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An Unbelievable Email


I received the following email. There just is no way this is real.

I am Mr.Donald Trump the president of the united states of america and I am written to inform you about your Bank Check Draft brought by United Embassy from the government of Benin Republic to the white house Washington DC and has been mandated
to be deliver to your home address on Friday, being June 02, 2017 as soon as you get back to me with your below information.

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
City _______________
Country: ____________
Next Of Kin_____________
Phone Number: _____________
Age_____________
Nationality_____________
Text Question And Answer___________
Attach Copy Of Your ID _____________
  
You check is containing the sum of $60 million USD.
Here is my number.(253)336_8597) and (202) 852-3953) E-mails is
(mrdonaldtrumpthepresident@gmail.com) OR (mrdonaldtrumpthepresident@yahoo.com) you can call me or send me an sms, but i prefer sms because I'm always busy in the white house and i can't be able to pick calls all the time.
 
I will be waiting to hear from you immediately, thanks and God bless you.
 
Sincerely
Mr.Donald Trump
The president

How unreal can this be? There are too many ways to count. It boggles my mind.

The email address is phony; Trump wouldn’t use a gmail or yahoo email address. The capitalization errors are numerous. There has been no news that the president has had anything to do with the African nation Benin in his 100-plus days in office.

I actually want to call the phone numbers but am afraid to.

Please, please, please, nobody believe this.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

June 1, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Would Think A School Would Get It Right


As I waited for my daughter to get out of school, I saw a handwritten sign announcing this Friday is Movie Night. At this school, it’s an invitation for parents to drop their kids off for an evening. They watch a PG- or G-rated movie (in this case, “Madagascar 3”) and enjoy popcorn and juice while their parents enjoy themselves.

There always is a cost. This time, the sign said $5 with popcorn and juice.

Hmm, I thought, I wonder what they charge if you don’t bring popcorn and juice.

Before I could imagine an answer, I saw the part of the sign that said it’s $1 for additional juice and $1.50 for more popcorn. So, I realized that the $5 gets the child some popcorn and juice.

What the sign should have said was $5 includes popcorn and juice. With is a conjunction that means, among its many definitions, “a function word to indicate combination, accompaniment, presence or addition.” Include is a verb that, in this case, suggests “being part of a larger whole.”

The reality is a paraprofessional and not a teacher probably made the sign. I would like to think a teacher would know better.

Regardless, I’m not taking my daughter out of this school because of this.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

 

February 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Can’t Be Related to Both of Them


My wife’s grandmother died on Friday one month shy of her 105th birthday. Like with any death, family comes into town for the funeral. This got me thinking about relationships.

My wife’s brother is in town. He is my brother-in-law. What about his wife? What is her relation to me?

Most people I ask would say that she is my sister-in-law. But she’s not. She’s my brother-in-law’s wife. She has no relationship to me.

Think about it. If she’s my sister-in-law, that would make her my brother-in-law’s sister. But they’re married people, and married people aren’t siblings, at least not normally.

Biologically speaking, if her genes and my genes were to mix, there wouldn’t be any incest-related defects. We’re separated far enough in the gene pool.

You simply can’t be related to both halves of a married couple in this example. In fact, I assert that you never can be related to both halves of a married couple.

In-law is defined as “a relationship by marriage.” But that’s too incomplete.

My wife is related to her brother, but his wife isn’t her sister-in-law. She’s her brother’s wife. Just like I said before, if they were sisters-in-law, that would make her brother and his wife siblings, and it isn’t true.

So, call your sibling’s spouse whatever you’d like. Just remember that they’re really not in-laws.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

July 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments