U.K.: Xmas tree “designed according to principles of health and safety”

by Walter Olson on December 1, 2009

The new holiday decoration in the town of Poole, Dorset,

has no trunk so it won’t blow over, no branches to break off and land on someone’s head, no pine needles to poke a passer-by in the eye, no decorations for drunken teenagers to steal and no angel, presumably because it would need a dangerously long ladder to place it at the top.

One onlooker describes it as “horrible”. [Times Online via Free-Range Kids; & welcome Damon Root/Reason "Hit and Run" (calling us "the indispensable Overlawyered.com", Coyote, Ed Driscoll, Musing Minds readers]

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1 wfjag 12.01.09 at 11:15 am

What a great use for used indoor carpet!

2 Shtetl G 12.01.09 at 11:29 am

How many children are going to have to die from the plague of Christmas Trees? If the town of Poole’s tree can save one life or prevent one injury than certainly a little “ugliness” is a small price to pay. Won’t anyone think of the children?

3 Jack Wilson 12.01.09 at 12:04 pm

I don’t think they are quite there yet. If it collapses, it looks like it would flatten anyone nearby – also, that point on top could impale sky divers. I think they have to lose the triangular shape, or lay it on the ground (after making sure there is no slippery material involved).

4 Christ on a Cracker 12.01.09 at 12:52 pm

If it saves just one life, it’s worth it!

5 Bob Lipton 12.01.09 at 1:45 pm

I’m blind!


6 SmartDude 12.01.09 at 1:45 pm

Looks cheap, tawdry, and vaguely pornographic to me.

Then again, any product of socialist government bureaucracy looks cheap, tawdry, and vaguely pornographic to me.

Last years magnificent tree cost $1000. This bizarre object d’art cost $30,000 and looks like it cost $10 to make.

7 A.W. 12.01.09 at 2:40 pm

mmm, this is what being overly politically correct gets you. a featureless piece of crap on a stick.

8 roy 12.01.09 at 4:17 pm

From the writeup, I assumed it was a joke, and a pretty good one. Maybe the link would go to the Onion.

9 Doug 12.01.09 at 4:26 pm

Paint it orange and it can be used to warn of road construction during the construction season, then paint it back to green at Christmas. It will eventually save money, all the while looking really terrible.

10 Bob Lipton 12.01.09 at 10:58 pm

Fascinated by the article, I noticed on the latest rereading this one particular sentence:

In 2002, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 1,000 people needed hospital treatment for injuries inflicted by trees.

The article does not specify how the trees inflict these injuries. Perhaps they lay in wait in the basement and come up to your bedroom at night and use cutlery from your kitchen on you.


11 gitarcarver 12.02.09 at 12:10 am

The article does not specify how the trees inflict these injuries.

You obviously have not seen The Wizard of Oz of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Trees can be very mean.

12 ps 12.02.09 at 1:02 am

Actually this seasonal holiday decoration is, in itself dangerous. Poole town council will, next year, simply paint a tree on a wall using lead-free paint of a colour not likely to cause offence to any minority group. The council is considering grey as appropriate but is in consultation with a number of senior citizen groups, just in case.

13 rxc 12.02.09 at 4:07 am

The best example I can think of where a christmas tree inflicted harm was a video I saw a while ago about people using their turkey fryer for the first time. The most amusing ones involved the use of this device in the living room, around the xmas tree. I think there were several cases of hot oil splashing out of the pot onto the tree/floor/presents, and catching fire. In the excitement, several people try to put out the tree, and it of course falls over on them and the pot of hot oil, making the situation MUCH more amusing. And thru it all, the camera-person continues to roll the film…

14 Dwight Brown 12.02.09 at 8:43 am

“The most amusing ones involved the use of this device in the living room, around the xmas tree. ”

Dear rxc:

Please, please, please tell me you’re making this up.

I find the alternative too terrible to contemplate.

15 Bob Lipton 12.02.09 at 11:00 am

Dear RXC,

please provide a link.


16 bfs 12.05.09 at 11:35 am

To me, it looks like a Minuteman II MIRV reentry vehicle. Warmongering when we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace! Also, I don’t believe in fairies — in fact belief in them is contrary to my religion. So what’s with those offensive lights?

17 Robert 12.05.09 at 10:25 pm

Are you *sure* the authors of this article aren’t pulling your leg? In any event, if people are being injured by Chr-stmas trees, it’s almost certainly G-d’s will, and we shouldn’t intervene.

18 VMS 12.08.09 at 9:11 pm

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