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Yum, Detergent!

How do you legislate common sense? (Have we really gotten to the point where we have to remind people not to eat soap?)

In what is surely a sign of the impending demise of our civilization, Democratic legislators in New York state are considering a bill which would force manufacturers to make detergent pods “look less appetizing.” This is in response to the “Tide Pod Challenge,” in which supposedly sapient mammals are intentionally ingesting laundry detergent.

I don’t know what is more perplexing here: the fact that some people are purposely eating soap, or the fact that lawmakers feel the need to pass a law meant to dissuade people from doing something which is so obviously harmful that it boggles the mind that people are doing it willingly, rather than being subjected to it as a method of torture. During the Bush administration, if it had been reported that detainees at Club Gitmo were being force-fed Tide Pods, people would have been up in arms about this cruel and unusual punishment. But now people are eating these things as part of an internet “challenge!” NY’s response is to propose a law which would require the pods to be “packaged in a uniform color, as well as requiring each pod to be individually wrapped in plastic complete with a warning label.”

A warning label!? What would it say? “Don’t eat laundry detergent?” “Hey, this is for cleaning clothes, not your digestive system?” “Did you get this out of your pantry? No? Then, don’t eat it.” Or, perhaps we’ve finally gotten to the point where labels need to say simply: “Not Food!” or “Food.”

This would certainly simplify things, except perhaps a further labeling for “Food” items would be required in order to designate whether they can be eaten raw or require cooking (I actually saw someone post on Facebook recently about eating “seared chicken,” so I guess there’s no accounting for common sense).

As for me, I think I’ll go find a snack. Hopefully I can make it past the laundry room and those appetizing packs of detergent to find something labeled “Food” in the pantry. Uh oh, we store straws and plastic utensils there as well: Food or Not Food? (This would be a good game show in the not-too-distant “Idiocracy” to which we seem to be headed).

(Image is of an English breakfast, because it's perhaps the only thing less appetizing than Tide Pods. By Daderot - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59631258 )

So, will they be required to list the calorie counts in Tide pods?

This is self correcting behavior - and we don't need people that stupid.

Ha! Self-correcting ! That's classic! :-). I've got some crazy kids (I teach jr & sr hi) and they're ALWAYS hungry, will devour about anything (a package of water crackers I was using for a carbo experiment!!!) but I offered them pods the other day and not a one of them (seriously) was interested...

The English breakfast... ummm... yeah...

I believe in survival of the fittest, and if this is the way of culling the unfit, so be it. You can't fix stupid.

Great comment from Merrie Soltis! Watch later today and New York legislators will think it appropriate to list the calorie count. What to say about the Democrat legislators??? Idiots -- arrogant -- really really dumb -- stupid -- and then there's evil.

You cannot legistate stupid out of the population! If someone wants to eat something that harms them ON PURPOSE...then let them and they suffer whatever consequences they get! Stupid is as Stupid does!

I remember as a child getting my mouth washed out with soap when I said something that then was unacceptable. It didn't take very long for me to figure out that I needed to clean up my vocabulary. Today kids are eating soap along with ingesting a whole lot of things are are not good for them -- I am thinking of pill "parties" that I have read about.

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