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Maybe you knew a kid growing up who stole street signs (or perhaps you were the kid doing the stealing). Did you ever wonder how those signs came to be? Turns out a lot of work goes into making each STOP, YIELD and X-ING sign you unquestioningly use each day.

Below is a fascinating video put together by the New York City Department of Transportation that shows the entire process.

According to NYCDOT:

There are more than two million signs in New York City. Ever wonder where they come from? Many are made by DOT's in-house sign shop based in Maspeth, Queens. This crew of 22 employees fabricate 9,000-12,000 signs a month, ranging from large highway signs down to Alternate Side Parking signs.

That’s a lot of hard work. You should probably feel a little guilty about your adolescent hooliganism now…

Check out the operation in action:

[via NYCDOT]

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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