Saturday, June 12, 2010

No Duh!

Minnesota Wildlife
Managers Ask Drivers To Brake For Turtles As They Try To Cross Roads

If it isn't intuitively obvious to brake for turtles, then I propose a new sign:

Why does a cube cross the road?

I love Ayn Rand's answer:

It was crossing the road because of its own rational choice to do so. There cannot be a collective unconscious; desires are unique to each individual.



Teresa said...

That's a great one Cube! You would think that people would use common sense to stop for a turtle who is crossing the road.

cube said...

Thanks, Teresa.

I can't believe the kind of nanny state we're morphing into when people can't deduce on their own mot to run over turtles crossing the road. To me, it's a no brainer. I mean, it's not like one is going to dart onto the road.

Always On Watch said...

When I was a child, my father not only braked for turtles but also let me bring them home to keep for a while, then release.

Those captured box turtles lived the life of Riley: raw hamburger and fresh tomatoes and fresh strawberries from our huge 1-acre garden.

Years later, when my father was plowing a furrow, he had to stop to let a female turtle lay her eggs. Only very rarely does a human get to witness a box turtle laying her eggs.

cube said...

Always On Watch: When we moved to Florida, our subdivision was surrounded by some undeveloped land. We often saw snapping turtles crossing the road and many times would find them walking in our yard. We would keep them for a bit and then release them.

Nobody had to tell us to brake for them. It makes me wonder what has happened to common sense in this country?

BTW thanks for sharing that touching story about your dad.

Brooke said...

Some asses will go out of their way to hit turtles, as they think it is funny.

I think it is deplorable!

Dorie said...

I love turtles and I will stop the car to get one out of the road. Anything that lives longer than humans, deserves a break.
Speaking of Ayn, I was on Amazon looking for a large type edition of Atlas Shrugged. No such luck and I realized that somewhere she was laughing at me...figuring an objectivist would say that if I can't read the typeface, too bad for me!

EDGE said...

I saw a turtle the other day on the highway. He was just about to the other side...hope he made it.

Ananda girl said...

We have been known to stop and carry turtles across the road. I know you are not supposed to touch wild things, but there are stupid people who needs signs like that!

I love the Cube sign. Ha.

cube said...

Brooke: There is no shortage of
sickos and stoopids in the world.

Dorie: I think most people would avoid hitting any creature on the road, even ones that aren't so lovable such as a skunk.

Funny observation about Rand. But didn't she wear glasses?

cube said...

EDGE: Me too.

Ananda Girl: I don't think the rule about not touching wild animals applies to turtles, but you're right about some people out there who do need a sign to tell them to brake for an animal.

What a world.

birdwoman said...

It takes about $500 to put up every bit of signage, right? Look around... there go your tax dollars...