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In a staggering miscalculation of the nation's youth, a British kids TV programme called Blue Peter ran an article in 1983 about a Cerebral Palsy sufferer called Joey Deacon.

Rather than being inspired by this heartwarming tale of a disabled man who had struggled all his life to come to terms with his disability and managed to write a book about it, British children for the next few years could be heard screaming 'Jooooeeyyyyyy' at each other, hitting the backs of their hands together, and generally rolling around in playgrounds in an attempt to imply Cerebral Palsy amongst their peers.

To this day, the word 'Joey' is still used by children to mean 'disabled', 'handicapped' or just as a general insult.