This post was inspired by something my mom emailed me this morning. This was a post made to her community blog by her and her significant other about dog poop. "Disproved: Snow dissolves dog waste".We know you've been waiting for the results of the Cherry...

This post was inspired by something my mom emailed me this morning. This was a post made to her community blog by her and her significant other about dog poop.

"Disproved: Snow dissolves dog waste".
We know you've been waiting for the results of the Cherry Hill Dog Poop Snow Experiment. We got word yesterday from Brown and Brown (the consultants) that snow in fact DOES NOT dissolve dog poop. After monitoring seven loads left along one of the cut-throughs and assorted sidewalk piles, the experiment is over, so we need no further donations. Please come and pick up your specimens. Thanks to all who participated!

As I laughed about this and thought about how I definitely inherited my mom's natural gift for sarcasm, I pondered why I found it so appealing, and effective. Trust me, I have had more than a few people in my past tell me they didn't appreciate it, and have actually lost friends because of perhaps my overuse of it. While it is true that sarcasm can be used to hide feelings or as a defense mechanism (perhaps the reason for my personal mishaps), it also holds another factor which I find potent.

Sarcasm is a way of saying something that, on one hand, can be slightly humorous, show creativity, paint a vibrant picture - and on the other hand, can convey to the reader (or listener) that you are on the verge of, and fully capable of, going "nuclear" if necessary. Sarcasm is one step closer to that place most people don't want to go or get taken to. That place where everything is said, without concern for feelings or grammar or volume control. That place where you often don't return from unscathed.

Sarcasm to me is a perfect way to let someone know you are fully capable of getting nasty if you need to. So take heed of the message woven into the sarcasm. It may be the last chance you get.

Now dear reader, if you have something that is slightly more entertaining than the always insightful and unique comment which typically starts out with, "great post" (yes I am patting myself on the back a bit here), then do share it with us and make the world a better place.

Share on Twitter or Facebook Published January 16th 2010