Welcome to Detroit

Status: Prank
image Columnist Tom Greenwood of the Detroit News reports that a sign has been spotted "attached to an authentic Michigan Department of Transportation post on southbound Interstate 75 at the Oakland/Wayne county line." It reads: Welcome to Detroit. We hope you survive.

There's no word on how long this has been up, or for how long. Of course, fake road signs have been a popular prank for quite some time. There's the fake road sign project in Lyons, France, in which "105 street signs, realised by 47 worldwide artists, and just similar enough to real traffic signs to give one pause, have been attached to streetside poles around the french city of Lyon."

There's also the photoshopped picture of a Connecticut road sign that reads "Birthplace of George W. Bush. We apologize." Plus, the "Leaving Brooklyn. Oy Vey!" sign that was actually posted by the City of Brooklyn itself.

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Posted on Sat Apr 08, 2006


That fake road signs project has a terrible website interface. I want to see some of their work, but I can't figure out how.

Incidentally, I think they've installed a few new fake signs in front of Balboa Park (in San Diego).
Posted by Citizen Premier  on  Sat Apr 08, 2006  at  04:37 PM
That French fake signs website is rather horrible, isn't it? Oh well.

A lot of people around here buy those "road signs" that you can get for your private drives, and some of those get rather amusing (such as the four little lanes all in a row named Which Way, This Way, That Way, and Any Way). But most of them are obviously not actual official road signs.

I did once put up a sign on a rural road warning of invisible carp crossing. That confused a few motorists.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  06:34 AM
I drive by the location of this sign every day on the way home from work. It was up for almost a full work week, appearing Monday, April 3, and disappearing sometime the following Thursday night. I personally observed it in place every night it was present.

I found it hilarious. 😊
Posted by Bill Crossley  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  04:59 PM
Accipiter said: I did once put up a sign on a rural road warning of invisible carp crossing. That confused a few motorists.

:lol: Why doesn't it surprise me that you'd do something like that?
Posted by Smerk  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  06:47 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :D you know you like it
Posted by kd  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  11:49 AM
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