The Rub

June 18th, 2014

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“This is my husband when he was 6 or 7. His grandma sent him to school on PICTURE DAY in this shirt. You can’t see the bottom, but the shirt actually says “Rub it easy, make it hard.” No joke. His grandma obviously was clueless. Needless to say, he didn’t wear it to school again.”

(submitted by Wendy)

51 Responses to “The Rub”

  1. Oddy says:

    When I was in 8th grade in the mid-90’s, our girls choir teacher had this thing where if we did something good, he would yell, “What are we?” We would respond, “We’re good!”

    If he asked a second time, we would respond, “We’re real good!”

    If he asked a third time, we would respond, “We’re jinglin,’ baby!”

    I have no idea why he came up with that “mantra,” but my only guess is due to this:

    He made T-shirts for our choir performances and field trips. It was a purple shirt with a big gold star in the center. Right across our chests it said, “We’re jinglin, baby!!!”

    I trashed that shirt the minute I was out of junior high and I pray I have no pictures out there with this shirt…..

  2. Mark says:

    That’s Randy Orton.

  3. leila says:

    clueless! …back in the 70s, when sew-on clothing patches were in, my mother bought me a “cute” one with a graphic of a kitten in a martini glass. It read “happiness is a tight pussy”; I wore it proudly for years …..

  4. Mike says:

    I had a shirt in junior high that said “Who say beer don’t make you smart, it made Budweiser.” Let’s just say that I never got to wear it to school again although my mother gave it to me. We thought it was hilarious.

  5. Lee W says:

    Judging from the comments most of you had some fun associated with these shirts, there use to be a time when people laughed things off instead of demanding removal of said item, except for teachers; they never had a sense of humor!

    Also these shirts were a lot less vulgar then even whats on TV nowdays

  6. Shelley says:

    These comments are a riot! Thanks for the entertainment. Funny stuff!

  7. April says:

    As a 4th grader in the 80’s, I had (and wore) a shirt that said “Skydivers go down faster.” I thought it was a cool shirt about skydiving….

  8. Juliano says:

    Was it, by any chance, a catholic school?

  9. Kate says:

    A friend of mine wore a shirt our sophomore year in high school that said, “Take off your pants and jacket.” It was the name of the new Blink-182 album that was just released. It took our Geometry teacher two months before she made him go to the bathroom to turn it inside out. At the end of class, she gave him a letter to give to his mother stating that he is to never wear that shirt again. He wore that shirt for a straight month in protest.

  10. Julie says:

    Grandma was not clueless. She knew. It was her private joke I bet.

  11. jeff says:

    I had a shirt just like it in the late 70’s as a 20 something. The shirt says, *Rub it easy, make it hard.* It was a slogan for the Protect It automotive wax. I wish I still had mine.

  12. Ann3073 says:

    I thought the pic was hilarious until I read the comments! I have laughed til I cried!!

  13. MarkInSF says:

    This is why school photographers should always have a supply of neutral clothes in various sizes. In the case of t-shirts, many don’t look that strange inside out. The problem is when neither the kid nor their parents gst the shirt or they think it’s funny. Schools, send home written policies on acceptable clothing. We wore some ugly leisure suits when I was in high school, but there was no message beyond our lack of taste.

  14. Jillian says:

    My dad used to work for a major lock company in the late 1970s. They had a product at the time where you could unlock your front door by holding up a special card near a sensor, rather than using a key in a deadbolt. My mom had a shirt, which must have been part of their ad campaign that said, “You don’t have to stick it in, just hold it close.” I was an adult before it saw the shirt and got the joke.

  15. Heather S says:

    Back in 1977, there was this big time King Tut exhibit in New Orleans, where we lived. My mother got a shirt that has two pics of the famous king’s head at the top right and left and says, “Hands off my tuts” because, you know. In the third grade, we were studying ancient Egypt, so I brought this tee in as an artifact. I would have worn it, but this was Catholic school, so I had to wear a uniform. I guess I was a pretty slow kid because it wasn’t until the look on that teacher’s face when I unfolded the shirt in front of the class that I suddenly “got” it.

  16. Ronda says:

    When I was about 11, my parents got me a shirt from somewhere that a picture of two sunny-side-up eggs right over my chest. I don’t know why they got it for me or where, but I remember wearing it pretty often.

  17. Ego Nemo says:

    Could it have been a kid’s sports sponsor?

