Uncle Sam wants you to keep calm and wash up

September 24th, 2012 · 15 comments

I didn’t pay much attention to this bit of poetic propaganda until I noticed it was posted at an office in the United Kingdom. Is the awkward meter of the writing below Uncle Sam some kind a subtle comment on American imperialism, or just pure laziness? I suspect the latter, but I’d still be tempted to slap a “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster on top.

I WANT YOU TO WASH YOUR DISHES. The sink is too small to have dishes build up, It's really not complicated to wash a small cup, Your workmates aren't your servants, keepers or your mothers, Those who wash their own things needn't worry about the others.

related: The Vicar of Glibly

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15 responses so far ↓

  • #1   shwo! bang

    Never leave a dish behind!

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #2   Semper fi

    No dish left behind!

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #3   GreatHarridan

    Dude, so sad, just pull the 3rd “your” (as in your mother) and it scans. How lazy are you to not edit your rhyme for decent meter?

    Sep 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   lana

      Also remove the last “the”.

      Sep 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Holy guacamole

      Uh, no. “the others” is referring to the other items left in the sink which also need to be washed.

      Sep 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   ItsNotLamb bang

    My first thought about this is that I think the poet was probably looking for a picture of Lord Kitchener, the guy on the famous British war propaganda poster ‘Your Country Needs YOU’.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 4:47 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Elf

      That’s what I thought too. Why would the Brits pull out the Uncle Sam? I know it’s iconic, but it’s so *completely* American! Notewriter: The moustaches are very different, Kitchner always had a uniform, and no self-respecting WWII Brit would have looked like he stepped out of our Civil War.

      Sep 25, 2012 at 6:54 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   The Elf

      Oh dang it, I got my wars mixed up again. Their’s was a WWI thing. Ours was a WWII. I blame the Germans.

      Sep 25, 2012 at 6:57 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Jami

      My thought is they were looking for something that was a little more jarring/eye catching. Something that’s typical for England such as the Keep Calm signs would be easy to ignore. But throw something so obviously American up there and it stands out more. Like putting a DC character in the middle of a bunch of Marvel characters.

      Sep 25, 2012 at 9:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #5   weaselby

    Or they’re targeting the American employee(s) as messy and lazy.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 5:54 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Emor

      ItsNotLamb was making a pun. The guy’s name is Lord KITCHENer.

      Sep 25, 2012 at 6:31 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #6   Dane Zeller

    I never wash my coffee cup. That way, no one else uses it.

    Also, my bad habit provides a reason for justifiable outrage for those who enjoy the feel of being wronged.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 8:34 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #7   The Elf

    But I’m growing that mold for the Victory Garden!

    Sep 25, 2012 at 10:24 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   IamFuckingDelish

      Elf, Your mold is fucking delicious!

      Sep 25, 2012 at 11:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   Omnivore

    Am I the only one waiting for Uncle Sam to bust out the Superbowl Shuffle?

    Sep 26, 2012 at 10:44 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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