Friday, September 27, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 9-28 Ask a Stupid Question Day

Click here to download card!
Tomorrow, September 28th is Ask a Stupid Question Day.  Asking who started Ask a Stupid Question Day is not stupid, but no one's sure who the culprits were. The best guess is that it was created by an anonymous group of teachers. While most teachers and middle managers claim there is no such thing as a stupid question, those of us who have asked one know what happens when you do, so we try not to if at all possible. 

Stupid questions can be useful, especially if the answer to the stupid question makes the questionee uncomfortable.  I once asked a guy a stupid question at a political rally.  He claimed to represent some organization like People for Better Government. In the middle of his speech about the dangers of Senate bill to reduce the size of Texas government, I raised my hand and asked, "Who do you work for?" He said "People for Better Government," and gave me that "How stupid can you be?" look.  "No, I objected.  I mean who signs your paycheck?"  He shifted uncomfortably, but eventually answered truthfully (there were people there who knew the answer to that question).

"I work for the Federal and State Employees Union," he mumbled. There was a big old choral "Oh...." that followed that admission and he was pretty much discredited after that.  Sometimes stupid questions can be quite useful.

Like this one on an "Ask a Stupid Question" card for your favorite loved one.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the reader above right. The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.

This is a side fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "landscape" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. Much quicker that way.And get a family tree started for the two of you. It'll be fun discovering whole new branches of your family tree!

Next year I plan to do versions of these cards for women to give to their guys.  If you can't wait, I'll personally make you one for a paltry $2 and email it to you as a PDF file.  Just contact me ahead of time and I'll set it up.  I'll add a tip jar button on the site or something for that sort of thing. If you really want these, perhaps I can start doing one of each, although right now I don't have the time for it unless I have an audience for it.

© 2013 by Tom King

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