GREAT BRITAIN: Thin White Line

A squad of British workmen marched round the cathedral city of Salisbury (pop. 33,000) one day last week, carefully painting broad white circles around the metal telephone posts. The men had not gone mad, as some Sarumites suspected; they were simply trying to protect Her Britannic Majesty's property from ill-mannered dogs. After much experiment, Post Office researchers had reached a solemn conclusion: that not even dire necessity will drive a normal dog to cross a bright white line. Instead, dogs try to sneak around the end of the line, and, in the case of a circle, never venture inside...

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