Saturday, 29 June 2013
The Exclamation Mark
One quiet sunny afternoon a giant exclamation mark appeared suddenly.
At first people laughed and took photos of it with their phones. Later the authorities were called and the exclamation mark was sealed off with police tape and passers by were told to keep back.
News channel helicopters buzzed around the mysterious symbol.
Attempts were made to reason with the exclamation mark, to find out what it meant, but the punctuation said nothing.
The army was called in and a platoon of tanks surrounded the symbol.
The colonel in charge gave the exclamation mark one more chance but still the giant punctuation failed to explain it's meaning or context.
The colonel ordered his tanks to open fire. The shells bent the exclamation mark until it resembled a question mark.
Everyone felt a lot less worried about a question mark than they had about an exclamation mark and the colonel and his tanks were ordered back to their barracks.
Two months later the top half of the giant punctuation was taken away and used as a slide in a nearby playground. All that was left of the mysterious exclamation mark was what people took to be just a run-of-the-mill full stop which was soon covered over with weeds and completely forgotten.
Posted by Bo Fowler at 12:07
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