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Copy Me Elmo: First there was Bert hanging out with Osama bin Laden. Then, many years later, in fact a couple days ago, Sumana went to the Bangalore equivalent of a county fair. There were a number of public-service-announcement posters including an anti-suicide poster listing common causes of suicide and telling you to look for the warning signs. Fair enough, except the background image of the poster was this Internet-gag picture of Elmo offing himself.

I can see the thought process--it's certainly eye-catching, and if it weren't Elmo it might even be disturbing--but I don't know how they got the Elmo picture in particular. An image search for "doll suicide" pulls up arty pictures and goth porn. Someone had to think to search for "elmo suicide", and at that point you're really in on the joke.


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