Allergies and food sensitivities are nothing to sneeze at, which makes this eclectic selection of allergy warning signs and labels all the more er, head scratching.
The Gloves Are Off
Art Vandelay is getting upset! And rightly so: it ain’t easy being a latex salesman these days, even for top-ranked importer-exporters like Art. Good thing he moonlights as a judge – er, where were we? Ah yes, latex – a natural, sustainable product of the noble rubber tree that is also often an allergen, which explains warning signs such as those above prohibiting latex balloons in schools and latex of all types in hospitals. Surgeons are gonna have their work “cut out” for them, performing operations outfitted like Bernie Sanders at the Biden inauguration. (images via Cory Doctorow and aaron_anderer)
Excuse Our Dust
Don’t know about you, but we read this sign in Buzz Lightyear’s voice. In any case, peanut allergy sufferers are advised to avoid this place like the plague. Actually, EVERYONE might want to steer clear ‘cuz really, what the heck is “peanut dust” and how in the name of everything good and holy did it get “everywhere”?? We may have found the final resting (roasting?) place of Planters’ late great mascot, Mr. Peanut, after the Nutmobile he was riding in plunged off a cliff and exploded. (image via Dan4th Nicholas)
You Can Call Me Al Ergy
One wonders how many allergy applications the above cafe receives… and how the requests are processed. Do staff sneeze on the patrons or their orders? Either way, it’s not an ideal way to run a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic – or anytime at all, actually. (image via Matt Brown)
Anaphylaxy In The UK
Mmm, hot roast(ed) chestnuts, and only £2.50 per bag… that’s heavy, man! Take it from us, there’s no problem with the Earth’s gravity AND there ain’t “nuttin’” like naturally delicious chestnuts roasted to perfection right in their shells. Also… wot’s that you say, gov’ner? Mind the warning sign? Wot’s all this then?
Aha, you mean THAT warning sign, dimly lit and recessed back where people (who may fall victim to anaphylactic shock) can barely see it, let alone read it. Hmm, enhance, enhance… “WARNING – Not Recommended For People With”. People with what?? Is this a Monty Python sketch? Ah well, guess it’s not too important. (image via Phil Long)
Itchy eyes, runny nose and a sore throat… you just might be a little horse! Umm, “hoarse”… but we digress. Welcome to Lexington, the jewel of Kentucky’s Horse Country set gem-like into meadows of bluegrass – and where there’s grassy meadows, there’s hay, and… you get where we’re going with this? Anyway, it’s not your usual roadside sign but basically par for the course for a state whose abbreviation is also a popular personal lubricant. (image via Scott Clark)
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