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(Insurance Journal)   Guess how many children have been sickened by poisoned Halloween candy in the last 50 years   (insurancejournal.com) divider line 154
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2013-10-31 03:02:07 PM
0.0
 
2013-10-31 03:05:33 PM
It's all poison. Chemical laden processed crap that is killing your children slowly. This guy needs to broaden the scope of his research, clearly...
 
2013-10-31 03:05:50 PM

Walker: 0.0


You seem surprised.
 
2013-10-31 03:08:27 PM
 
2013-10-31 03:10:21 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Did someone say tainted halloween candies?

Haha! Taint!

 
2013-10-31 03:22:59 PM
potato?
 
2013-10-31 03:25:46 PM
Back when I was a kid, it was razor blades in apples. Boy, those were all over the place.

/in people's imaginations
 
2013-10-31 03:26:40 PM
I think more kids are sickened when they find Chick tracts inside their goody bags.
 
2013-10-31 03:29:24 PM
I was only off by 2.
 
2013-10-31 03:30:03 PM

show me: Back when I was a kid, it was razor blades in apples. Boy, those were all over the place.

/in people's imaginations


At the price of razor blades and/or apples?
 
2013-10-31 03:33:35 PM
We all knew it was bullshiat even when I was a kid. Even though we all trick or treated in our own neighborhoods anyway, to people we knew. Our parents didn't drive us out 10 miles to Elm Street to trick or treat strangers. But everyone (well apparently not everyone) knew it was just an urban legend. As for the "razor blade in the apple" thing, first of all who gives an apple as a treat and what kid would eat said apple?

That would make a funny short film, a creep gives a kid an apple with a razor blade in it, the kid burns down the creeps house, they tell the kid that he deserved it for putting a razor blade in the apple and the kid says, "there was a razor blade in the apple? That's even more farked up".
 
2013-10-31 03:35:00 PM
....oh and a sociologist is able to make a living, that's even more unbelievable. Good for him.
 
2013-10-31 03:54:44 PM
There have been more kids with the clap from your mom.
 
2013-10-31 03:58:14 PM
This is an interesting question of causation.  Are there so few (or in this case, no) instances of poisoning because it WOULD never happen or because parents are so paranoid about unwrapped or home made Halloween treats?
 
2013-10-31 04:11:43 PM
I've been trying to help prevent this by adding a steadily increasing amount of poison to the candy I give out every year. This builds up the children's tolerance to poison (think of Wesley and his self-created immunity to Lidocaine powder) and ensures that if someone ever does try to truly poison them, they'll survive.
 
2013-10-31 04:11:48 PM

Ambivalence: This is an interesting question of causation.  Are there so few (or in this case, no) instances of poisoning because it WOULD never happen or because parents are so paranoid about unwrapped or home made Halloween treats?


The scare really started in '82. The Chicago Tylenol Murders were still very fresh on everybody's minds. Once the populace had it in their minds that it was possible, it's a short hop for people to start thinking it's common.
 
2013-10-31 04:23:42 PM

show me: Back when I was a kid, it was razor blades in apples. Boy, those were all over the place.

/in people's imaginations


It could be a hoax, but some kid in PA is claiming to have gotten a razor blade in his M&Ms.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/10/boy-finds-razor-blade- in -halloween-candy/

Parents really let their kids go trick or treating at stranger's houses?
 
2013-10-31 04:24:09 PM
0

Its just a way for your parents to steal the good shiat first.
 
2013-10-31 04:24:29 PM
That's a relief. Now I only have to worry about satanic cults, subliminal messages in my music, and socialized medicine.
 
2013-10-31 04:26:22 PM

gfid: It could be a hoax, but some kid in PA is claiming to have gotten a razor blade in his M&Ms.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/10/boy-finds-razor-blade- in -halloween-candy/


The same thing happened to a girl I know. It cut up her face.

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2013-10-31 04:26:51 PM
Kids know who the creepy farks are in a neighborhood and avoid those houses.
 
2013-10-31 04:27:01 PM
None, thanks to my good ol' tiger rock.

