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Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1850 on: February 20, 2016, 09:45:08 PM »

All I know is, by the time I'd even begun to get my head around what was happening in that sign the first time I saw it, I was past both the sign and the intersection.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1851 on: February 20, 2016, 10:45:16 PM »

Took a trip down to Cullman, AL today and saw all of these "things":
Do Not Stop On Tracks by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Intersection Diagramish by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Thru Traffic by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Right Turn on Red Must Yeild by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Trucks by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Do Not Block Drive by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
School Speed Limit 15 by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Parking by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Flooded Road by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Flooded Road by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Narrow Bridge by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Ugly, Erroneous Shield by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Narrow Bridge by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
8 Feet by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Ugly Shields by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Close-up of the above shields:
Ugly Shields by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Cross Traffic Doesn't Stop by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
One Lane by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
DIP by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Litter by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Icy Road by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Speed Limit 15 by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Parking by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Hidden Drive by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
School Speed Limit 15 by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Something about this arrow is just a bit off:
IMG_6138 by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Check Speed by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Hidden Drive by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Narrow Road by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Flooded Road by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Curvy Road Ahead by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Speeding by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
No Speeding by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Narrow Road by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
For reference, this is just up the street (like no more than a few hundred feet) from the previous sign:
Ahead by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Hidden Drive by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Right Turn Only by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Bike Lane Ahead by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
Childhaven by freebrickproductions, on Flickr

And this one is in Hanceville, AL:
Children At Play by freebrickproductions, on Flickr

And with this, I'm convinced that almost nobody in the state could make a proper sign to save their life.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1852 on: February 20, 2016, 10:53:54 PM »

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No Thru Traffic is a ecycled sign and can go in that thread too. (edit: Just saw you already did this)

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1853 on: February 20, 2016, 10:58:17 PM »

And with this, I'm convinced that almost nobody in the state could make a proper sign to save their life.

This is giving Oklahoma a run for their money in the shittiest signs department. However, Alabama's freeway guide sign quality seems to be much higher in that regard when you compare it to Oklahoma.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1854 on: February 20, 2016, 11:09:57 PM »

I think I'd rather have that bold font used above compared to Helvetica. Both are terrible for road signs. Though I can happily report most of the signs here are FHWA or Clearview (real ROAD fonts).

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1855 on: February 20, 2016, 11:45:59 PM »

And with this, I'm convinced that almost nobody in the state could make a proper sign to save their life.

This is giving Oklahoma a run for their money in the shittiest signs department. However, Alabama's freeway guide sign quality seems to be much higher in that regard when you compare it to Oklahoma.
Anything maintained by ALDOT or one of the larger cities that isn't broke and their suburbs (such as Huntsville & Madison) seems to be pretty well done here. Other than that, not so much...
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1856 on: February 21, 2016, 11:52:30 AM »

The font is Franklin Gothic on most of those, if anyone was wondering.
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« Reply #1857 on: February 21, 2016, 12:06:22 PM »

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How you resisted leaping from the car and using anything you could to destroy this is beyond me.

I would have put this whole lot in "worst of road signs."
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1858 on: February 21, 2016, 12:14:34 PM »

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resisted leaping from the car

He seems to be on the sidewalk.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1859 on: February 21, 2016, 12:32:17 PM »

Took a trip down to Cullman, AL today and saw all of these "things":

All need to be killed with fire...   :pan: :banghead: :ded:

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Something about this arrow is just a bit off:
IMG_6138 by freebrickproductions, on Flickr

It's a shame that of all these 'gems' with the godawful font, the one photo that appears to use standard fonts has a design error. The arrow has been stretched horizontally (and possibly also compressed slightly vertically) because there should be more black space on the left and right sides.)
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1860 on: February 21, 2016, 01:04:24 PM »


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resisted leaping from the car

He seems to be on the sidewalk.

Don't pick apart my vision of complete psychotic breakdown, please.  I'm trying to make a point here.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1861 on: February 21, 2016, 01:36:30 PM »

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How you resisted leaping from the car and using anything you could to destroy this is beyond me.
I wanted too, but I didn't want to get in trouble with the law. Besides, the only thing that I had that I could do reasonable damage with at the time was my car.
I would have put this whole lot in "worst of road signs."
I was thinking about it, but I wasn't sure just how many of them would actually qualify for that thread (since some of them appear to just be standard signs with the wrong font), so I decided to make it easier on myself and put them all in this thread.
If anyone wants to cross-post them into that thread, feel free to do so.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1862 on: February 21, 2016, 02:00:57 PM »

This horse has probably been beat enough, but I was looking through my pictures again today and realized that I forgot to include this one. Not too terribly bad (other than the Franklin Gothic font), but I don't know why they put the school bus portion on its own sign:
Weight Limits by freebrickproductions, on Flickr
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1863 on: February 21, 2016, 02:41:25 PM »

