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The Rules Of: Swearing

Six steps toward washing your mouth out with soap.

Welcome to The Rules, an illustrated guide to modern etiquette.

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UCLA Student's Anti-Asian YouTube Rant: Do Colleges Need Mandatory Diversity Classes?

UCLA junior Alexandra Wallace's anti Asian rant raises the question—should colleges teach how to work with people from diverse backgrounds?


A UCLA student is in hot water after filming a disturbing anti-Asian rant and posting it online. Last Friday, political science major Alexandra Wallace taped an almost three-minute video called "Asians in the Library," and over the weekend, it went viral on YouTube. In the video she attacks Asian students for everything from talking on their cell phones to having elderly relatives come visit. Although the university has condemned her tirade, the incident raises the question, what should colleges do foster a truly inclusive learning environment and prepare students for a diverse world?

Wallace complains about "these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year," and then bashes them for their so-called bad manners. She demonstrates her "good" American manners by insensitively criticizing Asian students who used the phone after the tsunami hit Japan saying, "I swear they're going through their whole families just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing."

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President LBJ Gets Anatomically Graphic While Ordering Pants

A newly animated phone call from history suggests that President Johnson was a bit of a foul-mouthed boor.

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A few things one can learn from this fantastic animation of a phone call then President Lyndon B. Johnson made to the Haggar clothing company in 1964: Johnson generally carried a knife with him; Johnson would use the word "bunghole"; Johnson would occasionally belch loudly into the phone and not excuse himself; Johnson liked a little extra room in the crotch of his pants, "down where your nuts hang."

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