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Read books, Get Brain!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by OSUsushichic, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    (I'm not in the book publishing business for nothing!)

    Read a Book, Get Oral Sex?

    Fri Nov 5, 2:21 PM ET

    By Larry Fine

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials were red-faced on Friday after they discovered that clothing ads on city buses that appeared to promote reading suggested a love of books could be rewarded with oral sex.

    The advertisements that ran on about 200 buses across the city in recent months carried posters displaying a suggestively posed woman in hot pants kneeling among a pile of books beside the snappy slogan "Read Books, Get Brain."

    What unhip, unsuspecting local transportation officials did not know was that "get brain" is street slang for oral sex.

    The ads -- from hip-hop clothing maker Akademiks, which intended the double-entendre -- was stripped off New York buses on Friday after transportation officials discovered the street slang meaning.

    Metropolitan Transit Authority spokesman Tom Kelly condemned the "vulgar street phrases" in the racy ads he said were "demeaning women."

    "To me and I believe to everyone else, while it was done by a clothing line, it would give the impression that it was also promoting reading and literacy," Kelly told Reuters.

    "It's easy enough to understand how that would get by based upon someone not knowing the expression."

    A spokesman for the New York-based clothing maker noted the ad campaign had run since September and "we hadn't had any complaints at all."

    New York officials may not be the only ones caught out.

    Akademiks also placed the ads on buses and bus shelters in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Francisco and Philadelphia, the company spokesman said.

    Kelly, who said he was his 60s, said that after he was tipped to the hidden meaning of the phrase on Thursday he ran a test among some young MTA workers.

    "I went downstairs to the mailroom and showed some of the young guys a copy of the ad," he said. "I was watching their faces and they all start smirking.

    "Apparently it's on all the music, in music that's how they refer to it," Kelly said. "I didn't know anything about it and I'm sure the people that approved the ad didn't."

    Kelly said it was sad that "you can't take things at face value any longer," adding, "We'll have to learn from experience before we accept ads."
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2004
  2. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Florida sucks, I want to move to New York. Think they grandfather credit for prior unrewarded book completions?
     
  3. MightbeaBuck

    MightbeaBuck with hat in hand

    How dare you show the article without showing the picture? :(
    You are on the edge of getting negative rep points here. :wink2:
     
  4. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

  5. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    I'll pass on the reading part, and skip right to the "skull session"
     
  6. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    And people wonder why I read so much.....

    Truthfully, I've never heard "brain" used in that way before. I'm still thinking that getting head is a good thing. Does this mean I'm old?
     
  7. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    I'd never heard that one either. And DE, yes, I think it means we're getting old. Hey, at least I don't call 4:20 refer or grass.
     
  8. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    sorry DEB... your first born is arriving in early spring? that will equate to your last rcpt of oral sex.. sorry dude.. but look at the bright side.. at least reality sucks
     
  9. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    Hey now! That wasn't in the fine print!

    I'd better do a lot of reading between now and April....
     
  10. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    I'm 22 and never heard Get Brain used in that way.....
     
  11. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    that reminds me... I have to go to the library tomorrow.
     
  12. vrbryant

    vrbryant Ever thus to ____ers Staff Member

    The proper usage would actually be something like, "I caught some brains from that bitch," where catching brains is the act in question. That's my understanding, anyway.
     

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