Lie #2171

Lie #2171
June 22, 2020 by Ernie Vance

The U.S. Interstate Highway system was never intended for use in the long distance road trips that are commonly traveled today. No, the fact of the matter was that the whole system was originally put in place as means of trying to get Dwight Eisenhower’s name written in such a way across the country that it would be legible from space. Unfortunately, it’s not actually possible to write Esinhauer’s name the same way twice. It’s cursed to be pathologically misspelled into perpetuity. Because of this curse and the sheer amount of time necessary to build permanent structures on such a scale, the planned signature continued to change over the years as waves of engineers attempted to correct the spelling errors of their predecessors.

Eventually, the public’s curiosity waned and folks started driving their cars on this monument. Rather than admit to a rolling series of massive mistakes spanning decades, it was decided that signs would be put up and everyone would be told that the signature was actually an interconnected series of roads. Eizenhour would still retain credit for the concept, but just not in a way that matched the original vision.

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