Back in the late 90′s, New York’s Bureau for At-Risk Youth sent batches of pencils to elementary schools to remind students that they were “TOO COOL TO DO DRUGS.”
The slogan is ambiguous right off the bat. (Depending on the implied subject and verb, the sentence has opposite meanings — “I am too cool to do drugs” or “It is too cool to do drugs.”) But that’s nitpicking and sort of beside the point. The real confusion set in when students started actually using the writing utensils.
Soon after the campaign began, a 4th-grade recipient of an anti-drug pencil observed that when he sharpened it, it soon read “COOL TO DO DRUGS.” Then simply, “DO DRUGS.” And finally, the simple suggestion, “DRUGS.”
A spokesperson admitted the mistake…
We’re actually a little embarrassed that we didn’t notice that sooner.
The pencils were recalled and a new batch was sent out with the same slogan but printed the other direction.
David Waddell of Indian Trail, NC resigned from the city council this week, and delivered his resignation letter in Klingon. Here’s a transcription, with a translation, courtesy of the Charlotte Observer…
His actual reasons involve his frustration with runaway development and lack of transparency in the government. But who cares? KLINGON RESIGNATION LETTER!