Speed Limit Signs
If you are planning to visit Ireland in the future and hope to do a spot of driving its worth remembering that we switched from miles per hour to kilometers per hour a few years back. So take note American and British drivers!
What you will come across on the roads (other than carnage) are signs like the one above, "km/h" will probably be included under the digits also. Now to the foreigner this will look like an unusual speed limit sign. It appears to have 4 interesting shapes surrounding the main circle. Well I can tell you that these were included deliberately to reinforce the visual impact of the signage. Studies in Sweden have shown a 47% increase in the awarness of a number when displayed in this manner. Our government decided the benefits outweighed the extra cost of the signs, so on the night all the signs with the mph limits were being replaced with the kph limits, they used these images on the larger signs before villages and towns.
Don't let anyone tell you that they just fucked up and got the wrong sized patches for the existing signs and rather than go back and get proper sized ones to cover all of the old limits, they just kept going, slapping up the patches willy-nilly, saying "fuck it sure, we're Irish!". Oh no, these are scientific, these signs are! There's no real scientific evedense for this, but it is, scientific fact!
*Note to anonymous commenters: I am being facetious... if that words too big for you; I'm joking!
Posted at 21:19