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Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006, 10:29 am

Get this:
Denmark has a speeding problem and they employ a novel solution - topless women holding the speed limit signs above their heads. Motorists see them, slow down, everyone is that little bit safer (for various values of safe altered by the chance that said motorists are staring at the women instead of paying heed to the road). Of course now the entire city of Copenhagen is pretty much gridlocked because motorists are stopping to gawk so *technically* speeding and accidents are down.

Edit: Oh yeah, forgot about this - a "hacker" gets caught by Blizzard using all kinds of bots and speedhacks, gets his account banned for a few days for investigation. Since I found it worth posting, you can probably guess that it went downhill from there. Would that he and ALL his ilk would make good on that one.

Edit #2: Forgot about this too - the Brain song. Classy.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
specky_ie

When they were doing the road works down on the N11 through Glen-o-the-downs (Hey! Just thought, they could call you Glen-o-the-ups...), they had a dummy in a hi-vizibility suit rigged up with waving arms holding the reduced speed limit sign. Similar idea, I guess. I certainly noticed it every time I drove by, but almost crashed the car on more than one occasion because he was immediately followed by a chicane of road cones.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I propose an international database of common sense experiences. Nations can submit stupid ideas that seemed good at the time so that other nations can read them and learn what happened.
For example:
Surprising motorists - bad
Topeless speedlimits - caused crashing and gridlock

And so on.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
wyvernfriend

But that would require thinking on their part, collectively and seperately!

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I for one welcome my new robot masters.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
followthebird

Denmark has a speeding problem and they employ a novel solution - topless women holding the speed limit signs above their heads. Motorists see them, slow down, everyone is that little bit safer (for various values of safe altered by the chance that said motorists are staring at the women instead of paying heed to the road). Of course now the entire city of Copenhagen is pretty much gridlocked because motorists are stopping to gawk so *technically* speeding and accidents are down.
I propose an international database of common sense experiences. Nations can submit stupid ideas that seemed good at the time so that other nations can read them and learn what happened.
For example:
Surprising motorists - bad
Topeless speedlimits - caused crashing and gridlock


What $%&^ idiot's. Have they no brains!...oh! Glad I visited Denmark last year and not this year.

What happens to the straight women or the gay men? I guess they can go on speeding. Wait..I get it...that is why there are crashes in gridlock. Some people are slowing for a gawk and others are driving/speeding like they always do.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

In essence - yeah. I get the impression from the story that initially people were slowing down in a "What the f*ck was that? Did I really just see that?" manner but once they *knew* their route to work was dotted with half naked women they started acting the bollocks. There is a video aptly displaying the level of asshole activity but it ain't worksafe for most people (the rules are fairly relaxed here so it got sent round by someone else). The gist was that people were actually getting OUT of their cars during their morning commute to take photographs or ogle a bit, leaving a tailback of dozens while they did so - and as you well know, angry motorists, frustrated by jackass behaviour aren't the safest people on the roads.

Not everyone is as delighted as the testosterone geniuses interviewed in the video neither, despite the upbeat tone of the whole thing they DID manage to work in a few people saying things along the lines of:
a) I am a woman and I am less than entertained by this.
b) I try to drive safely yet morons are swerving to see these women or are swerving in surprise if they do.
c) I bring my kids to school past these routes, I am less than a fan.

Needless to say, the women themselves are undaunted by criticism with the typical attitude that there is absolutely no need to mitigate their behaviour just because it upsets a load of people. Obviously there are no plans to introduce similar measures involving men with their micks out.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

c) I bring my kids to school past these routes, I am less than a fan

Hmm...I remember being in Norway a few years ago, watching some local tv channel (it was that or CNN...). They showed coverage from what appeared to be some sort of local fete or town festival or similar, at which there was a live lesbian sex show. The audience consisted of a complete cross section of the community, men, women, children, grannies etc, all watching this spectacle taking place during the daytime on a little stage at the front of a marquee as if they were watching a demonstration of cake decoration or something. Very odd. I feel the attitudes towards such things are a tad different in Scandinavia.

Mon, Nov. 27th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Well I'll grant you that (supposedly) they have a much more liberal attitude towards such things there but there is a difference between an event you choose to attend and having it at the side of the road. Furthermore, an adult event attracting people from every walk of life does not necessarially equate to all walks of life being okay with it - that five out of a hundred people present were grandmothers does not mean that 5% of grandmothers are cool with it any more than 70% of atendees at a gimpwear convention being men equates to 70% of men being into gimpwear.

You're probably right - different attitudes and all that, I'm being deliberately pedantic I think but I think people have limits on where they want to see certain things, a place for everything and everything in its place and all that.