Monday, January 24, 2011

You Learn Something New Every Day

I came across this panel in Detective #300:

So I did a little Googling, and sure enough:
In fact, ice skating was so popular in the 19th century that a tradition of "raising the red ball" on Brooklyn streetcars was created to indicate favorable skating conditions at Prospect Park.


  1. ' the 19th century...a tradition of "raising the red ball"...was created to indicate favorable skating conditions...'

    Presumably because such a condition could result from falling awkwardly on the ice.

  2. And I thought that it meant they were Japanese