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The Universal Language of the Null Symbol

9 Feb

And the award for best illustrated depiction of suffocation hazard goes to Samsung, and their creepy baby with a bag over its head.

I can’t help thinking how confusing some of these illustrations would be were it not for the big red null symbol negating the action. For example, this baby, meant to illustrate so elegantly that “hey, don’t put that plastic bag on that baby’s head. That’s not funny.” might well without the symbol have just been wearing a very boxy hat. or a 50’s bob hairdo. Or a slice of toast. All of which would have been pretty cute. But because of the unmistakable circle with a line through it, I’m pretty sure that’s not it. Unless Samsung has moved away from its own liability concerns into appeals against poor baby fashion. The jury may still be out.

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2 Responses to “The Universal Language of the Null Symbol”

  1. Annie H. February 9, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    You know, of course, that Tycho is obsessed with the null symbol. Every.Single.One must be deciphered and explained. We went to a jumpy-castle-gym place, where there were probably seventeen unique symbols for what is not to be done w/in each castle, and we spent most of our time there talking about why it wasn’t okay to bring appliances inside.

    Congrats on the blog! I wish it were a tumblr.

    • totallyunfocused February 9, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      that’s funny, Tycho is my fav. Thanks, I just sort of arbitrarily picked wordpress over tumblr DONT GIVE ME POST-CHOICE ANXIETY!

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