Fun fact. Working with British as a second language, you often learn new words when translating texts or exploring topics to write about for the blog or the homepage. One of those words I happened to come across at some point is the peculiar word pelican crossing. What is it, I asked myself and started searching the net for advice. A pelican crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing with traffic lights and a push button with two coloured lamps.
But if you think that’s a funny name for it, you should continue reading, because the big white bird is not the only exotic animal that named a crossing in Britain. Listen to this – In the UK you can find a Zebra crossing (the most common type of crossing, usually without control signals), a panda crossing (signal-controlled crossing which was only in use during the 60s), a puffin crossing (signal-controlled crossing with sensors), a tiger crossing (crossing painted black and yellow with middle field for bicycles), a toucan crossing (crossing for pedestrians and bicycles) and last but not least a Pegasus crossing (for pedestrians, bicycles and horses). Ok, I admit, Pegasus is not an exotic animal; it’s more of a fantasy creature. But the Brits chose to name a crossing after it anyway so I guess it qualifies. And I think it’s quite a cute way to make something fun out of something as boring as pedestrian crossings. Don’t you think?