Silly Walkers Welcome in This Texas Town

Sulphur Springs has crosswalk signs inspired by Monty Python
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2018 11:20 AM CDT
Silly Walkers Welcome in This Texas Town
The crosswalk sign. This one, in Norway, has been copied in Sulphur Springs, Texas.   (YouTube)

If you see someone doing a strange walk, or more precisely, a silly walk in Sulphur Springs, Texas, has the explanation. It's all about two crosswalk signs that any Monty Python fan will recognize instantly—they depict John Cleese's Ministry of Silly Walks character crossing the street. The signs have been up for a while, and the story provides some background: City officials were inspired by the same sign in Norway, one that inspired people to do their best Cleese silly-walk impressions. (See the video.)

"I sent the video to the public works director and said, 'Install these signs,' and the next thing I knew, they were in," says city manager Marc Maxwell. Not that all the locals are familiar with the gag. When questioned about the signs, one woman who works downtown asked, "You mean the jazz player on one leg?" Other cities around the US and the world have installed similar signs, including Manitou Springs, Colo. (More strange stuff stories.)

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