When Life Imitates Scrappleface

Betsy Newmark writes:

Youssef Ibrahim reports in the New York Sun that the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has denied trademark protection to a Saudi businessman for a business that carried the English word “Explorer” because it has the letter X in it. And X resembles the cross and so must be banned. The businessman wonders sarcastically if the next to go will be the plus sign.

Scott Ott, call your office!

(Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg ponders what will be banned next in a much closer region–Manhattan.)


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