Anyone who grew up in the 1970s or 1980s (as Honda Mama did) recalls the blessed boredom of family road trips without the luxuries we take for granted today: minivans with DVD players, iPods, and other forms of entertainment designed to keep kids quiet and parents sane for the amount of time it takes to get to the amusement park of your choice. When I was bored in the car as a kid, my mom would tell me to look for silly street signs to pass the time. (Actually, she would tell my sisters, “Stop whining and look out the window at the street signs or something, and no, we’re NOT THERE YET.” I always had my nose in a book and was therefore quiet on road trips. That’s why I’m the favorite kid.)
Anyway, it got me thinking about what silly street signs we have in the area. Guess what? Seekonk doesn’t have any! Their street signs are all nicely, normally named things like Spring Street and Forest Ave. and Primrose Drive. Pretty, but not providing a lot of laughs if you’re a kid looking out the window. So I decided I needed to travel a little farther afield, and find some unique street names.
My home state of Connecticut offered these gems:
Up north in Massachusetts, Newburyport has apparently not lost its belief in the magical.
Any area of the world with a town called “Sandwich” has to have some fun street signs. Cape Cod did not disappoint. What kind of fresh holes does this refer to? Freshly dug? Fresh water? Or are they just really sassy? Any Cape Codders out there want to clue me in?
Just so we’re not completely New England-centric, a college friend in Ohio sent me this one:
And this sign became a popular internet meme!
But I have to say, the most fun street sign I saw was in Niantic, CT. (My home state came up big in this search!) I took a wrong turn on the way to Book Barn one day, and this sign graciously pointed me in the right direction, and provided me with quite a few other intriguing options including the downtown area, local beaches, and….Cancun.
So, what silly or unique or fun street signs have you found in your travels? Comment below and tell us!
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