Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The E's Have It

Last week my home town of Evansville was rocked to its core by a sordid scandal.

After nine months, construction finally finished on the brand new cloverleaf intersection on the city's ironically named Lloyd "Expressway." That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it's the Lloyd, the only expressway in the country that features numerous intersections and stop lights along its length. Both of which seem counter to the concept of an expressway to begin with.

Anyway, the cloverleaf was capped off with a sign proudly proclaiming "CITY OF EVANSVILLE." This is a bit puzzling to me, since it seems like something you'd put at the city's entrance, not on a bridge smack dab in the center of town. But I digress.

All was going well though until alert motorists noticed something about the sign was didn't seem quite right. Turns out the last "E" in "Evansville" on the multi-million dollar project was installed upside down! Typical.

You can tell the "E" is upside down by the fact that the upper serif is longer than the lower one, instead of the other way around as seen in the first letter.

Surprisingly there were no pileups from outraged motorists trying to take photos of the error as they flew down the expressway at 60 mph. Ah, who am I kidding, it's the Lloyd. Try 40 mph.

Embarrassed work crews quickly flipped the errant vowel, braving taunts, mocking laughter and a barrage of rotten tomatoes thrown their way.

Now if they could just do something about the horrendous kerning in the word "EV ANSVIL LE."

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