Imagination #703324

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Title Insurance with First American Title

I've had this Imagination Rock for several years. It was given to me as a gift. It just dawned on me last evening that it had a bar code stuck on the back of it... I was a little surprised to see that it said:

WARNING Keep away from children.

I wonder what that means? You could take that a number of ways...

I'm sure the intention is to avoid any liability issues that could happen, but really... the message it conveys speaks volumes. 

Append...

Okay, so after a few comments from my dear friends on AR I just have to append this, you got me going and I'm laughing so hard I can hardly breath...

Read the fine print

Ignite lighter away from face and clothing. Contains flammable gas under pressure. Never expose to heat over 49 degrees celcius or to prolonged sunlight. Never puncture or put in fire. Be sure flame is out after each use. Do not keep lit for more than 30 seconds.

You are kidding me right?

It's a ROCK! (with an imprint). It has been on my deck for 8 years in all seasons including long hot summer days. Need I now worry that rocks blow up? Let alone I've been warned to keep it away from children... What, the message of Imagination?

I can't help but think, "the inmates are running the asylum."

Once upon a time (at @ 10 - 12 years old), I was a master at the "sling". You know, a leather patch 2 inches by 4 or 5 inches, with 2 leather thongs attached. You'd grab a rock that was about the size of an egg (usually just a little smaller) and whirl that thing above your head in a counter clockwise motion then let go of one string to catapult that baby at about 50 to 60 miles an hour to a target around a 100 yards away or so. We use to position ourselves on a hillside in the woods above a pond and hurl those stones with all our might, and 9 times out of 10 I could hit the icon emblem painted on the side of any railroad boxcar dead center coming down those railroad tracks.

I'm not saying it was safe, legal, or right. We were kids and that's just the way we rolled back then. Unsupervised rural entertainment. I'm more amazed everyday I made it this far!

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Lindsey Hasford
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I'm sure it's the choking hazard. I have a son that likes to put rocks in his mouth. Strange, but true. And, yes, that does speak volumes if you look at it in other perspectives.

Apr 29, 2011 12:45 PM #1
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Rene, wow, that is pretty strange... I guess I get it, but... your imagination stone looks too big to swallow, so does it mean to keep children away from their imagination?

Apr 29, 2011 12:54 PM #2
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Lindsey: Totally understand why but it does raise some thoughts...

Andrea: Kind of tripped over and thought that...

Apr 29, 2011 01:03 PM #3
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Rene, I love it, I am still laughing, the double meaning is hysterical both comments or since I love baseball could it be so they do not throw it?:))))

Apr 29, 2011 01:17 PM #4
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I guess they don't want kids throwing their rocks around.

Apr 29, 2011 01:46 PM #5
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Rene, I'm a little suprised by the warning language on your imagination rock. Does it change anything or not though? Wouldn't most people keep there imagination rock from children? Then of course there is the fact that no child could read the warning...what a world.

Apr 29, 2011 02:19 PM #6
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Endre: I'm thinking you are right! That and in these modern times, we don't want kids to have any imagination!

Donna: Yep... thanks for stopping by.

 

Apr 29, 2011 03:43 PM #7
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Charles: Indeed... It might be dangerous if our children had imagination!

Apr 29, 2011 03:44 PM #8
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Unfortunately I do think society does want to take children's imagination away and that is really sad!  By the way, I was a master at the sling as well, I loved mine. Now I think I'm going to have to go dig it up and give it to my son, he is 9 coming up on 10 in July.

Apr 29, 2011 07:10 PM #9
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Rene,

Too funny!

Imagination - warning, keep away from children.

How can you? They OWN imagination!!!

Thanks

PHil

Apr 30, 2011 01:40 AM #10
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Todd: Cool thing about a sling is... you never run out of ammo (and it's free) and you can roll it up and put it in your pocket.

Apr 30, 2011 04:20 AM #11
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Hi Phil: Agreed... they are imagination for sure. One of the ironies in this little story for me is the fact that this rock sat on on my deck for about 8 years. I've picked it up many times and never thought about the double meanings...

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