USPS Pulls the Plug on Fitness themed stamp series.

20131011-110357.jpg Linn’s Stamp News reports that the US Postal Service will destroy the entire press run of a stamp series aimed at getting children to be more active. According to Linn’s reporter Bill McAllister, three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series raised safety concerns among sports figures on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet. The unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. That was apparently the first time the stamps had been reviewed by the Sports Council.

Pulled because it’s unsafe or pulled because it’s a colossal waste of money? It doesn’t matter how ridiculous it is to expect a kid to wear a helmet to do a headstand (which is cheating btw), because the life expectancy of the post office will expire well before the target demographic of this stamp series has to physically burn a calorie to mail something. It’s too bad, because everyone knows that kids who collect stamps are generally our best athletes.

Nashua bans playground tag…what?


Nashua Telegraph

NASHUA – In the game of tag at the Charlotte Avenue Elementary School, no one gets to be “it.”

The elementary school has banned kids from playing the childhood game during recess, tagging safety as a concern.

“We want them running, we want them jumping and releasing the energy, but just in a safe way,” Principal Patricia Beaulieu said.

Last week, Beaulieu posted a letter on the school’s website and on a school Facebook group informing parents of the school’s safety policies.

One day, society will celebrate Nashua banning the game of tag like Budweiser drinkers celebrate the repeal of the 21st amendment. Prohibition era really was the coming of age era for social drinking, and all it took was a minor act of congress to remove that last little detail casting a shadow over the lifestyle. Today? It’s the same thing, only we’re swapping out the ABV for LBS. We’ve developed a society that is hedonism for fat asses and all that is left to do is to completely shut down any opportunity for all those holier than thou health nuts to ruin all this splendor. “What’s that, skinny kid with lots of energy? You want to play tag? Fine, no more recess for you until the onset of juvenile diabetes. We don’t need anyone burning calories or getting injured at school.”