December 3, 2011
Are you kidding? We thought we were clever, funny and original and then 90% of the entries to our Dry (wit) T-Shirt Contest made our best efforts look like an amateur nerdfest. Thanks for sending us back to therapy - we thought we were over our low self-esteem issues.
Seriously, here are the Top 25 entries, in no particular order, with the winner announced at the end for dramatic (and comic?) effect. Drum roll please.
Thanks for "writing" Mr. (Ha!) Also, thanks for remembering my yearning for more Uppityshirts. Received an e-mail from the website on my other account and was making plans to order; however, I was distracted by the tee shirt logo contest.
I wonder if "Droit D'oubli" or its English counterpart, "The Right to Oblivion" or the "Right to be Forgotten" is appropriate? The current debate regarding the protection and redaction / deletion / forgetting of personal information available on the internet provoked me to find a way to make a statement. Your tee shirt logo contest might be just the outlet. Is "Droit D'Oubli" protected by copyright? Perhaps the phrase is too abstract... nah... not for this crowd. Perhaps too political?
Two other ideas / themes on the same topic
"I Want To Be Redacted"
"I Want to Be Deleted"
(a variation of the Ramones song I want to Be Sedated)
"Please Redact Me"
"Please Delete Me"
(a variation of the song Please Release Me)
There are a few other ideas but perhaps I have already gone too far.
My nephew and sister love the Uppity Tees, Smart Pills, Comeuppance, One Up, etc.
Hope you are well.
At the time of the last earthquake in California, (long before I visited or even heard of the Uppity website with its 'Wit Happens'), I conceived of a shirt that I'll submit to you.
On the front in double struck, wobbly letters (use some imagination since I can't reproduce it below) meant to portray shaking, it states:
and on the back the patriotic message:
But I (heart) California Anyway...
Dear AWAD and Uppityshirts--
I love "Pretentious? Moi?" and "Got Recalcitrance?" But I've always dreamed of this T-shirt, and it's my entry: "Solipsists Unite!"
Thanks for a great contest. Sounds like fun. Can't wait to see what comes out of it.
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's intolerance.
One man's meat is another man's poisson.
First submitted by Stephanie Shlasky
And only nothing.
We loved this one from Jared Pace, but decided to editorialize it a bit and add an adjective:
Kvetch-22: a(n intractable) problem you cannot complain about
Susan Gawarecki sent in this droll little observation with her regards, after living in east Tennessee for 24 years:
The wider the tires, the narrower the mind."
How about this for brevity:
Dr. Mike Wagner sent in this variation on one of our themes:
"I was culturally irrelevant before it was cool"
This is an old joke, but we still think it's very clever:
There are only 10 kinds of people in the world -
those who understand binary and those who don't.
1. don't know; don't care.
I hate bigots.
First submitted by:
How about this one for Becket-esque humor:
Don Mosely sent us this, explaining it was "in place of the ubiquitous 'No Fear'."
PERHAPS JUST A BIT APPREHENSIVE
We like this one from Jack Riley of Paraparaumu, New Zealand because it seemed so random itself:
I don't like monkeys, they are too random."
This one from P. Larry Nelson was the driest of the lot and would make a perfect New Yorker cartoon caption. It still makes us smile every time we read it.
Bartender, I'll take an entendre - make it a double.
And for the last of the best that didn't win, we think this is just about perfect:
The hands-down runaway favorite entry (at least a dozen people sent it in) was, without fanfare:
The first person to send this in was Marc S. Williams of Salt Lake City, Utah. So we're going to declare him the winner. Congrats Marc!
p.s. There was one more we thought we'd throw in since it's our kind of sly and wry:
Front: Eradicate Condescension!
Back: (That means don't talk down to others.)