Since I’ve been asked to do a couple of blogs in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (today) and The Lorax’s release (today), I started doing a little research about Theodor Geisel (and by “research” I mean Wikipedia) and, as it turns out, he’s a bit of a rebel. Seuss didn’t play by the rules —not that he was a tatted up heroin addict or made a living playing the trombone on the streets of Denver before finding success writing a children’s books but he certainly wasn’t a doctor and he dropped out of Oxford for a chick.
By the way, did you know that Dr. Seuss who is arguably the most famous children’s book writer of all time never had kids? He never wanted them. He just wanted to entertain them.
Also, did you know that one of his pen names that he used for books he wrote but didn’t illustrate was Theo LeSieg which is Geisel spelled backward! Funny! He also made a lot of political statements with his kiddie books.
After the jump I’m going to fill your head with rebelliousness!
The Sneetches is about racial equality; Yertle the Turtle is about Hitler and anti-authoritarianism (who knew?) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas criticizes the materialism and consumerism of the Christmas season (we knew).
Theodor himself said that he’s “subversive as hell.” So in honor of his birthday, here are my easy suggestions for how you add a little friendly rebelliousness to your life.
Mr. Roboto 1 of 5Out of nowhere just start dancing the robot for no reason. People will wonder if you're crazy, homeless or just love the 70's a little too much. Let them wonder! You don't take orders from Boring McBorestein! You're a rebel!
Hello My Name Is… 2 of 5Give yourself a fun alter-ego by changing up the spelling of your name just like Theo did. If you're reading this Cher, how about calling yourself Rech? You'd really throw people off when you're on stage singing If You Believe In Life After Love! I'm going to go with Stef Roy-Tal which ever so slightly reminds me of â€˜roid rage which clearly is good clean humor!
Sk8ter Boy 3 of 5Take up skateboarding in your late 40's. You could always then start threatening constantly to sell everything you have and open a skate shop. Not that my husband is doing that. Oh no, not him. He'd never do something crazy like that. He's "getting back into skateboarding" you know cause he skated when he was 13.
LA Woman 4 of 5If you're a woman who lives in Los Angeles and weighs less than 105 pounds (and don't they all?) go into a bakery, order a banana nut muffin, and just eat the whole thing! Go crazy! Cause you're a rebel! Who cares if you won't be able to wear your skinny jeans for a day! Let the crumbs fall where they may because you are the James Dean of baked goods!
Read My Shirt 5 of 5If you're a dude, wear a t-shirt that says, I Love My Wife. Now that's subversive! And think of all the pussy you'll get. p.s. I'm probably not supposed to use the word "pussy" in a sponsored post...BUT I'M A REBEL!
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