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Note to teachers: When the class is covering the country of Bhutan, be careful what you have your students Google. One educator is in hot water for telling kids to search “Symbols of Bhutan,” thinking that “they would see a lot of dragons, which is the national symbol for Bhutan.”
Nope, it’s just a bunch of dicks.
Via Google Image Search
“For the Bhutanese, the phallus protects, aids fertility, and challenges the human ego,” according to author Kharma Choden, and these good-luck cocks are painted on the sides of buildings to ward away evil. Try using that excuse the next time you send a dick pic!
The teacher—who posted their story on Reddit’s infamous Today I Fucked Up board, a forum focused on personal humiliation—said they have received three angry emails and one phone call from parents overnight, and that they must now speak to the principal about the assignment. Still, we can probably guarantee that these are not the first penises your average high schooler has seen—though certainly they’re the most artistic.
Perhaps the teacher should have their students look up symbols of vagina worship, just to even things out.
Photo via Arian Zwegers/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'