Not Even Once!

The Faces of Math
Before & After

If you didn’t already know: René Descartes (1596-1650), Isaac Newton (1642-1726), Albert Einstein (1879-1955), and Stephen Hawking (1942-2018).

(Hat Tip to local STEM teacher John McKinnon.)

OK, Per My Mail,lot of you don’t get this one, even with the “not even once!” and “Satire” category hints. I think that’s a sign that my readers are older/wiser/smarter than most who get mixed up in this, which is certainly a good thing! Here’s what it’s a satire of:

One of many examples from the “Faces of Meth” campaign — methamphetamine. Typically, they’re mug shots from various jails on first arrest (which may or may not be a drug-related charge) and a later arrest. Example after example might cause kids to think twice about trying meth.

And “not even once”? A nod to how addictive it is.

In the This is True world, you’ll see examples going back at least 10 years.

Parodies are of course common. Here’s one featuring Jennifer Anniston:

Yeah, I don’t think she turned into Iggy Pop….

Hope that helps!


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