Submitted by: Erin via Oddly Specific
Isn’t there a Nickelback song with this exact same phrase?
Why is Chad Kroeger crying?
And what can I do to make it keep happening?
Yeah I think he may have been thinking of Chester Bennington or Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and their song “One Step Closer” (to the edge). Chad Kroeger of Nickelback hasn’t done a song about being close to the edge or brink, at least that I can think of off the top of my head.
Could be Creed as well
“Hold me now, im six feet from the edge…”
That’s what I thought too.
Yeah, no, Nickelback’s Savin’ Me says something about being on the ledge of a building…but on the over all, this isn’t that funny…
Why is this funny? It’s specific, but it’s not *oddly* specific. It’s merely pointing out to tourists that there there are 94 steps to the summit, so it will require some effort.
If it weren’t specific, it would just say, “Attention: somewhere between 90 and 100 steps to brink”.
Hate to be a prat, but:
– Brink: the edge of a steep place, no-one’s talked about summits
– Specific: stated explicitly or in detail, as in “94” rather than an approximation. 7-yr olds will count steps, others dont care +/-10, therefore “oddly”.
Dictionaries are against you on this one.
I sort of agree.
Let me explain why I said “summit” – given that there are 94 steps to the brink (I am well aware of what a “brink” is), I imagined these steps would go up. This would then lead you to the brink. The brink is the edge, so it might also be a summit. Not an exact science, but I just wanted to vary my vocabulary by not repeating the word “brink”.
I’m also aware that some people won’t care about the exact number of steps, but put yourself in their position. You have some kind of tourist attraction possibly – people want to visit “the brink”. Many people won’t be able to cope with many steps (elderly people, disabled people, people with breathing difficulties etc.). But if the sign just said, “Caution: Loads of steps”, it’s not specific enough and people won’t know if they can cope with it or not. Some people might be able to cope with 20, but not 90 so they’d need to know how many “loads” is. So to give the public information, the only option really is to say how many steps there are.
If they’re going to be that exact, why not place the sign 6 steps farther away from the brink and say 100?
Because the flight of stairs might be 94 steps. The sign probably isn’t to be found part-way along the steps.
Why don’t we just count the number of steps it actually takes to get to the whatever it is, find out what it is, then label it and put a sign up that says how many steps it takes to get there? … Oh wait… [!]
Forgive me, but should this be so important to you? Your attention to detail is probably the most *oddly* specific thing on this site. The sign is funny, and more OCD-specific than any sign I’ve ever seen in a public area, so let’s laugh and move on.
I think it’s funny because the term “close to the brink” can be used as slang for losing ones mind. As in “I’m close to the brink man, I’m about to lose it and go apesh*t on all these jackasses that are always trying to take all of the fun out of the signs on oddly specific with their logic and reasoning”…you know something like that. 😀
And what bob_super said too…so it’s funny and oddly specific. 😉
Actually, it’s for the blind. Wouldn’t want them walking over the brink, now, would we?
Of course! It makes so much sense now!
As much as 2-inch braille signs in the middle of convention center halls/walls, and who’s objecting to those? 🙂
makes about as much sense as braille on drive through bank tellers
Cherry on the cake is how the touchscreen ones have braille on the signs next to each slot (deposit/cash/ticket). Because it’s harder finding a stash of bills by touch than where to press the screen to get them. That’s if you can get to the ATM in the branch when you have to guess where to swipe your card after hours.
Am I glad I have working eyes…
is Brisbane, Australia, the trains have a button in order for passengers to speak to the driver in an emergency. The button reads ‘speak when light flashes” then, kindly, the message is repeated in braille below……..
……I still haven’t got around to taking a photo and translating the braille (or translating it in situ), but I would like to believe that it reads “speak when light flashes” in braille. Typical QR (Queensland Rail) service.
1. so blind people can work with ATMs from the driver’s side back seat without having to involve someone else in a financial transaction, and
2. so the banks can use one keypad assembly for both walk-up and drive-up ATMs, and possibly elsewhere.
u has a fail
Don’t you mean Creed? Six feet from the edge or something like that.
Maybe he was thinking of Creed? Six feet from the edge?
I dunno. The first thing that came to mind when I read it was that line from Creed’s “One Last Breath”:
“I’m six feet from the edge, and I’m thinkin’ maybe six feet ain’t so far down.”
I think Scott Stapp just burst into tears…
I Googled NickleBack Brink.
I don’t get it.
Shout out to Madness — if you went 95 steps, you’d be — wait for it — One Step Beyond.
that’s uh, scott stapp. and creed.
I’m actually leaning toward “Pardon Me – Staind”
Sorry to tell you this, but your comment regarding a summit is wrong. This picture was taken upper falls at Tahquamenon Falls in the U.P. of Michigan in Paradise. The brink refers to the landing before the falls.
Awww, you beat me to it, just saw this sign there a few weeks ago, and verified it, its correct.
94 steps to the brink on the sign, 94 steps to the brink,
Take one step, look at the sign,
93 steps to the brink on the sign.
93 steps to the brink on the sign…
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