Why do you think zebra crossings are called that?

In the middle of the 20th century, several zebras escaped from London Zoo and, against all odds, somehow managed to thrive in the urban environment.
This did lead to some issues though! The zebras weren’t known for their knowledge of the highway code, and had a nasty habit of prancing out in front of oncoming traffic. This caused a lot of accidents, not least because the zebras were masterfully camouflaged.

Here we see a zebra on the left, and an unremarkable picture of an empty road on the right.

Something needed to be done.

A campaign was introduced to teach these zebras about proper pedestrian etiquette. They would be rewarded with delicious grass for crossing the road at a safe point, which would be marked with alternating white and dark stripes. (Probably a bad idea, bearing in mind their camouflage.)

Thus, the zebra crossing was born.

It took some trial and error, but eventually the zebras learned to equate the crossings with food. Unfortunately, they would pester the nearest pedestrian until grass was offered, but this was a small price to pay for keeping the streets safe.

Another empty road. Wish I could find some pictures of zebras.

The initiative was wheeled out around the country, since a few of the feral equines had spread further afield.

Since 1950, there have been no traffic accidents caused by zebras in the UK, although plenty of motorists were killed by colliding with seemingly nothing.

Overall, a massive success!

Upon further inspection, it seems I was mistaken. Maybe I accidentally ingested some questionable substances during History class at school. I wondered why the teacher had morphed into a talking oven glove.

Here’s the real story to ensure that this remains a helpful answer:

Zebra crossings were so named simply because the stripes resemble the pattern of a zebra.

It is thought that the name stuck because British MP James Callaghan made this observation in 1948.

This information was taken from Quora. Click here to view the original post.

Have you ever thought about it? Do you think "zebra crossing" has a funny origin?

#History #animals #funny #Quora


What are your thoughts on this subject?
Nicky Skipp
I prefer the first version. 😂👍🏻
Oct 15, 2021 1:23AM
Caroline Rushworth, Obviously the same guy. A.K.A. Sunny Jim...
Dec 17, 2019 6:07PM
Jim Callaghan was also the British Prime Minister 1976-79.
Jun 7, 2019 9:21AM
Laura Dice
Fun to read! where's everyone's sense of humor? Poster sets the record straight at the end!
Mar 18, 2019 11:42AM
Palmer Scott
The only recorded instance of zebras escaping the London Zoo happened in Dec. 2011. The pedestrian crossings got that name because they’re black and white striped.
Mar 12, 2019 5:09PM
Palmer Scott
What complete and utter bull-crap!
Mar 12, 2019 5:04PM
Gloria Weinberg
Mar 9, 2019 5:07PM
Patricia Gorman
Well done.
Feb 17, 2019 5:41PM
Humberto Carrasco
Feb 17, 2019 3:00PM
Daniel Stalker
And the lights at each side of the pedestrian crossings were Belisha Beacons
Jan 18, 2019 7:34PM
Bill Hamilton
Yep. Knew the real reason for the name.
Dec 24, 2018 6:01PM
I did not know that. Thank you. We have Zebras in my native Kenya.
Dec 16, 2018 10:30PM
Christopher Hefti
Truman Copote once said; A lie can so much more colorful then the truth.
Dec 8, 2018 9:07PM
Raymond Cardona
I like the fanciful first explanation the real truth is dull and boring!!! Bonnie
Nov 28, 2018 9:43PM
David Holmes
Vimala Padmaraj, Why the block capitals?
Nov 24, 2018 5:04PM

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