Outrageous? You Be the Judge!

How much is too much when it comes to weird news items and crazy stories? You tell us!

Outrageous? You Be the Judge!Illustrated by Bill Mayer
We’ve posed some sticky real-life scenarios below. What’s your reaction? Your answers might appear in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest.

Divorce Registries

To ease the financial strain of divorce, the British department store chain Debenhams launched a special divorce registry that family and friends can use to help the newly single stock up on things like sheets, towels, and appliances for their new home.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! These people are adults; they can buy their own towels. Besides, I already bought them a wedding gift.

That’s appropriate. Divorce is such a financial strain. I’d be willing to help them get back on their feet.

Schools Spying on Overweight Kids

A group of Long Island students were asked to wear electronic monitors that allow teachers to track their physical activity 24 hours a day. School officials say the monitors will help combat obesity.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! It’s an invasion of privacy, plain and simple.

That’s appropriate. Schools should be able to take steps they believe will combat a growing health crisis.

One Family Name

In a recent survey by Indiana University, two thirds of respondents said a woman should take a man’s name when the couple marry.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! Taking his name is so old-fashioned!

That’s appropriate. What was good enough for my parents and grand­parents is good enough for me.

Condoms Go Social

Because “condoms are an essential tool in preventing unintended pregnancy and stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections,” Planned Parenthood distributed special condoms on college campuses. The wrappers featured codes that students could scan with their smart phones to register location and other details about their sexual experience.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! That’s a lot more information than anyone needs to know about undergrads.

That’s appropriate. Anything that encourages safe sex is a good idea.

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62 thoughts on “Outrageous? You Be the Judge!

  1. Divorce Registry?  Yeah right.  
    Tracking Kid’s Activities?  Welcome to Big Brother, Junior Edition
    Family Name?  Up to the woman.
    Social Condoms?  As long as Planned Parenthood receives government money, they should not be giving away condoms.  If a private charity wants to do that with non-taxpayer dollars, I’m all for it.  As far as the social networking… up to the couple, though I’d advise against taking advantage of it.

  2. The lack of physical activity isn’t making kids fat!  Sugar and bread are making kids fat.  Read Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes, and you might save your child from a lifetime of fighting obesity and dealing with diabetes.  When we learned what was really making us fat, my kid lost 35 pounds eating cheeseburgers (no bun, no fries, no soda).  He loved it.  He tried for years to lose weight with heavy exercise and low fat diets.  It doesn’t work for the long term.  By labeling fat kids as “lazy” we are doing so much harm.  It is not the kids’ fault they’re heavy – it’s the excess sugar and bread and pasta and french fries in their diet.  How many pizza parties has your school had?  How many bread sticks are put on the table?  Read the book, save your kid.

  3.  I personally don’t believe in taking a husband’s name in marriage- that is an outdated, patriarchal practice that hearkens back to the days when a woman was considered property- first, her father’s, then, her husband’s. However, if other people want to do it, it certainly is none of my business, and my name is none of theirs.  For the record, I am married and retained my own name.

  4. Divorce Registries – THAT’S APPROPRIATE! – The person that is left behind or kicked out usually needs all the help they can get and it’s a great marketing tool for the department store.  The department store, Debenhams, should also offer up to three free counseling sessions.

    School Spying on Overweight Kids – THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS! – I think the school should work with the parents to monitor the students physical activity.  The parents need to be involved in this process to make a positive change in behavior.

    One Family Name – THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS! – The woman should be able to decide for herself and her husband should respect her decision.  A name doesn’t make a marriage.

    Condoms Go Social – THAT’S OUTRAGEOUS! – I applaud anyone that takes the appropriate actions to have protected sex but this method encourages them to boast about their conquests.

  5. Cndom packaging that can be scanned?  Sounds like it is up to the student; not mandatory, so I don’t see why it’s my business to weigh in on this.  Most college students are 18 or older; legally adults, and can choose to opt in or out of this initiative.

  6. Taking husband’s name when getting married – totally a personal choice.  I don’t see why anyone would would care what other people choose to do – just do whatever you want and respect others’ decisions.

