Is this sign ridiculous?

Posted by: plants 'n pots

Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/04/2007 at 01:34 PM

Ok - we have a dangerous intersection on the main road just up from our street. The two roads, though busy, main county roads, are really 2 lane country roads with curves and bends. There are stop signs on the north-south sides, but not on the east-west. We have been trying to get it to be a 4-way stop for years, as there have been numerous accidents there, to no avail.

This morning, while picking up Amy's friend for school, she sees this new sign!!!


Can't see it? How about now?


And if you are still not sure, how's this?!?!?!?


Do we REALLY need a sign to tell us that squirrels are in abundance there?
As they are everywhere around here? In the 15 years we have lived here, I have yet to see a rat, or any other MARSUPIAL that would cause an accident in this intersection!!! At the probable cost of that sign, don't you agree that a stop sign would be more worthwhile in saving HUMAN lives, as compared to saving a MARSUPIAL'S life?!?!?!?

I mean really! Do you think I am over-reacting?

Do you have any odd signs in your area?
I used to love taking pictures of interesting or strange roadsigns, but this one just got my dander up this morning - sorry! I'd rather see NO sign there at all, than this one littering the road, or even yet, causing MORE accidents there when drivers are trying to even figure out WHAT a marsupial is for pete's sake!!!
Posted by: JunieGirl

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 01:55 PM

You just never know what somebody sitting in a office will think up, do you???

But is it possible that it was far easier-(legally)- to place a "marsupial" sign then a stop sign & at least this way people "might" be a bit more cautious in the intersection??

"Just a notion I had"
Posted by: Sunflowers

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 02:23 PM

Too funny.

We have moose and deer crossing signs, never thought there was need for a mouse crossing

An ecological group must of requested the sign.

To get a stop sign in the area, start a petition. Get all local residents to sign, bring it to the attention of the local Mayor's office and petition your Department of Transportation.
Posted by: JunieGirl

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 03:55 PM

Tamara: Most excellent advice
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 03:57 PM

Marsupial Crossing? That is pretty funny! And yep that is good advice from Tamara.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 04:31 PM

What a funny sign!

I agree with Tamara's advice.
Posted by: Sunflowers

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 05:03 PM

 Originally Posted By: <FONT color=#006400>JunieGirl</FONT>
Tamara: Most excellent advice


Yup, DH works for the Dept. of Transportation
Posted by: plants 'n pots

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 06:00 PM

Good idea, Tamara!


OK - I stand corrected by my son, who really does seem to know everything!

Rats and squirrels are NOT marsupials!

According to dictionary.com
 Quote:
marsupial
Any of various mammals of the order Marsupialia, whose young are very undeveloped when born and continue developing outside their mother's body attached to one of her nipples. Most marsupials have longer hindlegs than forelimbs, and the females usually have pouches in which they carry their young. Kangaroos, opossums, and koalas are marsupials.


HMMMMMMM... we DO have "some" opossums, but not very many...
And we definitely do NOT have kangaroos, and koalas!!!
I really can't help wondering if this is a joke, but the sign is on an official post and looks very real!!!
Posted by: Sunflowers

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 06:11 PM

I am thinking it was a 'nature group' that requested it. Either that or there was a break out at the local zoo you didn't hear about.
Posted by: Sunflowers

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 06:12 PM

Oh by the way someone should inform them that their 'marsupial' looks like a rodent
Posted by: plants 'n pots

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 06:30 PM

 Originally Posted By: tamara
Oh by the way someone should inform them that their 'marsupial' looks like a rodent


EXACTLY!!! That's why Amy said marsupials are rats, etc!
Possums have much longer tails and the ones here definitely have fatter bodies!
Posted by: chermoni

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 06:31 PM

We have a sign on one part of the freeway that I always thought was funny. It says no parking any time.
Posted by: Sunflowers

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 06:33 PM

That's like the time they put up the new 'Moose crossing' signs here. My dear old grandmother one day said, "I have been passing here once a week and I've never seen them moose crossing, apparently they've put up that sign in the wrong place". We still tease her about that one
Posted by: Wrennie

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 07:54 PM

 Originally Posted By: plants 'n pots

And we definitely do NOT have kangaroos, and koalas!!!

