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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #300 on: July 17, 2018, 06:15:39 PM »

First guess: Kansas (Wizard of Oz theme)
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #301 on: July 17, 2018, 06:18:29 PM »

First guess: Kansas (Wizard of Oz theme)

While I have no definitive proof (it's not my photo), I am pretty sure it's not.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #302 on: July 17, 2018, 06:42:28 PM »


I saw an actual picture of that one from the Expressway, shared on facebook. It made me chuckle

Someone @ IDOT District 1 understands no ketchup on a hot dog, at least!
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #303 on: July 17, 2018, 08:53:17 PM »






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This is the least absurd message.

(hint - it's blank)
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #304 on: July 18, 2018, 10:27:54 AM »

"No ketchup" ??? That makes no sense.

It's considered a sin to put ketchup on hot dogs in the city of Chicago. That's what it's referring to it.

That should read "it is a sin to put ketchup on hot dogs".  :)

  HOT DOG?
DON'T BE ONE

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HOT DOGS
NO KETCHUP
ON THEM
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #305 on: July 18, 2018, 12:01:52 PM »

I don't like ketchup on hot dogs, but now I'm tempted  to use hamburger relish on one.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #306 on: July 19, 2018, 12:07:37 AM »

Three guesses which state this is in:


Massachusetts
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #307 on: July 19, 2018, 06:38:14 AM »

Three guesses which state this is in:


Massachusetts

I think it's Massachusetts, too. However, there's a small chance of it being Rhode Island.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #308 on: July 19, 2018, 06:03:27 PM »

And here it is in action! Heading northbound into Chicago on the Dan Ryan a few days ago.

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #309 on: July 24, 2018, 09:02:35 AM »

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #310 on: July 24, 2018, 12:26:46 PM »

COMM AVE
BRIDGE
FRIDAY


IT'S COMING
IT'S
BAD

In reference to this: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2018/07/22/brace-for-travel-delays-as-comm-ave-bridge-construction-begins

Do you happen to recall on what road you spotted this message?  Update:  Just saw a tweet from MassDOT showing this message.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2018, 03:46:54 PM by roadman »
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #311 on: July 25, 2018, 11:12:36 AM »

COMM AVE
BRIDGE
FRIDAY


IT'S COMING
IT'S
BAD

In reference to this: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2018/07/22/brace-for-travel-delays-as-comm-ave-bridge-construction-begins

Do you happen to recall on what road you spotted this message?  Update:  Just saw a tweet from MassDOT showing this message.

It was on I-93 SB around Route 24. Today it was different, don't remember exactly but something with the word wicked.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #312 on: July 25, 2018, 02:47:58 PM »

Today it was different, don't remember exactly but something with the word wicked.
COMM AVE
BRIDGE
FRIDAY

WICKED
BAD
TRAVEL

Update:  MassDOT's latest Twitter posting now has this variation on the second frame:
WICKED
TOUGH
TRAVELS
« Last Edit: July 25, 2018, 03:02:33 PM by roadman »
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #313 on: July 26, 2018, 11:06:22 AM »

I’m surprised that the FHWA hasn’t yet clamped down on this amateur night silliness.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #314 on: July 27, 2018, 09:31:22 AM »

A more conventional message was displayed yesterday afternoon:

COMM AVE
BRIDGE
TONIGHT

EXPECT
DELAYS
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #315 on: July 27, 2018, 09:40:00 AM »

It was "WICKED TOUGH TRAVELS" that I saw Wednesday morning. The sign was blank Thursday and Friday morning.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #316 on: July 27, 2018, 10:24:12 AM »

It was "WICKED TOUGH TRAVELS" that I saw Wednesday morning. The sign was blank Thursday and Friday morning.
Which tells me they've backed off from the usual practice of plastering these messages on every available sign.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #317 on: July 29, 2018, 04:08:07 PM »

That awful wording could also have been Maine. Ayuh!
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #318 on: August 02, 2018, 06:18:42 PM »

This might have been posted already, but I saw this picture on Facebook today posted by a friend who said it was from Oklahoma.

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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #319 on: August 08, 2018, 04:39:56 PM »

This might have been posted already, but I saw this picture on Facebook today posted by a friend who said it was from Oklahoma.

keke by Modern Day Warrior, on Flickr

Yessir, I-35 S x 27th St.
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #320 on: August 09, 2018, 01:43:23 PM »

The A-Hed is a column that has traditionally featured lighter/human interest stories on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  A-Hed columns years ago are actually how I found out that there were others who counted counties, and how I was introduced to the old m.t.r. newsgroup.

Well, A-Hed has done it again.  Today's column (paywalled, sadly): https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-one-liners-in-america-are-on-the-highway-1533829593

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Daniel Taylor, a traffic-operations specialist at the Virginia Department of Transportation, was lying in bed at home one night in March, jotting down ideas for highway safety signs.

“Which is a little odd,” he says.

Inspiration struck. Why not use the “Black Panther” movie to nag drivers? Days later, 120 large electronic billboards along major Virginia interstates beamed the bulletin: “Wakanda Driver are You? Safety is King.”
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #321 on: August 09, 2018, 02:07:24 PM »

The A-Hed is a column that has traditionally featured lighter/human interest stories on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  A-Hed columns years ago are actually how I found out that there were others who counted counties, and how I was introduced to the old m.t.r. newsgroup.

Well, A-Hed has done it again.  Today's column (paywalled, sadly): https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-one-liners-in-america-are-on-the-highway-1533829593

Quote from: Wall Street Journal
Daniel Taylor, a traffic-operations specialist at the Virginia Department of Transportation, was lying in bed at home one night in March, jotting down ideas for highway safety signs.

“Which is a little odd,” he says.

Inspiration struck. Why not use the “Black Panther” movie to nag drivers? Days later, 120 large electronic billboards along major Virginia interstates beamed the bulletin: “Wakanda Driver are You? Safety is King.”


Lol, Nice!
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #322 on: August 09, 2018, 02:08:39 PM »

The A-Hed is a column that has traditionally featured lighter/human interest stories on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  A-Hed columns years ago are actually how I found out that there were others who counted counties, and how I was introduced to the old m.t.r. newsgroup.

Well, A-Hed has done it again.  Today's column (paywalled, sadly): https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-one-liners-in-america-are-on-the-highway-1533829593

Quote from: Wall Street Journal
Daniel Taylor, a traffic-operations specialist at the Virginia Department of Transportation, was lying in bed at home one night in March, jotting down ideas for highway safety signs.

“Which is a little odd,” he says.

Inspiration struck. Why not use the “Black Panther” movie to nag drivers? Days later, 120 large electronic billboards along major Virginia interstates beamed the bulletin: “Wakanda Driver are You? Safety is King.”


Lol, Nice!
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Re: Most absurd VMS messages
« Reply #323 on: August 10, 2018, 04:48:28 PM »

I’m surprised that the FHWA hasn’t yet clamped down on this amateur night silliness.
Given the current regime in charge of the Federal Government, I'm surprised they haven't removed the (totally legitimate) ban on using variable message highway signs for advertising purposes. Though that's probably in the works.
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