  7. Divorce registries – no.   If friends and family wish to help someone after a divorce, that’s all well and good, and appropriate, I think, if the person is left lacking fairly basic items.  A registry, in my opinion, seems like something that goes with a celebratory event.  Also, again in my opinion (and in my personal divorced life) one doesn’t need brand new, possibly pricey items.

  8. Obesity – a real problem for America, and for me personally.  But I don’t like tracking children – it’s too invasive and violates privacy as far as I’m concerned.  If a child wishes to track themselves, that would be different.  An “honor” system sounds good to me.  After all, they will need to cultivate these habits for themselves to have lasting results.

  9. Condom Postings??  Please tell me when sharing every waking (and sometime not awake) moment of your life along with any inane thought that pops in your head with the entire world became a good idea.  A private life is just that P R I V A T E !  I am fairly certian that I do not need who is with whom and how many condoms they needed that night.  If you feel the need to keep statistics, go right ahead and put a notch on the bed post, but please don’t send out a twitter or post it to your wall.  While I applaude the fact that certain people are making sure that they don’t procreate, it is not cool, hip, or sexy to go through partners like a 4G phone download and even less inspirational to post about them.   

  10. I suppose Divorce registries is the natural extenstion of the Hallmark card saying “Congratulations on your Divorce!  How did you get so lucky?”  This has to be most pathetic idea I have heard in a long time.  Perhaps if divorce become easier then more people won’t feel so bad about getting divorced.  In fact why not hold a divorce party.  There is a whole new market for plates, cups, napkins, confetti, etc…  I bet you could even sell pinatas made in the shape of your exes head!  But the big question is whether any items received through registry get counted as communal property???

  11. Unbelieveable…. our nation is in a sensless downfall. I KNOW SEX SELLS BUT THIS IS GETTING EXTREME!!! It seems we are over popularizing sex or we as humans are becoming more comfortable with our sexuality? lol broadcasting where you just had sex may result in folks getting more criminal charges as for the police will eventually learn where the popular “hot spots” are.

  12. Divorce is not something tobe promoted. When you are married, you took a vow saying you will not leave your partner. Divorce is not something that should be happy, like a party.

  13. It’s not the school’s business about what obese kids are doing

  14. God said that people should engage in sexual intercourse before marriage . We shouldn’t be giving out free condoms because that encourages kids to have premarital sex. Besides, it’s promoting sex as a good thing, something to share about with friends.

  15. Okay, let me get this straight– we are to give shower gifts, baby gifts and sometimes to kids we barely know and now we are to give them divorce gifts? Gee, I hope they do not get hitched again. The cycle will start all over again. What’s next? Widow gifts to help them get over their grief and get over their loss. Help! They may remarry and here we go again!

  16. Condoms Go Social: Article concerning the Planned Parenthood organization: I think its great that a private organization is concerned enough to provide prevention methods for pregnancy and as long as private donations fund this effort. It makes no difference to me as to what tracking device is on it! When the Government helps finance this Organization through the tax-paying people of this country- then I have a BIG problem with it! The Government should be in the business of ensuring our country remains safe, everyone has the opurtunity to succeed and prosper, and not be overwhelmed by unfair taxation and this includes making taxpayers pay for someone elses ideology( Planned Parenthood)!
     

  17. Why would a woman not want to take her husbands family name if she loves him? Old fasioned? No! Traditional? Yes but what does that have to do with becoming a single family unit unto itself?

  18. While condoms have a purpose if you must be promiscuous but they wouldn’t be necessary if you weren’t.

  19. On Condoms:
    “Hi mom. Got my reportcard today.” “So how did you do son?” “Well it says I only managed to have sex with 396 females this year but did it in some really cool spots. Maybe next year I’ll do better!”

  20. I’d really like to know what happened to commitment! My wife and I have been married 49 years this June. It hasn’t been a bowl of cherries for us either but we made a vow that included “for better or worse…until death do us part” when we were married and intended to keep it, which we have.

