This road is not music to our ears


Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, and I must be a DOT worker in Lancaster county, California.

So the saying isn't as catchy as it's original counterpart, but as Tom Scott points out in an Amazing Places video, it's very appropriate. Citing the incredible work of David Simmons-Duffin, Scott points to the famous road in California and roasts its flaws, not least of which is that they messed it up twice!

The road is supposed to play Rossini's William Tell Overture. You know it; it's the song that makes you think of calvary charges. The road fails miserably at sounding like Rossini's masterpiece; it instead sounds like absolute garbage, and math is the culprit.


It turns out the reason the road plays the wrong notes revolves around the grooves in the road being the wrong size. The person who wrote the plans for the section of road didn't communicate all of the measurements to the road crew doing the construction.

To top it all off, they mucked it up twice. Turns out there was an attempt before the current disaster, but it was removed after nearby residents complained about it sounding . . . terrible.