British police says highway road sign is not an invitation to 'Squid Game'

연합뉴스 / 2021-10-14 17:52:26
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▲ This photo captured from the Thames Valley Police's Twitter post, shows the highway sign. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

▲ This photo captured from Thames Valley Police's Twitter account, shows the highway sign located along the M4 highway near Slough, Berkshire, England. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- A highway sign found in England with symbols that also appear in Netflix's hit Korean series "Squid Game" disappointed many drama fans after the British police clarified the sign was merely a sign of detour and not an invitation to the survival game.

According to the photo posted on Twitter by the Thames Valley Police on Wednesday (Korean time), a sign that features an arrow (↖) and "△□○" symbols is shown to be installed along the M4 highway near Slough, Berkshire, England.

The symbols presented on the sign are similar to the shapes that appear on the 'invitation' given to participants who want to win the 45.6 billion won-worth prize money in "Squid Game."

However, the slight difference between the symbols shown on the invitation and the road sign is the order in which the shapes are placed. In the drama, the invitation card outlines a circle, a triangle, and a square, while the highway sign shows a triangle, a square, and a circle.

"We can confirm that by following this signage from the M4 Junction 5 in @TVP_Slough will not lead you to the popular @netflix series #Squid Game. It's just directions for diversion routes during the roadworks...phew!," the Thames Valley Road Police wittingly wrote on Twitter,

"According to a guide to traffic signs from Britain's Department for Transport, the shapes are used, individually, to indicate an emergency detour," the New York Times reported. "It was unclear how drivers would have understood that the combination of symbols, with no words, signaled a detour."

Kate Pratt, the spokeswoman for Slough Borough Council, told the New York Times, "As much as Slough likes to be at the forefront of new trends, we can promise there is no Squid Game in our town."

The Highways England or the Thames Valley Police were reported to not have immediately responded to the related inquiries from the New York Times.



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