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All Pinzur, All The Time

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Color by Number

According to this site, which matches various "causes" to their respective ribbon/annoying-rubber-bracelet colors:

- Epidermolysis bullosa has jumped on AIDS and DUI victims, which use red and are the first ones I remember.

- The light blue for tsunami victims also signifies trisomy 18, thyroid disease, substance abuse, sexual assault, scleroderma, pro-choice, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, myasthenia gravis, lymphedema, eating disorders, esophogeal cancer, graves disease and something called gerd.

GUY: Hey, there... I see you, too, are pro-choice... maybe we should get together sometime.
GIRL: No, actually, I have gerd.
GUY: [gone]

- I love the fact that domestic violence and animal abuse both use purple. We don't care what you beat, as long as you're beating something. Although foster care is also purple, and I assume they're not interested in the beating of foster children. Maybe I'm wrong on that.

- Education and child abuse both use blue. Which makes sense.

- Credit to the breast cancer folks, who almost cornered the market on pink. But testicular cancer and those damned birth parents had to jump on the bandwagon, though - by my count, pink, white and purple are all tied up in adoption.

- What the hell are yopa, vacterl and aphasia? Are they related? Is that why they all wear grey?

- "Peace On Earth"? Are they serious? With a white bracelet?

- Do you have to tally up your scores to decide which ones to wear? Would a pro-life advocate (white) who survived an eating disorder and prostate cancer wear light blue, even though it's also the pro-choice color? What if they were going to protest at an abortion clinic? How about a pro-choicer who's also an adoptee that survived bone cancer and retinoblastoma while supporting world peace? That's 4-1 in favor of white!

- What about blends? Does someone supporting AIDS awareness (red) and missing children (yellow) automatically support leukemia, cultural diversity, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, hunger and self-injury (orange)?

- Hospice care and Caesarian section are both burgundy - help on the front end, help on the back end.

Credit where it's due: this post was inspired by a story on Slate.