Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Say What?

                                                 Traffic sign, Halifax, Nova Scotia

   Traffic signs are designed to convey information in a single image.  I've seen signs warning of  moose attacks, runaway trucks, and one in Scotland of two bent people with canes.  The last, I assume, is to warn that there are elderly people about who may want to cross the road.  Maybe it's more sinister than that, a sort of 'death awaits us all'.
   My favorite is the one above of a question mark.  We saw this one  on entering Halifax, Nova Scotia.  At first I thought I had imagined it, but the question marks popped up  everywhere.  My husband found it odd.  I found it disturbing, as if I were being randomly challenged, "What is the meaning of life?"  "Why are you here?"  "Did you really need that second piece of bacon?"
  I fretted about it for several days.  Finally, I asked a chambermaid.  She thought me daft,  "It points towards the tourist bureau, of course."