Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Aftermath of Hurricane Charley reveals message from God on billboard.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Natural disasters (and even sometimes man-made disasters) are often interpreted by the religiously inclined as signs from God, warnings or punishments visited upon us by the Almighty for our moral misbehavior. (One might think of them as smaller-scale versions of the cataclysmic flood God unleashed upon the world, wiping out all of mankind save for Noah and his family, as recounted in the biblical Book of Genesis.)
So, as if four hurricane-level storms (Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne) battering Florida within a two-month period in August/September 2004 weren't enough of a sign that perhaps the man upstairs was displeased about something (a concept already exploited in a humorous political item), what if one of them were so direct as to reveal a written message from God proclaiming, "We need to talk"? That is evidently what happened in the Orlando area in
A few years back the Smith Agency of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, handled an assignment from a client by placing of a variety of billboards bearing non-denominational religious messages around the U.S. All the billboards presented short, simple inspirational notices (some with a bit of wry humor) in large white text on black backgrounds and were signed as if they came from God. Seventeen different messages were used in the campaign:
Last updated: 29 September 2004
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