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If we walk through the collection and count the number of heaps (it's easier than with rocks) then we end with three groups: roadsigns with zero, one or two heaps. I'll call them group H0, H1 and H2. Sounds professional, huh? I've learnt that from the bird-flu, and covid, people.
H0 signs (like here in Argentina) show the man just after he took the first spadeful from the earth. Heap and hole are still embryonic so to say. Or —I noticed our scientific watchguard taking a deep breath— the man has just finished work. Just drop this last scoop and both heap and hole are gone. And the man shortly after that.
H2 signs are most disturbing. The reasoning of H1 still holds true but what about the second heap? This man is not digging or filling. He is just moving sand from one heap to another. This doesn't make sense, even as it's sometimes surprisingly close to fact.
H2 signs are widespread in Europe, a region where politicians of all colours
are fighting for the microphone to tell us that we must work harder, more hours,
more years, for less money (but spend more).
They won't succeed. A common roadsign is killing the message. Work is useless. Work is punishment, Sisyphus can tell. A beaming Monsieur Jean quietly nods. He knew already.
Modern roadsigns are H1 and free of this drawback. I therefore recommend that old fashioned men-at-work signs are called in and replaced by the politically correct version (e.g. the Mediterranean worker). It's the end of roadsign collections but we must save our society.
People have no need to know precisely what workers are doing in order to drive carefully. The normal trafic sign is already telling us to be careful. This panel is superfluous.