The Reason Why Road Signs Are Designed In Different Shapes

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Nov 042017
 

Hint: It has to do with potential danger ahead of you!

The Reason Why Road Signs Are Designed In Different Shapes

Yield signs kind of look like “Y’s,” if you’re really looking to make some connection there. And railroad signs are circular because trains have circular wheels, right? And roundabout signs are shaped like diamonds because… actually none of this rationale makes sense.

As it turns out, there is a specific and pragmatic reason behind the shape of each common road sign, but the shapes didn’t always carry significance. This all changed in 1923 when a part of Mississippi’s highway divisions decided to create a formalized system for the posts and sheet metal of the U.S. transit infrastructure.

The number of sides indicates the level of potential danger up ahead; the fewest number of sides being three (i.e.: a Yield sign), with the unlimited number of sides on a circle representing the maximum amount of perilous potentiality (i.e.: a Railroad sign). The exception to the more-sides-equals-more-danger-maxim is the rectangular sign, which is used strictly for informational purposes. 

Although the DMV website does not mention the corner/danger correlation, the history still has some pretty interesting significance.

 
 
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At The Scottish Golf Club

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Oct 252017
 

Here is an actual sign posted at a golf club in Scotland, UK:

At The Scottish Golf Club

  1. BACK STRAIGHT, KNEES BENT.
  2. FEET SHOULDER WIDTH APART.
  3. FORM A LOOSE GRIP.
  4. KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!
  5. STAY OUT OF THE WATER.
  6. TRY NOT TO HIT ANYONE.
  7. IF YOU ARE TAKING TOO LONG, LET OTHERS GO AHEAD OF YOU.
  8. DON’T STAND DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF OTHERS.
  9. QUIET PLEASE … WHILE OTHERS ARE PREPARING.
  10. DON’T TAKE EXTRA STROKES.

WELL DONE … NOW, FLUSH THE URINAL,
GO OUTSIDE, AND TEE OFF.