Outrageous? You Be the Judge!

How much is too much when it comes to weird news items and crazy stories? You tell us!

Illustrated by Bill MayerWe’ve posed some sticky real-life scenarios below. What’s your reaction? Your answers might appear in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest.

Divorce Registries

To ease the financial strain of divorce, the British department store chain Debenhams launched a special divorce registry that family and friends can use to help the newly single stock up on things like sheets, towels, and appliances for their new home.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! These people are adults; they can buy their own towels. Besides, I already bought them a wedding gift.

That’s appropriate. Divorce is such a financial strain. I’d be willing to help them get back on their feet.

Schools Spying on Overweight Kids

A group of Long Island students were asked to wear electronic monitors that allow teachers to track their physical activity 24 hours a day. School officials say the monitors will help combat obesity.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! It’s an invasion of privacy, plain and simple.

That’s appropriate. Schools should be able to take steps they believe will combat a growing health crisis.

One Family Name

In a recent survey by Indiana University, two thirds of respondents said a woman should take a man’s name when the couple marry.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! Taking his name is so old-fashioned!

That’s appropriate. What was good enough for my parents and grand­parents is good enough for me.

Condoms Go Social

Because “condoms are an essential tool in preventing unintended pregnancy and stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections,” Planned Parenthood distributed special condoms on college campuses. The wrappers featured codes that students could scan with their smart phones to register location and other details about their sexual experience.

What do you think?

That’s outrageous! That’s a lot more information than anyone needs to know about undergrads.

That’s appropriate. Anything that encourages safe sex is a good idea.

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