You Must Sign This Important Petition Today

By James O Malley on at

As regular readers will know, Gizmodo UK has a long tradition of impartiality. We like to tell the story from both sides: We'll tell you why one side says that you're wrong. And we'll tell you why we agree with them that you're really wrong.

But today, we need to break with this great journalistic tradition to strongly urge our readers to sign an important petition. What issue could it be? Brexit? Nah, we've already explained why that is going to be a calamity. This is more important.

Comedian and mathematician Matt Parker has launched a campaign to urge the government to ensure that the football symbol on signposts - which are used to help motorists find their way to stadiums - are correct. Here's a video of him explaining the problem:

The problem he has identified is that on the symbol, the football is made up of hexagons - shapes of which it is simply mathematically impossible to make a sphere. Real footballs, by contrast, use a mixture of hexagons and pentagons.

If you'd like to join his campaign - and you should - you can sign on the official government petitions website here.

If he reaches 10,000 signatures, the government will be forced to respond, and if it reaches 100,000, it could even end up being debated by MPs in Parliament.

Here's hoping that such an important issue can be tackled without becoming a culture war, otherwise it's only a matter of time before the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg demands that we keep the hexagon design, because it is more traditional and less European.