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A Mormon's request

post #1 of 16
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No, this isn't a misplaced joke about the Mormon, the Jew, and the Evangelical who planned to vote for John McCain.

This is an actual request from me, who is, as some of you may know, a skiing Mormon:

"Could we please refrain from making references to Mormon's 'funny underwear'?"

Now, I will be the first to say that there is a vast trove of humor found in 58% Mormon Utah. I mean, with the obtuse drinking laws, polygamist subculture, ultra-conservative legislators, holier-than-thou attitudes seen in some Mormons (and not a few LCC acolytes), Donny Osmond, and Mitt Romney, there is indeed much fodder for the creative jape. And I'm very much okay with that. All are fair game and many have been subject to my own satirical writings.

However, I do draw the line with references to that which is considered sacred to Mormons. I'm sure that these comments have been innocent in nature, written without an understanding of Mormon theology or spiritual feelings. I won't discuss the sacred nature of this topic, but I would simply ask for your discretion and consideration in regards to what you write concerning those "weird Mormons" in Utah.

Thanks for listening, and happy spring skiing wherever you are, even if it's Stowe or Snowbird.
post #2 of 16
Not LDS myself, but have many associations (family members, former in-laws even) w/ you folks. Request cheerfully respected.

Now about Snowbird...what's wrong w/ it in the Spring? Is there somewhere better I should be in early April?
post #3 of 16
My weird life in utah...

I just had dinner with the first family(monsons) at Cafe Tange in draper, dont ask me how or why it just happened.

totally unrelated and just something that came to mind from your post bill.
post #4 of 16
Should we call them "goofy garments" instead? j/k

Seriously though. As a Jew, we get away with making fun of ourselves all the time. But its a another thing when someone of a different faith starts in. Kind of like African Americans using the N word. And in the serious vein, if you can get a chuckle out of your own religions peccadilloes, you need to check to make sure your funny bone works.

My Mormon friends who wear garments take it quite seriously. But they also recognize that most of the rest of us find it curious and that people tend to laugh at things they don't understand.
post #5 of 16
I will gladly do my best to respect this request Bill. Hope you enjoy your spring as well.
post #6 of 16
Agreed. Sinecure, I share your sensitivity to Jewish jokes. I've also become slightly sensitive to comments about Italians, though I'm not Italian myself. Let's just say this is not the place.

But if I can ask respectfully, what are the garments in question? I don't remember anything about this from my brief time living in Salt Lake. Could someone fill me in?
post #7 of 16
Google, Prickly, Google http://www.mormon-underwear.com/
post #8 of 16
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Google, Prickly, Google http://www.mormon-underwear.com/
Wow.
post #9 of 16
We're still allowed to make fun of French people, right (just kidding philippe)?
post #10 of 16
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But if I can ask respectfully, what are the garments in question? ... Could someone fill me in?
I'm glad I'm not the only one who had no idea what the garments in question were. In Google We Trust.
post #11 of 16
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We're still allowed to make fun of French people, right (just kidding philippe)?
You're welcome, open season, 365 days / year.
I especially recommend mocking
- the 100 000 casualties of the battle of France in 1940
- hairy and smelly women.
- strange food habits.
post #12 of 16
Very bad wine and low, snowless mountains. Slow trains. General lack of culture. Uninteresting politicians. Very limited choice in cheeses.
post #13 of 16
Steve Young (who did not wear his Mormon onesie in games--it's not exactly an athletic garment) used to get teased in the locker room about it. He gave it back as good as he got, or so he said in an interview. He said that he explained to teammates that it was something important to him, but he also recognized that they looked pretty silly to non-Mormons.

On the other end of the spectrum....two years ago I saw someone across the street from Temple Square selling Mormon underwear to tourists (obviously not "official" stuff). For reasons I won't go into, I'd say that the vendor was not LDS, or at least no longer practicing or whatever, but she was surrounded by several young men in crisp black suits with nametags. People were buying them, too. In short order the police came.
post #14 of 16
wow - I plead ignorance. I would have never even known the reference. Anyway, I never try to offend anyone intentionally, although I will admit to an ironic East coast sense of humor.

Suffice to say I think Utah is a great place and people there (whether they are Mormon or not) have been very gracious to me generally.
post #15 of 16
Smug sons of b*****s with their craggy peaks and dry, fluffy snow...

Sorry, got distracted. Nothing against anyone either.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
You're welcome, open season, 365 days / year.
I especially recommend mocking
- the 100 000 casualties of the battle of France in 1940
- hairy and smelly women.
- strange food habits.
My bride of 36 years is the daughter of a French war bride who got distracted in 1945 by a first generation American paratrooper of Polish descent. She ended up being left-handed as well. She proudly considers herself a left-handed French Polack and knows all the jokes about both ethnicities.

Her latest is we were riding a chair together and passing beneath us was one of my colleagues whom I had berated recently about a lack of pole touch in his medium radius turns. As we rode over, he was saying, "pole touch, pole touch." She thought he was saying, "Polack, Polack", so now she calles pole touching "Polacking".
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