"I'm not even sure it's an 8; it looks like some sort of symbol," Ben Choi, of Towson, said. "It looks more kinda like a Batman mask."
The number's significance led to debate among some.
"Maybe this is the Road No. 8," said Syed Salam, a Towson resident and manager of Cluck-U Chicken, on Chesapeake Avenue.
"Maybe it's for the helicopters," replied Faiz Muhammad, of Pikesville.
"A helicopter wouldn't land there," Salam said. "A helicopter has a pad that says "H" for helipad, not an eight. A helicopter couldn't land there (on two-lane Washington Avenue)."
Does it have something to do with AIDS?" an anonymous Washington resident asked, referring to last year's Live 8 concerts to raise money for AIDS and poverty relief.
However, some correctly had Cal Ripken's impending induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on their minds.
"It's an orange 8; what else would you think it is?" one anonymous Towson resident said, referring to the number worn by Ripken.
The large 8's honoring Ripken that were painted on Chesapeake, Washington and Pennsylvania avenues by the county will make even more sense Saturday, July 21, when a parade honoring the Orioles' legend kicks off at 1 p.m. on Washington Avenue.
-- Mohamed Mansour