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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday 4/28

Zero and Up

Leave it up to the government to tell us things we already know.  (You’ve probably heard me say that before.)  “Warning: Hot Coffee!”  (Duh!)  How about road signs which read, “Caution: Slippery When Wet.”  (Duh!)  They’re called ‘Nanny Laws’ and they plague our country.  If a free spirit wants to ride their motorcycle down open highways without a helmet, they should be able to do so.  If people want to cross streets between intersections at their own risk, they should be able to.  America is the land of the free, right?

Sometimes, the regulatory noose reaches American business as well.  They can be forced to make toys safer and efforts have to be made to determine when kids should be able play with them.  I laughed a little when I saw this on the back of a children’s book.

Zero and up, huh?  Isn’t this a little excessive?  It’s safe for everyone, so why even mention it? 

Either way, I think parents should know when a book is or isn’t safe for a child.  I haven’t checked recently (actually, I’ve never checked), but I don’t think the Children’s Book Fatality Rate is alarmingly high.  Couldn’t all the time, money, and energy used to produce this label be dedicated to a children’s cancer hospital or something? 

One other thing.  What do you get when you add zero to a baby?  A baby?  It’s even a terrible excuse for a math equation…

By: S. Cole Garrett


Boxxy said...

I like the warning signs, the ones that have the silouette of a person in crazy impossible positions after being intangled in a machine. could you imagine walking past the warning sign and not think anything of it, and then walk past the machine with someone posed in it like in the picture. It may be morbid, but I dont think i could help but laugh at them before I helped them.

Dr. Heckle said...

Everytime I see a "slippery when wet" sign, I just run full blast and let the chips fall where they may...

Cole Garrett said...

I like the road sign for slippery when wet. It looks like a drunk driver. He's also lonely and depressed because he's the only one in the car.

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