/kept the tigers away, too!
 
2013-10-31 04:27:40 PM
Funny, when I was growing up, a friend of mine swore up and down that she treated a case of a kid who had swallowed a barbed piece of candy. I don't talk to her anymore...
 
2013-10-31 04:28:30 PM
Had a neighbor who was a drug dealer who gave apples at Halloween.  Needless to say my parents threw those away.

/He was eventually arrested
//doubt he put drugs in apples
///love getting first dibs on the kids candy
 
2013-10-31 04:28:37 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've been trying to help prevent this by adding a steadily increasing amount of poison to the candy I give out every year. This builds up the children's tolerance to poison (think of Wesley and his self-created immunity to Lidocaine powder) and ensures that if someone ever does try to truly poison them, they'll survive.


You're doing the Lord's work, Pocket Ninja.

And how would you get a razor blade into an apple to where it wasn't totally noticeable?
 
2013-10-31 04:28:48 PM
Does that include Twizzlers? 'Cause that stuff's nasty.
 
2013-10-31 04:30:00 PM
Each year I have to ask: WHERE ARE THE LSD-LACED DISNEY TATTOOS I WAS PROMISED?
 
2013-10-31 04:30:24 PM
Pascal's Wager mentality.
 
2013-10-31 04:30:30 PM
gfid:

Parents really let their kids go trick or treating at stranger's houses?

Are you sitting down? Okay good.

Yes.
 
2013-10-31 04:30:58 PM
And yet, on average, two are struck and killed by cars each year.
 
2013-10-31 04:31:32 PM
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If dentists can give out toothbrushes, then I can dish out my tools of the trade.

/I'm kidding. Don't do this.
 
2013-10-31 04:31:43 PM

BKITU: Ambivalence: This is an interesting question of causation.  Are there so few (or in this case, no) instances of poisoning because it WOULD never happen or because parents are so paranoid about unwrapped or home made Halloween treats?

The scare really started in '82. The Chicago Tylenol Murders were still very fresh on everybody's minds. Once the populace had it in their minds that it was possible, it's a short hop for people to start thinking it's common.


Sorry, over ten years before that my mother would inspect our candies to make sure nothing was unwrapped or re-wrapped.
 
2013-10-31 04:32:11 PM
I was gonna post "Challenge Accepted" but thought that would be a bit crass. I know it's Fark, but I already made my "razor blade candy" joke on another thread so figured I would that would be too much.
 
2013-10-31 04:33:26 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've been trying to help prevent this by adding a steadily increasing amount of poison to the candy I give out every year. This builds up the children's tolerance to poison (think of Wesley and his self-created immunity to Lidocaine powder) and ensures that if someone ever does try to truly poison them, they'll survive.


Iocane
 
2013-10-31 04:34:20 PM

Mugato: We all knew it was bullshiat even when I was a kid. Even though we all trick or treated in our own neighborhoods anyway, to people we knew. Our parents didn't drive us out 10 miles to Elm Street to trick or treat strangers. But everyone (well apparently not everyone) knew it was just an urban legend. As for the "razor blade in the apple" thing, first of all who gives an apple as a treat and what kid would eat said apple?


This is exactly what I thought when I heard that as a kid lol, no way was I going to eat an apple if I was unlucky enough to visit a house handing them out.
 
2013-10-31 04:35:04 PM
Does that include children who were sickened by poisoned candy AND eating way too much candy, way too fast?

Because that would be all of us.

The poison is in the dose, as Paracelsus said. And that's especially true of candy.
 
2013-10-31 04:35:14 PM
Along these lines I'm on my annual Facebook Anti-Trunk or Treat Crusade
 
2013-10-31 04:35:38 PM
This was something my parents told me so that they could "test" the suspicious looking ones . . . oh, the joys of OCD and parents who used my own OCD against me.
 
2013-10-31 04:36:08 PM

BAMFinator: Had a neighbor who was a drug dealer who gave apples at Halloween.  Needless to say my parents threw those away took them for their own use.

