Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thump thump thump

The round ceramic or plastic markers used by some states to mark lanes on highways and streets, creating rumble strips, are called Botts' dots (above). They are named after Dr. Elbert Dysart Botts.

7 comments:

The Phoenix said...

Not to be confused with Dippin' Dots.

Amy in StL said...

Hmmm, didn't know what they were called. I'll just be glad to see more of them so the X'ers in the huge SUVs can learn to stay in their lane and out of mine.
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that might take more than a few bump, bump, bumps!!

Pixie said...

We have Cats eyes in the UK
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat's_eye_(road)
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Cat's Eyes (first photo) are not as common in the US., Stimsonite markers or reflectors (second photo) are more likely to be used. In Illinois, they have to gouge a little hole to put them in so the snow plows do not eat them.

stan said...

I've been calling them "turtles" ever since I first heard my then-roommate Scott call them that 10 years ago.
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little albino turtles, and some with jaundice :)

Meagan said...

I've always called them turtles too. Drive down the road running over the turtles...

:P fuzzbox said...

These aren't near as bad as the rumblestrips in the breakdown lane.

Anonymous said...

The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right name. Om.