  21. Definition of Divorce registry: A big pity party shared by one’s friends.

  22. Why are schools taking responsibility for what belongs to the parents? Mom and dad get your obese butts off the couch and get active with your kids, for their sakes not your. That is what true parenting is all about now isn’t it?

  23. Obesity in children is a matter of child neglect amongst their parents!

  24. Divorce registries: Tacky, but not outrageous.
    Schools spying on overweight kids: The important word here is “asked”.  They weren’t required, and some good info might be gathered.
    One family name: Nobody’s business but the couple’s.
    Condoms go social: Again, they are asked for information; it isn’t required.  In fact, they have to take the initiative to offer it.  So what’s the harm?

  25. Divorce registries: Tacky, but not outrageous.
    Schools spying on overweight kids: The important word here is “asked”.  They weren’t required, and some good info might be gathered.
    One family name: Nobody’s business but the couple’s.
    Condoms go social: Again, they are asked for information; it isn’t required.  In fact, they have to take the initiative to offer it.  So what’s the harm?

  26. Divorce registries: Tacky, but not outrageous.
    Schools spying on overweight kids: The important word here is “asked”.  They weren’t required, and some good info might be gathered.
    One family name: Nobody’s business but the couple’s.
    Condoms go social: Again, they are asked for information; it isn’t required.  In fact, they have to take the initiative to offer it.  So what’s the harm?

  27. Divorce registries: Tacky, but not outrageous.
    Schools spying on overweight kids: The important word here is “asked”.  They weren’t required, and some good info might be gathered.
    One family name: Nobody’s business but the couple’s.
    Condoms go social: Again, they are asked for information; it isn’t required.  In fact, they have to take the initiative to offer it.  So what’s the harm?

  28. Planned Parenthood doesn’t need to know the details of the sexual encounter in order to provide the means by which to prevent unwanted pregnancy and disease. Allow free access to condoms and drop the app.

  29. There is an advantage to having all the members of a family identfied by the same name. Children and their parents are immediately connected by the greater community. Words have strength and even within the family unit the connection is felt when a child is connected by name to the parent. At marriage the couple should be able to choose which surname they want to keep as the family name. It shouldn’t always have to be the husband’s. If the wife has already established her name in a profession where that is important, then in would be logical to choose her surname as the family name. If both names are equally important a hyphenated surname can be chosen.

  30. The schools should not be in the business of monitoring children’s weight. Children and teenagers are already dealing with an increase in eating disorders, body dismorphic disorders, and bullying. This sort of behavior will only help encourage those existing emotional problems while doing very little to encourage the individual self control needed to build a healthy lifestyle.

  31. I liike the idea of friends and family coming together to throw a ‘life renewing’ shower for the newly divorced who can register for the items they are no longer in possession of after the split. It helps the person who didn’t want the divorce to move forward and even helps the person who may have initiated things but often doesn’t realize just how difficult the reality of divorce.

  32. The purpose of schools is for EDUCATION!!!  It is NOT their place to MANDATE anything!  If students are too overweight, then the school has failed to educate them, and failed to provide stimulating activity to burn off excess calories.  Quit turning our children into whining automatons, dependent upon someone else to make all their decisions for them. Shut down the Nanny-State mentality that is being fostered in this country.

  33. “One Family Name”
    It isn’t at all a question of which is right or wrong. The choice should be made by individual women doing what they think is right for them, not in a broad answer. Either choice is correct and society doesn’t have the right to choose for any situation. 
    On another note, why couldn’t a man take a woman’s name? It’s essentially the same concept.

  34. I say let the people getting divorced buy their own things-split what they already have!!  No way would I gift someone that is getting a divorce!!

