Alto! Arrt! Stop!

It's red, octagonal, and people stop when they see one almost anywhere on the planet.

The familiar stop sign is the most widely recognized road sign in the world. In 1949, the United Nations began working on an international system of road signs so tourists and truck drivers could safely travel the streets of foreign lands. Step 1 was to abolish printed words on traffic signs in favor of shapes and colors.

The stop sign was an exception. The UN decided that the shape was so familiar that it didn't matter what was written across it. So in France it reads "Arrt"; it's "Alto" in Mexico, and "Stop" in the United States.

A handful of countries - including Japan - decline to use the international sign system exclusively.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK