The other day I was enjoying a quality bagel at a local bagel shop, and flipping idly through some kind of free Northwest winter sports booster publication, which contained a Q&A article. One of the questions was answered in such a way as to call in question the author’s and editor’s understanding of the word “why”.

In case you can’t read the text (iPhone camera isn’t great at close range) I’ll transcribe below the picture.


Q: Why do some airlines refused to insure checked skis?

A: Some airlines insure skis only if packed in a hard rigid case. If skis are in soft cases, some airlines may accept them conditionally but refuse to insure them.