Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thought for the Day

- George Orwell, Animal Farm

Original commandment
Revised commandment
Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy
As the pigs become more human, they start walking on 2 legs.
Four legs good, two legs better.
Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
The pigs end up thinking any animal who walks on four legs or has wings is inferior. Two legs better.

No animal shall wear clothes.
The animals notice the pigs wearing human clothes. Napoleon is wearing a cloak.

No animal shall sleep in a bed.
The pigs break one of the 7 Commandments by sleeping in the bed in the farm house. They say they need to do this because their brains need more rest due to them being smarter.  Muriel checked the sign, to find it altered.
No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
No animal shall drink alcohol.
The Pigs starts drinking alcohol
No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
No animal shall kill any other animal.
When some of the animals admit to helping or being in touch with Snowball, who was exiled from Animal Farm, they were promptly slaughtered by the dogs who guarded Napoleon. The animals again thought the pigs disobeyed the Commandments but when Muriel checked them, it now read . . .
No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
All animals are equal.
Ultimately, the 7 Commandments are abridged to one single phrase . . .
All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

Walingford Signs

There is a convenience store in Seattle’s Walingford neighbourhood that has become known for its weekly signs.

This is from its website, Seattle Propane at Walingford Chevron, at:

Once per week. 4 lines. 17 characters per line.

In October of 2005 we converted our auto repair shop into an ExtraMile convenience store and suddenly we had a problem. It had always been easy to think of useful messages to put on the sign for things like service promotions and store specials and the like. But with the ExtraMile, there were no more cars to fix and the place was plastered with store specials.

So we decided to do something different.

That something different is to post signs that are witty, cheeky, flippant, philosophical and, above all, entertaining.

Following is a selection.