By Chuck Woodbury
I’ve edited and published this newsletter for 18 years. We’ve posted at least 30,000 articles and close to 100,000 photos, most without eliciting any anger. But, wow! Nowadays, the hotheads have reared their formerly tolerant heads. “It’s okay to be a hothead,” they believe, the behavior imprinted into their often pliable brains day after day by social media where organically hatched hotheads, stupid people, misfits and angry old men find a welcoming home.
In Thursday’s newsletter, our poll question was: “For men: How often do you carry a pocket knife?” Geez. . . some women in the crowd went ballistic! “Women carry pocket knives, too!” they wrote, often angrily.
I know that! Yes, women, I know that.
But I also know that the percentage of women who carry pocket knives compared to men is very low. So if I were to include both men and women in the survey, the results would be meaningless because I just wanted to ask men. If I want to ask women if they carry a pocket knife, then that will be a different survey. We’ll do that this coming week. Then we can compare the sexes.
Let’s say we ran a question that asked, “For women: “How often do you shave your legs?” Do you think we should include men in that survey? But you can bet that if we just asked women, a hothead man or two would write to say, “I shave my legs, you sexist pig, so next time don’t ignore me and my buddies who don’t like hair!”
We ran a joke this week in RV Daily Tips with a Polish theme. I didn’t think it was at all derogatory to Polish people, but we got angry letters anyway.
Heaven help me if I publish an Italian or Irish Joke. And, blonde jokes are totally out of line these days (hey, maybe they should be!). And forget about “Yo Mama” jokes.
I get it that some jokes are totally in bad taste (and we do our best to never run those) but others are harmless. Laughter is good.
I am telling you that if I were to run a joke that poked fun at chickens, I’d get angry letters from chicken owners. One or more would blast me with “My chickens are smarter than you, you dumbass!”
Whoa! Everyone, calm down. Take a deep breath. Walk outside and smell some roses. Life is short and precious. Lighten up.
P.S. And now I will step off my soapbox to say that perhaps one percent of this audience is comprised of hotheads.
The overwhelming majority of you are among the nicest, kindest people I have ever known. I’ve become friends with many of you, some I’ve known for 10, 20 years. . . even longer. I love hearing from you, and look forward to your intelligent commentary. While the angry, mean-spirited people sometimes get me down, you always bring me right back up! Thanks.