"Sent from my iPhone"
It began as a humblebrag and an excuse. It meant, "I am using an expensive mobile device to send this email, so please don't judge my spelling errors, lack of punctuation, or clipped sentences."
These signatures, automatically generated, would not have been an auspicious place to look for creativity or wry humor. And yet, it seems like every other day I come across someone who has crafted a little message that says and does a lot more than beg forgiveness and flaunt status.
My sister's always cracks me up: "Sent from a phone. Regularly foiled by autocorrect. But duck it."
I've seen it hundreds of times and I love it each time. (I read it in my sister's voice in my head -- "But duck it." -- and I laugh.)
Our friend Alissa Walker, who advocates for alternative transportation in LA, signs her messages, "Sent from the streets." VentureBeat's Dylan Tweney's just says, "Sent from my brain." My wife's used to say, "Sent from space." A chef, Samin Nosrat: "Sent from my pasta machine." One of our contacts at Microsoft uses, "Sent telepathically." A friend of a friend makes things explicit and ironic simultaneously: "Short and to the point...this email was sent from my mobile device." Another friend of the channel shows as well as tells, "Sent by my idDevices. May be rife with typos or poor judgment."