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Someone bought me a mug with that slogan on it once, and it still makes me angry when I see it at the back of the cupboard.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Not having its desired effect, then.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Being patronised by crockery just pushes the wrong buttons I guess.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

really dont get the fascination with this nonsense

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15014748

― Once Were Moderators (DG), Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:02 PM (2 weeks ago)

with video!

Once Were Moderators (DG), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone written a song yet called "Keep Calm and Carry On, Wayward Son?" If not, can we get that moving?

Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan M. (Phil D.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I fucking hate seeing KCACO shit EVERYWHERE

Ravaging Rick Rude (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

'keep calm and carry on' is the new 'i am not a plastic bag'

koogs, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

x-post - Never ever look at Etsy then. There is so much of this crap there it's unreal.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is the joke supposed to be that in one sense "carrying on" is the opposite of "keeping calm"? I don't understand the popularity.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't really think there's supposed to be a joke.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's just like stay cool and get through it. It's ~motivational~, you see.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

It being whatever shit might ordinarily make you lose your cool? Whatever it is, I sure am tired of seeing it.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

First heard this phrase when Kevin Shields was going to sack the drummer, but the rest of the band counselled against it and encouraged him to keep going.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"carrying on" is the opposite of "keeping calm"

Oh! I just got this and that had never occurred to me before but I see what you mean. Hmmm. Yeah. Beats me.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am not fond of it either. It's even more aggravating to me that it was never actually even used as propaganda in actual WWII.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think the joke is 'lol ww2' basically

Once Were Moderators (DG), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh wait, is that what it's from? Obv didn't read the article. Oops.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Keep Calm and Carry On Cowboy"

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

"carry on" being synonymous with "get rowdy" or something...

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep calm and carry on (60 million people are about to die)

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just skimmed the article. I never knew that's what it which makes it at least a teensy bit interesting, yeah, no. NO MORE.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

knew that's what it which makes

^^ (missing a "was from") in there

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep calm, enbb.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Carrion.

Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan M. (Phil D.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm And NSFW

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

x-post - I CAN'T! It enrages me in the same way those Coexist bumper stickers do. It's an irrational thing.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had a friend in college who would randomly interrupt someone who was speaking with "Calm down, _____". It was a successful tactic for really pissing people off.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

aw, the coexist bumperstickers at least have their heart in the right place.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know, I know and so do the majority of ppl who buy this stuff wanting people to be chill. I said it was irrational goddammit!! ;)

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is that why they buy KCACO? My sense of it (in a non-ironic, original sense) is something like "resign yourself to death".

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't desire to ever own a product with this slogan on it, but trying to buy and copyright it makes me irrationally angry, damnit.

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, just for the sake if it's history, leave it alone ffs

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

of

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh god that Stereophonics album, now I'm really pissed off.

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

ngggh

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

GIS for "Keep Calm and Curry On" pretty disappointing.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

There are Keep Tidy And Carry On or Keep Calm And Tidy Up signs on all the meeting room doors on one floor of my office. Makes me want to strew the artfully-arranged books everywhere.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

ws nazi spy

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

never even been able to figure out that pun

antiautodefenestrationism (ledge), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

h anley

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love that the Hitler wallpaper actually doesn't have ears.

I'm waiting for a tedious article about how post-Diana Britishes occasionally pine for stiff-upper-lip times.

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't let your mother leave the country or she will be fawned over by fascists.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hanley's Hitler looks a bit...Blue-ish.

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp: nice!

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

look it's not a *joke* okay? and part of the joke is that it *is* a peculiarly british sentiment i.e. stiff upper lip and getting on with things while the bombs rain down

conrad, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

So it's not a joke, and the joke has parts?

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm not quite old enough to remember the war (that war) but my mum and dad were schoolskids, and afaict the "keep calm and carry on" posters were MUCH less part of shared memory than the "careless talk costs lives" cartoons, maybe partly bcz the cartoons have a sense of fun in the CTCL which appealed to them (also they were a series)

my mum also talked about radio malt as a favorite memory (she was 4 in 1939 and basically always said "The war was great!")

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I find that there is nothing calm about my hedgehog love.

