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Why would anyone bother to create a road that plays music, as a vehicle passes over it?

Asked by JackAdams (6489points) September 21st, 2008

Watch this video and you will see that, as a car is being driven around 55 MPH (88 km/h) the occupants can hear the “music” of the “William Tell Overture” (by Gioachino Rossini).

Here is a news item, regarding that same stretch of highway, in Lancaster, California.

I guess maybe my question should have been, “What were they thinking?” (Supposedly, the Japanese are doing the same thing.)

What’s going on?

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deaddolly's avatar

Once again, it goes back to ppl’s prioritys…Let’s see, we’ve got people fighting to keep their homes, people starving – you get the idea.

What an assinine idea….an utter waste of time, money, ingenuity. Argh.

Lightlyseared's avatar

the same reason people do a lot of things. Just because they can

Nimis's avatar

Sure there are better things to be doing.
But sometimes a little bit of whimsy is nice.
Kind of wish they didn’t pave over it…

sacaver's avatar

Wow. I wonder how long it will take before this runs to what can only be its’ obvious conclusion—a new way to fund road construction! Commercials while we drive, and that we can’t escape from hearing.

I can see it now:

Driving along I-10 West…
“The next 20 miles are brought to you by McDonalds”

JackAdams's avatar

Actually, sacaver, they already have something like that, but it isn’t audio; it’s visual:

The next three miles of highway have been adopted by the McDonald’s Corporation

You then see a bunch of folks in orange-and-white-striped vests, picking up trash, thrown out of cars by passing motorists who have so little regard for the environment, that someone, somewhere, should take away their breathing privileges.

sacaver's avatar

Well, yes, but that’s just picking up trash. In Texas, we have “adopt a highway” programs all over. Our company actually has the one mile stretch at the entrance to our property. But again, it’s just, as you point out, for picking up the detritus of a bunch of morons. Although the kids do have a betting pool for who can find the first bit of discarded porn.

I was wondering if States would actually stoop to the level that they would do something like this to raise money for the actual road maintenance/construction. I would not put this past TxDOT or our current gov. here in Texas.

JackAdams's avatar

I lived in the Lone Star State from 1979–81.

I wouldn’t put anything past the legislators of that Republic.

asmonet's avatar

That’s just awesome. It’s quirky. And reminds me of all those old silly businesses you’d see along Route 66. Houses shaped like shoes, diners that look like nesting chickens, etc. It’s just people have fun with life and making the mundane a little less so.

@Nimis: Whimsy is the perfect word. I concur, sir.

tinyfaery's avatar

Lancaster is a dull, arid, meth-infested place city. They need a bit of whimsy in their lives.
I live 30 minutes away from Lancaster,

trogdor_87's avatar

Wow I bet repaving that road must suck!

sanbuu's avatar

Has anybody considered the possibility that every other attempt to slow traffic down has not worked? How knows as funny and wired as this may seem it might prove to work.

JackAdams's avatar

In Germany, one way that the authorities get motorists to slow down (in those few areas where there actually IS a speed limit) is that they have placed wooden replicas of police vehicles alongside the roadway, and approaching motorists can’t tell for certain, if what they are seeing is the real thing, or a wooden replica. So, not wishing to take any chances on the image turning out to be real, they slow down.

The wooden fakes are moved around at night, and have sometimes been replaced with a real car, so motorists don’t figure out that something isn’t real (and speed like they normally do).

At the exit ramp off an interstate highway in the USA, several years ago, a billboard was erected, showing a very large (and well-built) centerfold-type of woman, advertising a popular local restaurant.

The Highway Patrol noted that even though the speed limit was 75 at that particular stretch of highway, few motorists passed that sign, in excess of 45, and an inordinate amount of motorists exited there, for some reason.

JackAdams's avatar

The road is being silenced forever.

Here’s the video.

Nimis's avatar

[can’t bear to look]

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