You know what sucks? That one department at your company that always messes things up. For Kenneth Mayfield, a county commissioner in Texas, that department was central collections. In fact, he was so frustrated with their habit of losing important paperwork, he opined that central collections "has become a black hole."
Mayfield was, of course, referring to the kind of black hole that is a thing in outer space that eats astronauts and anything else in its path. Judge Thomas Jones, on the other hand, apparently took this reference to mean that central collections had literally turned into a hole filled with black people. Mayfield assured him that it was only a science term, but the judge demanded an apology anyway.
It's a mix-up made all the more hilarious by the fact that the man who made the mistake may literally hold your freedom in his hands someday. Funny!
If you're in a city with anything resembling a subway system, there's an excellent chance that riding the "yellow line" is a thing you do regularly. Or at least it is as long as you don't live in Atlanta.
Caving to pressure from the Asian community, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority changed the name of their transit system's yellow line to the "gold line."
John Park, an attorney with the nonprofit Center for Pan Asian Community Services, argued that having a yellow line "physically paints a very unattractive picture. I don't consider myself 'yellow'."
But come on, it's not like the train ran through the heart of Atlanta's Asian community, used to be called something else and then was just up and renamed the "yellow line" for no discernible reason.
What's that? That's exactly what happened? Well fine then, maybe that's kind of messed up, Atlanta. Maybe.
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