11 Variations on "Keep Calm and Carry On"

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The now-famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster was produced by the British Ministry of Information in 1939, as a quintessentially British statement of what to do in the event of German invasion. The poster actually wasn't circulated at the time, and only became popular after its rediscovery at a bookstore. Among my friends, it's something of a mantra -- I know one woman who has the phrase sewn into the lining of her coat.

But enough with boring history. Let's look at some wacky variations on the poster that have appeared online. Tip for nerds: a lot of these are available as prints (and notebooks, phone covers, mouse pads, you name it) from various online vendors. Google it.

1. Keep Calm and Call Batman

I first saw this on a whiteboard at a software company. Get Commissioner Gordon on the phone!

2. Don't Panic and Carry a Towel

For all the hoopy froods in the house.

Don't Panic and Carry a Towel

3. Keep Calm and Kill It With Fire

Everyone knows The Thing can only be killed with fire. Also: winter is coming.

Keep Calm and Kill it With Fire

4. Keep Calm and Save the Princess

Mario or Zelda? You decide.

Keep Calm and Save the Princess

5. Freak Out and Call Mom

She'll want to hear what's up.

Freak Out and Call Mom

6. Stress Out and Throw Vase

This is what you do if Mom isn't picking up.

Stress Out and Throw Vase

7. Keep Calm and Have a Cuppa

A spot of tea always helps.

Keep Calm and Have a Cuppa

8. Keep Calm and Aim for the Head

Necessary advice for the coming zombie apocalypse.

Keep Calm and Aim for the Head

9. Keep Calm and Harry On

Useful while you're waiting for that damn Sorting Hat to figure you out.

Keep Calm and Harry On

10. Keep Calm and Simply Walk Into Mordor

Easy for you to say, Gandalf!

Keep Calm and Simply Walk Into Mordor

11. Run Out of Ideas and Make a Parody

Oh, internet. How self-aware you've become!

Run Out of Ideas and Make a Parody

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April 11, 2012 - 5:11am
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