Too Cool To Do Drugs
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 98 12:28:53 -0800
Subject: Too Cool To Do Drugs
[As they say: "Not the sharpest pencil in the drawer..." -psl]
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TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) -- A company is trying to erase an embarrassing
mistake it made on pencils bearing an anti-drug message.
The pencils carry the slogan: "Too Cool to Do Drugs."
But a sharp-eyed fourth-grader in northern New York noticed when the pencils
are sharpened, the message turns into "Cool to Do Drugs" then simply "Do
As a result of the discovery by 10-year-old Kodi Mosier of Ticonderoga
Elementary School, the company, called The Bureau For At-Risk Youth of
Plainview, recalled the pencils.
"We're actually a little embarrassed that we didn't notice that sooner,"
spokeswoman Darlene Clair told today's Press-Republican of Plattsburgh.
A new batch of pencils will have the message written in the opposite
direction, so when they are sharpened, they read "Too Cool To Do" and
finally "Too Cool."
For pointing out the botched message, Moiser earned his class a letter of
apology from the company and box full of T-shirts.
Why does Kodi think the company didn't catch the mistake themselves?
"I guess they didn't sharpen their pencils," he said.
© 1998 Peter Langston