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Jerkwad kids and their smart graffiti

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A photo of the Pythagorean theorem spray painted on a wallI took the photo at right about a month ago while I was walking toward the Seattle Center from 1st Avenue. It was on a parking garage and it literally stopped me in my tracks.

I like it a lot, and I think the reason is that it confounds expectations. Usually when I see graffiti it’s just some stupid pen name scrawled on a wall and I think to myself, Jerkwad kids. This is… weirdly smart, though. Some kid tagged the Pythagorean theorem on a wall?

OK, I don’t know that a “kid” did it, but I’d like to think it was. I’ve found myself thinking about this particular tag off and on in the last few weeks, wondering what the person who created it was thinking. They were probably thinking, “Some guy will find this humorous and Instagram it.” Well one point you, if that’s what you thought, but two points for making my brain gears turn for a while.

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