  35. divorce registries – outrageous, time to act lilke adults now
    schools spying – outrageous, don’t infringe on parents’ and children’s privacy. What’s it going to accomplish anyway?
    one family name – sure, it makes life simplier
    condoms – outrageous

  36. ONE FAMILY NAME:  Okay, I am going to be respectfully straight forward and sincere.  To change [your name]  or not to change…. this is THE question in our modern times, isn’t it?  But ladies, leaving your name behind and taking on your husband’s has a deeper meaning than you know.  This knowledge (sadly) is being lost because marriage has been so watered-down in our society today.   My husband and I have only been married for 17 years – and it’s a WILD ride to say the least.  But I was proud to take (and still have) his name as my own.  I think it’s incredibly romantic.  But more than that, I made the choice based on reasons much deeper than romance or “…well, that’s just how it’s done.”  
                    Let me ask you this.  Where does marriage come from?  Who started it in the first place…and why?    What I’m about to write has become so unpopular and taboo in our country that many are suffering needlessly because they simply haven’t been told.  So here’s the secret:  Marriage, (one
    man, one woman) was instituted – invented and put into place – by God.  Yep.  That’s right.  God.  Many people who read this won’t like this next part, either.  Whether or not you
    believe that – or even believe in God – is irrelevant.  The Truth remains.  He doesn’t need anyone’s permission in the form of “beliefs” to do things.  God set it all up – just as the earth moves around the sun and north (the
    direction) remains to be north no matter how vehemently a person may
    protest.  God has (lovingly) created you and me and has set things up to protect us and
    make life BETTER – not worse.  Marriage included.
      
                   “…So?  What does that have to do with whether or not I change my name?!” you may ask.

                      Marriage is actually demonstrating the relationship that God has with us!  It is meant to be between two complete people living out unconditional love and respect towards one another. 
     
                     When a man and woman marry, the TWO individuals become ONE unit.  We’ve all  heard that before.  ONE couple.  ONE life, ONE home, ONE family – ONE UNIT.   Now, take the Senate, for example.  The name is singular for a unit that is made up of many individuals.   (Boy!  What a hyphenated name THAT would be!)   To me, those who keep their maiden name, either altogether or by hyphenating it, are, in a sense, “riding the fence”.  They truly love their fiance, I’m sure of it, but, for whatever the reason, don’t want to give up being an independent person.  I understand that feeling.   But that would be the same as diving into a pool and swimming around – all the the while, trying to keep your foot on the diving board.  Doesn’t work very well.  You must leave the old way of things and exchange it for something new.  1+1=2.  The two “1”s fuse to become a singular, totally NEW number: 2.   A two doesn’t even resemble a one. 
                      Now, that doesn’t mean a girl loses her “identity as a woman”.  Quite the contrary!  Take your favorite song, for example.  Any kind of great music is full of different harmonies AND discords that, when played together, make the song beautiful, interesting and fun!  There’s nothing wrong with a song made up of only one melody, but it sure gets boring after a while, no matter how pitch perfect it is!  Marriage is the same that way.  Your different gifts and abilities, hobbies and past-times all contribute to making your marriage unique!  You don’t stop being YOU because your name changed.
                      Some have said changing your name old – fashioned.  It sure is!  Dates back quite a few years to the beginning of time.  Knowing the deep rooted facts that are a part of the idea of marriage itself, (and, believe me, I only scratched the surface,) would help to understand why 2/3 of the respondents to the survey said they WOULD change their names.  We are a nation founded on Christianity.  In the end, we will take on Jesus’ name to be saved.
                      To sum it up, marriage is, in fact, a blessing created by GOD.  Taking on your hubby’s name is simply a way to reflect that.  No one is going to hell if they hyphenate their name.  Not at all.   But if it’s a free country, why is God, and what He has to say about marriage, stifled so often?  There’s the root of the whole problem.  He’s being taken out of the equation on WAY too many other things as well in our country.  It only leads to disaster.  If our way of “doing marriage” is so much better than His, why then is the divorce rate so high – and growing?  We, as a nation, need to take a closer look at marriage the way God intends it to be and I guarantee marriages would be a lot richer.  There would be a
    lot less hyphens  –  and a lot less need for Divorce Registries.

    1. No. This is not an issue for you to decide. This is a question for the couple, namely the woman. You do not have the right to dictate what they do, and should not try. It doesn’t even affect you.

