The Mobius Blue Ribbon
The single sided object called a mobius
is an excellent symbol for the decision-making step
of deciding whether or NOT to break the golden rule
any big, obvious ways because all members of a truly civilized
society are on the same side when it comes to making that decision
- otherwise, they wouldn't be fully civilized.
You can make one yourself!
If you're familiar with the shareware program called GIMP (Graphics
Image Manipulation Program) from gimp.org, you can customize your
own version of this file: GIMP version of the
Mobius Blue Ribbon (shift click or right click to download)
- Download this GIF image: Do-It-Yourself
(DIY) Mobius Blue Ribbon
- Print it - preferably on blue paper (or use a copy shop).
- Cut along the faint vertical lines (the horizontal lines can
- Fold along the faint diagonal lines of both pieces (refer to
the photo above). If the paper is thick, the folds will
use up extra length so try to make sure the printed portion of
the strip with 2 diagonals ends up as long as it would be with
- Trim the length of the piece with a single fold to leave a
little extra length (~1 mm or so) beyond the faint horizontal
lines and iteratively trim as needed to get the corners to meet
nicely when assembled with the other piece. The piece with
2 folds can usually be left untrimmed.
- Tape together on the backside only. Start with 2 small
pieces of removable tape and optionally employ larger, stronger
tape or glue.
- Fill in the name and date.
- Present it to the lucky recipient!
If the recipient's Mobius Blue Ribbon effort was particularly
notable, we'd like to hear about it so please send a description of
what they did to contact_at_mobiusblueribbon.com (fix the
here for some ideas for ways to earn a Mobius Blue Ribbon.