#1373 – Scaled

I lived through the period where water changed from water to “Water”. People became afraid of any water that didn’t come in a sealed container with a label on it. Somehow though the plain tap water was fine when they made ice at their house. I guess freezing it killed all the scary bits?

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16 thoughts on “#1373 – Scaled”

  1. Nebulous says:

    And now you can buy Pure Spring Water ice cubes.
    They’re twice the price of the regular ones, but …

  2. Sven says:

    Did you know that the standards for bottled mineral water are actually lower than that for tap water in most of the western world? In many cases, the 2 cents per liter tap water was found to be cleaner than the $2 per bottle mineral water.

    Penn and Teller also did a hilarious thing in their TV show where they had a restaurant with a “water menu” (like a wine menu) with various heinously expensive exotic mineral waters. All of them were in fact filled from the same garden hose out back, yet many customers insisted the more expensive ones tasted fresher etc., until they were told the truth of course. :S

    Mineral water is the most ridiculous scam in existence. It’s more expensive than petrol, and it has *zero* advantages over tap water.

  3. Jack says:

    I have a friend who is part anteater. You should see the margarine container. *shudder*

  4. Maskman says:

    Don’t drink the water! The fish… Uh… Swim in it!

  5. kingklash says:

    The drink that smiles back?

    1. Maskman says:

      You’ve got kids, don’t you? :p

  6. das-g says:

    I think I’ve some time ago read on bash.org something along the lines of “If bottled water was a scam, the labels would probably say ‘naive’ when you read them backwards.” but can’t seem to find that quote again.

    1. Maskman says:

      What, Evian..? Naaah. Never happen.

  7. ZackDark says:

    Tap water is actually lethal in the long-term here.

    Not that bottled water is anywhere near perfect, but it sure beats the hell out of instant dysentery.

  8. Vrominelli says:

    I read that as “Party Cat”

  9. Karen says:

    Depends entirely on where you live. I grew up not far from Walkerton, Ontario — if you’re not familiar with the place, type “Walkerton” into Google, and the first thing that comes up is the “Walkerton Tragedy”, which happened back in 2000, when I was in the 8th grade. What isn’t mentioned in the reports on the incident is that boil water advisories were commonly issued in areas all over the county — usually in spring, when runoff would overload the local systems. The reason people died of it in Walkerton was because of the guys who ran the water treatment facility not actually doing their testing and reporting the way they’re supposed to.

    I drink tap water, mostly — prefer it over bottled, for environmental reasons. But I also keep a couple 5-gallon jugs of water around the house, just in case, because I learned young that when things go wrong with tap water, they go REALLY wrong.

  10. Cari says:

    A couple years ago, the tap water in Ft. Collins, Colorado contained enough natural gas that it could be lit on fire while running out of the faucet.

  11. Freezie43110 says:

    Bacteria is nothing compared to the power of a deep-freeze. Robots from the future, the Thing, and Napoleon Bonaparte have all been defeated by sheer cold.

  12. Enyaw says:

    What I wonder most is whether there is a fish in Biff’s cup… or whether there isn’t anymore.

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