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Fun and Games: November 19

November 19, 2007
Joke: Bizarre Driving Laws
Problem: Geodetic and Control Surveys: State Plane Coordinate Systems
Cool Link: U.S. Census Bureau’s TIGER Map Service

Joke of the Week: Bizarre Driving Laws

In Alabama, driving barefoot is illegal.

In Alaska, it’s illegal to tie a dog to the roof of a car.

In Arkansas, it is illegal for a person to blare the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m.

In San Francisco, California, it is illegal in to buff or dry your car with used underwear.

In Florida, if an elephant is tied to a parking meter, the owner or attendant must deposit money in the meter.

In Georgia, State Assembly members are immune from being ticketed for speeding while the State Assembly is in session.

In Derby, Kansas, it is considered a misdemeanor to screech your tires while driving.

If you car breaks down in Detroit and you are waiting for assistance, be aware that sitting in the middle of the street to read a newspaper is illegal.

You will be ticketed if you drive with a gorilla in the backseat of your car in Massachusetts.

In Minnesota, it is illegal to cross state lines, regardless if you are walking or driving, with a duck on your head. And, if you're crossing into Wisconsin, the law also applies to chickens.

In Nevada, it is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.

In New Jersey, drivers are required to beep their car horns before passing another vehicle.

In Oxford, Ohio, authorities will ticket you if you consecutively drive around the town square more than 100 times.’

In Oregon, it is illegal to pump your own gas.

In Tennessee it is illegal to fire a gun at any wild game other than whales from a moving car.

In West Virginia, it is perfectly legal, for road maintenance purposes, to scavenge road kill.

Source: www.dmv.org/fun-stuff/bizarre-driving-laws.php

Problem: Geodetic and Control Surveys: State Plane Coordinate Systems

Considering a state plane zone based on the the transverse Mercator projection, what are the limits of the scale factor outside the lines of exact scale?

(A) The scale factor is always greater that 1 outside the lines of exact scale.
(B) The scale factor is always 1 outside the lines of the exact scale.
(C) The scale factor is always less than zero outside the lines of exact scale.
(D) The scale factor is always greater than zero and less than 1 outside the lines of exact scale.

Come back next week for the solution!
This is problem 49(9-27) from the new second edition of 1001 Solved Surveying Problems by Jan Van Sickle. Reprinted with permission from 1001 Solved Surveying Problems by Jan Van Sickle (1997, 728 pp., Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or visit www.ppi2pass.com.  

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Cool Link of the Week: U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER Map Service

The TIGER mapping service generates detailed maps showing 1990 geographic entities.

http://tiger.census.gov/cgi-bin/mapbrowse-tbl/