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Historic Town Maypole Chopped Down in Tour de France Route Safety Shambles

A 50-year-old maypole in the town of Otley got the chop recently, as part of a dread health and safety review prior to the Tour de France hammering past next week. Read More >>

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Birmingham’s Posh Library is “Useless” as Some Books are Unreachable

Those with library cards in the Birmingham area claim the city's glorious new library is a classic example of form over function, with users saying some reference books are stored out of reach due to designers of the £190m building not really caring about the visitors. Read More >>

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Research Suggests Texting While Walking is a Recipe for Disaster

So it's pretty well ingrained into the social consciousness that texting or phoning while driving is dangerous, if not patently illegal. Furthering that, a study published from the University of Queensland has investigated what risks there are associated with the thoroughly modern practice of texting on a mobile device while walking and what dangers it may pose to the text-walker and the other pedestrians around them. Read More >>

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Health and Safety Strikes Again: Triangular Flapjacks Banned From School Because They Have Pointy Bits

Children don't actually live in the real world any more -- instead, they inhabit a strange parallel universe, lined with cotton wool and, for one particular school, no triangular flapjacks. Because the health and safety people have decided they're bad and nasty and hurt people or something. Read More >>

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Metal Paper Clips Banned By NHS Health and Safety Police Because They’re Just Too Dangerous

If anyone has ever said that health and safety isn't just a little overreaching in the UK, this should put that to bed. NHS Manchester has "prohibited" the use of metal paperclips "due to recent incidents", issuing a demand that they must be "disposed of immediately" -- Clippy must be turning in his grave. Read More >>

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Bruce Springsteen’s Aborted Hard Rock Calling Gig Had Nothing to do With Health and Safety

Well here's a turn up for the books. The Health and Safety Executive has spoken out -- don't blame H&S, it had nothing to do with the curfew that cut off Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney in their prime at the Hyde Park gig last Saturday. What the hell? Read More >>

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Five Crazy Ways Machines Can Maim You Horribly

Machines are great. Whether you’re sawing, blasting, drilling or sanding, they make almost everything we use today and they're awesome. In fact, they’re probably essential to humanity’s survival at this point, but that doesn’t mean their hard metal whirrings can’t destroy your puny flesh and bones. Read More >>

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Health and Safety Bans Veteran Spitfire Pilot From Museum Plane Cockpit

In a case of Health and Safety gone mad, a former Spitfire pilot was banned from getting back into the cockpit of a stationary Spitfire held in a museum in Stoke-on-Trent. Read More >>