Re: Apple Slices Recalled Due to Listeria Danger
About 4-years ago, a retired friend of mine dropped his website host because they eliminated his ability to delete email in bulk by clicking a “select all” box.
Originally Posted by Panama Girl
Of course, he never bothered to explain the reasons for his displeasure to the hosting site’s customer service—he lost his right hand in an automobile accident when he was 52-years old.
It’s no big deal for me to select the first item for deletion; hold down the shift key while scrolling down to the last item for deletion; and then just click delete.
As well, I can just as easily select the first item for deletion, hold down the control key while scrolling though the list and clicking on various non-sequential items, and then click delete.
However, I have two fully functioning hands; my fellow retiree had only one. I even tried some bulk deletions using one hand only. Talk about Biblical revelation!
I’m not picking on your response, PG, because I’ve read enough of your posts to know when you’re using tongue-in-cheek. But, your reply slammed my curiosity meter’s needle to the right.
I began searching sites for information on the number of cases where the use of one’s hands would be restricted or outright impossible. The number of sites is too long to list here.
On top of this, it took me about two hours, using manual extrapolation, to segregate upper extremity problems which have a direct bearing on the use of one’s hands from lower extremity problems which have no bearing at all.
I gathered my numbers using quick and cursory extrapolations, a process I consider a bit statistically sloppy However, the number of people, in this country alone, who have lost the effective use of one or both hands due to varying reasons, totaled about 3.3-million.
If I state this number as a percent of the total U. S. population, it means that approximately 1 in every 95 people would have difficulty slicing their own apples—ranging from not-worth-the-effort to downright impossible.
And, if I state the number as a percentage of only the adult population (18-years old and over), it means that approximately 1 in every 72 people face the problem.
The last place I checked—and it was simply a last-minute thought—was the Department of Health and Human Services. They keep tabs on these matters and if they’re to be trusted, 2.7-million Americans have had upper extremity problems. Accordingly, their meter pegs at 1 in every 114 people experiencing some degree of difficulty in slicing their own apples.
So NOW you know, PG. If you’re ever at a party and this topic comes up, you’ll be ready. On the other hand, if you’re ever at a party and this kind of crap comes up, you should bail out IMMEDIATELY!
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.