June 25, 2005
Rainbow Nanny

Today I read this unbelievable article about a nursery school in Geneva, NY that tries to prevent their children from drawing a rainbow after some parents freaked out over this because it represents the symbol of the gay community. From now on the kids are given only the colors red, white and blue to draw with.

Well, as an alternative I have created "Rainbow Nanny", a little rainbow-drawing-book application which allows everyone to use all the colors of the rainbow again. But to make it family safe I have added a very sophisticated gay-rainbow detection scheme which will lead the children back on the right track in case they should accidently get drawn intro the wrong direction.

Posted at June 25, 2005 05:51 PM | Further reading


Posted by: Lisette on June 25, 2005 06:15 PM

You do know that story was a joke, don't you? The sad part is it almost seems plausible.

Posted by: Keith Peters on June 25, 2005 06:21 PM

Well, at least the german newspapers that wrote about this today took it for real. But it smells like a hoax, that's true. Though are you sure that it's a joke - is maybe everything on the Swift Report bogus news? It's a bit difficult to tell - there's no small print that states "satire".

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on June 25, 2005 07:01 PM

I have read this article in a german newspaper too. Sad story and also unbelievable.

Posted by: André Michelle on June 25, 2005 08:21 PM

It's a joke! Satire. Humor. Parody. Just look at the other stories on the site. They are all ridiculous. The story isn't attributable to any new source. They just made it up. There is not even an East Street Elementary school in Geneva, NY. What german newspaper did you read this in? It would be pretty hilarious if a newspaper actually picked this up as a real story.

Posted by: Keith Peters on June 25, 2005 08:37 PM

I read it first in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" - a pretty renowned newspaper. It was only a short notice under "panorama", but I guess they also didn't check twice because it sounds so completely possible. It's simply what you expect to happen in a country where they seriously discuss something as imbecile as "Intelligent Design".

The problem with the way this story is written is that there is not the slightest hint that it might be a fake. Especially for someone who just drops by at that article without further knowledge about the nature of the rest of the site.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on June 25, 2005 09:31 PM

I think the real problem is that so many people are all too eager to believe whatever they read, especially if it aligns with some viewpoint they have already. I wasn't familiar with the site, but it was pretty obvious to me that the story was a joke within a couple of paragraphs. It's scary that so many others have such horrible viewpoint of American people that they would buy this story so easily.

Posted by: Keith Peters on June 25, 2005 10:55 PM

scary is that you americans would get mad at us believing this *joke*... us believing it, is just sad... sad because it seems possible... sad because it's the only country I know where such a story might be true. And of course the whole world has such a horrible viewpoint of *North*Americans (let's say government), would you expect anything else?, really?.

Posted by: Cay Garrido on June 26, 2005 01:08 AM

Either way... how would I have to draw the rainbow to get the "g*y alarm" going?

Posted by: sascha on June 26, 2005 03:51 AM

Well, Cay, I won't argue with you on someone else's blog. Carry on believing every bad thing you read about the evil north americans.

Posted by: Keith Peters on June 26, 2005 04:09 AM

The story, fake or not, reminds me of a song by Harry Chapin titled "Flowers Are Red"

If you haven't heard it you should try to find a copy. Its a really good song and, well, I think you'll instantly notice the connection to this story.

Posted by: Bill Rawlinson on June 26, 2005 04:44 AM

The wrong direction thing is pretty funny; and fitting considering the story (yes, yes, I know - it's fake) but the little rainbow maker is still funny.

Posted by: Bill Rawlinson on June 26, 2005 04:45 AM

@sascha: *SPOILER* just draw the colors in the order they are sorted at the bottom...

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on June 26, 2005 10:33 AM

Its true, our government loved the iron curtain thing so much they took it for their own. What (thankfully) gives me a little chuckle, is that some of the smartest people in the world can also be the most gullible. You guys should ditch that trash rag you've been reading and just stick to the goog..

Posted by: bambino on June 26, 2005 05:38 PM

Bahaha!!! I love the "ding ding ding" and transition; great job!

Posted by: JesterXL on June 27, 2005 07:08 PM

The rainbow thing may be a hoax, but have you heard that children in the bible belt are not allowed draw crescent moons in their depictions of the night sky? It's a full moon or nothing.

Posted by: Tim Groves on June 28, 2005 09:24 AM

that story is sooo G*Y.

Posted by: Kim on July 6, 2005 09:57 AM

Oh My God, g*y is questionable content.



Posted by: Kim on July 6, 2005 10:00 AM

Hilarious, nice work Mario!

Posted by: Mike Britton on July 6, 2005 09:59 PM

Very nice. :) Just wait till the government figures out they their flag shares the same colors as the French. All hell is going to break loose.

Posted by: P.J. Onori on July 7, 2005 07:59 AM

I was living in a small town out west where something like this happened. The high school football coach had the team stretching using yoga which he had taken up after an injury. A group of angry fathers went to the school and demanded he stop because in their eyes it was a girlie practice.

Posted by: mook on October 15, 2005 04:58 AM
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