Lego goes all legal

In this time of health and safety madness, I noticed that Lego have added these little warning icons to avoid your little darlings causing bodily damage to other little darlings.

safety information on children's Harry Potter lego instructions

Bearing in mind that Lego have become the masters of non-wordy instructions (something that IKEA do rather less successfully) by sticking to their point-of-view instructions, this addition seems odd – and confusing, especially if you’re 6 and just finished building this bit and then get told to fling it across the room.

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Real time road safety advice

I’ve driven past a sign just like this one hundreds of times, but it took me in one of my thinking moments to appreciate how effective it is at communicating a message that is usually explained in terms of metres and car lengths (like this one from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership).

It’s not the most attractive thing you’ll ever see, but its simplicity is what makes it effective. The message is very simple, what you see on the sign is what you should see ahead of you.

In case any members of the police are reading, I should point out that this picture is not one that I took!

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