The Incontiguous Brick

October 25, 2007

recalls and stupidity

Filed under: Humor,Ramblings,Warnings — iknowkeith @ 3:12 pm

There was a new recall on kid’s stuff today.

Probably one of the greatest new baby items on the market is the Bumbo. It was a tremendous help with raising our second child after she turned about 6 weeks old.

baby-in-bumbo.jpgThe genius is in the simplicity. The seat is made from a polyurethane foam that wraps around a child to hold them in a cozy sitting position. It can be used as soon as they can support the weight of their own cranium. We used it so much it is in almost all of her pictures for the first 6 months.

The recall is due to some kids falling off tables (presumably when the seat was left unattended on a table with a kid in it) and cracking their little heads. Okay, so some people are idiots to leave their kids on a table without being able to intercede in a sudden bout of gravity. But is this really worth recalling a million seats? It is not even a design flaw! It is bad parenting!

If we are going to recall everything on the market that could cause a kid to fall down then maybe we should consider recalling the cause of most injuries… the ground.

This large, immobile object is the cause of countless injuries in both children and adults. It comes in a variety of dangerous outer shells from concrete, tile, stone, and brick. Out of the home these surfaces can be covered by water or even ice, making it significantly more dangerous and likely to cause a bad fall.

Both inside and out, the ground (or floor) is the most likely thing to cause a serious injury in the result of a fall. The greater the height, the more impact the ground has on its victims.

08046.jpgMost people can tell personal accounts of negative encounters with the ground. My child recently broke a tooth when she fell on some tile covered floor in Texas, but these dangerous items can be found almost everywhere.

This is an open letter to everyone…


If this does not happen soon, I say we boycott all ground everywhere.



  1. Dear Sir,

    You are awesome. I love the post.

    I never had the chance to use that wretched, head-cracking, feaux-foam, rubber-bucking bronco. But thanks to you and your little one, I have gifted many of them away at baby showers. And I have yet to encounter an idiot with the *supidity* to leave their child unattended on the table in their bumbo, just waiting for that big mean ground to come up and crack it’s wittle head. If only floors were made outta bumbo floam. sigh

    I totally agree. LETS RECALL CERAMIC TILES AND CONCRETE…and go from there.

    While we’re at it, monkey bars and swings are just plain evil. Lying in wait to buck it’s next victim.


    Comment by Poem — October 25, 2007 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  2. Funny post. Just a quick plug for, where parents can get information on how to use the Bumbo Baby Seat safely. Posted by a representative of the manufacturer.

    Comment by Dan Keeney — October 30, 2007 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  3. Its pretty sad that a genious producer have to spend all that time and money on information that remind me of messages like “Do not dry animals in microwave oven”, “coffe is hot”, “close hatch before submerging” (swedish navy) etc.

    Maybe someone were jealous of the success and wanted to stop them?

    Nice blog btw, I ended up here via Digg. 🙂 Treasurehunting.

    Best regards from Norway.

    Comment by Øyvind — January 6, 2008 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

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