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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Question of the Day

Posted by on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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"Why does the 'safe place for youth' sign on busses look like a big person fucking a smaller person from behind?" asks Slog tipper CM.

 

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It looks like that because both figures' lack of a neck make it appear that they are being viewed from above...or are both bending over. One person bending over another person who is bending over does have a certain air of aggression. It could also seem that the yellow figure was beginning to attempt the Heimlich maneuver on the black figure.

Redo the icon, give them necks, problem solved.
Posted by Drusilla on March 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM · Report this
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Well, at least no part of it forms a heart, so there's that. But really, didn't ANYBODY on the approval committee have a dirty enough mind to at least raise the issue of how this mark could be interpreted?
Posted by Westside forever on March 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM · Report this
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@23 lol
Posted by EricaP on March 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM · Report this
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On third examination: When I give a hug for friendship or comfort our heads are never in that relative position. These two people are either head-bonking or snogging, inside of a phallic symbol no less.

Also it's bussing for me: two syllables, two letters (see the word syllable for an example). Say it with me: bus-sing.
Posted by SifuMark on March 2, 2014 at 4:43 AM · Report this
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If they have to shout "SAFE!" from the rooftops doesn't that mean it's about as "safe" as, say, a church?
Sexual aggression isn't the first thing I saw in the sign, but the mere fact of having to make that assertion spooks me.
Posted by SifuMark on March 2, 2014 at 4:36 AM · Report this
lolorhone 31
Ophian @21: Wishful thinking?
Posted by lolorhone on March 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM · Report this
RainMan 30
This is like a Rorschach test. I saw an oddly shaped fish skeleton superimposed on a cloverleaf inside a tiny house.
Posted by RainMan on March 1, 2014 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 29
@22: Really, a cup of coffee graphic, a steep hill graphic road sign, a diamond graphic, a swastika graphic?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM · Report this
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@27

You'll have to cite your source for that proscription. In present-day usage, lots and lots of writers, editors, and in-house style guides use "busses" to mean the plural of the vehicle.
Posted by robotslave on March 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
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@26: "In 21st-century English, buses is the preferred plural of the noun bus. Busses appears occasionally, and dictionaries list it as a secondary spelling, but it’s been out of favor for over a century. This is true in all main varieties of English."

The word buss is a synonym for kiss. Its plural is busses.
Posted by bigyaz on March 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM · Report this
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@24

"busses" is an entirely correct spelling for the plural noun, if my copy of Webster's Third Unabridged is to be believed.
Posted by robotslave on March 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 25
Slog tipper CM is someone you will have to "unfriend" from your tipping list of people. It looks like protection to me, not buttsex which CM seems to be thinking about a little too much.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM · Report this
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Question of the Day #2: Why can't Stranger writers learn to spell?

(It's buses.)
Posted by bigyaz on March 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM · Report this
sirkowski 23
The butt sex is compulsory. But it's safe.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on March 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 22
There is no graphic that can't be interpreted sexually. We're just going to have to deal.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on March 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Ophian 21
I agree with @15 & 17. To me that graphic indicates a safe place for fondling someones tits from behind.

I don't see where the hell anal penetration comes into it.
Posted by Ophian on March 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM · Report this
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Wait, I was reading race into it there, and that seems inappropriate. My apologies.

The logo actually depicts a yellow adult protecting a black child.
Posted by robotslave on March 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
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Moreover, once we've ignored the people who want to read sexuality into the logo, why does it depict a white adult protecting a black child?
Posted by robotslave on March 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Tiffany 18
It's the Janet Jackson Rolling Stone cover.
Posted by Tiffany http://www.facebook.com/tiffany98122 on March 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM · Report this
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despite the valid points about projection, the hands are a bit gropey, no? and when hugging someone smaller face to face, my arms usually make it all the way around. the open fingers insinuate ,especially to those who are fleeing a groping, something threatening. graphic fail.
Posted by Azzam on March 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
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Because you're a fucking demented sick short eyes that needs to be locked away?
Posted by balladofnakedman on March 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
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Odd. I've always seen that sign as a wrap-around breast grope.
Posted by TechBear on March 1, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
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Yes! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that thought that!
Posted by Climbbamboo on March 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 13

It looks like a house with a giant jack-in-the-box inside.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on March 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 12
P.S. It's a nonprofit effort that's spread nationwide from YMCA of Louisville. To support it locally, donate to Youthcare, whose Safe Place coordinator Jillian Hill might cheerfully answer any snarky logo-related questions. http://www.youthcare.org/about-youthcare…
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on March 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 11
Huggery, not buggery.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on March 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Banna 10
You only see what your brain lets you.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on March 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
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A: because you are a mental ten year old who sees a hug and thinks buttsex.
Posted by glerg on March 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM · Report this
rob! 8
Former Catholic priest started new career as graphic artist?
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on March 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
wut?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
A penetrating question.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Madskillz80 5
Can't drawn human figures just hug anymore?
Posted by Madskillz80 on March 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
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Or gobbling their flesh until their ribs are exposed.If that is any better.
Posted by Headlikeahole on March 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
MrBaker 3
Project much?
Posted by MrBaker http://manywordsforrain.blogspot.com/ on March 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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It actually doesn't.
Posted by tacomagirl on March 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 1
We don't ask questions like that here. You're making the bus less safe.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on March 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM · Report this

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