Very Important Dates in the World of the Nerd

Posted by @ 8:54 am on September 24th, 2010
Two of my favorite banned books.

Today, friends, we celebrate the seventh annual National Punctuation Day. The organizers of this illustrious holiday are holding a haiku contest to commemorate the occasion. Apparently, you can win a plethora of punctuation chotchkes! What does that mean! Last year while visiting a friend in D.C., I saw a man in a question mark suit. I feel like that might be the only legitimate way to celebrate National Punctuation Day. Or you could correction-graffiti a mis-punctuated billboard on the highway. Maybe one of those abortion billboards that reads YOU’RE BABYS HEART BEETS NOW. ITS ALIVE! ITS ALIVE!

In other important news, tomorrow marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. I learned yesterday that Where’s Waldo has been banned because there’s a topless lady in the beach scene. I found her yesterday, and she is, in fact, topless. Also, the dictionary has been banned. No words for you. This I took from the Banned Books Week website:

According to the American Library Association, out of 460 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2009.

The 10 most challenged titles were:

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs, and unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuited to age group


Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: sexaully explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn  Mackler
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

Boy, do I love book-banners. Language equals violence. Knowledge equals danger. I grew up in a church in which too much education made you too worldly, and therefore less worthy of the kingdom of God. What effing morons.

Oh, there’s a nice book censorship map here.

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