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canada speedbumps -- 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 École 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. According to Discover magazine, the pavement painting appears to rise up as the driver gets closer to it, reaching full 3-D realism at around 100 feet: "Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street's recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty -- acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her."

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  • 1. Chester  |  September 9th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    They don’t remember the boy who cried wolf?

  • 2. notch  |  September 9th, 2010 at 3:51 pm


  • 3. CB  |  September 9th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Okay, forget the psychopathic fantasies of plowing into children that we all (er, I hope it’s not just me) engage in.

    How ignorant of human nature can you get?!

    People will stop the first time they think they see a child in their way. Then, they’ll learn that they don’t have to stop at that location, because it’s just an optical illusion. Pretty soon, they’ll generalize and if they see a Pavement Patty anywhere, or something that looks like it might be one, they’ll just ignore it and not slow down.


    This will only end in a combination of tears and lulz.

  • 4. franc black  |  September 10th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Well, can’t fault them for trying something new.
    But honestly, wouldn’t many be tempted to speed up when they appear, in order to have a bit of a laugh?

    … and then when conditioned to do so, real children start getting hit by accelerating drivers …

  • 5. Ryan  |  September 10th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I feel sad for only recently realizing the allusion to death race 2000

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