In the few moments it took me to contemplate these thoughts, Hannah asked, "Shouldn't the apostrophe go before the twelve?" And the lightbulb went on inside my brain.
"Why does it say 12 foot? Was that on the board and they just didn't get it cut off or painted over? What could that 12' mean? Is there some code that the followers get but I am missing?"
Of course they meant it to be short for 2012, but didn't pay attention in grammar class and misplaced the apostrophe. I wonder if they were in the same class as the people who made the sign by the side of another road we travel which reads:
"Wish'in to be fish'in?"