All it took was one person to jam solo cups in the chain-linked fence of an overpass for it to become a trend. Don't ask me if it's legal, but I can't imagine the Mass DOT being too thrilled about it.

Every other month, someone or some business is coming up with clever ways to advertise or send a message to 195 east and westbound commuters. About a week ago I noticed a new sign (to my knowledge) made of cups on the Hixville Road overpass in Dartmouth that spelled out "John 316". It's a bible verse, but my brain instantly went elsewhere.

You see, it's almost March 16th and I was curious if this was a subliminal message about someone local named John; perhaps the 16th is his birthday. An absolute stretch, but coincidentally a possibility considering the date. However, chances are it's biblical.

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I feel as though I've seen this particular "passage" before and it turns out that it's among the more popular verses in the bible. According to, John 3:16 says:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

It makes sense being Lent and all, but I'm curious if this is the first time we're seeing this on 195. It's strange to use the phrase "devil's advocate" in the case of a biblical reference, but I can't help but wonder if instead of a positive message, it's a negative one as in "the end is near". Again, I'm not trying to get deep with religious metaphors, but if you dissect the verse, it comes off as a message to repent.

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Gazelle/Townsquare Media

The last thing I want to do is dive down a rabbit hole of conspiracy. Instead, I find this message to be a great conversational piece and I'd love to hear what you think about this plastic cup sign on 195 East. Email me at and let me know your thoughts on "John 3:16" or message the Michael and Maddie Show on the Fun 107 app.

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