"I think it would be cool if you were writing a ransom note on your computer, if the paper clip popped up and said, 'Looks like you're writing a ransom note. Need help? You should use more forceful language, you'll get more money.'"
- Demetri Martin
About this Quote
This quote by Demetri Martin is a funny take on the concept of a computer offering recommendations on how to compose a ransom note. It suggests that if someone were to write a ransom note on their computer system, the paper clip would appear and provide recommendations on how to make the note more effective. The paper clip recommends that the writer must utilize more forceful language in order to get more cash. This quote is an amusing method of recommending that computers can offer useful guidance, even in the most unlikely of scenarios. It likewise implies that making use of strong language can be an effective way of getting what you desire.
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