For those of us of a certain age, the old Saturday Night Live skit "What the Hell is That?" never loses its appeal.
But unlike the bumpkins played by Steve Martin and Bill Murray in the 1979 sketch, JP residents have a definite answer to the question.
Recently, long poles or antennae, topped with some sort of device, have sprouted up around Forest Hills. Resident was the first person I know who asked what they were.
Turns out they're traffic sensors.
"We're testing it out in a location with a high volume of vehicular traffic," said Michael Versecke, spokesman for the Mass Department of Transportation, in an email to Patch. "If the tests prove successful, MassDOT may look into purchasing some of these."