Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wet Paint?

Coming home from school yesterday, I noticed something rather puzzling on a paint-free tree. Check out the picture:

However, I suppose the sign might have been referring to the car that's behind the tree...

(Yeah, yeah, or maybe even the "fence." I wonder who a fence of that height is supposed to keep out. Really fat squirrels, maybe?)

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  1. Can't comment on the car, but the Fence clear cannot have wet paint on it. If you look at the fence, you can see area of intensive oxidative damage, a process that only happens in the presence of both oxygen, and an acid. Paint should have prevented this reaction from occuring, and thus we can deduce that the paint on the fence must be old and chipping.

    Well, actually we can't rule out the possibilty the oxidation already occured and the guy, foolishly, tried to paint over it, even though it's going to peel right off.

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  2. Well, the fence will stop you from walking into the tree. Tripping over the fence and hitting the tree is still a possibility, though...

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  3. NOT Uncle Sysfrog11/16/06, 10:34 PM

    I wonder if this is yet another conspiracy.

    Maybe the person, who wrote this blog, had nothing to write about and stuck the "Wet Paint" sign on the tree!

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  4. Although I have considered doing such things (stay tuned...) for a while, this one was not my doing.

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  5. Beware the really fat squirrel!!!!

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  6. Actually, it's the paint on the sign that's wet.

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  7. This sign has clearly been misunderstood by everyone. For some reason, everyone has assumed that the "wet paint" sign is describing a state of affairs already in existence. It is actually a set of instructions: ie. "wet [the] paint". It is most likely a ploy to get people to try wet the paint on the fence surrounding the tree, and in doing so, inadvertently water the tree. Since the main beneficiary of this would be the tree itself, it stands to reason that the tree is responsible for putting the sign there in the first place.

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