In response to Dear Kyra: The trouble with sisters
You know how in Phineas and Ferb Agent P works for the Organization without a cool acronym?
This past semester I had to edit a traffic safety manual for one of my classes. The target audience was traffic safety engineers, which apparently are a thing. The whole thing was just such an experience. Imagine your drivers education book except with a whole bunch of math.
In fact, we’re not even sure if some of the equations they used were real equations. Like the following:
Toi = J2wkyoi(k) (3)
minq l*o(fr) ~ *,(*)I + £maxq l*o(fr) ~ xi(k)I (2) l*o(k) ~ xi(*) I + £maxa- l*o W – xi(k) I
I mean, I’m not great at math, but I’m a little skeptical of the authenticity of such equations. Perhaps the only thing worse than the equations were the acronyms. Their uncoolness puts the OWCA to shame. Here’s a few of the best.
AASHTO, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
AADT, Annual Average Daily Traffic
BBBB, Broken Bones and Bleeding Blood (as opposed to all the other fluids you can bleed)
CATMOD, Categorical Data Modeling
FHWA, Federal Highway Administration
IHSDM, Interactive Highway Safety Design Model
IRM, Intersection Review Module (they have a module for everything these days)
MUTCD, Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices
SWOV, Dutch Institute for Road safety Research
TPHREG, Test Proportional Hazards Regression
WHO, World Health Organization
And of course my favorite, DVI. Which, in case you couldn’t guess stands for Duurzaam Veilige Infrastructuur. Naturally.
So yeah. Drive safely.
P.S. Here’s the super cool cover I designed for the traffic safety manual. I think the traffic cone orange was a nice choice. Also the sign next to the road with a picture of a road (as most roadside signs tend to have). The back cover had quotes from the editors. Things such as “This book has taught me everything I need to know about road traffic safety!” and “Road traffic safety. Need I say more?”