# Welcome to my Island

I just bought my own island-country the other day, and, as ruler of my new land, I've decided to be a major dingus. I'm not gonna follow other nations in the world like some subservient lemming and use internationally accepted road signs, I'm gonna make up my own, but I need help.

I've set up a brainstorming contest for people to come up with my new road signs. The winner gets 1 free day* on my island.

I need the following:

• I need a symbol that will show drivers that they need to come to a stop because another car might be coming.
• In some stretches a curve will be ahead, so I think there should be a sign that tells drivers to slow down.
• When really extreme road conditions are present there should be a huge warning!
• Do you think I need a special sign showing upcoming intersections?
• I think that backwoods roads (there'll be a few of those) should have some special designation.
• I'll allow rolling stops at some intersections; I'll need a special symbol for that.
• Feel free to mention anything pertinent that I've left out…

*Not Included:
- Taxes
- Airfare
- Food and Drink
- Balance of Two-Week Minimum Stay
- Sand Retrieval Service (No sand may be removed from the Island)

• Isn't this lateral-thinking since the goal of the puzzle isn't stated?
– NH.
Jun 26, 2018 at 19:51
• @NH. A puzzle where the goal isn't stated would be an enigmatic-puzzle. A lateral-thinking puzzle, on the other hand, states the goal of the puzzle but requires creative reasoning to arrive at said goal. Jun 26, 2018 at 23:21

Each of the road signs represents

A punctuation mark present in its own description.

I need a symbol that will show drivers that they need to come to a stop because another car might be coming.

The period tells the reader to briefly pause reading because another sentence might be coming.

In some stretches a curve will be ahead, so I think there should be a sign that tells drivers to slow down.

The comma tells the reader to slow down a little bit in reading.

When really extreme road conditions are present there should be a huge warning!

The exclamation point is a huge warning.

Do you think I need a special sign showing upcoming intersections?

The question mark shows the upcoming "intersections." The different roads in the intersection are the different possible answers to the question.

I think that backwoods roads (there'll be a few of those) should have some special designation.

Parentheses are "backwoods roads," i.e. not part of the main sentence.

I'll allow rolling stops at some intersections; I'll need a special symbol for that.

A semicolon is not quite a period, and is considered a "rolling stop."

Feel free to mention anything pertinent that I've left out…

Ellipses indicate that a list is incomplete.

• How would anyone with a brain, and no access to Google, ever come up with this? Jun 26, 2018 at 6:12
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