They were changed to red because red was more visible.
I do remember the yellow ones though....and on a private road near my
house there was still a yellow stop sign as recently as about 20 years ago.
BTW: "Stop" was the very first word I ever learned how to read.
I came home one day and asked my parents what P O T S spells.
After they asked me a few questions they realized I was reading a stop
sign backwards. I knew the letters but did not know which direction they
were supposed to go.
What I think is funny is that they're changing the SATs again and ABC
evening news, in its infinite wisdom, interviewed some high school kids
and they all thought it was good that it would be easier. They grade
the SATs on a curve, so they'll probaly still get the same score for the
first and now only 800 points.
And today, ABC, which tries to get 2, 3, even 5 days of stories out of
every story and even evert piece of videotape they shoot.
ABC touted that the words in the English part will now not include
little used words like panegyric, only commonly used words. So how will
they tell who is better read than other kids? Probably they'll punish
their scores more for making errors on common words, so they'll be
testing reliability under pressure instead of knowledge.
I had a big advantage when I took the SATs. I'd been offered algebra in
the 8th grade, so I'd had all the math classes by the end of my junior
year for any problem on the test. In fact I'd had every problem on the
test, just with different numbers. And my mother had a large
vocabulary, so even though I didnt' read much, I knew a lot of words.
Oh they also had a word list in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, and I did
my job and learned them all. My mother certainly didn't grow up with
money, and neither did I after my father died when I was 8. (He had
insurance. We weren't poor either. )
By the time I was first or second year in college I had realized that
the Scholastic Aptitude Test did not test aptitude but learning. It's
very hard to test aptitude. I wouldn't know how to do it. And about 20
or 30 years, they changed the name to the Scholastic Assessment Test, as
it should have been in the first place.
The first stop signs appeared in Detroit in 1915 - black on white. By
1922 urban signs were standardized, with different standards for urban
and rural signs. They then went to yellow in 1924, and red on yellow
In 1954 all stop signs in USA were white on red.
Before reflecterized signs, they used "cat's eyes" in the letters to
On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:36:23 PM UTC-8, micky wrote:
When I was a young boy (don't ask, but Jesus was a few grades ahead of me),
there was a Donald Duck comic strip that had that and some other words tha
t he was reading backwards. I can't recall any of the others though.
If people can't see a fire truck lit up like a Christmas tree at night - and
they all are around here, not sure about elsewhere - they should turn in
their license. At night it doesn't matter much what color the truck is.
Even in the day, the lights and sirens make the colors sort of irrelevant.
I have seen lime green firetrucks in the past, but I suppose they realized
that red has been the color of firetrucks since there have been firetrucks
and when it was time to buy new ones, they went with "Firetruck Classic."
(-: I don't recall seeing any yellow firetrucks lately.
On 03/06/2014 02:04 PM, Robert Green wrote:
I've been to the local Christmas parade, where the fire trucks (red) and
police cars (white with blue marking) pass just a few feet away. Those
(LED?) lights are very bright and the sirens almost loud enough to hurt.
I recall a legal case filed (unsuccessfully) against a fire company and
truck driver for allegedly giving a man a heart attack by honking their
incredible loud horns when they were directly behind him at a stop light. I
recall there have been other, similar suits about loud bells and sirens.
Nevertheless, sirens keep getting louder and lights brighter every year.
Here's the latest in loud noise technology:
<<"The most frequent thing motorists say to us is they didn't see the
ambulance coming," Wells said at a Tuesday news conference, where the new
technology was demonstrated.
During the demonstration, two ambulances were parked near each other. A
plastic stepladder with three glasses of liquid on top was placed in between
The ambulance without the Howler sounded its siren and produced its familiar
wail. Then, the Howler, which produced booms that sounded like a 1980s video
game played at an earsplitting level. The liquids in the three glasses
rippled. Wells jokingly said the new sirens sounded like "a vacuum cleaner
But not when Philo was a boy, because that was the only telephone
service there was. And you were lucky to have that.
Beaver lives in a better house than I did, but afaict, they only have
That's right. I can still remember the day I came home from school and
my mom showed me they put a dial on the phone and calls were no longer
placed through the operator. I did not see how that was an improvement.
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