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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Handheld fans...

Just a bit of confusion over a warning message... heck... you'll see what I mean...

Yesterday I picked up a couple of hand-held [with desk attachment clips] for my children to have in their room as a remedy for "hot room, not enough fans in the house" syndrome that I'd been suffering from.

As you can see, it's a quite unassumingly pink and yellow fan. Nothing unusual? Nothing sinister about it? Hmm. Well... let's have a look at the attached label...

do-be-do. Takes batteries [check] soft blades [check] This product should not be used in a moving vehicle or whilst the ignition is on... [che... what the?!]

What is the problem here? I understand the McDonalds "warning, this is hot" on their HOT drinks, I can understand "may contain nuts" on foods packages in areas where nut-based food preperation also takes place. But "do not use this fan in a moving vehicle? Or while the ignition is on?" Why? I've tested the fan, it gives a nice cool breaze - but nothing of any strength that could possibly blow a moving vehicle of any sort [even a pair of roller skates!] off course or into troubled waters. It doesn't have power enough to rise up and become airbourne and present a potential hazard to anyone. I looked on the back of the label - to see if there were any other clues...

...but all this told me was that "it wasn't a toy", "it was made in China" and it shouldn't be used on wheelie bins.


This plot just gets crazier and crazier. I blame old man Whithers [who would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for us crazy kids!]

Does anyone _know_ why small hand fans shouldn't be used in vehicles or wheelie bins? Or is the world just going crazy?


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