    When I was a kid, a local small manufacturer — which provided a patented metal-treating process to the region’s steel industry — sponsored a Little League team.

    The players wore T-shirts with the company’s matter-of-fact slogan:

    “We make your tool hard and slippery.”

  18. Lou says:

    Could you make the pic a little bigger please? I can barely see anything.

  19. Pankaj says:

    Ha ha ha lolz the comments are even more hilariious

  20. Tim F says:

    In 8th grade I played saxophone in the jazz band. I got suspended for wearing a shirt that said, “How about a little oral sax”……My parents, big jazz enthusiasts, thought it was hilarious.

  21. Eldo says:

    If this is the same shirt that I remember from the 1970s, it has “Protect it” written below “Make it hard”.

  22. Joanne says:

    When I was a kid in the seventies my parents let me get a glittery iron-on of a beaver beside a river with trees in the background. It said, “Save a tree, eat a beaver.” I thought it was an environmental message. I don’t know what my parents were thinking.

    • JP62 says:

      I bought that same decal as an iron on in the 70’s. I never put it on a shirt and I still have it somewhere in all my clutter.

      • Irene says:

        Probably a collectors’ item nowadays. When I was a kid, I saw a postcard with the slogan “Save water – shower with a friend” which I assumed to be serious advice aimed at protecting the planet.

  23. Mary Lopez says:

    Back in the late 70’s when I was student-teaching I conducted a parent-teacher conference with a father who was wearing a t-shirt that said, “I choked Linda Lovelace.”

    • David says:

      Did he know what it meant?

    • Jaemae says:

      LOL! My God some people have no shame!

    • Tim F says:

      That’s nothing. My wife ( a very pretty 3rd grade school teacher), had a father come into a parent/teacher conference for his daughter with a real classy bracelet on. It was (literally) 1 1/2 inches wide black leather with big white letters on it that said, “I Love Vagina”………The principal (who was in attendance asked him to remove it explaining politely that it was terribly offensive….He responded that he didn’t see what was wrong with it!!!!

  24. Meredith S. says:

    My parents, for some reason I do not wish to examine at all, had this bright yellow t-shirt with a radio on it, the (glittery, iron-on, very late 70’s/early80’s) knobs right over where the boobs would be in the shirt. The logo said “Don’t touch the knobs–they’re perfectly adjusted”. I loved the glittery-ness and wanted to wear the shirt all the time, not getting why my mother would take it away and hide it from me each time I found it and hauled it out to beg to wear to school.

    • Kim W. says:

      My sister had that same shirt and she wore it all the time! She was in high school and I was in elementary at the time, but even I knew back then that it was creepy/inappropriate. To this day, I can’t figure out why my parents let her wear it (or why she wanted to wear it).

    • Leah King says:

      I had that shirt, and wore it all 4 years of high school (80-84). Bought it at Spencer’s Gifts, where all the cool kids got their dirty t-shirts. 🙂

  25. Shannon says:

    I can not stop laughing. That is hilarious. Why would there be a shirt made for a child that age?

    • Brandy says:

      It’s funny you’d ask that because I’ve wondered the same thing about a shirt I owned back in the 80’s. I was all of abt. 10 years old and I wore my Olivia Newton-John t-shirt every chance I got. On the front it read “Let’s Get Physical” and on the back it read “Let Me Hear Your Body Talk”. I didn’t know why the older boys got such a kick out of it. Like most innocent people, I believed the song was about exercise. No joke, my younger sister had one just like it…in HER size. X)

  26. Suze says:

    When I was about 8 or 9, I had a friend of the same age who wore a t-shirt that said, “Ittie-bittie titty committee” – no joke. I think her mom or dad thought it was “cute”. That was in 1980!

  27. thePenciler says:

    Clueless? You sure she’s not suffering from dementia?

  28. Angie says:

    Grandma should not be oblivious to rubbing it easy and making it hard, regardless of her age. Really? This concept is not new…

  29. Stella says:

    Why on Earth would that make a shirt with that saying in a children’s size?

    One day I was helping a kindergarten class and a rather large boy was wearing a shirt that his aunt had gotten – it say “This is what a hot nurse looks like.”

  30. Scout C says:

    The awkwardness comes not from the school picture of this boy in this shirt, but from the fact that an adult actually purchased this shirt for this boy in the first place.

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