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Puzzle of the DayMy little brother got into trouble at school. After a lunch lady told him to finish his lunch because he is too skinny, he responded, saying that she was too fat, and insisting that she go on a diet. My father made my brother write an apology letter. At first, he wrote: “Dear Lunch Lady, I'm sorry you're fat. So is my dad.” Can you find two possible meanings to my brother's statement?
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The statement my brother made is ambiguous. He can mean one of two possible things. He may have meant that my dad is also fat, or that my dad is also sorry. It is difficult to determine what the statement about my dad is complementing.