The lawyer-speak is only part of it.
We also have such a variety of cultures living together (or being the targets of our exports) that there is no more "common frame of reference."
Read on a bottle of antibiotics: "Take one pill BY MOUTH three times daily." Where did you think I was gonna put it? Um, well . . . it was for
But my doctor says that in Africa, most medications, even over the counter, are dispensed as suppositories. There ya go.
Another is the number of idiots in a population of 290 million. Too stupid to live, but not too stupid to reproduce.
about 6 years ago, I just loved watching the floodwaters, washing trees across the road, and the cops come up and set up a roadblock. Here comes the
first dufus, who drives AROUND the squadcars and OVER the burning flares, and into the water. I and a group of homo sapiens applauded as the cops on
the other side arrested him. "But I thought I could make it . . ." was his defense.
Talk to an ER nurse, and ask how many teenage girls come in, with the remnants of a rubber band and a ziploc(tm) baggie up their privates. They were
'improvizing a condom' for safe sex. A level I trauma center clears at least one of those cases a month. seriously.
Then there was the immagrant family that suffocated. The flood waters cut off the electricity, so they decided to cook dinner over their charcoal
grill. It was pouring rain outside, so they set it up in the garage . . and asphyxiated themselves.
The list goes on and on, people.
A thousand years ago, when I was a junior level management trainee, I got reprimanded at a company meeting. Manager asks "can someone tell me what
to do if there's a fire in this waste-basket?" I immediately said, "Put it Out." Wrong. Survey says that employees are not authorised to
handled the situation. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
I was considered a smart aleck for suggesting that someone shout "fire!" to co-workers and mgt before picking up a telephone.
Enron, that is why I now live in the country. people actually stop to help each other change flats. They wave. and if smoke is pouring out of your
garage, they come running (of course, some of them are probably hoping it's a barbeque!)
Folks in the sticks still think for themselves, which is why I love redneck america.
Rant did a thread a month or so ago on that very topic. The folks who still try to run their own businesses that have signs in their yards saying
"Guns Smithed" or "Home-grown Tomatoes" or "We deal beanie-babies".