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February 17, 2007

New UN Radiation Warning


Unveiled this past Thursday (February 15, 2007), it's pictured above.

It features a skull and crossbones, a running person and radiating ionizing waves, all on a deep red triangle.

A UN press release noted that "The new symbol will not be visible under normal use, but only if someone attempts to disassemble a device that is a source of dangerous radiation. It will not be located on building access doors, transportation packages or containers."

I can't speak for you but me, I'm outa here.

February 17, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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I think it's just too darned cool looking. I want a t-shirt with one on it. Maybe a hoodie.

Posted by: LisaJay | Feb 20, 2007 12:49:15 AM

As Flautist suggests, it depends primarily on recognising and understanding the import of the Radiation symbol. If you don't then the sign's useless. If you do, then there's no real need for the rest of the sign - just the existing symbol will do.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Feb 19, 2007 4:42:41 PM

I'm terrible with signs. A complete dunderhead. I can never figure out what they mean.

See, if I saw this Radiation Warning sign, I could see thinking that it meant, "The sun is out today and it's nice and hot (the wavy lines and red color) so let's all go and work on our weight-loss regimes (the skull & bones) and tans and go jogging outside (running figure and arrow)!"

Or, maybe,

"The air conditioner broke today (fan looking thing) and it's hot enough in there to kill you instantly (skull & crossbones), so just run along home and get cool (runner & arrow)."


"The shit hit the fan (fan) today and Mister Jones is ready to fire (red color) and/or murder (skull) several employees, or at least run (figure) them out of town."

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 17, 2007 5:55:57 PM

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