 
2013-10-31 04:36:23 PM
My guess was zero, as I read about this in a book about perfect rumors and bad PR and some other nonsense a few years ago (and I can't immediately find it for your reference)
If we're being technical, the answer could be "one" as the book and article indicate a father poisoned his own son to create the crazy rumor that had every kid's candy checked after every halloween for the next forever years.  Some of it got "thrown away" too.  My parents were bad, but on the scale of things, at least I survived.
 
2013-10-31 04:38:00 PM

gfid: show me: Back when I was a kid, it was razor blades in apples. Boy, those were all over the place.

/in people's imaginations

It could be a hoax, but some kid in PA is claiming to have gotten a razor blade in his M&Ms.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/10/boy-finds-razor-blade- in -halloween-candy/

Parents really let their kids go trick or treating at stranger's houses?


Really? A razor blade in M&Ms?

Message for the kook who put razor blades in M&Ms:  YOU'RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT.

Then again. If your objective is to slit open loot mags and leave a trail of candy behind each trick-or-treater, you may have succeeded, albeit at risk of some personal injury to yourself, children, parents, pedestrians, pets, etc.

My guess is that this is a hoax or something.
 
2013-10-31 04:38:03 PM

mediablitz: It's all poison. Chemical laden processed crap that is killing your children slowly. This guy needs to broaden the scope of his research, clearly...


That's cute.
 
2013-10-31 04:38:11 PM
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Why was this greenlit?
DNRTFA
 
2013-10-31 04:38:22 PM
I always figured the paranoia about only accepting factory-wrapped candy was a candy-industry thing to promote sales.

When I was a kid, the local hospital would let people come in and have their Halloween candy X-rayed to make sure there were no needles or razor blades in it.  They never found any, ever.  I know several of my friends had parents that refused to let them touch their candy until it had been scanned at the hospital.
 
2013-10-31 04:38:29 PM
high fructose corn syrup
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2013-10-31 04:38:41 PM

show me: Back when I was a kid, it was razor blades in apples. Boy, those were all over the place.

/in people's imaginations


Anyone who had the audacity to hand out apples (razor blades or no) in my neighborhood had their house egged to hell and back.
 
2013-10-31 04:39:20 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've been trying to help prevent this by adding a steadily increasing amount of poison to the candy I give out every year. This builds up the children's tolerance to poison (think of Wesley and his self-created immunity to Lidocaine powder) and ensures that if someone ever does try to truly poison them, they'll survive.


Do you mean Iocane powder?
 
2013-10-31 04:39:40 PM
"Yet the fact that I have been giving essentially the same interview for more than 25 years makes me wonder about the value of news coverage for social scientific research."

This guy really needs a Fark account.
 
2013-10-31 04:41:35 PM

Super Chronic: Each year I have to ask: WHERE ARE THE LSD-LACED DISNEY TATTOOS I WAS PROMISED?


Hey, dude. If you want the good stuff, you have to know somebody who knows somebody. You don't get that shiat from random trick-or-treating.

Well, not very often.

Maybe if somebody's Mom runs out of candy and they look for candy in the pron mags under their son's bed, and their son is an acid-head who's into fat-bottomed longshoremen, then you might get a few hits of acid, but I think you'd have to have had a few hits of acid to think that shiat up unless you were a weirdo like me, with a hyper-realistic imagination, or else the kind of person who starts urban legends, making them out of whole cloth.
 
2013-10-31 04:41:52 PM

BKITU: Ambivalence: This is an interesting question of causation.  Are there so few (or in this case, no) instances of poisoning because it WOULD never happen or because parents are so paranoid about unwrapped or home made Halloween treats?

The scare really started in '82. The Chicago Tylenol Murders were still very fresh on everybody's minds. Once the populace had it in their minds that it was possible, it's a short hop for people to start thinking it's common.


Well plus you have that thing about people discarding counteracting facts that don't agree with their prejudices, and instead such things tend to reinforce and strengthen their beliefs even more. So when you have the articles in the media about how it never in fact happens, that just increases some peoples beliefs that it does.
 
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