Ambiguous Headlines

· Just for Fun

Okay, so there’s not much about “ethics” in this post. (Except, perhaps, that we need to
be clear in the way we communicate. Almost always, practical ethics requires reliable facts.) But it’s the end of the summer, and we’re all getting back to work. So, I thought I would lighten the day with some humour by sharing some ambiguous headlines.

Ambiguous Headline 1

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Sadly, the time limitation on the BEST BURGER EVER has expired. Which burger, I wonder, now holds the coveted title?

Ambiguous Headline 2

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There’s nothing worse than walking into your office on Monday morning and seeing that
your staff have been thieved.

Ambiguous Headline 3

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Oh dear. My mask was designed to fit well only in outdoor public spaces.

Ambiguous Headline 4

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This one’s not so ambiguous, but it is demanding. Who wants to... Oh, wait, I get it.

1. Wake up.

2. Have a shower.

3. Get dressed.

4. Make my lunch.

5. Make my kids lunches.

6. Drink my morning coffee. Ahhh.

Ambiguous Headline 5

Let me preface this final headline with my opinion of the enneagram. Absolute rubbish. Someday I will blog an analysis of it from my perspective as a Christian ethicist. But for now, if you’re concerned about knowing your inner self or how you might best work with others in building just communities, practice the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22‒23).

Now, usually, when a news headline is written in the form of a question, the answer
is negative. It’s called Betteridge’s law of headlines. So, if the headline is,

Has the cure for COVID-19 been found?

you can expect that a cure has not been found. Betteridges law is a way of grabbing your attention while having little to show for it. So, you can imagine my dismay when the answer given to the following question was a near absolute “yes.”

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