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little watermelon Wednesday 21 June 2006

What exactly is the inspirational message here?

Inspirational posters are apparently very fashionable now in a lot of workplace offices. You know, the pretty pictures with inspirational or encouraging sayings. Generally they have a beautiful landscape, a winding road, a peaceful scene, or some flowers, and some kind of caption involving words like 'perseverance', 'achievement', and 'success'.

But there's also one I've seen that has a picture of a sliced apple that looks like an orange inside.

And the caption reads, "Make it Happen".

I'm a little unclear on this one. What exactly is the message here?

Is this for employers to hang in the workplace to remind employees they're expected to accomplish the impossible?

posted by Chloe | Wednesday 21 June 2006 7:36 PM



I'm inspired that you're back! So nice to have you blogging again, Chloe. -- Curmudgeon
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Curmudgeon | Monday 26 June 2006 8:17PM


I figured it out! It helps if you imagine that the fruit inside is a lemon, not an orange, and that it's hanging in a used car dealership. The poster is not designed to inspire people to do the impossible, to find what they want inside where it isn't. It's intended to inspire workers to trick the consumer into buying whatever the seller wants them to buy, while believing they are buying what they really want. They want apples, and all you have to sell are oranges? Fine, dress the orange up as an apple, sell it, and skeedaddle. This poster would also work if the image was a "silk" purse made out of a sow's ear, or a beautifully polished turd. Make it happen!
Posted by Harold | Thursday 29 June 2006 9:51PM


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