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It_so_happened (It_so_happened)
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 7:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A man is walking through a supermarket when he notices a sign on display that is completely false, which is obvious to him and to everyone else in the store. He chuckles at it, but is not at all surprised. Why not?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 8:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is a miss-spelling involved?
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Is a miss-spelling involved? No
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 8:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is anything written on the sign? Did the person writing it know that it was false? Was the text true when the sign was put up, but isn't true anylonger?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 8:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is anything written on the sign? Yes, probably not handwritten though
Did the person writing it know that it was false? Yope
Was the text true when the sign was put up, but isn't true anylonger? Correct!
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 8:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the sign refer to an item/items that was sold out? That had been moved elsewhere? That had been replaced? Or somehow had been changed?

Or was it the sign that had been altered?
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Does the sign say something about items for sale? Specific items? Is it a warning? An advertisement? Does it show a price? Does it inform of something positive? Negative?
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Did the sign refer to an item/items that was sold out? No
That had been moved elsewhere? No
That had been replaced? No
Or somehow had been changed? Yes-ish
Does the sign say something about items for sale? Yes
Specific items? Not very specific
Is it a warning? No
An advertisement? Yes-ish
Does it show a price? No
Does it inform of something positive? Yes
Negative? No
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 8:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And the sign hadn't been altered?

Is there a picture on the sign? Relevant?
Does the sign inform of lowered prizes?
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And the sign hadn't been altered? Correct
Is there a picture on the sign? Relevant? Not relevant
Does the sign inform of lowered prizes? No
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If the sign informs of something positive that is no longer true, is it possible that customers will be disappointed?

Does the sign have only one word on it? A few words? More?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If the sign informs of something positive that is no longer true, is it possible that customers will be disappointed? No-ish
Does the sign have only one word on it? A few words? More? Two words
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is reality even better than what the sign says? =)
The items that the sign are referring to, are they present?

Will it help to figure out what these items are?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the sign advertise a specific item? Is the specific item mentioned? Is the word "sale" on the sign? Is a feature of the item on sale mentioned?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is reality even better than what the sign says? No, but good thought
The items that the sign are referring to, are they present? Yes
Will it help to figure out what these items are? Perhaps

Does the sign advertise a specific item? Yes-ish, not that specific
Is the specific item mentioned? Yes
Is the word "sale" on the sign? No
Is a feature of the item on sale mentioned? Yes
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the sign refer to a feature of the item that was true but isn't anymore? ie 'fresh fruit'?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the sign refer to a feature of the item that was true but isn't anymore? ie 'fresh fruit'? You nailed it! "Fresh fruit" it is.

So why is he generally unconcerned?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know. =P
Because it's now frozen?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Because it's now frozen? Nope. It may also help you along to know that even those that put up the sign are aware that it is now false.
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has the fruit become rotten? Was all the fruit sold? Thus there is no more fresh fruit in the store?
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Has the fruit become rotten? Yes
Was all the fruit sold? No
Thus there is no more fresh fruit in the store?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the sign meant as a joke?
Is the fruit made out of plastic? Or otherwise not actual fruit?
Is the fruit really berries or vegetables?
Is it canned?
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Perhaps the fruit has already been disposed of? Or being disposed of?
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Is the sign meant as a joke? No
Is the fruit made out of plastic? No
Or otherwise not actual fruit? It is actual fruit
Is the fruit really berries or vegetables? No
Is it canned? No

Perhaps the fruit has already been disposed of? Er...yope
Or being disposed of? Again, yope
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Can people in the store see the fruit? Is it in the store? Has it completely rotted away?
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Can people in the store see the fruit? Yes
Is it in the store? Yes
Has it completely rotted away? Pretty much
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Is the sign above the fruit? Some other product? Is this why the man chuckles?
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 4:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So the item is out of date? Perhaps an expiration date is involved? Is it relevant why the sign (and/or the fruit) has not been replaced?
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Is anything else in the store in a similar state of decay? Is the sign itself decayed? Is the store closed down? Or abandoned?
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Is the sign above the fruit? Yes
Some other product? No
Is this why the man chuckles? No
So the item is out of date? Yes
Perhaps an expiration date is involved? Only that it's way past
Is it relevant why the sign (and/or the fruit) has not been replaced? Yes

Is anything else in the store in a similar state of decay? Yes indeed
Is the sign itself decayed? Probably not
Is the store closed down? Or abandoned? YES!

I could have you figure out other minor details, but since the "lateral" part has just been solved, I think I'll post a...

***********SPOILER********************

In this true story from my home city of Fort Worth, Texas, a grocery store owner goes bankrupt, lets go of all his workers, and just leaves the store, locking the doors behind him. All the food was left as it was.

No one realized what had happened until a foul smell had permeated the surrounding area. Finally, the city government figured out what had gone on, and dispatched a HAZMAT team into the store to clean it up. The state of all the food was horrible, and the city spent nearly $100,000 dollars to get everything cleaned up.

The man in this puzzle had seen a sign for "fresh fruit", and given the complete rot, had to chuckle.

This story was featured on "Life After People" on the History Channel.


Thanks for playing!
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Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 4:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great puzzle, and great story! If I'd been that guy, I'd have probably laughed like mad. As such, I still laughed like mad from the story.
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Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 3:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is good, and one I'll definitely tell. Thanks!

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