san francisco's pleasant rhetoric

the notion that san francisco is an unusually friendly big city has been one of those for which i had no evidence at all until one day, on the muni ([myOO-nee]: i basically ride a trolley to work everyday--quaint, no?), i noticed this sign on the driver's cab:
Information gladly given but safety requires avoiding unnecessary conversation
the first thing that struck me was, 'why is the print so small on that sign?' followed by, 'why is that sign so unnecessarily wordy?'

one can imagine a similar sign in another large city (i name no names) saying
Do not speak to driver
but not in san francisco! it is safety, not the driver herself, that objects to conversation. it is only 'unnecessary conversatoion' that should be avoided--don't hesitate to inform the driver of an emergency--though really, 'unnecessary' is unnecessary, since having a necessary statement to make to the driver would just force you to break the rules, anyway.

another highly unnecessary word merits mention: 'gladly.' information will not be given begrudgingly on the muni!

the driver isn't even 'shunning' unnecessary conversation or 'stopping' it or anything like that; just mildly avoiding it like a small, friendly child in the street, for safety's sake.

even consider the ordering of the sentence. the alternative, "safety requires avoiding unnecessary conversation, but information is gladly given," just really puts too much emphasis on the negative, doesn't it?

i'm still not sure it's exactly what i'd call 'evidence' for my friendly city theory, but it's definitely a good sign.


admiral ackbar cereal!?

There's something rhetorically interesting going on in this, known as 'Sh!^ing around - Admiral Ackbar':
It makes me think the original admiral ackbar might be the funniest thing ever created. Funny at all speeds.

But perhaps it's not quite as interesting as *this* remix:

These guys are just begging to be widely known on the internet:

looks like one of these 'make your own corporate commercial' contests.

But! when i went back to give you a link to the original vid--a necessary part of understanding the above videos?--i was faced with THIS.

In case that didn't work, what it is is a google search that shows a screen shot of the original video and then says "this is no longer available."

Somewhere out there, has someone, probably comedy central's lawyers, defined the difference between the original video and those above? or maybe they just haven't found them yet?

A consolation prize.

Whoa! I love the Godfather:

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