The Associated Press Learns the Hard Way that Commas Save Lives

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The Associated Press Learns the Hard Way that Commas Save Lives
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Above you can see the tweet that the Associated Press sent in regards to the bodies of the victims of the MH17 crash. Unfortunately, the grammatical ambiguity of the sentence gave it an entirely different meaning. For reference, here's what it could have been:



See? Nerds on the internet get into heated debates about the Oxford comma and grammatical clarity all the time, but this actually had some consequences! Luckily, they clarified the statement:

This Weekend's #twitterpurge is More Proof That We Can't Have Nice Things. Ever.

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This Weekend's #twitterpurge is More Proof That We Can't Have Nice Things. Ever.
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Picture above via Urban Dictionary.

This weekend saw a disturbing hashtag trend made in promotion of the newest movie in "The Purge" franchise (you know, the movie that sets its premise on the idea that people would turn into violent Freudian monsters if crime was legal for a day rather than just like... deal with their problems like adults). The idea was to promote users to go wild and free on the social media network for a day, which inevitably led to jerks exposing graphically violent content - or even worse, nude photos of (often underage) ex-girlfriends.

This led some to parody the whole event outright:





Meanwhile, others got right to the heart of the matter:



Maybe instead we should have just purged social media from our system entirely?