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WASHINGTON, DC (DPI) -- Earlier this week, the National Institute of
Mental Health released the results of their research into the sudden
increase of primary-school shootings. NIMH researcher Eli Zleicherugg
blames it all on a set of common childhood songs. "The worst is 'Hi ho,
hi ho, it's off to school we go, with razor blades and hand grenades,'"
Zleicherugg said at a press conference Wednesday. "Not only does it lend
an almost picnic tone to the concept of school violence, but at a deeper
psychological level, it bonds the idea of mass destruction to Walt
Disney's 'Snow White.'" Zleicherugg claims the problem is nationwide.
"You can go into any sixth grade in the country, start singing 'Mine eyes
have seen the glory of the burning of the school,' and watch the little
yardapes twitch. I'm not saying that these kids are primed to explode,"
he added. "But if I were a teacher, I wouldn't delay in getting that
In a related story, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is
investigating allegations that a rise in animal abuse is directly related
to the "Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts" song.
At a book fair which I attended last week, I noticed that there were
many of my favorite books missing. I went up to the lady selling
classics and said, "What have you done with the medieval novels? Where's
Without missing a beat, she answered, "It's been banned from the fair!
There's too much Saxon violence!"
According to a radio report, a middle school in Oregon was faced
with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use
lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but
after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the
mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She
called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the
She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major
problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every day. To
demonstrate how difficult it was to clean the mirrors, she asked the
custodian to clean one of the mirrors.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it into the toilet and
then cleaned the mirror.
Since then there have been no lip prints on the mirror.
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