Signs Around Cornell

Now that I'm at Cornell, one of the things I found amusing was the specificity of some signs on campus. So I took some pictures and posted them here for your amusement. (I feel like Kibo).
Large Drop

It is hard to make out, but ths sign says "Danger, Large 10 foot drop" and has a picture of a stick-figure teetering precaiously on the edge. This is on a door I pass every day (for the curious, it is in the secret passage between Upson 5 and Rhodes 4).

To me this seems to be an easily avoidable architectural feature. Maybe the designer watched too many Tom & Jerry cartoons as a child?
Ostrander Elms Tombstome

This tombstone (which reads "Ostrander Elms 1880") is one of a pair, and they cause much confusion on campus, at least if you believe the Dear Unclue Ezra column. The question gets asked in the archives there at least once a year, and the students manage to have lots of strange ideas about what the markers signify.

The story is that back when Cornell was young, a local farmer wanted to help out but did not have much money. So he donated elm trees from his property, and for nearly a century they lined East Avenue. Then of course came Dutch Elm disease... and now all that remains are the two tombstones, one in front of Duffield and one in front of Day Hall.
No Winter Maintanence

The grounds department here has discovered that buying a few signs can save immensely on snow-removal costs! Though I must admit they tend to only do this to redundant stairways and the like.

This particular sign is a massive savings, as it's on a hill that gets immense snow-drifts, and it would be quite a pain to re-shovel the stairway every few hours throughout the winter.
Stone Throwing

I was amused here at both the "He who is without sin" angle but also due to the whole "Those who live in glass houses" aphorism too.

But my second reaction was to be alarmed. Who was throwing stones at people? And if you were the type of person to do that, would a sign be enough to stop you?

Then I realized there are much less violent actions being warned against here. People might say "hey I bet I can hit that tree from here" and that would both be dangerous and also make a mess. So I guess the need for the sign is valid.

In case you are wondering, the sign is on the roof of the library, which due to Ithaca's hilly nature you can walk onto from ground level.

This is also on the roof of the library. The first part says "CAUTION: SLIPPERY SURFACE WHEN WET. ESPECIALLY WITH FROST." This of course seemed a bit redundant, but I guess it is a useful warning.

More amusing to me was the no-skateboarding clause. From what I know about skateboarding (which I admit is not much) this little area is the perfect place for it. Lots of knee-high railings, broad sidewalks, plenty of steps. It looks like it was built for the sport, and then to taunt people they banned it.

Hmmm, I think I'll avoid this particular area once winter hits. The engineer in me says "can't we fix it, rather than just document it?" but I suppose there are reasons. The architecht probably wrote it off as a "feature" of the building's design.
Manhole Cover

You cannot read this due to my shoddy photography skills, but it says "THIS MANHOLE COVER IS A GIFT FROM THE CLASS OF 1931." OK, I am lying. It says something to the effect of "The Landscaping in this area is a gift from the class of 1931" which is a much nobler sentiment.

It is rather impressive the gifts former classes have given here at Cornell. At Maryland our senior class gift was extremely pointless and thus I don't think I gave any money towards it. If I have a part in a class gift, I want it to be something memorable, like an orbiting laser defense station. "What's that moon doing here?" "That's not a moon! It's the Cornell class of 2007 memorial battle platform!"
Mailbox Runes

For my friends who like Tolkien, an elf-rune sighting. Possibly appropriate: this mailbox is in the area known as "Forest Home".
A few additional Cornell signs can be seen at the middle of this
page of mine.
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