Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: Quarterfinals
What’s up with all these terrible bookmarks people use? Am I right?
(Gentle sound of crickets chirping)
While I’m all for marking a page by any means necessary, some bookmarks make more sense than others. This week in a bracket-style tournament based on your votes, we’re going to determine once and for all which bookmark is the worst.
Any time a breeze can blow your bookmark away, you’ve got yourself a bad bookmark. A tissue also has potential gross factor if it has been used.
A Piece of Junk Mail
Come on, you really can’t find anything smaller?
If you want your bookmark to mark your page, it’s not a good idea to use something that people are tempted to steal.
Look closely and you’ll see me at 18 years old. It’s never really a good idea to use something as important as an I.D. as a bookmark because the rate of losing a bookmark is (by my latest estimate) 100%.
A Tiny Scrap of Paper
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Marking your page with something you can barely see is like buying a highlighter in “paper color”.
Really? The only thing you could find was an entire book? I would guess that folks who do this move also make those brownies that have Reese’s cups inside of them (side note: those are delicious and I would never knock anyone who made them).
The issue I have with this choice is that you can’t close the book. People who use pencils as bookmarks are also likely to leave car doors ajar.
(This one comes courtesy of @colbysharp)
Unused? A bit silly, but no big deal. Used? You need to read elsewhere, my (former) friend.
Let the Tournament Begin
Polls are open today (Monday, February 20) until 8:00 PM EST. Check back tomorrow to see the winners and vote in the semifinals.
Vote for the worst:
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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