September 14, 2006

And/Or

Why do warning labels include the possibility of injury and/or death? Both equipment at my gym and a vending machine that just ate my buck both warned of the possibility. (Rocking or tipping this machine may cause injury and/or death, you're not getting your dollar back sucker!) But how can it be and/or death? Shouldn't it just be or death? I mean, if the vending machine kills me, does it really matter if it also injures me? I mean if it turns out that "if used incorrectly" that weight machine will crush my head and stub my toe, will anyone even notice the "injury?"

2 comments:

Erin said...

My health insurance includes the proviso that if I am dismembered, decapitated AND/OR killed it will ship me and/or all my (found) body parts to the location I specify. I like that it includes decatipation. I'd hate my surviving relatives to get the following note: we'd love to send back the head and body of your daughter/wife/girlfriend [check one] but as you can see in our policy we do not include decapitation. Had she been only dismembered or killed we would, of course, had assisted, but we do not see DECAPITATION as a serious impedment to her activities in the future. Yours sincerely, Brown Health Services."

larry said...

I can think of at least one White House resident for whom DECAPITATION would not be a serious impediment to his activities in the future.....