      1. Just so you know, your religion is irrelevant. This nation was NOT founded by Christianity- many of the founders weren’t reverent or didn’t even believe in Jesus. But you didn’t know that. Anyway, we have freedom of religion in this country, of which you seem to be unaware. So it doesn’t even matter what you or your God or your “Truth” think of others’ marriages. I use truth in quotes because truth doesn’t exist unless it can be proven, and there’s no way anyone can prove Christianity is correct or, for that matter, incorrect. Please, take your religion and use it somewhere where it is relevant. 

  37. ONE FAMILY NAME:  Okay, I am going to be respectfully straight forward and sincere.  To change [your name]  or not to change…. this is THE question in our modern times, isn’t it?  But ladies, leaving your name behind and taking on your husband’s has a deeper meaning than you know.  This knowledge (sadly) is being lost because marriage has been so watered-down in our society today.   My husband and I have only been married for 17 years – and it’s a WILD ride to say the least.  But I was proud to take (and still have) his name as my own.  I think it’s incredibly romantic.  But more than that, I made the choice based on reasons much deeper than romance or “…well, that’s just how it’s done.”  
                    Let me ask you this.  Where does marriage come from?  Who started it in the first place…and why?    What I’m about to write has become so unpopular and taboo in our country that many are suffering needlessly because they simply haven’t been told.  So here’s the secret:  Marriage, (one
    man, one woman) was instituted – invented and put into place – by God.  Yep.  That’s right.  God.  Many people who read this won’t like this next part, either.  Whether or not you
    believe that – or even believe in God – is irrelevant.  The Truth remains.  He doesn’t need anyone’s permission in the form of “beliefs” to do things.  God set it all up – just as the earth moves around the sun and north (the
    direction) remains to be north no matter how vehemently a person may
    protest.  God has (lovingly) created you and me and has set things up to protect us and
    make life BETTER – not worse.  Marriage included.
      
                   “…So?  What does that have to do with whether or not I change my name?!” you may ask.

                      Marriage is actually demonstrating the relationship that God has with us!  It is meant to be between two complete people living out unconditional love and respect towards one another. 
     
                     When a man and woman marry, the TWO individuals become ONE unit.  We’ve all  heard that before.  ONE couple.  ONE life, ONE home, ONE family – ONE UNIT.   Now, take the Senate, for example.  The name is singular for a unit that is made up of many individuals.   (Boy!  What a hyphenated name THAT would be!)   To me, those who keep their maiden name, either altogether or by hyphenating it, are, in a sense, “riding the fence”.  They truly love their fiance, I’m sure of it, but, for whatever the reason, don’t want to give up being an independent person.  I understand that feeling.   But that would be the same as diving into a pool and swimming around – all the the while, trying to keep your foot on the diving board.  Doesn’t work very well.  You must leave the old way of things and exchange it for something new.  1+1=2.  The two “1”s fuse to become a singular, totally NEW number: 2.   A two doesn’t even resemble a one. 
                      Now, that doesn’t mean a girl loses her “identity as a woman”.  Quite the contrary!  Take your favorite song, for example.  Any kind of great music is full of different harmonies AND discords that, when played together, make the song beautiful, interesting and fun!  There’s nothing wrong with a song made up of only one melody, but it sure gets boring after a while, no matter how pitch perfect it is!  Marriage is the same that way.  Your different gifts and abilities, hobbies and past-times all contribute to making your marriage unique!  You don’t stop being YOU because your name changed.
                      Some have said changing your name old – fashioned.  It sure is!  Dates back quite a few years to the beginning of time.  Knowing the deep rooted facts that are a part of the idea of marriage itself, (and, believe me, I only scratched the surface,) would help to understand why 2/3 of the respondents to the survey said they WOULD change their names.  We are a nation founded on Christianity.  In the end, we will take on Jesus’ name to be saved.
                      To sum it up, marriage is, in fact, a blessing created by GOD.  Taking on your hubby’s name is simply a way to reflect that.  No one is going to hell if they hyphenate their name.  Not at all.   But if it’s a free country, why is God, and what He has to say about marriage, stifled so often?  There’s the root of the whole problem.  He’s being taken out of the equation on WAY too many other things as well in our country.  It only leads to disaster.  If our way of “doing marriage” is so much better than His, why then is the divorce rate so high – and growing?  We, as a nation, need to take a closer look at marriage the way God intends it to be and I guarantee marriages would be a lot richer.  There would be a
    lot less hyphens  –  and a lot less need for Divorce Registries.

