Unmentionable Topics For TED

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If you visit TED website you will find the following Mission Statement.  Please click on the image for a larger resolution.
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Dictionary definition of Unmentionable is:
1. Too offensive, shocking, or embarrassing to talk about or mention
2. One that is not to be mentioned or discussed

I submit to Ashok that there is no topic that could possibly be unmentionable in a TED Talk as long as the ‘how’ is taken care of in conveying the ‘what’.

This topic was suggested by Ashok for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, PadmumShackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

8 thoughts on “Unmentionable Topics For TED”

  1. Leaving TED aside: Of course there are unmentionable subjects. Which is where I dispute Shackman’s assertion in his take on the subject that as long as you keep the “how” civil anything goes. It doesn’t. Not even among friends. For heaven’s sake, there are certain subjects barred even in my “no barrels held” thought processes and ponderings. Subjects which I will not entertain within the confines of my own mind. You can be the most open minded (whatever that means) person in the world there are limits – namely the ‘unmentionables’. I think the closest I ever came to it was when, quite recently and apropos of nothing, my father brought up the best way of wiping your bottom. Apparently, I didn’t know this, there are those who crunch toilet paper and those who fold. Fascinating. The sort of subject you discuss with your young child when he/she starts to wipe their bottom themselves. Later? No thanks. Do what you do. Just don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards.

    Come to think of it maybe I should suggest to TED to let me talk on how best to wipe your bottom, delve into the psyche of the ‘cruncher’ and the ‘folder’. Mix with a little Freudian ‘anal’ or the down right negligenct. How to maximise both your effort in quest of saving the planet. Dear dog in heaven. Let’s see. Suggestions welcome. I can see it now: Thousands of comments flooding in by those who have mastered the art of a fine relationship between their food intake and exit without any need to wipe at all. And what of flushing? And why do – on the whole – only men leave skid marks in the bowl? Marking their territory? Maybe. Like a tom cat. Where cats will diligently cover up, toms just leave their offering for all the world to praise. Then, of course, there is the bidet. Which – when I first arrived in England – the English mistook for a convenient way to wash your feet after a day out in the mud. Which, incidentally, it is if you can’t be arsed using the shower. Want me to go on, Ted?

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  2. I was invited to speak at TEDxDublin earlier this summer. At the time it did not fit in with my schedule, so I declined. Looking back now I wish I the free time to accept the invitation. Had I accepted, I might have heard Rory live with a topic that would certainly have been on the unmentionable list a few years ago in Dublin.

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