May The Fours Be With You
When I relocated to Central Florida, one of the first things I found myself struggling with was the new highways. In any town, as a newcomer you need to learn the major streets; their local names and the ‘official’ names. But here it was particularly difficult because there are so many similarities.
What is so special about the number 4?
I think those who decide on the highway numbering wanted to perpetrate a vicious prank on the residents of Orange County.
Just in my local area there exists:
- Route 424
- Route 436
- Route 426
- Route 417
- Route 408
And running across all this is the Interstate, I-4 !
It would take a lot of convincing for me to believe this was not a massive government plot to add an excessive amount of complexity to our life here in The Sunshine State.
Update: The FULL SCOPE of the conspiracy was brought to light when, recently, I realized even the primary telephone area code in Central Florida begins with a four!