Thursday, April 9, 2009

Unintended Consequences

Sometimes things don't go as planned. Sometimes we do things hoping for one result but actually get exactly the opposite.

We've heard a lot about Unintended Consequences with the financial crisis and all the efforts to cope with it, but takes a lighter look at the same phenomenon.

In today's post, Cracked looks at five well-known public health campaigns that had unintended consequences and ended up accomplishing exactly the opposite of their original goal. They include D.A.R.E., England's Bully Beating Campaign, Nebraska Safe Haven law, California's Healthy Lunchbox Program, and The Phillip Morris Talk: They'll Listen campaign. is all that remains of Cracked Magazine, which those of you who grew up when I did, might remember as a blatant rip-off of Mad Magazine. Print is dead so Mad evolved to television and Cracked went to the web.


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