Magazine article Insight on the News

Treacherous Tea Cozies, Trousers Plague Great Britain

Magazine article Insight on the News

Treacherous Tea Cozies, Trousers Plague Great Britain

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It's often said that the United States and Great Britain are two nations separated only by a common language. But there may be another degree of difference, and that's the decidedly different causes of accidents. For the people offers as evidence some comments taken from "Danger! Don't Get Too Cozy With That Teapot," an article by science correspondent Mark Henderson in a June issue of The Times of London.

Henderson warns readers that tea cozies have become a "growing threat to human health" in Great Britain. "The toll of accidents caused by humble teapot-warmers almost doubled in a single year," he reveals, ominously.

Not mad-cow disease or irate soccer fans. Tea cozies! The injuries most often involve scalding when the would-be tea drinker attempts to pick up the teapot by its cover rather than its handle. Much of the rest of the increase in tea-cozy incidents occurred when the pot covers were tripped over after having been dropped on slick kitchen tiles or "lino" (Brit for linoleum).

Other maimers and killers in the United Kingdom were almost equally surprising. …

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