Thursday, June 14, 2012

Come On. Or Cumin? I Have no Idea.

So a couple of weeks ago, Kate and I were on our way to go grab lunch when we saw something. I swear the reason we're friends is that we share a brain about certain things. Because when we saw it, we both just stopped and looked at it for a minute, perplexed. Then we looked at each other, doing an identical WTF head tilt.

Let's take all closer look at it, together.


Lydia: Wow... KUMON.
Kate: Look at him.
Lydia: I know.
Kate: (softly) Kumon.
Lydia: Why is he sad?
Kate: He's not sad... And it's not pronounced KUMON.
Lydia: I already know that. It’s pronounced: Cumin.
Kate: No. That is very wrong. It’s COME ON.
Lydia: Look at his face. He’s sad. He’s saying - just rub it a little.
Kate: No. He’s saying, come on. I rubbed it. Then you got it my hair.

Of course, the other reason we're friends is that we're stupid and inappropriate.

xo, Lydia (and Kate!)


(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2012

28 comments:

  1. bWA... ha... ha.

    It's come-on... you know this crap doesn't work.

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  2. Didn't realise Kumon was international...down under we pronounce it "koomon"

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  3. hahahahahaha! and, is that for realz???? so, it's TUTORING??? note to people who own that place: ah, you *might* want to change the name due to middle school humor (and lydia and kate's humor - along with half of the breathing world), and also i want the people who are making my kids successful in reading to actually know how to read and spell so other people know what the fu*k they are talking about. YEESH.

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  4. Hahaha. It's actually from Japan and one of many examples of why some words don't work in other languages. It's pronounced coo-moan (which actually sounds pretty kinky now that you mention it, because I know you will) and refers to a specific type of learning method appropriately named the Kumon-method (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumon).

    We had trouble with the non-translatable, somehow-inappropriate language issue when naming our kids: http://www.momintwocultures.com/2011/03/picking-names.html

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    1. And I'm pretty sure the face is meant to represent thoughtful reflection (because stick figures are always the best for representing complex emotions).

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  5. Their workbooks are good. And by that I mean, just colorful enough for kids to like, and hard enough for mommies to sneak off and... power nap, drink, do it, whatever you're into.

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  6. Its pronounced koo ( like poo) mon. Its a tutoring canter. I wonder about the sad face everytime i drop my kids there.

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  7. There is a gas station chain in the midwest called Kum N Go. We had a great time taking pictures at one of the locations as we were traveling through Iowa.

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    1. When I was in college I took a road-trip to Iowa for a week to visit my then future in-laws. I saw the Kum N Gos and had a chuckle, but didn't think about it until the next time my mom visited. She found my bank statement and started chastising me for making three purchases at the Kum N Go for a total of about $150 while spending time with my fiance's family. I had no idea what I had done wrong until I realized she didn't know it was a gas station and thought I had bought $150 worth of adult toys while I was staying under my MIL's roof. She was skeptical for a while, I had to pull it up on the internet to prove I wasn't having kinky sexy-time with the hubby (at least there).

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    2. I totally saw this gas station on a road trip to Missouri a couple weeks ago, and you guys are making me cry from hilarity.

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  8. I think he's really sad because they're apparently supposed to teach you to read. Without knowing how to spell.

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  9. What mitushi said...it was created 50 years ago in Japan and now is taught in 43 countries.

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  10. My little brother made the same joke when he came down here from VT-- now, I giggle every time I drive past it on my way to the Target, despite the fact that I know better.

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  11. This is on the same level as Playskool...

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  12. I live in Iowa. The Kum n Go gas stations were a delightful part of growing up. We also have a KUMON and every time I drive by I am so confused. I mean, on a level I understand what it is. But on many others, WT*?

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  13. inappropriate idea spawned from this... open a drycleaners next door, call it kum off and superimpose their meme on a pair of trousers as the business graphic.

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    1. Now I have to clean the coffee off my screen. Thanks for the laugh.

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  14. inappropriate idea spawned from this... open a drycleaners next door, call it kum off and superimpose their meme on a pair of trousers as the business graphic.

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  15. When I delivered my first son, the OB/GYN on call that night was Dr. Kum. He's been around for years and everyone loves him, but interesting name for an OB/GYN nonetheless.

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  16. I wonder if it would be any better if the Kumon stick figure was happy in the the logo?? Or is that still stupid and inappropriate???

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  17. Ladies..... If you think this is bad..... Yeah, lets just say the Japanese have an interesting perspective on things, after living her for 2 1/2 years, I am almost not surprised anymore by the absurdly weird stuff I see..... But yes, they have the Kumon centers everywhere here, and they are one of the main resources for teaching Japanese to native English speakers and English to native Japanese speakers. Speaking from experience, their programs are excellent, especially for adults wanting to learn a second or third language :)

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  18. That's wrong on SO many levels... but funny as hell!

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  19. or..how about the "strip mall" near to us called "consumer square"? with..stores target, dicks and bj's ?...all bases covered...

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  20. I tutor a few students who also use the KOOmon program. From what I understand, it is basically lots of practice (you know all the math drills we USED to do in school). Fortunately my kids had teachers that know what works and how to make it fun and therefore don't need Kumon. I am constantly amazed at how even "good" math students are quite slow with their mental math abilities. Grade 9 and your multiplication table recall should be almost instantaneous!
    I did wonder about the name though ;)
    Students who have used Kumon do seem to learn new concepts faster because they're not reaching for their calculator for a simple operation.

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