Common sense - a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things, which is shared by ("common to") nearly all people, and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without any need for debate.(Thank you Wikipedia). Let's examine that.
“Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.” – Addison Mizner
Coffee is hot. If you aren't careful and you spill it on yourself you could get burned. Yet a jury awarded a woman 2.7 million dollars in a lawsuit when she spilled hot coffee on her lap, scalding herself. Luckily the award was reduced to a mere $640,000 and settled for an undisclosed sum. Lucky the lawyers were there to protect the innocent. Ahem.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that you're stupid and make bad decisions.
A pair of teens - one 19 years old, 5-foot-6 and 270 pounds and another 14 and is 4-foot-10 and 170 pounds sued McDonalds for damages related to their obesity. (Why didn't I evert think of that?). Yeah - Ronald McDonald held a gun to their heads and force fed them Big Macs and Happy Meals.
Lauren Rosenberg decided to sue Google for an excess of $100,000 in 2009 when Google Maps advised her to walk on the freeway to get to her destination, causing her to get hit by a car.
Kellogg sued Exxon Mobile, claiming that the Exxon tiger looked too similar to Kellogg's Frosted Flakes spokesperson Tony the Tiger. Kellogg for some reason felt threatened by the Exxon tiger, concerned that children would mistake the gas station cat for the beloved beast on their cereal box.
In the interest or preserving the well being of my readers I offer a few other other common sense tidbits....
If you pull a dog's tail you may get bit
If the sign says "Beware of Dog" and you hop the fence anyway you might get bit
If you Super-size your meals every day at McDonalds you might get fat
Drinking alcoholic beverages to excess may impair your judgment and negatively impact you
Ain't it the truth.
Yes folks - it seems common sense may not be quite so common these days.
But then there's this "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
Like those Big Macs, there can be too much of a good thing.
That's this weeks shack take on our LBC topic - check out what the other LBC members (on the right side over there have to say. In parting I offer this little ditty I found on Youtube -