saved by the special font

when i think about ways to spend $27,600,000,  this just never crossed my mind.  i am wondering, is it just me?  is there anyone out there who knows someone who  was killed by capitals?

i usually write in all lower case but it has nothing to do with safety.  who knew it may be saving lives?

The Capital of the World is going lower-case.  Federal copy editors (federal copy editors?) are demanding the city change its 250,900 street signs — such as these for Perry Avenue in The Bronx — from the all-caps style used for more than a century to ones that capitalize only the first letters. (i wonder if this has anything to do with keeping the federal copy editors employed? how much $ does a federal copy editor make anyway? i should look into this for possible future employment.)

Changing BROADWAY to Broadway will save lives, the Federal Highway Administration contends in its updated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, citing improved readability. really?

At $110 per sign, it will also cost the state $27.6 million, city officials said…

It appears e.e. cummings was right to eschew capital letters, federal officials explain.

Studies have shown that it is harder to read all-caps signs, and those extra milliseconds spent staring away from the road have been shown to increase the likelihood of accidents, particularly among older drivers, federal documents say.
The new regulations also require a change in font from the standard highway typeface to Clearview, which was specially developed for this purpose.
for further enlightenment, read full story:


i will try not to spend too much time today thinking about the federal officers reading e.e. cummings and federal documents that explain to them how a millisecond  may increase the likelihood of accidents in older drivers.  rather, i will focus on just doing my job trying to figure out how to get a mere $500k government grant to fund the research that will save the lives of the 24,000,000 people suffering from diabetes instead.

“changing BROADWAY to Broadway will save lives.”   hmmmm. . . .


“The sense of danger is never, perhaps, so fully apprehended as when the danger has been overcome.”
Arthur Helps

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