Safety, luck no match against stupid factor

By David Zizzo Published: January 29, 2009
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Safety is a good thing. As government experts have discovered through research on unsafe things, safety is the best defense against danger.

That’s why we have OSHA and CPSC and other government-sponsored collections of capital letters. Safety also is why we have safety helmets, safety glasses and safety safeties on guns.

Still, safety is no match for stupid. For instance, if a person — say someone a lot like myself — were to take a circular power saw in one hand and run it across a piece of wood being held in his other hand, which is positioned so that an index finger is directly in the path of a saw blade, no amount of blade guards, product warnings, helmets or other safety stuff can prevent the outcome. Stupid wins hands down.

However, luck also plays a part. For instance, if I were to whack off only the bottom half of the last part of an index finger, which I have, well I could consider myself lucky compared to what I could have chopped off, which I do, you know, consider myself lucky.

And as anyone who has a relative win the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes knows, which I don’t, luck is relative.



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