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It was supposed to encourage, but it wound up tasteless.
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putting the date in the title of your puzzle to encourage people not to let puzzles go long periods without questions?
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Bolapara:

putting the date in the title of your puzzle to encourage people not to let puzzles go long periods without questions? Brilliant idea, but no. I'm actually in GMT -05:00, so it's still February 5 here. Like usual with my puzzles, though, the date does have some obscure reference to the subject at hand.
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Was "it" a physical object? Something spoken? Something written? An idea? An advertisement for something?

Was it supposed to encourage in the general sense (you can do it!)? Or encourage people to do something? To change something?

Was the motive for encouragement general well-being? Profit? Political issues? Social issues?
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Gourami:

Was "it" a physical object? Yesish Something spoken? No Something written? Yes An idea? Yope An advertisement for something? Noish

Was it supposed to encourage in the general sense (you can do it!)? No Or encourage people to do something? This one, excellent question. To change something? Yope

Was the motive for encouragement general well-being? Yesish Profit? Noish Political issues? No Social issues? Yope
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A poster of a nude obese man intended to encourage people to loose weight?
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Hietek:

A poster of a nude obese man intended to encourage people to loose weight? Not this time. XD
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bland cookies?
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Bolapara:

bland cookies? It would have been much better if it had been this, but unfortunately it is not.
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Is 2/06 relevant?
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Howardwoman:

Is 2/06 relevant? Like usual with my puzzles, the date has some obscure reference to the subject at hand. To begin, you may want to check out various observances on that date, and check to see if there is anything that might be related to something that may in some way be construed as "tasteless".
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International day against female mutilation?
Bob Marley Day?
Waitangi Day?
Sami National Day?
Feast Day?
Munich Air Disaster Appreciation Day?
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The first one on that list seems like it could get pretty tasteless.

Is one of the saints' feasts on this day relevant? Or relevant that there are several of them?

Anything to do with "going green"? Or seasonal changes?
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Howardwoman:

International day against female mutilation? What about it?
Bob Marley Day? What about it?
Waitangi Day? What about it?
Sami National Day? What about it?
Feast Day? What about it?
Munich Air Disaster Appreciation Day? What about it?

Gourami:

The first one on that list seems like it could get pretty tasteless. Pure genius!

Is one of the saints' feasts on this day relevant? Nope. Or relevant that there are several of them? Nope.

Anything to do with "going green"? Not at all. Or seasonal changes? Nope.
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So does this deal with the International Day against female mutilation? The simple tastelessness of its existance? An activity that takes place on this day? Are any public figures relevant?
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Gourami:

So does this deal with the International Day against female mutilation? Not in the slightest. You should know by now that my titles are never that obviously relevant. The simple tastelessness of its existance? The observance itself, I would say, is not tasteless, in my opinion, but this may be heavily dependent on the context of the situation in which mention of it arose. An activity that takes place on this day? Nope Are any public figures relevant? No
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DP, any chance of a hint to get the ball rolling again? :-)
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DP, any chance of a hint to get the ball rolling again? :-) There is more than sufficient information here to lay the groundwork. But I shall give a hint anyway. Here it is:
HINT:
(The following is a hint)
HINT:
The relevance of the title is that it is the awareness day for female genital mutilation, and the message relevant to this puzzle could be interpreted as making a reference to part of the female anatomy.
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the vagina monologues.

I find that name tasteless, and not at all encouraging. (and have to wonder who in the world thought that was a good idea to name a group/play/whatever it is, to encourage and empower women...a man perhaps?)
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the vagina monologues. Nope

I find that name tasteless, and not at all encouraging. O RLY? (and have to wonder who in the world thought that was a good idea to name a group/play/whatever it is, to encourage and empower women...a man perhaps?) (Uhh... I don't know. It certainly wasn't me!)
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tasteless = bland? dull? without the ability to perceive flavors? not conforming to generally held beliefs about appropriateness and tact?

