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Existential New Mexico signs

post #1 of 19
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Just got back from two weeks in N.M., and noticed that their road signs are a little more philosophical than ours in the east:

on US 25 -- POSSIBLY ICY BRIDGE


Somewhere near Taos -- GUSTY WINDS MAY EXIST


And my favorite, in Los Alamos, at a handicapped parking spot --
FINE FOR UNAUTHORIZED PARKING. "But, your honor, the sign said it was perfectly OK for me to park here. In fact it said it would be fine."
post #2 of 19
Um, am I missing something? How is the "Gusty Winds May Exist" philosophical? I'm pretty sure I've seen it on many roads, not just in NM.
post #3 of 19
There's a "Gusty Winds may Exist" near the Georgetown exit on westbound I-70. It gets pretty gusty there sometimes.

There's a sign by a seldom used dirt road near Elkhart, KS. It reads "Bridge May Be Out". The bridge has been out since at least 1977 and everyone just drives through the dried out riverbed to get to the other side. The river, if it flows, only flows in the spring now.
post #4 of 19
Okay, thank you! I thought for sure I'd seen the same sign somewhere other than New Mexico (where I lived for 9 years) and couldn't figure out why it would be considered weird. Now the bridge out sign is pretty funny!
post #5 of 19
Speaking of existential: formerly known as the Icebox of the Nation, Fraser, CO had town line signs that said:

"You are now leaving planet earth."
post #6 of 19
Well, when I saw those "gusty winds may exist" South of Pueblo CO on the interstate, I had exactly evansilver's reaction.

Maybe you have to be sensitized by a couple of philosophy courses to find it amusing.
post #7 of 19
Maine .......... "Use Left Lane To Reverse Direction" ...............

Okie dokie, so if I wanna go back where I came from, get in the other lane and put it in reverse and drive backwards?



Actually when you get off I-95 and head toward Auburn, you are on a four lane ..... but since the other eastbound lanes are out of sight with a heavy stand of trees between, the sense you have is that you are on a two lane road.

Of course most other places would just put up a sign that says someting like use left lane for "U Turns" with an arrow for approved spots .... but that would be too easy.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Maine .......... "Use Left Lane To Reverse Direction" ...............

Okie dokie, so if I wanna go back where I came from, get in the other lane and put it in reverse and drive backwards?



Actually when you get off I-95 and head toward Auburn, you are on a four lane ..... but since the other eastbound lanes are out of sight with a heavy stand of trees between, the sense you have is that you are on a two lane road.

Of course most other places would just put up a sign that says someting like use left lane for "U Turns" with an arrow for approved spots .... but that would be too easy.
Yuki,

That's just how we keep the tourists at bay...

I am assuming that you are refering to Washington Ave/US 202/4 right when you get off the turnpike (left turn) in Auburn? Hang a right instead and I'm about 15 minutes away.
post #9 of 19
Exactly!

Remember ...... be nice to the tourists ..... NJ diners can only use so many tooth picks.
post #10 of 19
We used to have an arrival sign at Snowmass that read (and I forget the actual numbers, so I'll put in ###.):

Welcome to Snowmass
Founded: 19##
Altitude: 8###
Popluation: ####
Total: #####
post #11 of 19
I cycled from Austin to Albuquerque in July once. Once was enough. There was a particularly desolate stretch of eastern NM where, for miles at a time, I was the highest point on the landscape, even while I was hunched over the drops of my handlebars. There were no fences, telephone poles, cattle, signs, or buildings. Right in the middle of this stretch, near an intersection east of Taiban, NM, there was a sign with an arrow pointing north. The sign said "House". Given the context, I thought it was perfectly normal to erect a sign that identified anything at all that might be manmade, including a solitary house. I learned later that House was actually the name of a hamlet. Oh well...
post #12 of 19
"Truckers don't be fooled..."
post #13 of 19
The signs that bug me the most are ones seen in Massachusetts.

Trucks Prohibited From Left Lane.

Now does that mean that trucks are prohibited from leaving the left lane or what????

It must be how English is taught in the schools there, what with MCAS and all. :
post #14 of 19
The older signs in Massachusetts say "Right lane FOR right turn"
(with the FOR larger). The new ones follow the lead of the rest of the country and make sense (admittedly at the expense of being slightly less grammatical) and say "Right lane turn only" or even an arrow graphic with "only" under it.

Also, I've seen signs that say "Trucks Excluded from Left Lane" which to me sounds like it is a law of physics.
post #15 of 19
There's an intersection near Newberry, South Carolina where the road sign points to the left to get to Clinton, and to the right to get to Prosperity. But if you're coming from the other direction ....
post #16 of 19
My favorite is always: SLOW CHILDREN

Get some faster ones.
post #17 of 19
In Vermont, the sign is pretty damn clear: "Right lane MUST turn right."

You tell 'em!
post #18 of 19
In NM, the bumper stickers are even better.

I always liked, "My other car is in the arroyo."

Santa Fe Whole Foods parking lot.
post #19 of 19
Here in NJ anyone can get a sign erected.

CAUTION DEAF CHILD

CAUTION BLIND PERSON

Kinda' like Weems we have ........
CAUTION
SLOW CHILDREN AT PLAY

and

CAUTION
WATCH CHILDREN

why can't they get a dog like anyone else?
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