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Friday, August 04, 2006 by: Mike Adams
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States
has a new program called "Germstoppers." This program consists -- in part -- of a
full-page brochure that various institutions -- such as health clinics and
hospitals -- can paste in their windows. The "Germstoppers" brochure attempts to
educate Americans on how to practice basic sanitation and personal hygiene. What's
amusing about this program, however, is how it has become necessary to water down
the use of vocabulary in order to make the brochure understandable by your average
For example, one of the concepts that the CDC wishes to get
across in this brochure is that people should wash their
hands with great frequency. Apparently, the
word "frequency" is a little too complex for the average American citizen, and
thus, the CDC chose to replace the word "frequency" with the two-word phrase, "A
Now, the brochure says, "Wash your hands a lot," which
sounds like something a middle-school teenager might say -- but not something that
should come from the Centers for Disease Control. Why not just
replace the word "frequency" with the word "tons," because that seems to be a more
common word with the undereducated American public? "Wash your hands
Happy birthday to me!
Next, the brochure attempts to tell people that they should
wash their hands for a period of time equal to approximately 60 seconds. But
apparently, the term "60 seconds" is a little too technical for the American
public. So, it has been translated into a completely absurd tidbit that says, "Wash
your hands for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song to yourself to
twice." Apparently, Americans cannot understand the concept of 60 seconds --
presumably because it contains a number.
The CDC believes that Americans are perfectly capable of
singing "Happy Birthday to You" two times in a row without being confused. That may
be true, but think about how ridiculous it is to be standing around singing happy
birthday to yourself while washing your hands. Interestingly, the brochure does not
indicate whether you should sing happy birthday out loud or silently in your own
head. It also does not predict whether American citizens might get confused singing
the song in their own heads, where they might easily forget whether they were on
verse one or verse two.
Are Americans really that stupid?
I don't know about you, but when I see public education
messages like this -- using third-grade vocabulary -- it really makes me wonder
about the intelligence of the American public. Presumably, the Centers for Disease
Control made an intelligent choice and carefully selected these words and concepts
because it believes they would help communicate important information that the CDC
is trying to share with the American public.
I don't fault the CDC for producing this brochure, and
it may in fact have done a great job in reaching people at the level they are
capable of comprehending. What shocks me is that the average American IQ has
slipped so low that we can't even use words beyond a third-grade level to say
anything to the public anymore. It's as if we're trying to educate a bunch of
first-graders, except they're not first-graders -- they're the adult population
representing the average American citizen.
NewsTarget has many readers across Europe, Australia, Asia,
and other countries. They must think that this is some
kind of satire piece, but I assure you it is not. This is exactly what the
brochure from the CDC says -- I'm not making this up. But still, you must be
thinking to yourself, "How could the American public be so uneducated as to
require such simplistic terminology?" Many of you from other countries are
probably reading this using English you learned as a second, third or fourth
language -- and your vocabulary far exceeds that of the average American, who
only knows one language and hasn't even mastered that one. But again, I
assure you this is the state of reality here in the United
Let's not even talk about understanding numbers, mathematics
or issues like world history -- that's beyond the scope of what the public could
possibly comprehend. It's a shame, really, to look around in the United States and
see how far we have fallen. We were once the most abundant, prosperous and
well-educated nation in the world. Today, we have become the laughing stock of the
world. We are overfed, overmedicated and undereducated. But as long as we all
remember how to sing the Happy Birthday song, we can at least rid our hands of
deadly germs, according to the CDC.
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Other ways to use the
If singing the Happy Birthday song is now a unit of time,
why not apply it to other areas of daily living?
Daily exercise: Jog in place for as long as it takes you to
sing the Happy Birthday song eighteen times.
Baking a cake: Leave the cake in the oven for as long as it
takes you to sing the Happy Birthday song one hundred times (or until you smell
Driving instructions: Head North on Interstate 10 for as
long as it takes you to sing the Happy Birthday song fifty-nine times. Then take
the next exit.
Olympic Games: The gold medalist completed the 400 meter
dash in the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song 2.7 times!
Just don't get caught singing the Happy Birthday song to
yourself on any day other than your actual birthday (even then...). Otherwise,
you'll just look like a complete idiot. And if you catch someone singing Happy
Birthday out loud while they wash their hands, kindly remind them that the washing
still works if the birthday song is silent. In fact, tell them it works
better if it's silent!
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