According to a British news report, a group of Druids has lost its traffic safety gig in Austria.
It seems that the latter-day remnants of this Iron Age Celtic religious sect - who some believe built Stonehenge, although current archeological theory refutes this - do in fact have some efficacy with stones: apparently, certain types of stones, placed in spots only a Druid could divine (with 'mystical divining' rods, no less, according to the Arch Druid) can absorb the 'negative energy' that exists in certain stretches of roadway, resulting in fewer car crashes.
(Wonder what they do with this energy? Could we recycle it to make hybrids even more efficient? I digress...)
This theory sounds reasonable to me - it's as least as reasonable as that behind the behaviour of other forms of quasi-religious folks, who paint runic numbers on signs posted along the side of the road and somehow expect drivers to match their speed to these numbers.
But Austrian transportation officials have cancelled the Druid program, due to budgetary constraints. It seems the multi-year program has been kept a secret up until now.
Gosh - I wonder why.
In any event, there appear to be some traffic-calming Druids looking for work.
Wonder if we could invite them to come over here and put some stones along the 401 near Mavis Road?