Do the two "it"s have the same referent? (If not, please answer the following for each individually) Is "it" an object? event? place? group of people? living being?
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Kalira:

tasteless = bland? dull? without the ability to perceive flavors? not conforming to generally held beliefs about appropriateness and tact? This one

Do the two "it"s have the same referent? Yes (If not, please answer the following for each individually) Is "it" an object? Yesish... see my post 1909. "It" is a message (upon an object) that shares some similarities with an advertisement and that was intended to "encourage" people to do something that had been found to have a positive effect on the well-being of the general public, but the message ended up being capable of being interpreted as making a reference to a female sexual organ. , event? place? group of people? living being?
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Does 02/06 refer to February 6th? June 2nd (Euro style)? The 6th day of the second month of some other calendar besides the Gregorian one? The 2nd day of the 6th month of some other calendar? Does it even refer to a date?
If so, does it refer to a historical event that occured on the date?
An observance that occurs on that date? If yes to the last two questions, does the observance commemerate the historical event?
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Spackspartan:

Does 02/06 refer to February 6th? This one June 2nd (Euro style)? The 6th day of the second month of some other calendar besides the Gregorian one? The 2nd day of the 6th month of some other calendar? Does it even refer to a date?
If so, does it refer to a historical event that occured on the date?
An observance that occurs on that date? Yes, we have already determined the relevance of the date. See my post #2222. If yes to the last two questions, does the observance commemerate the historical event?
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Did anyone actually mutilate female genitals?
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Spackspartan:

Did anyone actually mutilate female genitals? That is irrelevant to the puzzle
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The message's intention -- to improve people's health? social interactions? education? involvement in the community? economic status? to get people to stop smoking? look both ways before crossing the street?

Was it meant to encourage people to stop doing something? To start doing something?

You said it shared some similarities with an advertisement. With a specific advertisement? or just with advertisements in general? Was it on TV? radio? in print media? Was it a public service announcement? a billboard? a commercial for a product or service? advertising an event?
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Kalira:

The message's intention -- to improve people's health? What it was encouraging would likely improve the average health of the society social interactions? education? Education about what it was informing about involvement in the community? economic status? to get people to stop smoking? Nope look both ways before crossing the street? This is closer

Was it meant to encourage people to stop doing something? To start doing something? This, if they were doing something before

You said it shared some similarities with an advertisement. With a specific advertisement? There have also been "advertisements" that share the same message. or just with advertisements in general? Was it on TV? radio? in print media? Was it a public service announcement? Yesish a billboard? This is closest a commercial for a product or service? advertising an event?
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Or, at least, if they weren't doing the thing that they wanted them to start doing
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So, it seems like people have kind of stopped posting on this one, but it's interesting, so this is going to be my first post.

Since it could be interpreted as referencing female genitals... was it a pun? some sort of visual similarity? were there both words and pictures involved in the advertisement-like thing?

Was the reference to genitals unintentional? Was the original encouragement directed exclusively at females? Primarily? Was it related to gender at all? Was it encouraging people to do whatever-it-was in order to improve their health? safety? happiness?
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Ohlala8:

Since it could be interpreted as referencing female genitals... was it a pun? some sort of visual similarity? were there both words and pictures involved in the advertisement-like thing? No to these

Was the reference to genitals unintentional? Yes Was the original encouragement directed exclusively at females? No Primarily? No Was it related to gender at all? No Was it encouraging people to do whatever-it-was in order to improve their health? No safety? Yes happiness? No
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So was it just words? Just pictures?

Safety in general, or in a particular situation? Traffic safety? Avoiding being mugged/raped/attacked? Avoiding being the victim of any kind of crime? Avoiding accidentally injuring oneself? Using some safety device? Would people who didn't follow this advertisement-like thing's advice be injured? killed? traumatized?
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to clarify, does the "ad" encourage-people to do something? not do something? not to sound like a perv, but is the word hole relevant? man-hole? digging holes watching for electicity lines?
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Ohlala8:

So was it just words? This one Just pictures?

