M1 South 20 miles or thereabouts

August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm (interesting) (, , , , , , )

I remember seeing an xkcd cartoon about Microsoft’s file copy dialog version of estimating time of arrival.  You know, the one that says ‘time left 3 mins, 11 hours, 30 seconds, 5 minutes …”

At the time, it was amusing and things move on.  Well, I had cause to be driving down the A5 from Tamworth the other day and decided that the same person must have been responsible for the roadsigns.

As I was driving down towards M1 junction 18, I was priviledged to observe the following sequence of informative signage:

  • M1 18m
  • M1 20m
  • M1 20m
  • M1 9m
  • M1 8m
  • M1 14m
  • M1 4m

and then of course was driving past the radio masts and Eddie Stobart to arrive at junction 18.

Well, innacuracies might be expected every now and again, and of course if diverted you’d expect some deviation.  But the A5 southWatling street?  I don’t know of many straighter roads … hmm




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