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:

Mystery of the Day: The American Flags Atop the Brooklyn Bridge Were for Some Reason Replaced With White Flags

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Mystery of the Day: The American Flags Atop the Brooklyn Bridge Were for Some Reason Replaced With White Flags
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The motive for the act remains unclear.

"At this time, it appears (the act) has no particular nexus to terrorism," Miller said. "This may be somebody's art project, or may be an attempt to make some kind of statement. But it's not clear what that statement is."

"The white flags -- which appear to be American flags that were bleached white and measure 20 feet by 11 feet -- were discovered by construction workers around 5:30 a.m."

Things Get Seriously Tense When a Phony Soldier in a Fake Uniform Gets Called Out

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And the Eagle of Freedom perched itself atop the shoulder of the Lincoln Memorial and uttered, "smdh."