Do you ever hear of new rules, laws, or fads that seem to make no sense at all, but we just accept and move along with our lives? Here are just a few:
"Our government" has decided to make us transfer over to electric ranges because gas stoves cause cerebral damage, especially to our children. Natural gas use has been documented back to 400 BC. So, for 2,399 years cooking gas was okay but this year, it is dangerous. Does this make sense?
Let's think about that for a minute. In this area of New Jersey, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) began supplying natural gas to our homes about the 1920s.* Suddenly, 100 years later it becomes dangerous. Our gas heaters and water heaters are okay, it is just cooking stoves that are dangerous. What will happen to all the gas stoves that we discard? Will we have to put aside some of our precious little open space to provide for "gas-stove graveyards?" Really?
Surely, everyone knows someone who has a gluten allergy. People have been eating wheat, oats, and flour for at least 5,000 years but in the past decade suddenly, up to 13% of the population needs gluten-free foods which costs 2 to 3 times more than regular food. Co-incidence or a very popular money-maker for big business?
Do you like the economy of a Big-Gulp size drink? In Philadelphia, New York and many other cities either you can't buy large-sized drinks or they are taxed so high they are unreasonably priced. However, you can buy two smaller drinks which equal one Big-Gulp sized drink. Does the government really care about our health or do they care about the tax on the drinks?
There will be more governmental insanity coming but now for a little politician humor. President Ronald Reagan (1980 - 1988) once said "the nine scariest words in the English language were 'I'm from the government, and here to help you.'"
* PSE&G trivia - back in the 1920 -1940 era homeowners would have, then later could have, a gas-money meter in their homes. When ready to cook, the homemaker would insert a nickel, dine or quarter into the meter and the cooking gas would be turned on. Heat was provided by coal furnaces or wood fireplaces.
Natural gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. In the early 1900s a chemical which smells like rotten eggs was added to bring the user's attention to a gas leak. Prior to that time accidental deaths and suicides ("taking the pipe") were common.