  38. ONE FAMILY NAME:  Okay, I am going to be respectfully straight forward and sincere.  To change [your name]  or not to change…. this is THE question in our modern times, isn’t it?  But ladies, leaving your name behind and taking on your husband’s has a deeper meaning than you know.  This knowledge (sadly) is being lost because marriage has been so watered-down in our society today.   My husband and I have only been married for 17 years – and it’s a WILD ride to say the least.  But I was proud to take (and still have) his name as my own.  I think it’s incredibly romantic.  But more than that, I made the choice based on reasons much deeper than romance or “…well, that’s just how it’s done.”  
                    Let me ask you this.  Where does marriage come from?  Who started it in the first place…and why?    What I’m about to write has become so unpopular and taboo in our country that many are suffering needlessly because they simply haven’t been told.  So here’s the secret:  Marriage, (one
    man, one woman) was instituted – invented and put into place – by God.  Yep.  That’s right.  God.  Many people who read this won’t like this next part, either.  Whether or not you
    believe that – or even believe in God – is irrelevant.  The Truth remains.  He doesn’t need anyone’s permission in the form of “beliefs” to do things.  God set it all up – just as the earth moves around the sun and north (the
    direction) remains to be north no matter how vehemently a person may
    protest.  God has (lovingly) created you and me and has set things up to protect us and
    make life BETTER – not worse.  Marriage included.
      
                   “…So?  What does that have to do with whether or not I change my name?!” you may ask.

                      Marriage is actually demonstrating the relationship that God has with us!  It is meant to be between two complete people living out unconditional love and respect towards one another. 
     
                     When a man and woman marry, the TWO individuals become ONE unit.  We’ve all  heard that before.  ONE couple.  ONE life, ONE home, ONE family – ONE UNIT.   Now, take the Senate, for example.  The name is singular for a unit that is made up of many individuals.   (Boy!  What a hyphenated name THAT would be!)   To me, those who keep their maiden name, either altogether or by hyphenating it, are, in a sense, “riding the fence”.  They truly love their fiance, I’m sure of it, but, for whatever the reason, don’t want to give up being an independent person.  I understand that feeling.   But that would be the same as diving into a pool and swimming around – all the the while, trying to keep your foot on the diving board.  Doesn’t work very well.  You must leave the old way of things and exchange it for something new.  1+1=2.  The two “1”s fuse to become a singular, totally NEW number: 2.   A two doesn’t even resemble a one. 
                      Now, that doesn’t mean a girl loses her “identity as a woman”.  Quite the contrary!  Take your favorite song, for example.  Any kind of great music is full of different harmonies AND discords that, when played together, make the song beautiful, interesting and fun!  There’s nothing wrong with a song made up of only one melody, but it sure gets boring after a while, no matter how pitch perfect it is!  Marriage is the same that way.  Your different gifts and abilities, hobbies and past-times all contribute to making your marriage unique!  You don’t stop being YOU because your name changed.
                      Some have said changing your name old – fashioned.  It sure is!  Dates back quite a few years to the beginning of time.  Knowing the deep rooted facts that are a part of the idea of marriage itself, (and, believe me, I only scratched the surface,) would help to understand why 2/3 of the respondents to the survey said they WOULD change their names.  We are a nation founded on Christianity.  In the end, we will take on Jesus’ name to be saved.
                      To sum it up, marriage is, in fact, a blessing created by GOD.  Taking on your hubby’s name is simply a way to reflect that.  No one is going to hell if they hyphenate their name.  Not at all.   But if it’s a free country, why is God, and what He has to say about marriage, stifled so often?  There’s the root of the whole problem.  He’s being taken out of the equation on WAY too many other things as well in our country.  It only leads to disaster.  If our way of “doing marriage” is so much better than His, why then is the divorce rate so high – and growing?  We, as a nation, need to take a closer look at marriage the way God intends it to be and I guarantee marriages would be a lot richer.  There would be a
    lot less hyphens  –  and a lot less need for Divorce Registries.

