Plumbum et Circenses posts this:
Yes, it’s exactly what it looks like. A warning printed on plywood that sawdust causes cancer in California. Sawdust = death!?!
Actually this shouldn’t surprise me. California exists to give the rest of us something to laugh at.
Like France, California is the punchline to a joke that began long ago.
Everything in California has warnings. None of which bear resemblance to actual risk. Luckily, nobody (and I mean nobody at all) takes it seriously.
My last encounter with “Californicated warnings” in their native habitat was a few years ago. I’d ridden all day through the homage to air pollution and illegal immigration that is the San Joaquin valley. I stopped at a mechanic’s shop for an oil change. On the door was the list of things known to California to cause cancer. It included everything but sunshine and metric wrenches.
Obviously mechanic’s shops have lots of icky chemicals. That’s why intelligent folks go somewhere else for their picnic. Only the Sacramento haze of egghead detachment would imply that internal combustion engines need nothing for maintenance but hope, medical marijuana, and rosy assumptions.
The ironic part was that I’d gotten there on a motorcycle. Yes, I could somehow ingest brake fluid and get sick. Or I could make a misstep in traffic and wind up fucked by a Kenworth on I5. Which one is more likely?
I never liked the San Joaquin valley so I rode hard for a locale more appropriate to my personality. I spent the night near Furnace Creek in Death Valley. What a nice place!
They had air conditioning and water. In a land where the snakes won’t kill you because the heat will have you dead and collapsed over the handlebars first…water was plenty to make me happy. There were no warnings on anything. I was happy. I wanted to stay longer but was out of time.
I was out of time because somewhere amid the San Joaquin smog I’d developed a sinus infection. It was getting worse by the hour and there are no doctors in Furnace Creek. (You think you’re tough? Put on a full face helmet when you’ve got a killer head cold!)
I made like a Cowboy and rode at dawn. Things would have been much worse if I’d stayed. None of which involves drinking brake fluid or the zombie death sawdust of Sacramento’s id. California will kill you with air while warning you about the lead content of your battery posts. No wonder politicians thrive there!
The rest of the trip was better as I limped along on antibiotics and grit. I was happier in Nevada and Utah because I’ll take “reality” over useless warnings amid the air pollution any day. You know the left coast has gone bonkers when deserts, strippers, and creepy polygamists seem conservative and reasonable by comparison.