'Penis-shaped' pillars provoke controversy near Pittsburgh
A set of short concrete pillars has provoked heated controversy in a suburb of Pittsburgh after some residents likened them to a phalanx of phalluses.
"People are laughing at it. They're calling it Penis Road," said Scott resident Pat Martin at a Tuesday night meeting of the township commissioners, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
The pillars, called bollards, were erected to keep traffic from driving into nearby structures.
One commissioner dismissed resident complaints about the bollards - which have an elongated shaft and a bell shaped top - as the product of “weird minds.” Four posts stand at a bus stop in front of a church. Another set of six are arrayed across the street, according to the Post-Gazette.
"People need to get their minds out of the gutters," said a town manager.
One town commissioner reportedly said that she would have preferred something “more antique.”
In ancient Greece large sculptures of erect phalluses were used to determine the boundaries of the Temple of Dionysus on the Greek island of Delos.
So never mind the bollards, and be careful what you wish for. Those antiques were extraordinarily detailed.