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October 12, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Cuyama town info sign

CuyamaErnie Glenesk submits a picture taken in Cuyama, California:

What is the total trying to describe exactly?


Heh, that's great. It's cool to see a good sense of humor pop up now and then.

Obviously, this town is run by one too many math teachers.


Posted by: David at October 12, 2006 01:55 AM

hehe, Yep that one is Great!...

Posted by: Keith L. Dick at October 12, 2006 02:02 AM

Not Broken!

Sarcastic maybe, or childish, but not broken.

The extra number doesn't produce confusion (or at least not in a way that could endanger your life (except if thinking too hard about it makes you loose control of your car)) and actually makes you think about the purpose of these signs.

Posted by: sd at October 12, 2006 08:43 AM

New Cuyama - grade school capital of the world.

"3 R's are our specialty!"

Posted by: DavesBrain at October 12, 2006 10:05 AM

Not broken! this is actually part of the city intranational value categorical index or CIVC. It informs travelers of the potential......

ok, you're right. i got nothing.

Posted by: Zounds Padang at October 12, 2006 10:57 AM

simply amazing.

Posted by: PIe4Weebl at October 12, 2006 11:05 AM

It is a reminder not to take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive.

Posted by: Haggai at October 12, 2006 11:10 AM

The sign does have a valid issue - the numerals don't line up. Proportional spacing is inappropriate for numbers lined up vertically like that.

Funny sign, though.

Posted by: Sherrod Segraves at October 12, 2006 12:04 PM

I was gonna exclaim 'Not Broken!' just because there always seems to be someone here who gets a strange satisfaction out of being contrarian, but I see I'm too late :(

Posted by: Zephyr at October 12, 2006 12:19 PM

It's hard to find out why someone did this. My theory: Someone was running Windows Excel and forgot to remove the TOTAL...

Or someone loved math alot...

Or they just wanted people to have a laugh (and get posted on TIB)...

I choose the third one.

Posted by: st33med at October 12, 2006 03:04 PM

hey, I've seen this sign many times before and I can tell u that it was photo shopped! though it is funny...

Posted by: oriansbelt at October 12, 2006 11:38 PM

oriansbelt--You mean that its not photoshopped...I've seen driven by it many times too, almost took a picture last time to send to TIB but decided against it... I can tell you all that that is really how the sign looks. Its right next to the one gas station right off the side of the road

Posted by: kayy72985 at October 13, 2006 01:58 AM

I figured out the sign.

It clearly means that 46.63 of the population is established so many feet above sea level.

Posted by: The Pondermatic at October 16, 2006 01:35 PM

Yes, it is broken. Those who post "Not broken" might want to watch Seth Godin's talk from Gel:2006. Available for free at google video:

Quote from that talk: "[...]and that's the incredible stupidity of the comments section of thisisbroken[.com], which is that no matter how broken something is someone will post a note saying 'I don't think it's broken, and here's why...'[...]"

(The reason this sign is broken, btw, is Seth's reason #7: broken on purpose, to attract the attention of sommeone.)

Posted by: Sven Geier at October 16, 2006 03:03 PM

This is indeed broken-

The sign is in "New Cuyama", not "Cuyama"... I'm surprised nobody picked that up!

Posted by: Pete P. at November 1, 2006 06:47 PM

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