American exceptionalism in playground warnings?

by Walter Olson on March 29, 2011

Ira Stoll notices a curious cautionary sign at a Washington, D.C. playground: “Designed for Children Ages 2 to 5 Years (18 months – 5 years for Canada).”


1 Jay 03.29.11 at 3:20 pm

Must be metric versus standard years.

2 MF 03.29.11 at 5:00 pm

Maybe it’s dog years. Wait… “Is one of us supposed to be a dog in this scenario?”

3 Kurt 03.29.11 at 5:34 pm

I think this is because children in Canada mature faster than American kids do but American kids catch up by 5;-)

4 Ron Miller 03.29.11 at 6:05 pm

That is a good title!

5 Alan Gunn 03.30.11 at 7:04 am

Some years back, Michael Feldman had a segment on instructions for some product that had to be gargled, if memory serves, and they were different for Canada and the US. So I guess their throats are a different size, too. Yet they look just like us!

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