Made-Up Quotes

Our American church sign series celebrates the humor of locally installed messages. Churches often use their signs to announce events, but this one simply posted a joke.  The image below is repeated from the full television episode with Christine Lee.  Do you get what's so funny?


Many people accept information on the internet without thinking critically.  This leaves them susceptible to misinformation and outright lies.  Consumer groups warn that individuals should not not believe everything they read.

What's So Funny?    

This sign contains a message to dishonest bloggers to stop making up quotations.  However, it is "signed" by Mark Twain, an American writer who died long before computers were invented.

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.