[Ads-l] Another quote

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 5 13:50:35 UTC 2022

Another device is "It's pretty obvious [etc.], when you think about it.

Or, "When you think about it, evolution can't be real. We still have apes!
Right? [Pause.] It's obvious."

A certain twice-impeached former president says such things often.


On Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 9:27 AM victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:

> This one may not be a top contender for QOTY but it's still worth noting.
> The citation is from a campaign rally "at a church outside Atlanta", in a
> Rolling Stone article on Hershel Walker's false claims regarding his
> academic credentials (April 1, 2022).
> "At one time science said, man came from apes. Did it not? If that is true,
> why are there still apes? Think about it."
> Although the substance goes back 150 years, the line is distinctly from the
> internet era. Statement-final imperative "Think about it" has become a
> standard rhetorical device to enhance counterfactual/conspiracy theory
> statements that otherwise may be best described as "shit I found on the
> internet", especially when posted on Twitter. Another similar device is
> "Just Google it", although that one is, obviously, less exclusive. This
> does not interfere with other common uses of "Think about it"
> VS
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"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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