Mississippi State highway route sign
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 25

As I was driving eastbound along United States Highway 82 in Mississippi on one warm sunny day, I noticed a road sign which caught my attention; and I immediately pulled my vehicle over onto the grassy area off the shoulder to take a photograph with my camera…

What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 25

Mississippi State highway route sign
Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

…and I found at least one thing which seemed quite bizarre, as shown in the photograph above.

For this edition of this popular game, can you guess what you believe is wrong with this photograph?

Please submit your answers in the Comments section below — and I enjoy reading creative answers.

Thank you in advance. As always, I cannot wait to read your answer and feedback.


Past articles with which you can participate and play along with the What is Wrong With This Photograph? game include:

All photographs ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

  1. You say you were driving on Highway 82. I assume you were near Kilmichael, Mississippi. 182 is an offshoot that comes off Highway 82 and reconnects again about two miles on the opposite side of town.

    The sign in your picture indicates to me that 182 is blocked at some point and they detoured traffic to Highway 82 so I can’t see anything wrong with the sign.

    1. Mississippi Highway 182 is actually in five sections, Scott. I was on United States Highway 82 where two sections of 182 exist between Starkville and the Mississippi state line with Alabama; so I was not near Kilmichael.

      Regardless, there is still something wrong in the photograph…

  2. Are the signs new? They look more like painted corrugated plastic than metal and have nice shiny bolts. Not that that;s wrong per-se.

    Obviously crooked arrow.

  3. You are on US 82, the pictured temporary traffic control guide sign indicates Florida 182 East is being detoured along the same section of highway, and you found something wrong with this TTC sign. Got it.

    From what I can see in the photo, you are not at or approaching an intersection, nor did you say there is an intersection immediately behind you, so the arrow is pointless (no pun intended) per Part 6 (Temporary Traffic Control) of the FHWA’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, 2009, as amended Good catch!

    To a lesser degree — since MUTCD establishes that arrow ought not be displayed in the first place — the arrow was printed askance, being at a slight angle, and the arrow’s sign width is less than the guide sign it is placed under.

      1. @Brian- Thanks, but I somehow completely screwed up Mississippi, was thinking Florida for whatever reason…

        Thank you for playing my personal version of “What’s wrong with this answer?” LOL 🙂

          1. Last thoughts. Do sign colors match what is use-prescribed in the MUTCD 2009? Check. Construction companies are notorious for using whatever color signs they have handy for TTC placements. Even the odd-angled arrow sign gets partial credit for being right that way, if an arrow were called for.

            Perhaps the lack of confidence? TTC signage is usually placed/displayed alongside existing confidence signage where the routes are coincident, so you know you are indeed driving on your intended route, be it US-82 or detoured MS-182 in this case.

            I’ll throw one other thing at the wall to see if it sticks. And I’m only guessing this from your photo’s object-horizon perspective. That sign (posted height) appears notably short relative to road grade, or you are nearly 8 feet tall…

            Otherwise, barring another 3am subconscious ponderance of the subject, I’m tapped out and await your reveal 🙂

  4. The arrow sign appears to have four holes drilled in it at 90 degree angles, allowing it to be mounted so that it points up, down, left, or right. That’s not right. It should always be mounted in this orientation, but the arrow should point left/right if it were a left/right sign.

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