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Tuesday, August 07, 2007


When my grandmother got annoyed with us when we were little, she used to say, "Go play in the traffic."

She was kidding, of course.
Well ... we assumed she was kidding.

Turns out a Cleveland, Ohio, man sort of had the same idea when he turned a practical joke into a safety campaign.

Mike Wood found that the cut-out picture posters he made of his kids to be used as a joke on his neighbors also helped to slow down speeding cars when he placed the life-sized posters in his yard next to the curb.

The cut-outs were so realistic that drivers not only slowed down but got mad because they thought he was allowing his children to play too close to the road.

That's when Wood turned his idea into a money maker by creating a police officer cut-out holding a radar gun. Now he's getting tons of orders from law-enforcement agencies for the $60 cut-out.

Another missed opportunity, Gram.

BTW moms, kids really do play in traffic! See it here.

Click here for more details on the story.

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Anonymous proofreader said...

Maybe you could fool your bosses with your cardboard likeness (of course, artistic license may allow for some cropping here and there) propped at your desk working diligently on your long before someone would notice you were at the beach instead?

Tue Aug 07, 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

wow, great idea! I could take at least a two-week cruise.

Tue Aug 07, 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

Cute kids,they look a little stiff however.
What a great idea!
I need to come up with a million dollar making gimmick!

Rmember the stuffed dear that was set up out west.It was set in the off season.When the hunter saw it,he fired.The fish and game police were at the ready and arrested the man for hunting in the off season.Several unsuspecting hunters were arrested before word spread.

Tue Aug 07, 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous smartass said...

Moon'em! Gets there attention everytime...

Wed Aug 08, 10:49:00 AM  

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