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Thu., Oct. 15, 2009, 3 a.m.

What are your alternatives today?

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Good morning, Netizens...


When you were a kid and said a bad word in front of your parents, did you ever have your mouth washed out with soap? Back in those days did you immediately associate white bars of Ivory Soap with bad language? At least for parts of our generation, having your mouth washed out with soap was simply how parents disciplined their kids who used foul language, and for the most part, it worked, at least so long as Mom and Dad were within earshot. With the aftertaste of Ivory Snow bar soap still burning in your mouth, you avoided foul language in the future.

In Florida a woman and her boyfriend were arrested for child abuse after the couple washed their kids mouth out with bar soap for using foul language. Given the language kids use, even in elementary school today, you would need to carry a half-case of Ivory Soap with you at all times.

According to the police, the parents put a bar of soap in their girl's mouth for ten minutes whereupon she vomited, and was taken to the hospital. The hospital summoned police and the parents were arrested. According to police having the bar of soap in the girl's mouth for ten minutes was simply too long.

So, what are your alternatives for kids who use foul language today? Welcome to the age of Doctor Phil.


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