Signs like this one are meant to show the relative relationships between places, but this sign maker was more ambitious.
Susan says, “This sign maker had a great sense of humor. He or she gave equal importance to the direction to the restroom as well as to Minnesota and Tokyo. While she could have stopped after posting the useful directions (to the museum, shops and restroom), she whimsically included directions to places that no foot traveler would consider. Some fun things happen because of this. First, we can equate the importance of the public restrooms with Tokyo simply because they both get a place on the signpost. ‘Hmmm, let’s see. The bathroom or Tokyo?’ Second, how does an event, (Gold Rush Days, Minnesota) earn a place on a sign post? One presumes that following the arrow will not always result in a chance to experience the Gold Rush Days, but more likely, a visit to the place where those Days may have or will take place. I like this sign because it says so much that is helpful and nonsensical with so little effort. Wonder what’s in store for us on the backside of this signpost.”
Lucia says, “At first glance, this signpost made me laugh. Then it made me put my imagination to work. I pondered the ‘Gold Rush Days Minnesota’ part of the sign for a while. I wondered ‘are they one and the same’. I don’t remember any history lessons on a gold rush happening in Minnesota. Then there’s the 1487 miles. (This all happened within seconds, mind you.) I decided this part of the signpost was directing me to two things. It’s clear the miles are the distance to Minnesota. The ‘Gold Rush Days’ part was another matter. Was this an invitation to time travel? (Now, my imagination really started pumping.) Or is there a museum nearby? I like the time travel interpretation better. It allows more room for the mind’s eye to roam. Don’t you think?”
How do you suppose you might use this little gem in your presentation?
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