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“Canada unveils new speed bump: optical illusion of child,” is the headline I just clicked. Here’s the first paragraph,
Officials in West Vancouver, Canada, apparently aren’t satisfied with the driver-slowing properties of traditional speed bumps. On Tuesday, the town unveiled a new way to persuade motorists to ease off the gas pedal in the vicinity of the Ã‰cole Pauline Johnson Elementary School: a 2-D image of a child playing, creating the illusion that the approaching driver will soon blast into a child.”
How horrifying would it be to be driving up to what you think is a child bending over to pick up a ball in the middle of a parking lot? Do we really need to petrify people into slowing down? And, will it teach people to blow right through these “mirages”? One person commented on the story, saying,
Just watch, some moron is going to swerve around the mirage child in a panic, and end up plowing into a real child.”
Read the full article, including an image, here. What do you think?