  39. Unless I kid is outrageously obese to the point where the child is in danger the schools and the government needs to mind their own business.  My child is not obese and will be starting school this year.  If we decide to pack her lunch I will tear the school apart for telling me that my child’s lunch is not healthy.  I will pull my child and put them in a private school and if it happens there too then I will home school her because my child’s well-being is no one’s business but my own and I don’t need the government getting involved unless my child’s life is at risk.  Just because I don’t follow their recommended food plan doesn’t mean my child is at risk.  Mind your own business people.

  40. Alright, spying on kids is going a bit overboard. Don’t you think that they have enough stress in their life. They have to deal with bullies along with normal school work. They have probably been told plenty of times that they need to lose weight. It just seems a bit much. Just give the kids a pedometer.

  41. I posted a comment on condoms today, and now it is gone. What happened to my comment? Thanks, Tina Henze

  42. Condoms go social! I am outraged! Planned Parenthood have lost their mind. These kids should be thinking about their morals, and where they fit in their lives. There is an absence of morals in our society, and Planned Parenthood is not helping to instill them in our kids. Shame on you!

  43. I think all of these situations are outrageous invasions into our privacy. I certainly believe all should follow the ‘golden rule’ and keep other’s well-being foremost in our actions -and there are plenty of laws to keep us in line – but we as individuals must be responsible for ourselves first. We’re giving our freedom away, inviting the government to think for us and society to take care of us.

  44. To the wonderful young man that has good manners and refers to his elders as “sir” and “mam”! You go right on ahead and continue this mannerism, your very much in the right and it shows respect!  Good for you….you show excellent character!

  45. Divorce Registries:  Seriously?  Are we now promoting divorce?  What kind of immoral darkness is this country coming to?  Whatever happened to “till death do you part”?  
    School Spying:  I guess socialist government wasn’t enough.  Now we’ve got to invade our children’s privacy as well.  For a government that so forcefully supports the UN on the rights of the child (against the constitution), they sure don’t respect them.

    One Family Name:  Wow.  This country really is going immoral.  Not only are we promoting divorce, but now we are promoting different names for married couples.  No doubt this is to make it emotionally easier to divorce.  Really?  You ought to be ashamed of yourselves!

    Social Condoms:  Really?  Are we so immoral that we are now not only tolerating premarital sex, but are promoting it?  Whatever happened to waiting until the wedding night?  Does no one have an ethical mind anymore?  Does no one remember what fidelity is?  I am ashamed that my own country is doing this.  Yes, freedom means that we can do what we want under law.  But seeing as how we are also under GOD, might we be able to at least not promote grossly immoral and hell-bound sexual lusts?  A statue of the Virgin Mary is forced to be removed, and premarital sex is encouraged.  Where’s the balance?  

    No, I’m not from an old generation that has old values.  I’m a guy who’s 20 years old who is sick of the sexual turn of society.  And yes, I will be a virgin until my wedding night.  I just hope and pray that when I get married there is still a young woman in existence who shares these values.  It’s sickening.

    1. I am 74 and I’d give you a hug if I could! How refreshing you are. My daughter once remarked to me that she hated the dating scene and I was shocked. I had a lot of fun dating in high school and college. When I asked her why, she said if a guy takes you out three times, he expects you to jump in the bed with him especially if he’s taken you out to dinner. How very sad. I feel sorry for young people growing up today.

