‘Consider Canada’: Fake Image of Maryland Highway Sign Goes Viral

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Photo via Twitter user @michelle_sagan

An image of a Maryland highway sign with some serious advice relating to Donald Trump’s inauguration made the rounds on the web yesterday and this morning.

Somebody produced a very realistic (and funny) image of a sign on I-270 yesterday that read, “INAUGURATION JAN 20/EXPECT DELAYS/CONSIDER CANADA.” Twitter user @michelle_sagan was among the first to tweet the image. Her post was retweeted tens of thousands of times within less than a day. It also appeared on Instagram and Facebook.

However, as the Sun’s Scott Dance first reported, state officials say it was a fake. The State Highway Administration said it never actually transmitted that final advisory line to display on the lighted board.

“It was a hoax,” an SHA spokesman confirmed to Baltimore Fishbowl. “We don’t know how that happened, but we just confirmed that it was definitely a hoax.”

Just to be sure, the spokesman said the agency sent workers to examine the actual sign, located on northbound I-270 before Exit 4 in Rockville. What it actually offered was a message for local commuters: “CONSIDER METRO.”

 

As you can see, the sign wasn’t that far off, save for that one final word.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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