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Kris_LTRMa's Ma
Nov 17, 2006
right where I wanna be
This was in today's NY Daily News print edition...couldn't find it at the website

A Long Island company will stop making Red Ribbon Week bracelets and toss its existing stock of the rubber wrist bands because of an unintended message.

The bracelets, handed out last week to students in a school district in southeast Iowa, carried the anti-drug slogan "Ive Got BETTER Things to DO than DRUGS."

But the capital letters convey a different message: BETTER DO DRUGS.

Mark Taxel, executive vice president of Hauppauge-based Positive Promotions, said no one noticed how the words looked on the bracelets before they were distributed.
Nov 29, 2006
Remember this one?

Slogan Causes Pencil Recall

Published: December 12, 1998

A company has recalled a batch of pencils after a fourth-grade student pointed out an embarrassing message that appeared after he sharpened his pencil.

The pencils carry the slogan ''Too Cool to Do Drugs.'' But the student noticed that when the pencils are sharpened and get shorter, the message becomes ''Cool to Do Drugs,'' then simply ''Do Drugs.''

As a result of the discovery by Kodi Mosier, a 10-year-old student at Ticonderoga Elementary School, the company, the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, based in Plainview, N.Y., recalled the pencils.

''We're actually a little embarrassed that we didn't notice that sooner,'' Darlene Clair, a spokeswoman, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican.

A new batch of pencils will have the message written in the opposite direction, so when they are sharpened, they will read ''Too Cool To Do'' and finally ''Too Cool.''