  46. Teachers want my kids to wear an electronic monitor for 24 hours a day? I think not!  I’m so sick of people handing control of our personal lives over to institutions or the government. I neither want, nor need to parent my children via committee or ridiculous laws. It’s an insult to intelligent, responsible parents when schools and government officials try to dictate every nuance of private life in a useless attempt to foil the lazy and irresponsible ones. You want to get kids more active? How about using the money you wasted on electronic activity monitors to clean up city streets and parks so children can play safely outside?  Hire a cop to do a foot patrol in areas kids play so their parents won’t worry so much about what might happen to them that they keep them inside.  Open your school’s track or field for sports and play on weekends. Partner with your local YMCA or other swimming club to reduce membership costs for families. In other words, there are plenty of non intrusive ways to get the neighborhood children more active. If the only solution these people can come up with is to watch kids’ activity levels during off school hours and report deficiencies to (who? parents or some newly commissioned activity police?), then I think it’s time to replace the idiots.

  47. Teachers want my kids to wear an electronic monitor for 24 hours a day? I think not!  I’m so sick of people handing control of our personal lives over to institutions or the government. I neither want, nor need to parent my children via committee or ridiculous laws. It’s an insult to intelligent, responsible parents when schools and government officials try to dictate every nuance of private life in a useless attempt to foil the lazy and irresponsible ones. You want to get kids more active? How about using the money you wasted on electronic activity monitors to clean up city streets and parks so children can play safely outside?  Hire a cop to do a foot patrol in areas kids play so their parents won’t worry so much about what might happen to them that they keep them inside.  Open your school’s track or field for sports and play on weekends. Partner with your local YMCA or other swimming club to reduce membership costs for families. In other words, there are plenty of non intrusive ways to get the neighborhood children more active. If the only solution these people can come up with is to watch kids’ activity levels during off school hours and report deficiencies to (who? parents or some newly commissioned activity police?), then I think it’s time to replace the idiots.

  48. I would be interesting to know the source of the grants/earmarks for the outrageous studies.  I suppose every politician would have a reason for every earmark, but …  They should be made to stand up and take credit/blame for them.

  49. I would be interesting to know the source of the grants/earmarks for the outrageous studies.  I suppose every politician would have a reason for every earmark, but …  They should be made to stand up and take credit/blame for them.

  50. Divorce registries are only okay if the couple first gives back all their wedding presents.

  51. Divorce registries is a little bit “out there” idea, but at least you’re not going to look like a cheapskate if you don’t buy something for the newly divorced.

    Is it really spying on overweight kids?  Because spying is, in fact, an invasion of privacy.  However, if all the monitors do is track their physical activity, I don’t see anything wrong with it…. as long as something productive will come out of the “research”.  It really is a parent’s job to watch what the kids eat or what they do with their free time, but with the level of irresponsibility today’s parents represent, I think it’s a good idea for schools to do something about this issue.We have a democracy in the US, but it’s also a free country.  Just like I wouldn’t accept someone telling me whom to marry, it would be outrageous to be told whether or not I should take the man’s name.Social condoms are a crazy idea!  First of all, who would be interested in divulging details of such private experiences?  And if there would be takers, who in their right mind would want to know about it?  It’s just plain TMI!

    1.  I agree whole-heartedly that children are their parents’ responsibility!  It says “the students were asked…”.  Does this mean the parents weren’t involved or asked to give permission?  If they weren’t involved, this IS a serious invasion of privacy!

  52. there are more overweight people here in the U.S.A, than the entire population of Canada…to me thats sad…

    1.  That speaks as much to the amount of total Canadian population as to the number of obese Americans. The total population of Canada is less than that of California.

  53. Social Condems!! Oh yea! Now we can start a rating system of each town and even partners! Who’s good. Who isn’t. Where’s a good place…where isn’t. And even comments! GENIUS!

  54. Social Condems!! Oh yea! Now we can start a rating system of each town and even partners! Who’s good. Who isn’t. Where’s a good place…where isn’t. And even comments! GENIUS!

  55. As an obese person myself, any help is more than what is being done now. But you cannot force an individual to change unwillingly. Also, you must take into account emotional distress, any mental disorder, as well as home life.

  56. As an obese person myself, any help is more than what is being done now. But you cannot force an individual to change unwillingly. Also, you must take into account emotional distress, any mental disorder, as well as home life.

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