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Old Today, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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I would read that as saying "135 is greater than 28." Thanks for the math lesson, Old Stone Marker!

(Seriously, is there any other context anywhere near that sign that indicates what those numbers and arrows are showing? Because the sign itself, in isolation, is quite a bit less than helpful.)
I would assume it means highway 135 this direction and highway 28 that direction.
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Old Today, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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I would read that as saying "135 is greater than 28." Thanks for the math lesson, Old Stone Marker!

(Seriously, is there any other context anywhere near that sign that indicates what those numbers and arrows are showing? Because the sign itself, in isolation, is quite a bit less than helpful.)
They are generally known as milestones in the UK and there are thousands of them dating back as far as the Romans who used them across their Empire, some even give the miles in Roman Numerals. However they are not much use to modern car drivers wanting clear directions quickly.

Milestone - Wikipedia

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Old Today, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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These French ones are quite famous. The design can vary slightly. I've seen modern metal signs mounted on steel posts reproducing the exact same design. Kinda cute to be maintaining the style while conforming to modern signage standards.


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Old Today, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Highway signs in Canada differ somewhat from province to province. But distance signs tend to be similar all across the country. And similar to those in the U.S. This one below is from Eastern Ontario. In some other provinces including Quebec where I live, they don't include the "km" tag, I guess because well, you're supposed to know that!


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Old Today, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The sign above is on a freeway. For some reason Ontario and Quebec use upper and lower case on freeways, but usually it's all upper case on secondary (two-lane) highways.


Here is an example from Quebec:


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Old Today, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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The sign above is on a freeway. For some reason Ontario and Quebec use upper and lower case on freeways, but usually it's all upper case on secondary (two-lane) highways.


Here is an example from Quebec:


I know that in the U.S., any sign that receives federal funding (which is to say, the ones on the interstate and U.S. highways) must be upper and lower case. I believe that someone did a study and determined that it was easier to read it that way, instead of all caps.

And that was before ALL CAPS became the printed version of screaming. Now, I look at your picture and I imagine someone screaming at me, "HEY!! GASPE IS 45 KILOMETERS STRAIGHT AHEAD! AND BOUGAINVILLE IS TO THE LEFT!!" Of course, they'd be screaming at me in French, since they're in Quebec and all.
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Old Today, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I know that in the U.S., any sign that receives federal funding (which is to say, the ones on the interstate and U.S. highways) must be upper and lower case. I believe that someone did a study and determined that it was easier to read it that way, instead of all caps.

And that was before ALL CAPS became the printed version of screaming. Now, I look at your picture and I imagine someone screaming at me, "HEY!! GASPE IS 45 KILOMETERS STRAIGHT AHEAD! AND BOUGAINVILLE IS TO THE LEFT!!" Of course, they'd be screaming at me in French, since they're in Quebec and all.
Or maybe they'd be screaming "WHY THE HELL IS THAT TOWN NAMED BOUGAINVILLE WHEN THERE IS NO WAY A BOUGAINVILLEA PLANT COULD SURVIVE IN THIS CLIMATE?????"
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Old Today, 08:34 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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