In my numerous walks and couple runs around Moorhead, I’ve noticed objects like this in the overhead lines.
I naturally wonder what the hell it is. Some options:
- It’s part of the city’s (decent and cheap) municipal wi-fi service.
- It’s a way to manage the civic problem of the many, many people who are sticking their bare feet up on the dashboard of vehicles using Moorhead byways.
- It’s an attempt to make the grass grow on any, some, or all of the incredibly patchy lawns in this town.
- It’s a public-health effort to prevent suicides among the readers of the horrific stories on the front page of the Fargo Forum. (Thankfully, the paper requires registration to read the articles, so I can avoid hyperlinking to the gore.)
- It’s a means to try to help the city’s coffeehouse baristas remember more than one item in an order. On three different occasions, I’ve had the barista need me to repeat a two-item order two times; on one of those occasions, I had to say it a third time. Gawd.
What’s that? People are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan? Perhaps that’s related to these mystery coils, too…
(Update, 8/22: According to a well-informed commenter, this is a “fold-back” created with “extra fiber optic cabling that has been relooped on that strand” to make repair or replacement easier later. I LOVE THE INTERNET.)