This horse has probably been beat enough, but I was looking through my pictures again today and realized that I forgot to include this one. Not too terribly bad (other than the Franklin Gothic font), but I don't know why they put the school bus portion on its own sign:
Weight Limits by freebrickproductions, on Flickr

Better question: Since all the weight limits are "10T" for all vehicle classes, why bother separating out an excessive amount of vehicle classes and icons at all? The sign could have been less than half the size.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1864 on: February 21, 2016, 03:31:13 PM »

This horse has probably been beat enough, but I was looking through my pictures again today and realized that I forgot to include this one. Not too terribly bad (other than the Franklin Gothic font), but I don't know why they put the school bus portion on its own sign:
Weight Limits by freebrickproductions, on Flickr

Better question: Since all the weight limits are "10T" for all vehicle classes, why bother separating out an excessive amount of vehicle classes and icons at all? The sign could have been less than half the size.

And since the signs are for the rated gross weight of the truck, you're not going to find 5 and 6 axle trucks with a weight of 10 tons or fewer.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1865 on: February 21, 2016, 03:50:40 PM »

Took a trip down to Cullman, AL today and saw all of these "things":

Townships are definitely the worst when it comes to bogus fonts. Some towns will use FHWA like normal, or some will just decide for no apparent reason to use another font. For what gain, I have no idea...
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« Reply #1866 on: February 22, 2016, 02:23:57 AM »

I wanted too, but I didn't want to get in trouble with the law. Besides, the only thing that I had that I could do reasonable damage with at the time was my car.
Well, at least you always have THE FULL WRATH OF THE INTERNET at your disposal.

In other news...
I think this is the first example I've seen of km/h actually being specified on a Canadian speed limit sign.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1867 on: February 22, 2016, 03:18:48 AM »

In other news...
I think this is the first example I've seen of km/h actually being specified on a Canadian speed limit sign.

Depends on the Province. Some, such as British Columbia and Ontario, use "KM/H". Others, such as Alberta and Manitoba (among others), do not.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1868 on: February 22, 2016, 09:37:48 AM »

In other news...
I think this is the first example I've seen of km/h actually being specified on a Canadian speed limit sign.

Depends on the Province. Some, such as British Columbia and Ontario, use "KM/H". Others, such as Alberta and Manitoba (among others), do not.

And in the case of Ontario, depends on the municipality within the province. MTO uses "km/h", as does Niagara Region and some other border municipalities. Toronto and Hamilton do not.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1869 on: February 22, 2016, 09:53:31 AM »

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How you resisted leaping from the car and using anything you could to destroy this is beyond me.
I wanted too, but I didn't want to get in trouble with the law. Besides, the only thing that I had that I could do reasonable damage with at the time was my car.
I would have put this whole lot in "worst of road signs."
I was thinking about it, but I wasn't sure just how many of them would actually qualify for that thread (since some of them appear to just be standard signs with the wrong font), so I decided to make it easier on myself and put them all in this thread.
If anyone wants to cross-post them into that thread, feel free to do so.

I think that 5-piece Cullman assembly has been posted in the Worst Of Road Signs a few times. Usually, Alabama state route signs are fairly consistent, but a few uglies show up.

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1870 on: February 22, 2016, 02:15:02 PM »

In other news...
I think this is the first example I've seen of km/h actually being specified on a Canadian speed limit sign.

Depends on the Province. Some, such as British Columbia and Ontario, use "KM/H". Others, such as Alberta and Manitoba (among others), do not.

And in the case of Ontario, depends on the municipality within the province. MTO uses "km/h", as does Niagara Region and some other border municipalities. Toronto and Hamilton do not.

Usually a 'km/h' plaque is posted below a speed limit on signs located near borders (US obviously, and provincial borders). And sometimes, there's this:
https://goo.gl/maps/oUPFSqxmaW42

Just to remind people I guess.

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #1872 on: February 22, 2016, 11:43:19 PM »

Is it just me, or is this completely meaningless?

Not meaningless in a place with designated truck routes. Signs like that are very common in New York, where there is a large nework of state-recognized truck routes.
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« Reply #1873 on: February 23, 2016, 08:36:18 AM »

Is it just me, or is this completely meaningless?

Not meaningless in a place with designated truck routes. Signs like that are very common in New York, where there is a large nework of state-recognized truck routes.

The angle of it, though, is intriguing.  If I were a truck on that street facing that sign, wouldn't it be indicating that I wasn't on the truck route yet?
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« Reply #1874 on: February 23, 2016, 08:50:11 AM »

Is it just me, or is this completely meaningless?

Not meaningless in a place with designated truck routes. Signs like that are very common in New York, where there is a large nework of state-recognized truck routes.

The angle of it, though, is intriguing.  If I were a truck on that street facing that sign, wouldn't it be indicating that I wasn't on the truck route yet?

Not really.  It's indicating which way to go.  No different than approaching an intersection where a route sign points you in different directions for the route...it doesn't mean you're not on that route yet.

The 3 arrow truck route signs seem a bit meaningless at first, but it's also reassurance that the truck is permitted on all legs of the intersection.
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