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Posted on July 6, 2012 by lskenazy
Hi Readers! Here’s a gem of Worst-First thinking — dreaming up the WORST case scenario FIRST and proceeding as if it’s about to happen. — L
Dear Free-Range Kids: I ran across this local article here in Utah last week. They are starting to ban throwing candy to parade viewers because of the possibility that a child will run into the road and get run over by a float. In the many years they’ve held parades in Utah, where they have about a parade a week in the summer in different communities (the one in this article is the biggest one in the state, celebrating the state’s founding), this has actually NEVER happened. But still they are banning it because of the possibility of it happening. — J. King
Lenore here: In the link Ms. King sent, one parade official explained, “I don’t want you or I to suffer the heartbreak of a child getting run over.” Hey, I don’t want “you or I” to suffer the heartbreak of a child dying in an eight-car pileup on the way to the parade either, so let’s just call it off. Can’t be too careful, right? – L.
Oh, the danger!