A blog post, Tweet, Facebook post, or even a road sign can be effective if you agree with it, or if it makes you laugh. But sometimes the best ones are offensive. They sting a nerve. These can make you think.
For example, here’s a quote from a roadside sign in front of a rural church:
“If evolution is true mothers would have more than two hands.”
At first I was struck by the missing comma. Then I kept thinking.
My mind paused to ponder the possibility that it was a joke–perhaps it was supposed to be funny.
The brain sent molecules equivalent to a snicker of doubt. Nah.
Perhaps the strange sentiment was posted to remind all sons and daughters to hold our mothers in high esteem, to honor them while accidentally revealing Mr. Sign-Guy’s lack of comma skills and misunderstanding of science.
This made more sense but what if the author just didn’t like commas, or…
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