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Falling Object Warning Signs

Do you ever go to Google and wonder what that day's Google picture means? Sometimes I know right away, but today I didn't. If you hover your cursor over the image, a tool tip tells you what it's about, or you can click on the image to go to a Google search for that day's feature. Below is today's image. Any guesses what Google is highlighting today?

picture of Google today

It's Sir Isaac Newton's 367th birthday! Happy happy, Isaac! I guess the significance today is that it's approximately one-third of a millennium? And the apples? Newton himself often told the story that he was inspired to formulate his theory of gravitation by watching the fall of an apple from a tree.

As I pondered Newton, gravity, and falling objects, I was reminded of our trips to and from Michigan past week and of the detour that was caused by a rockslide on I-40. According to the news reports, some of the rocks are the size of small houses, and the clean up will take several months. The detour added an hour to our trip each way, making a long trip even longer.

I'm posting today some pictures I have accumulated of signs warning of various falling objects. Try to retain all gravity as you view them.

Along the way we took seriously the signs warning us to watch for falling rock. The next two pictures make it clear it's a real danger.

picture of falling object sign

Some signs are not clear concerning the intended warning. Can you tell what danger the next two signs are about?

picture of falling object sign

This one makes it a little clearer....

picture of falling object sign

Watch out for icicles and snow falling from the roof!

The next sign is clear in its warning, but I'm not sure why it is being given.

picture of falling object sign

Here's another one that makes me wonder if the danger depicted is all that real.

picture of falling object sign

It must be, though, because here's a similar sign. I'll avoid lame puns about udder destruction....

picture of falling object sign

Here's one I ought to try to find for my classroom since my students write sentences on the chalkboard.

picture of falling object sign

I can't imagine the need for this one.

picture of falling object sign

I know that people fall, but I'm not sure it's in the numbers shown in the sign! Since people do fall, here's an interesting warning sign for people:

picture of falling object sign

I wonder where the following is a danger:

picture of falling object sign

Do you know of any use for several of the signs above? Have you seen a funny falling object warning sign lately? Remember to help keep me supplied with funny sign pictures. 😀


"I just need to be taller. Why doesn't evolution work for me?" - Becka Loach, as she was trying to reach something in a cupboard over our kitchen sink this evening....

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Gravity: It's not just a good idea — it's the law.

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13 Comments on “Falling Object Warning Signs”

  1. #1 Ann
    on Jan 4th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Re: The google pic for today … If you hover your cursor over the leftmost apple, it will fall from the tree.

    I googled “falling cow sign.” The first one is a genuine CalTran sign. The hills are steep and free range grazed and cows do fall off of them. The person who posted it said that she only knows of one time when a cow landed on a car. The more common occurrence is of a cow falling on to the road and then being hit by a car.

    Since evolution supposedly takes millions of years to happen, Becka will be very, very old before she gets any taller 🙂

  2. #2 Rob
    on Jan 4th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    @Ann – Actually the far left apple falls if you do nothing at all. That’s interesting about the original CalTran sign. I’m glad to know there really is a reason for that one — otherwise it just seems so bizarre. 😀

    Becka said that if animals changed/mutated throughout evolution just because they wanted to — so they could protect themselves or so they could eat something they couldn’t eat before, etc., she should be growing taller for having wanted it through so many years of frustration in a tall people’s world.

  3. #3 Ann
    on Jan 4th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Just discovered that you don’t have to hover your cursor over the apple. It will fall by itself.

    The falling chalk sign is from the UK. Think…white cliffs of Dover.

    I found a enlarged copy of the falling people sign. It appears to be people who are bungee jumping…judging from their positions and the fact that there appears to be a cord around their ankles.

  4. #4 Rob
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    @Ann – You have really been doing some researching, Ann! I had wondered about the people falling sign being at a bungee jumping place. It just seemed, though, that no one should be able to walk in the path of the bouncing bodies….

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    We have signs warning of falling snow here in Fairbanks. Since snow doesn’t really have a chance to melt here until Spring (Spring!!!), it really can build up on roofs. Over doors.

    When I have driven I-40, the signs about falling stones have made me shiver! My hair nearly stood up when I heard about the rockslide.

  6. #6 Wally
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Approximately 1/3 of a millennium would be 333 years, not 367. So that would have been 34 years ago. (Yes, all the fun pictures of falling cow signs and I still think about things like math!)

  7. #7 Rob
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    @Carrie – I’ll bet you do get some serious build up of snow and ice up in Alaska! I too have thought about falling rocks when driving through stretches with signs like that. But then I wonder what I would/could do if one came falling down. It’s like avoiding a deer that runs right out in front of you. How many people have successfully avoided hitting falling rocks or running deer?

    @Wally – You’re absolutely right … which you already knew. That’s why I teach French and not math, I guess. 🙂 So that makes why Google featured Newton’s birthday yesterday even more of a mystery….

  8. #8 b.j.
    on Jan 6th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    We were driving in Arizona through a “falling rock” zone, and saw a rock about three feet in diameter on the edge of the road. It had fallen and dented the road, landing right there. No bouncing, no rolling, just WHAM! right onto the road. Glad it wasn’t us!

    My all time favorite funny sign is still the no trespassing sign with a picture of a dog. It says “I can make it to the fence in 2.8 seconds. Can you?” I want one of those!

  9. #9 Matt
    on Jan 6th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Concerning Becka’s comment: I defy you to watch/read a presentation about evolution that does not include an assumed intelligence. Whether it is “nature provided” or the “creature grew” there is always an implied assumption about intelligence.


    They cannot teach evolution without intelligence on one side of the equation or the other. It’s fun to pick at their blind spots though. :-p

  10. #10 Rob
    on Jan 6th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    @b.j. – I’m glad it wasn’t you (or anyone else) that that rock splatted on! The sign you mentioned as your favorite is a great one. I laugh every time I think about it.

    @Matt – Becka is an extremely intelligent woman who has been thinking for years, “I wish I were taller.” She should be a giant, if evolution were true. 🙂 (Her point precisely…)

  11. #11 Matt
    on Jan 6th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Um, was commenting about the evolutionists as her comment triggered a thought. Not about her…. Excepting as she was hitting on the same point.

  12. #12 Rob
    on Jan 6th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    @Matt – I understood what you meant, Matt. No problem. You and my wife were indeed saying the same thing — I was just tapping into your comment about intelligence, saying that with her intelligence and desire for height, “evolution” should have made her a giant right away. So many of the evolutionary things you read and see make it sound as if, to give one example, birds’ beaks changed so that they could eat what was available, making it sound as if their desire caused an instant change. Strange that if the change weren’t instantaneous, they probably would have died.

  13. #13 Vikki
    on Jan 7th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    My favorite is the falling deer. But the falling bungee jumpers is also right up there.

    Being from Wisconsin and also having lived in northern Illinois, we have successfully dodged many running deer (a couple of times by only inches). So far, twice we were unsuccessful at it. The second time was a couple of months ago right here in Greenville, SC! We lived through both deer attacks, but I’m not sure we would survive a rock attack . . .