Re: Memetic Experience

Ton Maas (
Sat, 21 Feb 1998 14:16:02 +0100

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Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 14:16:02 +0100
From: Ton Maas <>
Subject: Re: Memetic Experience

>Driving to work, an approaching car flashes its' headlights at me. Based on
>my experience, this could mean a few things. It was during the day,
>and my headlights were not on, so the flash was not about that. I started
>to process all the other implications of this, and came to the
>conclusion that there was something of interest ahead (maybe an
>accident or something).
>It turned out to be a police car with a radar gun.
>The flash had been a warning. And I was not the only person to be flashed.

Over here in Europe this is rather common practice, at least in some
countries. The effectiveness of the signaling is progressively being
undermined by people who flash at traffic facing them on the other side of
a highway with dividers after they themselves have passed a speed trap,
rendering their flashes completely irrelevant for traffic moving in the
opposite direction. This however doesn't seem to discourage lots of people
from continuing their habit.

Ton Maas

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