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    Birts, no more pointy knives for you!

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/05...ives_can_kill/

    The British Medical Journal has discovered something which may have escaped the attention of the less well-informed reader: that long pointy knives are sharp and can be stuck into people thereby causing them damage or even provoking a death-related incident.

    The solution? Oblige long pointy knife manufacturers to make the knives less pointy by rounding off the tips.

    Yes indeed, that's the conclusion of docs Emma Hern, Will Glazebrook and Mike Beckett of the West Middlesex University Hospital in London, according to a NY Times report. They note with concern that "the rate of violent crime in Britain rose nearly 18 per cent from 2003 to 2004, and that in the first two weeks of 2005, 15 killings and 16 nonfatal attacks involved stabbings".

    Dr Hern says: "We came up with the idea and tossed it into the pot to get people talking about crime reduction." She adds: "Whether it's a sensible solution to this problem or not, I'm not sure."

    No further comment from us is required, but suffice it to say we look forward to proposals for the rubber housebrick (a common bludgeoning weapon), the papier mache baseball bat (ditto) and the soft plastic claw hammer (ditto).
    Heh, this just kind of makes me sad

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    That is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard, it is funny though
    I like the idea of the rubber house brick
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    you can't be serious?
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    hmm.. can I have a bendy Ax? What's next no sporks! Not to mention what this will do for the shive industry in prision.

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    I think I saw a report that they are taking butter away too? Seems to be bad for their arteries?
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    The people behind the report in the BMJ have good intentions but this....eh plea, was never really taken too seriously from what i gather.

    Just a bit of over nannying thought IMO.

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    I have a few rounder knives I could send you brits. We call them spoons!

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    "that's not a knife, that's a spoon."

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    That is just stupid, it's like taking guns off the streets, people who want to use them will.

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    Originally posted by Odd Fact
    I have a few rounder knives I could send you brits. We call them spoons!
    They'll need all the spoons they can get, especially after the ban on forks.

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    In all honesty, you dont need sharp points on them.

    Chefs claim that it will mean that some meat will be lost when cutting but i am sure that there will be more ways arround it. However yes it will take more time and they might put prices up on meals with meat. However i dont mind paying 50p extra a meal to help save many lives.

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    Originally posted by Bazza The Greek
    In all honesty, you dont need sharp points on them.

    Chefs claim that it will mean that some meat will be lost when cutting but i am sure that there will be more ways arround it. However yes it will take more time and they might put prices up on meals with meat. However i dont mind paying 50p extra a meal to help save many lives.
    You honestly believe taking the point off the knife will save many lives?
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    Originally posted by justadollarhostin
    You honestly believe taking the point off the knife will save many lives?
    If it saves 1 life, then it is worth it. It WILL save at least one life and so for me, that is worth it.

    However for all we know, it might stop being used as a weapon because of this. This will only lead to another weapon, but at least knives will not be such a dnagerous threat to the British public.

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    That's .. just funny. Soon to come, death by spoon increases in crime.
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    Originally posted by Bazza The Greek
    If it saves 1 life, then it is worth it. It WILL save at least one life and so for me, that is worth it.

    However for all we know, it might stop being used as a weapon because of this. This will only lead to another weapon, but at least knives will not be such a dnagerous threat to the British public.
    I would bet you that removing the point on knifes would not save a single life. I bet if the speed limit was dropped to 5mph it would save a lot more lives.

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    Or even better yet, ban all alcohol as well
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    Originally posted by justadollarhostin
    I bet if the speed limit was dropped to 5mph it would save a lot more lives.
    I bet you it wouldn't, because it would create more impatient people and cause people to speed more (according to the 5 MPH). That would cause more accidents
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    You intrested in placing a bet that over the first 12 months, there is at least 1 reported life being saved from a blunt knife ?

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    Originally posted by RefreshNet
    I bet you it wouldn't, because it would create more impatient people and cause people to speed more (according to the 5 MPH). That would cause more accidents
    An accident at 5mph is not going to be fatal (unless you want to go into extreme situations), but in any even, lets get rid of cars all together
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    Originally posted by Bazza The Greek
    You intrested in placing a bet that over the first 12 months, there is at least 1 reported life being saved from a blunt knife ?
    Very interested, what are we going to bet?
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    How about a ham and cheese bagel ?

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    You have a deal!
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    Originally posted by justadollarhostin
    An accident at 5mph is not going to be fatal (unless you want to go into extreme situations), but in any even, lets get rid of cars all together
    Who said people would be going 5? I say we keep cars until we can all teleport! Yay teleportation!
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    Originally posted by justadollarhostin
    You have a deal!
    Lol.

    The rule is, that the loser must pay for one to be sent to the winnder in their country, so that it is edible. And you can change the toping (as i do not see the point in a bagel made from ham and cheese ) , but it must be of the save value.

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    Reply @ RefreshNet: They better be going 5 mph or all the extra police hired will be very upset with them, and whats to say people won't just make their knives have a point? In any even we could go on for hours about this, and it's probably best to just call it quits lol

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    Originally posted by justadollarhostin
    Reply @ RefreshNet: They better be going 5 mph or all the extra police hired will be very upset with them, and whats to say people won't just make their knives have a point? In any even we could go on for hours about this, and it's probably best to just call it quits lol
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    Originally posted by Bazza The Greek
    In all honesty, you dont need sharp points on them.

    Chefs claim that it will mean that some meat will be lost when cutting but i am sure that there will be more ways arround it. However yes it will take more time and they might put prices up on meals with meat. However i dont mind paying 50p extra a meal to help save many lives.
    I wonder how much meat will be lost in cutting when the surgeons use the blunt scalpels.

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    Originally posted by Disgruntled
    I wonder how much meat will be lost in cutting when the surgeons use the blunt scalpels.
    LOL !!!!

    However, if you know of a surgeon that is using knives from the kitchen sink, please report him (Or her)

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    you can kill people with anything.... you can even kill someone with a toothe pick. I see the British government as finding ways to try and limit murders, but wheter they like it there will always been murders as long as we have our fists.
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    The only thing it will prevent is a spur of the moment / passion crime where somebody grabs a knife from the kitchen and attacks someone. Well, not prevent, but they probably won't die a painful death from it

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    Originally posted by Kerry Jones
    you can kill people with anything.... you can even kill someone with a toothe pick. I see the British government as finding ways to try and limit murders, but wheter they like it there will always been murders as long as we have our fists.
    In the interets of truth if nothing else, this isn't actually a government initiative. It'd never get through parliament even if it was.

    Originally posted by Aea
    The only thing it will prevent is a spur of the moment / passion crime where somebody grabs a knife from the kitchen and attacks someone. Well, not prevent, but they probably won't die a painful death from it
    If i recall correctly that situation is the precise one that the authors of the report are targeting.

    Bazza the Greek, moves like this are surely not one but five stepts to far in nanny state terms?

    What else would you do, replace Bonfires on the 5th of November with a great big light bulb? Hmm

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    After visiting England in 2002 I came to the quick conclusion that without pointy knives you can't consume those breakfast rolls at the hotel in London that I was at.
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    Ach, take my salt for being strange tasting , take my dust for clogging up atmosphere, take my cotton wool so i dont choke on it if im stupid enough to put it in my mouth, take all my stuff so i dont fall over it when its neatly packed etc.

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    Originally posted by Tulip-Dennis
    After visiting England in 2002 I came to the quick conclusion that without pointy knives you can't consume those breakfast rolls at the hotel in London that I was at.
    They are only talking about kitchen knives. ( i lthink).

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    Now what a stipid suggestion. You fool.


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