WHY DO STOP SIGNS HAVE 8 SIDES

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Have you ever wondered why a stop sign has eight sides? It is actually Mississippi's fault.

The first stop signs were small, white and square.

Seeing the chaos on the streets, a branch of Mississippi’s highway department suggested a change in all street signs. They devised a solution where the more sides to the sign, the more dangerous the hazard.

Therefore, stop signs received the octagon shape. Since a circle has infinite sides, it became the sign for the most dangerous situations, like railroad crossings.

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