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.
After his team won 21 gold medals, Dutch speed skating coach Jillert Anema sat down with CNBC for a conversation. He was very frank about why he thought the Americans didn’t win. And then he broadened his thesis to explain the general problem with America and sports.
That’s when the overbearing loudmouth American anchor back in the studio started interrupting and throwing insults (that hardly qualified as arguments even of the ad hominem variety) back at the coach.
It’s all in good fun supposedly, but the American anchor is such an inane jerk that I’m surprised the Dutch coach kept talking with him, let alone smiling.
If you can somehow ignore CNBC’s bombastic blowhard, the coach makes some interesting points, and considering his remarkable success, it’s fair to say he’s worth listening to whether you agree with him or not…
Inspired by the photo series “Racial Microaggressions” from last year, psychologist Kevin Nadal decided to do the same project with friends of his in the LGBT community. Here are some of the responses he got from people sharing the tactless, unintentionally hurtful things people sometimes say to them that feel marginalizing.
Everybody should always be learning how to live with people who are different than them, so if you’re straight, consider this a simple lesson in what not to say to LGBT folks who you know or encounter. And for those of you who have been on the receiving end of blundering comments like these, feel free to share in the comments…