Saturday, April 30, 2011

FranktoidTM No. 3 - Big Brother is Older Then You Think

Who doesn't hate traffic light cameras? Your city's bean counters, that's who. They just love all the revenue these "silent cops" bring in. Well you can send your thank-you cards and notes of praise to Germany, Frankfurt to be exact, because that's where it all started back in 1968 in an effort to catch drivers who were dashing illegally through traffic lights. The early photos included a record of the date and hour, plus the number of seconds since the light changed. So you see, Big Brother has been around quite awhile, and he appears to be of German decent. That's enough to drive a person to drink...






German beer anyone?

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I am writing from LA Magazine (sorry to be leaving a comment, but I could figure out no other way to reach you) and your blog really caught my interest. We have posted a story on our website about the Petersen Automotive Museum and their donation of $100M dollars. With this generous gift, there will be renovations, additions, and the like. We have the scoop (and pictures) on the article that we recently published.
    We would love if you would post this story on your blog. The link is:

    http://www.lamag.com/play/slideshows/Story.aspx?ID=1570257

    Thanks a ton, and we look forward to hearing from you!

    Brenda Koffi
    Los Angeles Magazine
    Online Associate
    5900 Wilshire Blvd. 10th Fl.
    bkoffi@lamag.com

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