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December 6, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Street stop text

TsopA reader submits a picture taken in Livermore, California.


Come on is any one relly that dumb? Photoshop? Or maybe some people are that stupid!

Oh and once again FIRST!

Posted by: tjbugs1 at December 6, 2006 12:18 AM

I guess there's lots of people out there who "relly" can't spell, eh, tjbugs1.

Posted by: lefty-chef at December 6, 2006 02:15 AM

ppl are that dumb, i saw a school paint misspelled shcool or something like that lol good shot

Posted by: n1nj4 at December 6, 2006 04:00 AM

Wow! That's even better than the SOTP sign that has been making the rounds for a few years now!

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at December 6, 2006 07:07 AM

Probably some exec typed up instruction to paint a white line at the end of the street at the stop sign and to paint a big TSOP on the ground.

Simple typo and people were being wise-guys by following exactly what the instructions said.

Posted by: Haggai at December 6, 2006 07:40 AM

This stop sign applies only to tsars.

Posted by: mmcwatters at December 6, 2006 08:19 AM

This reminds me of the time we had SOTP painted on the road at my university. I couldn't believe it at first, but my friend documented it ( They have since repainted, but you can still see through to the original letters.

Posted by: nblloyd at December 6, 2006 08:35 AM

This is not necessarily broken.

I've seen this done before intentionally, as a way of making people see it. I'm sure you see the "SCHOOL" markings on the road all the time and for the most part your brain just ignores it. When it's intentionally misspelled as "SHCOOL", you notice it rather than ignore it.

So, it's possible it may have just been an ignorant mistake, but it's much more likely to be an intentional mistake.

Posted by: muldster at December 6, 2006 11:25 AM

Breakage or Photoshoppery.

Maybe this site doesn't cater to people who remember the 70's but "TSOP" was the name of a big disco hit.

And I'm going to have it in my head all day...

Posted by: ckeats at December 6, 2006 12:04 PM

On reflection, I think muldster may be onto something.

It's kind of like how Windows has tons of error messages and seemingly idiotic warning messages, so that you never forget you're using a computer.


Posted by: mmcwatters at December 7, 2006 01:17 PM

What if they named it 'SPOT'?

It would be true.:O

Posted by: st33med at December 8, 2006 03:26 PM

WOW! How could someone not notice a mistake like that? Reminds me of the time the speed limit was 255 (actually, it was 25, but someone erased the first one and wrote a second one, but the erasing was not very successful)

Posted by: dahobo at December 12, 2006 10:30 PM

"I've seen this done before intentionally, as a way of making people see it."

Right. Because all the sawhorses blocking the road might completely escape my attention..

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at December 19, 2006 02:46 AM

I would believe it. Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA had SOTP painted on one of the driveways while I was a student there.

Posted by: Zan at February 26, 2007 02:09 PM

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