Monday, January 18, 2016


I've always disliked when people misused important labels so much that the labels started to become meaningless and overlooked. One example is office workers labelling most of their memos "Urgent!" when they are really not so.
Another one is "fragile".

But this example is so extreme that I have to laugh. These are ball bearing balls which I bought for an art project. Now such balls are subject to immense pressure, so they have to be tough. In fact they are so strong and hard that they can handle tens of tons of pressure on one tiny point without cracking! There is nothing one can find in ordinary surroundings which can make a dent in these!
So to label a shipment of these "Fragile"...


Anonymous said...

I wonder if that plastic bag were tossed into a cement mixer if ball bearings would hold up. Some metal treatments make the steel hard but also brittle. Those could be susceptible to cracking and possibly breaking.

Anonymous said...

I'm adding a search term to support my contention above.

"ball bearing failure due to shipping or handling"