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

ew

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

KCACO posters were never put up unlike the CTCL ones

Once Were Moderators (DG), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have long had a jokey affectation for saying 'Steady on' in a kind of early carreer Hugh Laurie voice to friends who are excited, drunk, or about to drop something or trip. KCACO is related to this but I don't think it's as much of a joke in a country that has not only lots of anglophiles but a certain idolatry for Churchill

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

the design is no joke but its use now is a joke what's so difficult to understand

conrad, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, fwiw, in addition to all the bond posters and recruiting posters and victory garden and scrap collection posters, the US was full of loose lips sink ships style posters during WWII, too.

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

obvs at some point i shd actually RTFA -- KCACO turned up on the back of "the little book of calm" boom, no? so the part of the "joke" was a sort of anachronistic affirmation of a minor current fashion, from a stylistically and/or culturally unexpected quarter and indeed historical time

xp yes, half the pix i posted i discovered by GIS-ing "loose lips sink ships"

CALM DOWN DEARS

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

the first time i saw the "keep mum, she's not so dumb" i honestly was baffled, like first of all, my mum's not dumb and no i wasn't planning on getting rid of her either

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

and third she's hott amirite

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

is "keep mum" brit-only slang?

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah that was the other thing, "why is mum so hot?"

no i think americans say "keep mum" too, i'm just slow on the uptake.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

x-post - I don't think so, no. It's not particularly common though.

Keep schtum. Well that might not be either but I have never heard it outside of England.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh I meant that keep schtum is brit-only, btw.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha schtum FROM THE GERMAN

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've never even heard it in German weirdly enough. I think it's Yiddish originally.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mum's the word

Comes from mummer, btw.

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

got caught up in a BNP rally once and a few of them were wearing t-shirts with this on. For some time i assumed anyone I saw wearing t-shirts with this on was far right, until the profile became so vague and generally applicable that it was clear it had gone beyond that. Still has the whiff of association though and I'm not sure that the source of its revival can't be located there.

Fizzles the Chimp (GamalielRatsey), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

look it's not a *joke* okay? and part of the joke is that it *is* a peculiarly british sentiment i.e. stiff upper lip and getting on with things while the bombs rain down

― conrad, Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:27 PM (51 minutes ago) Bookmark

I realize that the original poster was not a joke, but it's just astounding to me that this thing would be memeing about for 10-odd years and it would not have - for at least some segment of the population - taken on the jokey connotation I've been reading into it.

Also, regarding the US vs. UK prevalence of this, I've only seen it before on ilxor.

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

So, thee jigsaw finally comes together. Excellent work, Corporal Ravensburger.

― Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:35 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

a+

max, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like the keep calm and carry on poster, its gorgeously designed, i appreciate the sentiment too, i feel like maybe some people in this thread should "keep calm" about the posters ubiquity

max, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

So, thee jigsaw finally comes together

Is this a reference to the clothing store?

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

max, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

My gf shops at Jigsaw occasionally and I've seen the KCACO poster there.

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

honestly surprised there isn't a

KEEP ON

TRUCKIN'

refit yet.

banana mogul (goole), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

"DO, please, continue trucking. Pip, pip. Cheerio!"

What does one wear to a summery execution? Linen? (Michael White), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

errrrr

"marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, 12 March 2012 11:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I hate this fucking thing, and I am glad that I can count on ILX to have already pulverized it.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

I saw a dude in a KEEP CALM AND CHIVE ON shirt on the weekend and I wanted very much to punch him

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is it wrong that I'm wearing this right now?

Leslie Mann: Boner Machine (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

...shill for Warner Bros TV

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Cancel Your Cable Subscription

Dog shave the Queen / 'Cos tourists owe money!!! (snoball), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Go Fuck Yourself

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Take Speed

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and No One Watches Your Show

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set And Go Out And Do Something Less Boring Instead?

Dog shave the Queen / 'Cos tourists owe money!!! (snoball), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Keep Calm And Remember When Martha Plimpton Was Awesome

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

keep calm and FUCK RIGHT OFF

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 21:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

as if they couldn't get any fucking worse

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/02/amazon-withdraws-rape-slogan-shirt

prolego, Sunday, 3 March 2013 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink


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