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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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

of

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:01 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

ngggh

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:10 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

ws nazi spy

strongo hulkington's ghost dad, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

never even been able to figure out that pun

antiautodefenestrationism (ledge), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

h anley

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:17 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:18 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp: nice!

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

those officers around mum are fine brit gents, no? whose mum is she? is she a spy? halp!

antiautodefenestrationism (ledge), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

trap the germans in your handkerchief

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

antiautodefenestrationism (ledge), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

LOL XPOST

lol I totally read that as "trap the Germans in your handkerchief".

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

HER

rustic italian flatbread, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

antiautodefenestrationism (ledge), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

"apparently the convoy is sailing for england mein fuhrer"

mark s, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Lars and the Lulu Girl (NickB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Nicht problem, and danke for the ring, it's lovely"

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Carry On was irritating enough BEFORE I found out from this thread that it is a Stereophonics album. Now it is officially the worst.

DaTruf (Nicole), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

you never not even HER

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wait, reading between the lines of ENBB's posts, this stuff is ubiquitous in the US too?

I am very, very tired of seeing this stuff, but the first time I saw one of the posters it did raise about 0.001% of a "lol ironic hell-in-a-handbasket/stiff-upper-lip WWII kitsch" smile, and I thought that association was the only reason anyone might find any redeeming features in it. The idea that people might be buying it without that is weird to me.

how do i shot slime mould voltron form (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Eh, maybe there are buying it because of that and it just sort of passed me buy? All I know is that there is tons of this (and various variations on the theme - Keep Calm and Carry Yarn, Keep Calm and Love Hedgehogs*) on Etsy. Here, have a look:

http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?search_submit=&ref=auto&q=keep+calm+and+carry+on&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US

* OMG WTF IS THIS? I like a nice little hhog as much as the next person but good Lord.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

don't worry be happy

conrad, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

In thinking about it, I guess I did know but had just forgotten the origin. Anyway, hedgehogs people, hedgehogs.

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hm, most of those sellers are in the US. I guess this is a worldwide thing. I suppose there's nothing specifically British about the joke, especially since the original poster never ran, but I'm still a bit surprised.

Also, many of those are pretty ugly and/or wtf, as you'd expect from Etsy, and yet none of them are as ugly as the stuff sold by the guy trying to copyright it.

how do i shot slime mould voltron form (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:25 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:29 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

ew

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

KCACO posters were never put up unlike the CTCL ones

Once Were Moderators (DG), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:33 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 16:35 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

...shill for Warner Bros TV

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Cancel Your Cable Subscription

Dog shave the Queen / 'Cos tourists owe money!!! (snoball), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Go Fuck Yourself

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and Take Speed

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm and No One Watches Your Show

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:00 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Keep Calm And Remember When Martha Plimpton Was Awesome

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:04 (2 years 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 (2 years 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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