Spoof road sign to Timbuktu to be taken down in Bristol
A spoof road sign giving the distance from Bristol to Timbuktu, in Mali, has been removed by the local council.
Stencilled onto an official sign on the Hotwell Road, it has the same lettering and design as standard signs and gives the distance to the country as 2,384 miles - the correct distance.
A spokeswoman for Bristol City Council admitted that the sign was funny but that it was not making the roads any safer to drive on.
"We're not killjoys, but signs should be clear," she explained.
The representative adds: "Timbukto isn't that."
Scott Ellis, a reporter for the BBC, claimed that seeing the sign for the first time was a double-take moment.
He stated: "I was only on my way to Bedminster but it was good to know I was getting nearer to Timbuktu as well."
Earlier this month, the Times newspaper invited people to vote for their favourite silly signs as part of the Sign of the Times competition.
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