BP PC OMG!
The oil giant BP was slammed after an unself-aware tweet asked people to find out what their personal carbon footprint was with their new calculator and suggested they "share your pledge" to save the planet. It backfired, big time.
One response went for sarcasm: "Ooh BP, you've made me feel guilty about my lifestyle so I've completely forgotten about all the $$$ that you've spent funding climate denial and extracting more oil despite the fact that it's killing us all. Thanks!" Another fired back with this: "I pledge not to spill 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico".
Personal ad 1862
TO THE PATRIOTIC UNMARRIED LADIES — I am a soldier, just returned from the wars. Have lost a leg, but expect to get a cork one; have a useless arm, but will be called brave for it; was once good-looking, but am now scarred all over. If any patriotic young lady will marry me, why fall in line! The applicant must be moderately handsome, have an excellent education, play on the piano and sing; and a competency will not be objectionable. One with these requirements would, doubtless, secure my affections.
Thoughts of the Motherland
A reader writes: "He stormed into the school staffroom the other morning. Draped in a huge St George cross. Like a slightly cherubic, yet balding English avenger. He was on staff reflection that morning. He has the driest of English wits. A wit so English and dry that Americans often find it invisible.
"As he stood to address the staff, his St George cape billowed in his wind. We silently anticipated a less-than-subtle gloat about English pride and dominance on the rugby field, but he then gave a beautiful and very moving tribute about his mother. A subtle reminder that certain human values are universal regardless of nationalist rivalries. A class act."