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Accidents Don’t Exist According to UK Police 1

Posted on November 25, 2010 by noncon
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A few years ago, the British police decided to change the term RTA (Road Traffic Accident) to RTC (Road Traffic Collision).

 

accidentTwo characters on this police forum discussing this topic both feel that the police were right to drop the word accident, including the guy who left the last comment, saying;

“Neither of your scenarios were accidents as there were reasons for both incidents.”

Well, sorry to break it to you, but there is a reason for everything, so you are actually saying there is no such thing as an accident. Yes, there is a reason for every single thing that happens in the universe. Just because you don’t know the reason, doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

“My kids are naughty for no reason” – No, they’re unhappy and need positive attention.

“He gets angry for no reason” – No, he has depression or autistic spectrum disorder (includes dyslexia).

“What Causes Bruising for No Reason?” – An oxymoron if ever there was one. If there’s a cause, then there’s a reason.

“He shot the real estate agent for no reason” -  Another oxymoron ;-)

“The car in front careered out of control for no reason” – The car in front is a Toyota (with a dodgy computer, that was eventually recalled after several people died).

An Accident does NOT imply that no-one was to blame. An accident means that its cause was not deliberate. Most accidents are someone’s fault.

“My three year old daughter had an accident” – Your fault. You never took her to the loo.

“He broke a glass vase by accident” – His fault. He was carrying too many boxes and couldn’t see where he was going. Also Mother’s fault for putting the expensive vase where it could be knocked over.

“We’re not covered for accidental damage” – Your fault. You got the cheapest roofer in the yellow pages, resulting in roof slates falling on your car.

 

So folks, you can go ahead and scrub the word Accident from your dictionary, because according to “Sub-seven” (is that his IQ?), for something to be an accident, it has to have happened for no reason at all.

What is more likely to be the actual reason the police dropped the word “accident”, is that nowadays there are a lot more deliberate road collisions, so of course they are not accidents. They are criminal acts designed to claim thousands on the other driver’s insurance. And as it is not always obvious straight away which are the genuine accidents and which are the deliberate collisions, they are all now refered to as “collisions”.

Either that is what Sub-seven meant and he didn’t explain it properly, or he doesn’t understand why they dropped the word “accident” himself.

 

Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails? 0

Posted on November 10, 2010 by noncon
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This morning I greeted my dog Sadie (a mixed race mut, believed to be staffy and German Shepherd) in the usual way. I said “Hellooo!” in that special sing-song voice reserved only for animals and toddlers, and she returned the greeting in her own wag-tail way.

It made me think that I’ve probably never been as nice to humans as I am to dogs. Is that terrible? Or is it a blessing, seeing as I would probably be arrested if I was? What if we stroked people’s hair (personal hygiene standards permitting)? Or if we gently rubbed people’s hands if we think they are nice, whether or not we actually know them? God – the thought is making me feel sick.

Amazingly, dogs have their own versions of social etiquette by use of their tails. Most people think they only wag their tales when they are happy. Not so. All the dogs I have known (a lot) have wagged their tails when they were:

  • happy
  • guilty
  • not sure what you mean, but are willing to appear as if they do

which makes me convinced that a tail wag is a dog’s equivalent of our smile, which, don’t forget, we also do when we are embarrassed and uncomfortable. So there you have it. That is why dogs wag their tails.



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