass two roads in a row named Gay Road and Pecor Street. I'm just assuming at the pronunciation of the second one, though. It be said "Pee-core" I suppose.

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 8:22:54PM
I forgot to mention the greatest road sign of all time, at least that I've seen. It defies description. If you want a picture of it, email me.

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Monday July 2, 2001 -- 9:49:08PM
that should say "it could be said "pee-core" I suppose."

FROM: mike d
DATE: Tuesday July 3, 2001 -- 6:14:18AM
i saw a road sign that said "Yield"! WTF??

FROM: Rob Pecor
DATE: Wednesday January 23, 2002 -- 1:53:02 pm
'Pecor' is correctly pronounced 'pea-core'

This name originates from its french founders, Picard.

FROM: Anna
DATE: Wednesday January 23, 2002 -- 3:17:08 pm
On southbound I-81 somewhere between Lexington and Roanoke (I forget exactly where) there is a sign that says "You are now entering Virginia's Technology Corridor" and there is nothing there. At all. Trees as far as you can see...

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday January 24, 2002 -- 10:38:35 am
Maybe that's the technology at work. The technology is so tiny, they can hide it and you don't even know it's doing it's job. Maybe trees couldn't grow there before, but technology's made that possible again. Hurray for Virginia Technology!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday January 24, 2002 -- 12:08:16 pm
"Little" did anyone know that southwest VA is the home of nanotechnology!

DATE: Friday January 25, 2002 -- 1:55:24 pm
A sign on I-81 somewhere between Staunton & Woodstock, VA (I think) marks a creek crossing, but could also serve as a warning from local racists:

Blacks Run

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