How The AIDS Epidemic Caused Apple To Change MacPaint

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Back in 1983, when Apple was first developing MacPaint and its less-featured sister app for the Apple II, MousePaint, they had a menu option called “Aids” which contained image manipulation tools. You can see this menu in documentation for the original AppleMouse II.

Before release, though, this menu was renamed Goodies, and intriguingly, it was done so because of rising awareness of the AIDS epidemic. The more you know!

Source: IMGUR
Via: Reddit

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3 responses to “How The AIDS Epidemic Caused Apple To Change MacPaint”

  1. Chris Farrugia says:

    I’m shocked you’d post this. You realize that if true, that menu would have read AIDES and not AIDS. One is a “helper” and one is a disease.

  2. Robert X says:

    I’m shocked you’d post this. You realize that if true, that menu would have read AIDES and not AIDS. One is a “helper” and one is a disease.

    No, “aids” is the plural of “aid” not “aides”.

  3. Ryan Esteves says:

    Instantly made me think of this South Park episode

    http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103526/jareds-aides

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