- Letter from a financial company:
“A recharacterization nullifies a previous contribution or conversion; it’s as if the contribution or conversion never occurred.
- The seat belt section of a car owners manual:
“The physical principles of a frontal collision are simple. Both the moving vehicle and the passenger in the vehicle possess energy, which varies with vehicle speed and body weight. Engineers call this energy ‘kinetic energy.’”
- Instructions for hair styling iron: “Never use while drowsy or while sleeping.”
- Again, the car owners manual: “Always make sure that no one is in the way of the power sunroof when it is closing.”
The infinite monkey (or cat) theorem makes a fine metaphor for exploring the mathematics of probability, just don’t monkey with the concepts of clarity and common sense in the content of your writing.