The Straight Dope
May 06, 2010 | 8616 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We're not really sure how much of this billboard is actually true, but we tend to believe everything that we read on giant signs while sitting in our cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic, so we have no choice but to think that a good portion of it is the cold hard truth.

Or at least that is what we would say if this billboard had actually made it to its intended location rising prominently over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, as the Drug Policy Institute had intended.

Given the many hard facts that the billboard lays out, it would have been nice to know what percentage of drivers on the BQE are actually high at any given moment. But we digress.

Turns out the sign company rejected the billboard because of pressure from the mayor's office, which was apparently none-too-pleased about the ad's message and use of his name.

While the BQE has a high volume of traffic, we wonder if this particular billboard would have gotten as much attention if it hadn't been rejected. Which reminds us of our favorite billboard in recent memory, which popped up over the Long Island Expressway last year, namely a billboard trying to get you to vote for Tom Ognibene for City Council.

We're not joking, we actually thought the giant campaign flyer was a brilliant move. However, what if his billboard had been rejected because of political differences with the sign company? Why, it's possible he might just have won.
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