Post motivated as today I watched a really good Animal Planet show called Lions in Crocodile River or some such nonsense where pretty much everything gets eaten by crocodiles. They fight lions, hippos, giant wildabeats, whatever. Referring to the latter, I was finally shocked to see a 10,000 herd march safely across the river with very few casualties as the young male crocodiles got trampled nearly to death. I've always felt that Wildabeast vs. Crocodile fights were terribly unfair given that the latter always attacks the former in the latter's comfortable setting, so it was refreshing to see the Wildabeast get theirs.
Where am I going with this? Over at the Official Site you can get your crocs delivered within 48 hours. And by crocs rather than meaning millions of years old predator I mean those cheesy (they're like swiss cheese, get it?) shoes that everyone is wearing in cute little burgundy and gold. Golly that's awesome. Here's a picture:
BEWARE OF DEATH TRAP
Or is it? As if escalators weren't dangerous enough, these new shoes could substantially increase the risk of escalator related injury in the hands of escalator amateurs. By the way, this article is totally reliable science (emphasis mine):
Some people have reported that kids wearing Crocs have had their feet sucked into the side of escalators.
Some businesses have even posted warning signs near their escalators saying if you're wearing Crocs, be careful.
Chloe Johnson, 10, from Kansas City, is one of those kids who had a frightening experience while wearing the shoes.
She loved her Crocs. "I wore them almost everywhere," she said.
It's important to note that data is not the plural or anecdote and this article would hardly qualify as reliable evidence that crocs were a danger to the escalator riding populace. But this is:
But Chloe's parents are convinced that the Crocs were an important factor in her accident.
"One of the injuries was particularly serious with a lot of soft tissue loss and a partial amputation," she said. "They are pretty serious injuries and can have long term problems that follow."
PS: I'm out for the rest of the day and will be driving much of tomorrow. Stay tuned for an open thread to appear late afternoon for tomorrow's kickoff, which is 8PM Eastern.