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Partial Occlusion of Signs can be Funny

Monday, September 29th, 2003

The classic Simpsons example of this is in the X-Files episode somewhere. Homer sees a giant billboard which says “DIE”. He emits a cowardly shriek. The wind blows aside some foliage which had been covering part of the sign; it is now revealed to actually say “DIET”. Homer emits a second cowardly shriek.

Here in Cambridge, on Mass. Ave between Central and Kendall, there’s an old FIRE-PROOF STORAGE WAREHOUSE. If you look from the right vantage (near the train tracks) it appears to be an IRE-PROOF RAGE WAREHOUSE.

And the Boston Globe sidewalk boxes these days say “CATCH PLAYOFF FEVER”. Put the right tree in front of it, and you’ll see CATCH LAYOFF FEVER. Someone oughta make a campaign slogan out of that!


Monday, September 22nd, 2003

This is kinda interesting, via rebeccablood. This weekend’s trip Up North has given me fodder for pondering. Some folks ain’t even got toilets! Does that make them better than me?

These days, loom-smashing isn’t so much à la mode. “The Man” would smash us up with the proverbial quickness. But we don’t gotta bring looms into our homes necessarily.

“One may be obliged to give way to an occasional necessity,” said Deronda. “But it is one thing to say, ‘In this particular case I am forced to put on this foolscap and grin,’ and another to buy a pocket foolscap and practise myself in grinning.”

Verbum Sap

Friday, September 12th, 2003

Nemo enim invitus bene facit, etiamsi bonum est quod facit. -Augustine

None indeed doeth well upon application, how good soever be the work.