Sunday, August 08, 2010

How Weak Are We?

I saw something disturbing while shopping for a bookcase last week. There was a small shelving unit, really just two one-foot-square cubes made of particle board, in a box. And on that box was a warning symbol that said, "Two person carry." The weight was printed below: "27 lbs."

Does it really take two people to carry a 27-lb. box? I'm no Phil Pfister, but I can easily lift that much over my head with one arm. It's not as if the box was unwieldy, either. It measured roughly two feet by one foot by three inches.

I hope this is just one of those stupid lawyer-inspired warnings and not a reflection of the weakness of modern Americans.

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