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October 9th, 2002

Mow my lawn, then bake me a cake!

This piece of paper was in the small box underneath our mailbox yesterday, presumably put there by a neighbor:


There’s not a single sentence on this advertisement that’s constructed correctly, but the strangest thing is the juxtaposition of the “Let me mow your lawn” with the “I can bake cakes!” Just a classic low-budget, low-IQ ad that provided many a laugh in the MacMichael household Monday evening.

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 8:28:02 am
I like it. I bet those cakes are fortified with lawn clippings. Yum!

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 8:42:59 am
Who is mowing yards in Leesburg for $7? The one time I can remember somebody offering to mow my yard they wanted $30!

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 11:40:48 am
Chris, maybe you should've asked for how much it cost WITHOUT cake.

FROM: miss manners
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 2:59:57 pm
tsk, tsk..."low-IQ"? That's kind of harsh isn't it? I just assumed the person didn't know English very well. Hey, YOU try learning English and see how easy it is. However...the idea of a lawn clipping cake don't sound half bad. As a kid I had a strange fondness for mud pies. ;)

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 5:57:09 pm
"[Y]our are" is a new one.

FROM: dave
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 8:18:06 pm
Reminds me of my favorite Chinese menu, which said, in no uncertain terms:

"Sorry, No Personal Check Accept."

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday October 9, 2002 -- 9:52:19 pm
Thank you for giving me something to laugh about!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday October 10, 2002 -- 12:26:33 am
My best run in with some Chinese sentence structure was at a restaurant. Written on a piece of construction paper it said "Smoking Aera"

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday October 10, 2002 -- 1:09:48 am
Miss Arquay, er, Manners -- I would have thought that this person might be an ESL, but the style of writing doesn't point to that, in my mind. I could be wrong, though.

I should call the number just to see who answers...

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