Parentheses Fail

I saw this sign in my local Qdoba last night and took notice of the ambiguity.  The sign reads:

ADD ON

Chips and Salsa or Queso and a Regular Fountain Drink

for only $1.99

It can be interpreted in one of two ways.

Interpretation #1:

  1. You can have chips and salsa for two dollars, OR
  2. You can have queso and a soda for two dollars.

Interpretation #2:

  1. You can have chips, salsa, and a soda for two dollars, OR
  2. You can have queso and a soda for two dollars.

These are the questions that keep me up late at night.  Yes, I have too much time on my hands.

Twitscoop Scoop

I just recently learned about Twitscoop, a website that groups the most commonly used words across all twitter updates, and apparently it does this in real-time.  I didn’t really think much of this until I saw the above keyword cloud tonight.  The biggest words tell the story: “korea launched rocket.”  This is a reference to North Korea just launching their highly anticipated missle/rocket.  You know, the one that the Japanese have been fretting over (with good reason) for the last week.

The most interesting part about this particular Twitscoop cloud is that I couldn’t find a single TV mention of this event for another 10 minutes.  Twitscoop has scooped the press (at least in my cable-free household.)

Twitscoop Link