When driving into a town, I often notice that there’s a sign with the name of the town and population listed on it. What is the reasoning for printing the population of the town? I assume that it’s part of a tradition going back at least to those Western films where you’d see the town with the population numbers going lower and being scratched off as inhabitants die, but.
Ok, the thing about the Westerns was a joke. What’s the purpose? Tax collecting in the Middle Ages? Helping out travelling salesmen with demographics?