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Casablanca Airport thoughts: 4

[From scribbled Moleskine notes made in the 5 hour wait early on Monday morning. I'd been up since three.]

Best use of punctuation I’ve seen in a long time

One of those big clear round collection balls where you can throw all the foreign currency you no longer want to spend and can’t be bothered to change.

Above it a sign:

DONATE HERE TO GIVE MONEY TO “CHILDREN”

Why the quote marks? In what way, exactly, are they not children? Are they merely being pedantic and not wanting to have to get picked up on the fact that they will also be giving money to teenagers and toddlers but didn’t want to specify?

Or, as we suspected, are the quote marks there to indicate the message:

Well. We SAY “children”. Clearly what is meant by “children” in this context is “Unscrupulous and nefarious oil magnates”. Thank you.

  1. I saw one in seoul airport the other day that said it would donate the money to “Difficult” children………

    Comment by birchsprite — 7 March, 2007 2:09 pm

  2. hahaha, oh dear.

    Maybe CHILDREN is a clever acronym for a cartel of those oil chappies you mention, or something. The Cartel of Highly Intelligent Little Deserving Rich Engineering Nitwits, perhaps.

    Comment by FB — 7 March, 2007 3:28 pm

  3. As in George W. ?????

    Haha. I loved this one!

    Comment by catherine — 8 March, 2007 4:20 am

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  5. There is a steak house in Tennessee. On its door the sign reads, OPEN ON “MONDAYS”.

    It confounds me.

    Comment by Fr. Dave — 28 March, 2007 3:57 am

  6. Opposite the shared security door in the block of flats that I live in is a laminated sign that says:

    Please keep door shut at “all times”

    I see it every day and it puzzles me. I’m going to get my permanent marker pens out soon and doctor it in some humorous way I haven’t thought of yet.

    Comment by Laura — 2 April, 2007 8:14 pm

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