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TV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on DC sidewalk



By JESSICA GRESKO

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pedestrians walking along a sidewalk in the nation's capital Thursday found themselves with a choice.

"No cellphones," said lettering on one side of the sidewalk. "Cellphones," the other lane said. "Walk at your own risk."

The walkway warnings, which ran about a block on Washington's 18th Street, weren't the work of city officials. Instead, they were put there by the brains behind a National Geographic television show as part of a behavior experiment.

A National Geographic Channel spokesman acknowledged the channel was behind the temporary signage and said pedestrians' reactions were being filmed for "Mind Over Masses," a new series. But the spokesman, Chad Sandhas, declined to discuss details of the experiment during the filming, which he said would continue Friday.

A notice on the website of the city's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development said the new science series "uses what we know about human behavior" to develop "interactive solutions to everyday problems." The notice said the show planned to create "Fast and slow lanes" on the sidewalk, "allowing participants to choose."

On Thursday afternoon, many pedestrians seemed to ignore the markings, though there were some who took pictures of the novel signage or stopped to watch someone in a gorilla suit eating a banana that was also somehow part of the filming.

Irene Fadakar, 54, a secretary who walking, said she noticed the markings at the beginning of the sidewalk. But she acknowledged that less than a block later she was back on her phone, walking in the lane marked no cellphones.

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IBruzEZ July 18 2014 at 8:38 AM

Oh, you don't mean those signs apply to ME..!!??? the typical attitude these days I am afraid.

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hpycmpr155 July 18 2014 at 10:00 AM

How about common courtesy.....and watching where you are going.???
Oh no wait.
No one does THAT any more.

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baldbiker2 hpycmpr155 July 18 2014 at 4:11 PM

Courtesy and responsibility is out the door for the divice addicts. The sidewalk marking allow the walkker to blame soomeione else iof somethiong goes wronmg while walking down the sidewalk. As a child of the 60's, ewach day I see more of these idiot ideas come out, i just laugh at how helpless people have become. Sheer stupidity. Sidewalk markings? hahaha, apparently some people need em. Laughable.

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Luna July 18 2014 at 6:25 AM

I'd just ignore all the signs and drive my car down the middle of the sidewalk like I always do. :)

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coopdabomb July 18 2014 at 6:50 AM

More hard hitting news from AOL/HUFF

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sdowns1470 July 18 2014 at 11:44 AM

This is a good idea. I would love for somebody to do an experiment like this in my city. I wish they would also ban cell phones in restaurants, doctor office, dentist office, grocery stores, etc. I could see if you expecting an important call, but if you are just going to chat hang up that darn phone, I DO NOT!!! want to hear your conversation.

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didirun630 July 18 2014 at 7:34 AM

hahah if your on your phone you probably wont know which lane your in anyways!

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petpetdon didirun630 July 18 2014 at 11:15 AM

Come back when you know the difference between YOUR and YOU'RE.

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PowellTreeCare petpetdon July 18 2014 at 3:08 PM

Oh. My. God. An unforgiveable mistake - right petpetdon?

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lawings4 July 18 2014 at 8:02 AM

Being who in the White House, This sound about right.

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ualfriend lawings4 July 18 2014 at 12:04 PM

ya a bunch of stupid repubs

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canienaga lawings4 July 18 2014 at 3:21 PM

What does the White House have to do with people talking on their cellphone? Only conservatives blame the President for any and everything that happens in the world - no matter how small or big? Boy, talk about one powerful President!!

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hwlndrbrt July 18 2014 at 7:17 AM

Are you kidding? Was this one of the president's ideas? Walk where you want to!!!

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Wright Family hwlndrbrt July 18 2014 at 11:58 AM

oh for God's sake, don't get your undies in a bundle.......it was a temporary EXPERIMENT. Get over yourself and try reading the article BEFORE you make an a&& of yourself..

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ualfriend hwlndrbrt July 18 2014 at 12:05 PM

Wright Family repubs can't read

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billcdaly July 18 2014 at 10:42 AM

Great idea.
How many times has a person looking down at their phone walked into someone or something?

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doketx billcdaly July 18 2014 at 12:03 PM

And those people drive!

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gramargo doketx July 18 2014 at 2:57 PM

Scary, isn't it?

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not2bepc1 billcdaly July 18 2014 at 9:12 PM

And they are our future??/
Plus they are BREEDING.....

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doketx July 18 2014 at 11:59 AM

There are some people who can't handle walking and talking on the cell phone at the same time.

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