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Not the sharpest pencils in the box
« on: Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 @ 22:36:15 »
An old story but seems to have been largely missed at the time:

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A company has recalled a batch of pencils after a fourth-grade student pointed out an embarrassing message that appeared after he sharpened his pencil.

The pencils carry the slogan ''Too Cool to Do Drugs.'' But the student noticed that when the pencils are sharpened and get shorter, the message becomes ''Cool to Do Drugs,'' then simply ''Do Drugs.''

As a result of the discovery by Kodi Mosier, a 10-year-old student at Ticonderoga Elementary School, the company, the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, based in Plainview, N.Y., recalled the pencils.
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/12/nyregion/slogan-causes-pencil-recall.html