New Trump-Pence logo gives some people the giggles
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed a new campaign logo that's giving some people the giggles.
The logo was released Friday as Trump announced his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
It features an interlaced blue "T'' and "P'' next to red stripes, evoking the American flag. Trump's name is featured above Pence's name, which is smaller. Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again!" finishes off the logo.
The design was immediately mocked on social media. The "T'' penetrating the loop of the "P'' below it looked sexually suggestive to some. Others made the connection to TP being a common abbreviation for toilet paper.
The overall effect with the typography and image is pretty obvious, said Cyrus Highsmith, an internationally celebrated designer.
"I think that it's very clear that Trump is the dominant partner in this relationship," Highsmith said between chuckles. "The only thing I can guess is that Trump wants to make sure that everyone knows that he's in charge. It's totally in line with his personality."
Other designers said it seemed amateurish.
Nancy Skolos, dean of architecture and design at the Rhode Island School of Design, called the design "fussy and overwrought," and more like a "high school doodle."
Matt Luckhurst, of the Collins design firm in San Francisco, whose work includes Facebook's M app and Airbnb's rebranding campaign, said they did not think the image through.
"I think it's an oversight. I doubt they actually planned this," Luckhurst said. "It's something where they said good enough and they launched it out into the world."
Trump's is not the first logo to become an online punchline. Jeb Bush's "Jeb!" logo was widely ridiculed.
While presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's logo has been praised by many designers, it prompted intra-party grousing last year. It features an "H'' with an arrow pointing right, leading some Democrats to complain that the arrow did not point left.
Asked what a good logo should do, Skolos said it should be memorable. Highsmith said it should be recognizable quickly and not offensive, then hastened to add that he wasn't offended by the Trump logo.
"I think it's funny," he said. "Maybe that's another thing: Put it in enough focus groups to make sure you're not going to get laughed at."
Some benefits cards bear number for sex line, not balances
LEWISTON, Maine — Some holders of electronic benefits transfer cards find that dialing the phone number on the back of the cards gets them a sex line, not their balances.
A Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokesman tells the Sun Journal that officials have been aware for months that the phone number on some cards is off by one digit.
Lj Langelier discovered the error this week when he went to check his EBT balance before going to the grocery store. What he got instead was a message welcoming him to "America's hottest talk line."
Langelier says he thought he'd misdialed, but he kept getting the same message when he called back.
The department plans to replace the misprinted cards and strengthen its review process to prevent future errors.
Aspiring nun uses GoFundMe to pay off student loan
CLIFTON, N.J. — An aspiring nun who was told she couldn't enter a convent until her student loan debt was paid off has used an online appeal to get the money.
Alida Taylor, 28, was accepted to join the Sisters of Life in New York City in September.
The Clifton, New Jersey, woman started a GoFundMe page late last month, hoping to get $12,000 to pay down her student loans. She surpassed her goal Thursday, raising more than $22,000.
In an update on the crowdfunding page, Taylor said the extra money will be used for a vocation fund for Casa Guadalupe, a house of prayer and discernment for Catholic women, where Taylor is currently staying.
Multiple attempts to reach Taylor were unsuccessful. But she told WCBS in New York that "the Lord, when it's his will, he always provides, and I just trust him."
Officials say most Catholic religious orders ask people to delay applications until they have repaid debt.
"Religious life is a full-time job so to speak, so she wouldn't be able to work and enter into religious life," Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei said, noting that nuns with the Sisters of Life have no salary or stipend.
After graduating from college in 2010 with a degree in fashion, Taylor moved to New York and got a job making costumes for Broadway shows. She said she enjoyed her life but felt something was missing.
"When I moved to the city I had all these desires. I wanted to have a career, a family and marriage, but your heart begins to shift," she said.
The Sisters of Life invited Taylor to attend a "Come and See" retreat with them so she could learn more about the order, and she eventually decided to move to New Jersey and at Casa Guadalupe. It was there that she decided her calling was to join the convent.