All of the propoganda for the Confederation Bridge talks about how it has a “unique S-shaped design.” This design, it is said, helps to prevent drivers from falling asleep. I’ve never heard anyone question this logic, but doesn’t it seem somewhat absurd? If straight roads cause fatigue, then why don’t we build our highways shaped like S’s too?
Motorists might also notice the accent tiles are terra cotta, rather than blue, signifying that the tunnel goes underground, rather than underwater.
I can just imagine some future tunnel accident — crazy masses of people rushing around, worrying about drowning in an impending onrush of Boston Harbor water. “But wait,” cries one plucky fellow, “the tiles are terra cotta, signifying that the tunnel goes underground, rather than underwater.” The panic subsides, order returns, and terra cotta tiles save the day.
I propose that we mark the next 10 years as a “bullshit free decade” — no S-shaped bridges or terra cotta tiles, just unvarnished truth. I am so naive.