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Quote of the Day - When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states. - Will Rogers
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What Do Tattoos, The Lottery And Teaching Kids To Read Have In Common? Oklahoma.

Oklahoma, land of the Broadway hit musical by the same name, has become the last state to legalize tattooingIt's a Scandal! It's An Outrage!  That's right, folks, women can now wear makeup in Oklahoma, too.  Don't get me wrong here:  MIPTC comes from the land of corn-fed beef and ham, that somewhat nearby state of Iowa, so I'm not poking fun at Midwesterners.  I am, however, poking fun at Oklahoma, the land where the "Oklahoma State Lottery Teaches Kids To Read."

I kid you not. 

It says so, right there on the State's lottery website.  I suspect it's a conspiracy to get Oklahoma children to learn their numbers so they can buy lottery tickets, too. 

It's been a sore subject for some time.  Tattooing; that is, not Oklahoma children who can't read.  While the law preventing tattooing used to exist in the state, it was not regularly enforced.  Some have been arrested, but now practicing body art will take an application, a stiff licensing fee, a bond and classes, and an ink pen.  Most surprising, the license requires proof of previous professional practice in tattooing.  It's as if the state is granting amnesty, I suppose. 

After all, tattooing has only been around 6,000 years

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 19:09 Comments (0)


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