Silly Christmas Warnings
Will and Guy's Silly Christmas Warnings
If you think last Christmas was bad, it could have been worse - as these funny facts from the United Kingdom prove. I cannot help wondering if other areas of the world are more accident prone or less? Another thought, how does Christmas compare with other times of the year?
1) Hospitals reported 4 broken arms last year after cracker pulling accidents.
2) Three people die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.
3) Five people were injured last year in accidents involving out of control Scalextric cars.
4) Eight people cracked their skull in 1997 after falling asleep while throwing up into the toilet.
6) Nineteen people have died in the last 3 years believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate.
7) Thirty one people have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
8) Fifty eight people are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.
(Incidentally, in Birmingham they don't even use proper screwdrivers. Instead they get out the 'Birmingham Screwdriver', otherwise known as a hammer.)
9) One hundred and one people since 1997 have had to have broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet.
10) One hundred and forty two people were injured in 1998 by not removing all pins from new shirts.
11) Five hundred and forty three people were admitted to A&E in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth. (In 1967 my ex flat mate was one such.)
Poor Willy Thevessen threw his Christmas tree out of a third floor window. The problem was that somehow he managed to throw himself out of the window too. It was late at night and he may have seen a German T.V. advert showing people throwing their old trees out of the window.
Mr Thevessen suffered severe head injuries and was taken to a hospital in Moenchengladbach Germany. Will and Guy wish him a speedy recovery. So far we have trawled the internet, but had no further news of his condition.
What ever the outcome, this is a cautionary tale of disposing of your Christmas tree.
We have just purchased a sherry trifle from a supermarket which is described on the packaging as being "Simply Exquisite for Christmas".
Imagine our disappointment when, having paid for it, we read further and found the instruction: "Use by 24 Dec".
J Barker, Snape, Suffolk, England
Beware - Christmas Decoration Can Go Wrong
Warning on a Taiwanese shampoo:
A Government website has warned parents that a visit to see Father Christmas could be 'terrifying' for small children.
Pantomimes may also be too scary and traditional party games could have youngsters in tears.
The advice for teachers detailed on the website said, 'Younger children in particular have a wide range of fears. For very young children, Father Christmas can be terrifying. Make sure that fearful children are near an exit. Trips to the pantomime can cause alarm, so the same planning applies.'
Margaret Morrisey, from the National Conference of PTAs, is reported to have said, 'It is so sad that we have become so politically correct that we are trying to remove the magic of Christmas.'
The advice has been taken off the website and the Department for Education said, 'This is not Government policy. It does not reflect our views.'
Detroit Michigan USA. Winner of the contest, organised by Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, was a warning on a tractor that read:
'Danger: Avoid Death' (See picture to the right)
Other honourable mentions were:
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.
you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or
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