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Reading Signs

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#21198
Fun:*** (2.79)
Difficulty:*** (2.78)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:HughJazz510***

 

 

 



One afternoon, a retired air force pilot and his family were driving through Texas on a vacation. They pass a road sign. One of the children remarks on the fact that the sign is named after a dance style.

After about five minutes, they pass another sign, which reads, "Golf Road". As soon as they pass it, the man turns to his wife and says he knows what the next sign will say, and that he'll bet her twenty dollars that he's right. She agrees, and they drive on. After passing the next road sign, the wife finds that her husband is right, and hands him twenty dollars.

What did the last sign say and how did the man know?



Answer

The key was that he was a retired air force pilot.
The military, and other organizations, use words to represent letters when talking via radio, etc, to avoid confusion of the many similar sounding letters.

The international standard for this is the NATO alphabet:

Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel India Juliet Kilo Lima Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey Xray Yankee Zulu

The one for F is Foxtrot, which is a style of ballroom dancing or a well known comic strip in the USA. Golf is for G. The one for H is hotel, so, seeing the pattern of Foxtrot and Golf, he correctly guessed Hotel Road.

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