Thats because they all got killed in that intersection!
Posted by: plants 'n pots

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 09:49 PM

 Originally Posted By: Wrennie
 Originally Posted By: plants 'n pots

And we definitely do NOT have kangaroos, and koalas!!!

Thats because they all got killed in that intersection!



Touche, Wrennie! That was a good one!!!
Posted by: Mrs.Bradley

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 10:21 PM

last weekend while at a volleyball tournament with my daughter I got a picture of a sign that read:"no parking beyond this point" what made it funny was that there was a cemetery "beyond"that point...........................................................................
Posted by: sbreland

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 11:52 PM

a couple of summers ago when we were vacationing around Destin, Fl, we were crossing over a long bay bridge. We were driving along and there was a sign that said "Do Not Pass" Of course it was because of oncoming traffic, but my youngest son almost came unglued. He yelled "It said do not pass, and we passed it!" We still pick at him about that one.
Posted by: plants 'n pots

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/04/2007 at 11:58 PM

Cute stories Sherri and Mrs. Bradley!
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/05/2007 at 12:07 AM

When I was a kid I used to think the "Pass with Care" signs meant to go through the area carefully. I didn't realize it meant overtake another car with care. I remember saying to mom, we'd better be careful going thru here.
Posted by: Tina

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 12:29 AM

The only indigenous marsupial in North America is opossum. That is actually a funny sign. Signs around here that irritate me are near every school: "Slow Children". I know what it means but it bothered me when I was a kid and it bothers me to this day.
I sent a very realistic looking sign to my friends in New Zealand that said "Rattlesnake Crossing". Also sent them a motion detector rattlesnake for their yard. There are no snakes in N.Z.
Posted by: plants 'n pots

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 12:30 AM

Cindy - I haven't thought of those chain-up signs since we left Reno!
No one here in NY would know what they are talking about!
Posted by: Mrs.Bradley

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 12:58 AM

we used to read the stop ahead sign slowly(STOP...a...head)when we were just learning to read and I remember my dad saying "where? I don't see a head".....................................................aaaahhhh memories.I really miss my dad!!
Posted by: Tina

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 01:17 AM

I drove my oldest bonkers by reaching over to try to 'stop' her head. I also reached over when a sign said 'soft shoulder' She was not amused.....
Posted by: badplanter

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 01:42 AM

Write a letter to Governor whats-his-face [you'd think I'd know, since i'm technically a high school history/governent/law major ]... complain to the chancelor, or the whoever is the head of your county..
complaining always helps..

those darn Marsupials!
Posted by: plants 'n pots

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 02:51 AM

 Originally Posted By: badplanter
those darn Marsupials!


I know!!! You'd think they could stay where they belong and not confuse drivers!!!

I can't even imagine how many drivers are going to say
"what the XXXX is a marsupial?!?!?!?"
I think that's going to cause more traffic problems than the rare possum that might cross the road there!
Posted by: Shirley4

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 03:08 AM

I'd call a newspaper and get them involved. They'd love to show up the politicians as being so stupid to prefer savings the lives of marsupials over humans!!!!
Posted by: faerywatcher

Re: Is this sign ridiculous? - 10/05/2007 at 05:28 AM

i can't believe that sign i used to get a kick out of seeing a USED COWS sign on the way to louisville ky.

now i just get tickled by reading our county newspaper....when yard sales are listed, they don't put addresses alot of the time....this last one only said "in bill pott's old house", like i would know that?!?!?! i have only lived here 3 years!
Posted by: Wrennie

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/05/2007 at 07:35 PM

 Originally Posted By: afgreyparrot

That's definitely worth 300 points!


Yay POINTS foe me!
Posted by: chermoni

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/05/2007 at 10:08 PM

Not to mention that possums are nocturnal and wouldn't really cause any traffic concerns during the day when it's busy.
Posted by: Sunflowers

Re: this just isn't right! - 10/05/2007 at 10:34 PM

Maybe an Australian moved in nearby with some Kangaroos and Koalas