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August 8, 2010

I’m Not A Fan Of “Joe Boxer”, But…

by Brad Warbiany

In Canada, there’s terror afoot. Young girls, late at night, are just BURSTING into flames! It seems they’ve been buying unapproved underpants, and the bodies are piling up.

Only, they’re not. Nobody to date has burst into flame. And they were approved, but they just got reclassified, and apparently the difference between calling them underwear and sleepwear is enough to pull them off the shelves:

Sears Canada is recalling thousands of young girls’ Joe Boxer underwear sets sold over the past four years because they’re not safe to be worn to bed as pyjamas.

The clothing meets Health Canada’s flammability tests for underwear, but not if worn as sleepwear. Sears Canada has removed the two-piece camisole and underpants sets from their stores. The cotton product is made in India.

Although no incidents have been reported, the company issued a news release to inform customers the clothing does not meet flammability test standards for pyjamas.

When people suggest that businesses are scared to invest in an environment where the rules constantly change, this is what they’re talking about. Getting moved from bin A to bin B can completely destroy your business.

Here’s Lenore Skenazy from Free Range Kids with her take on it:

Somehow, they have been reclassified as “sleepwear,” and sleepwear must hold to a higher non-flammability standard than undies. So now they are not fire retardant enough.

I’ll tell you what IS retardant enough…

I’m not so sure. I don’t think we have enough hard data on the fire retardant properties of the average politician or bureaucrat (the economic retardant properties are well understood).

I suggest we find a representative sample (not sure why, but the number 535 seems an appropriate sample size), light them on fire, and record the results.

It’ll be a win for freedom, and for science!

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3 Comments

  1. Well, maybe 534.

    Ron Paul may not always have voted the way I would wish, but at least he consistently votes against things that the Constitution doesn’t authorize the government to do, and for things that would hold the government more accountable to the people.

    Oh, and he’s shown an understanding of basic economics, e.g. END THE FED!

    Comment by RichD — August 9, 2010 @ 3:30 am
  2. Seems like the simplest thing would be for the manufacturer to change the label to…”Warning: please remove before getting into bed. Sleeping with underwear on may cause you to burst into flames”.

    On the other hand…maybe this would be better handled at the federal level with a new law: All women must sleep completely naked. Yeah, I think that’s just the ticket!

    Comment by Steve S. — August 9, 2010 @ 8:44 am
  3. After the upcoming midterm elections, I think you may find that several incumbent American legislators are far from fireproof (pink slip wise, anyway).

    Comment by Akston — August 11, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

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