Fake Signs On California Highways Warn Of Enforcer Drones

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Would you bat an eye if you saw this sign? Via NBC News:

California commuters may have been alarmed last week by highway signs that warned them that they were being watched by missile-equipped drones. But the signs were fake, installed by an artist from Napa, and have quickly been taken down by the California Highway Patrol.

“The motivation is partially political and partially a prank,” the artist Stephen Whisler, who lives in Napa, Calif., told NBC News, explaining why the “Speed enforced by drones” signs he put up last Monday show a Predator firing a missile.

The California Highway Patrol was still investigating the issue, and has yet to decide if they’re filing charges. Meanwhile, Whisler has been waiting. “I’m sort of surprised, I’m expecting them to show up any moment,” he said.

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  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    This wasn’t a cheap “prank”, but well worth the expense, I’m sure.

    I imagine that by using sites like Kickstarter and Indigogo some really elaborate pranks could funded…

  • Saint Eli

    These signs crack me up whenever I am in LA (except they are for real):

    “Tsunami Evacuation Route” with an arrow pointing the opposite way from the beach.

    Like when there is a great big freaking wave heading towards me I’m going to be looking around for a sign telling me to run in the other direction.

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tsunami_Evacuation_Route_signage_south_of_Aberdeen_Washington.jpg

    • rhetorics_killer

      I do not think these pannels intend to litteral understanding, they are ‘mere’ political or ecological statements.

      • Saint Eli

        I am aware that the signs in the article are a political statement and are not literal. That’s pretty clear since they were set up by an artist making a point.

        The signs I am referring to as being “for real” are the Tsunami Evacuation Route signs.
        I guess it’s not that related to the article… Other than they are signs and they are funny.
        I am pointing out the absurdity of the government/city council/whoever decides these things, going to the trouble of posting such signposts all along the California coastline.

        sigh… never mind

        • rhetorics_killer

          I was ironic.. Unable I was to guess how actually California authorities could have put up such signs. It seems indeed quite irrelevant. But politicians always need to ‘do something about’ everything actually; a syndrom we may label ‘intense actionite.’

          • Saint Eli

            They really need an irony font on them internets

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