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The maddest road signs from around the world

30 March 2019

9:00 AM

30 March 2019

9:00 AM

Silly signs

The Department for Transport ordered councils to remove ‘obsolete and unnecessary’ road signs. Some examples of the art from around the world:

— ‘Sign not in use’ (UK)
— ‘Please do not throw stones at this sign’ (Ireland)
— ‘Road unsafe when this sign is under water’ (US)
— ‘Caution: water on road during rain’ (US)
— ‘Caution: road unsuitable for some types of vehicle’ (UK)
— ‘Caution: no warning signs’ (US)
— ‘Caution: this sign has sharp edges’ (US)

Packing in fans

Tottenham Hotspur held the first match in its new stadium. Which English clubs can pack in the greatest number of fans?

Manchester United
75,811
Spurs
62,062
West Ham
60,000
Manchester City
55,000
Liverpool
54,074
Newcastle
52,339
Sunderland
49,000
Aston Villa
42,785


Source: stadiumguide.com

Popular petitions

A petition on the government website to revoke Article 50 surpassed 5 million signatures. The other most popular current petitions (as at 25 March):

Ban all Isis members from

returning to the UK
591,388
Leave EU without a deal
542,237
Ban the sale of fireworks to the public
305,141
School should start at 10 a.m. as teenagers are too tired
186,936
Grant People’s Vote if parliament rejects the EU withdrawal deal
141,892
Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds nesting a criminal offence
140,302

 

Robot takeovers

Which districts have the highest and lowest percentages of jobs at high risk from automation, according to the Office of National Statistics?

MOST Boston
29.5
Sedgemoor
16.1
Hambleton, Arun
15.1
Peterborough, East Staffs
14.1
Hull
13.6

  FEWEST Wokingham
2.4
Bexley
3.7
Bromley
3.9
Bracknell, West Berks
4.1
Solihull
4.4

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