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A fork in the road, literally
A few days ago a fork appeared in the middle of a Pasadena road. It's located, appropriately, at a fork in the road, where Pasadena and St. John avenues divide. From the Pasadena Star News:

It turns out the fork is an elaborate - and expensive - birthday prank in honor of the 75th birthday of Bob Stane, founder of the Ice House comedy club, who now owns the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena...
The wooden fork, is "expertly carved and painted," to look like metal, Stane said. "It's anchored in 2 1/2-feet of concrete and steel. It's not a public danger - unless someone drives into it."

(Thanks, Bob!)
Categories: Art, Places, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 06, 2009
Comments (6)
I'm not familiar with Pasadena geography. Is this anywhere near the Schlossen Cutoff?
Posted by Mark Smith  in  Lansing, KS  on  Fri Nov 06, 2009  at  01:36 PM
I wonder if anyone who remembers the quote "If you come to a fork in the road, take it" will wind up stealing this.
wink
Posted by John Paradox  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Nov 06, 2009  at  01:39 PM
Ho, hum, a bit boring really...

check out http://www.waymarking.com/cat/details.aspx?f=1&guid=c8b045a4-2d9d-4be2-a3e5-9d00e726240a&wo=True&kw=fork&st=2 for at least six others.

(we did the "yet another fork in the road" one)
Posted by Joel B1  in  Hobart, Tasmania  on  Fri Nov 06, 2009  at  08:19 PM
Guess he stuck it to his neighbors
Posted by Michael David  in  LA  on  Sat Nov 07, 2009  at  07:48 PM
I recently came across a real fork lying in the road, and joked to a passerby, "We've come to a fork in the road." (For some reason my friends say I have no sense of humour.) To my surprise, he responded by shouting, "It is gold! Take it!" I mumbled feebly, "Well, it's gold coloured...," but he only shouted more forcefully, "You must take it! Take it home! It is gold!"

So I did. Then I threw it away.

So be careful if you come to a fork in the road.

(This is irrelevant and not particularly interesting, but it is true.)
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  Teddington UK  on  Sun Nov 08, 2009  at  06:53 PM
Springfield, Missouri has a MUCH larger "fork in the road"...
Posted by Christopher  in  Warm, sunny Florida  on  Sun Nov 08, 2009  at  09:06 PM
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