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    New Seattle Trolly Line has a not so nice Acronym

    Acronym is NSFW.

    From the AP Wire:
    http://www.newsday.com/news/nationwo...,5860835.story

    Highlight:
    Officially it's the South Lake Union Streetcar. Within the old Cascade neighborhood, part of the area to be served by the new line, it's popularly known as the South Lake Union Trolley -- or .....
    Would you wear such a t-shirt as described in the article ?

    What other planning/transit acronyms could be misunderstood ?
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    The unofficial acronym is going to stick. It is way to much fun to die.

    As I understand it, they tried to change the acronym early on but to no avail. It is a change they HAD to make.

    To bad, it is probably an advertising ploy that would have finally worked for mass transit.

    Like usual, a person cant have any fun in life. One could have WAY TO MUCH FUN riding the SLUX!

    The promotions they could run:
    HEY! You are the 1,000,000 person to ride the SLUX !

    My entire family rides the SLUX!

    The only SLUX my girlfriend will let me ride!

    I can't deliver UTOPIA, but I can create a HELL for you to LIVE in :)DoD:(

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    OMG that is awesome!

    I see the tv ads, the billboards, it's all there -


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    Cheap, fast, and gets you off quick.
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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner View post
    Cheap, fast, and gets you off quick.

    That has got to be the post of the day.
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    The potential marketing slogans are fantastic...

    Ride the ....
    Board the ....
    Mount the ....
    Rail the ....

    A school I went to changed it's name in the early 1960's and the student preferred name was Flinthills University of Central Kansas.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    That has got to be the post of the day.
    Agreed, congrats NH Planner!

    OT: I knew some Ball State University students that used to call it Testicle Tech!

    in a way, back to this thread, they should keep it and poke (no pun intended) at their lack of foresight in their ads - as in whoops, sinful delights...

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    Quote Originally posted by NHPlanner View post
    Cheap, fast, and gets you off quick.
    Bookmarked for Post of The Year

    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian
    OT: I knew some Ball State University students that used to call it Testicle Tech!
    As you may not know, both NHP and I are Testytech alumni. I, for one, can verify that moniker.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Bookmarked for Post of The Year



    As you may not know, both NHP and I are Testytech alumni. I, for one, can verify that moniker.
    Wow. I'm kind of glad that has faded away. MrTresmo and I are BSU alums and haven't ever heard that.

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    North Texas University changed there name some years back to University of North Texas. Mysteriously, the college radio station decided NOT to pick up the new acronym of KUNT...

    Interestingly, I just read that it may be made available to a digital station in Maui.

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    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    North Texas University changed there name some years back to University of North Texas. Mysteriously, the college radio station decided NOT to pick up the new acronym of KUNT...
    And yes, the current and former acronym is KNTU so the change would have been logical if not in poor taste outside the university community.
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    Contrary to rumors, Sam Houston State was never known as the Sam Houston Institute of Technology...
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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Contrary to rumors, Sam Houston State was never known as the Sam Houston Institute of Technology...
    Do they have an IT department?
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    I'm tired of all the graffitti on rapid transit. Hopefully those gang bangers won't be riding the...

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    Off-topic:
    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    OT: I knew some Ball State University students that used to call it Testicle Tech!
    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    As you may not know, both NHP and I are Testytech alumni. I, for one, can verify that moniker.
    Quote Originally posted by Tresmo View post
    Wow. I'm kind of glad that has faded away. MrTresmo and I are BSU alums and haven't ever heard that.
    I've heard the "testicle tech" moniker used while I was there....but the one far more prevalent was leaving the "state" out of the school's name, and calling it "Ball U." Some of the bookstores had t-shirts with something to the effect of "I'd rather Ball U than IU."
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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post
    You are always free to come inside the...

    I'm tired of all the graffitti on rapid transit. Hopefully those gang bangers won't be riding the...
    lol - this is a close to second to NHP

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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Contrary to rumors, Sam Houston State was never known as the Sam Houston Institute of Technology...
    Off-topic:

    How did you know about that one? I thought that was something only folks from Texas were aware of!

    They happen to be a key rival of Texas State.


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    My only one, and it doesn't even compare to these

    Was when a group of us tried to save a rail road depot,
    Some of the people with out thinking ahead had T-Shirts printed up that said
    Save Our Depot
    Naturally we became known as SOD and various other references were made
    but we did save the Depot
    It is the same as the one in the Henry Ford Museum.
    They used to come and take paint samples from our depot because ours had not been changed and had the original paint on it. SOD ended up offering the RR approximately $5,000 to the RR for the Depot (these is all we had through fund raisers) and RR accepted and the depot is still there. The RR was planning on demo-ing the depot.
    So we didn't care what they called us, we saved the Depot but I have to admit I wish we had a different acroynm
    but after reading these, we werent so bad after all.

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    Off-topic:

    How did you know about that one? I thought that was something only folks from Texas were aware of!

    They happen to be a key rival of Texas State.

    Alllllll my exes live in Texas...
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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Contrary to rumors, Sam Houston State was never known as the Sam Houston Institute of Technology...
    They did have Springfield Heights Institute of Technology once on "The Simpsons."
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