Safety in general, or in a particular situation? Traffic safety? This one Avoiding being mugged/raped/attacked? Avoiding being the victim of any kind of crime? Avoiding accidentally injuring oneself? Using some safety device? Yes Would people who didn't follow this advertisement-like thing's advice be injured? Following the advice would significantly reduce the probability of serious injury or death. killed? traumatized?


Sugarshane:

to clarify, does the "ad" encourage-people to do something? Yes not do something? not to sound like a perv, but is the word hole relevant? No man-hole? No digging holes watching for electicity lines? Nope
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Is it telling people to wear their seatbelts?
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Ohlala8:

Is it telling people to wear their seatbelts? Yes
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Did it include the phrase "buckle up"? "click it or ticket"? "seatbelts save lives"? The word "seatbelt"? "buckle"? "safety"? "law"? "police"? "ticket"?

Does the exact phrasing matter? Or just the way they went about convincing people to wear their seatbelts?
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does include the word lap?
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Ohlala8:

Did it include the phrase "buckle up"? "click it or ticket"? This is exactly the intended message. "seatbelts save lives"? The word "seatbelt"? "buckle"? "safety"? "law"? "police"? "ticket"?

Does the exact phrasing matter? This Or just the way they went about convincing people to wear their seatbelts?

Sugarshane:

does include the word lap? LAEFTR
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LAEFTR????
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It means "left as an exercise for the reader." That's supposed to mean the answer is obvious. Although if the exact phrasing is "click it or ticket," I don't know how that's tasteless, and if it is some other phrasing of this message, then it's not obvious whether the word "lap" is included. What are we still trying to figure out, mister peppa? Just what the message appears on?
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Ohlala8:

It means "left as an exercise for the reader." Yes That's supposed to mean the answer is obvious. Yes Although if the exact phrasing is "click it or ticket," FA, re-read my answer I don't know how that's tasteless, and if it is some other phrasing of this message, then it's not obvious whether the word "lap" is included. What are we still trying to figure out, mister peppa? Yes Just what the message appears on? No
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Okay, so the intended message is "click it or ticket." Is the actual message some other phrasing (e.g. "buckle up or get a fine")? In which case, could you answer sugarshane's and my questions about specific words? Or, alternatively, was there some misspelling? Error in grammar? punctuation? Was some part of the "advertisement" covered, giving it a different meaning?
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Ohlala8:

Okay, so the intended message is "click it or ticket." Yes Is the actual message some other phrasing (e.g. "buckle up or get a fine")? No In which case, could you answer sugarshane's and my questions about specific words? "Click it or ticket" does not include the word "lap" Or, alternatively, was there some misspelling? Yope Error in grammar? No punctuation? No Was some part of the "advertisement" covered, giving it a different meaning? Yope
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Nor does "Click it or ticket" include the words "seatbelt", "buckle", "safety", "seatbelts save lives", "buckle", "safety", "law", or "police". It does contain the words "click", "it", "or", and "ticket".
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Did it appear to say "lick it or ticket"?
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Ohlala8:

Did it appear to say "lick it or ticket"? Exactly. This is good enough for a









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In Brevard County, Florida, where I make my home, there have been many recent upgrades to the roadway system. Among these improvements are electronic message signs which are intended to be used for safety messages, such as broadcasting information from Amber Alerts and Silver Alerts, warning motorists of traffic issues or crashes, and assisting to direct evacuation traffic in hurricane season. When there are no urgent messages to report, these signs generally carry standard safety messages, such as "Dial *FHP for Florida Highway Patrol" or "Arrive alive. Keep a safe distance." Some of these signs carried the message "Click it or ticket", but unfortunately not all of these signs are fully functional yet. I have heard people say that they have seen signs where the first letter in the message was missing, like Ohlala8 asked. On another sign bearing the message, the "ick" in "click" was missing. How embarrassing it is that something that was supposed to encourage wound up so tasteless.


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