If you’ve been viewing YouTube clips, of late, doubtlessly, you’re already aware of an advertising saturation campaign that’s been huckstering “The 3D Rug”. If you’re unfamiliar with the product, it’s trippy, spacey pattern exhibits a striking resemblance to a Black Hole’s Event Horizon.
And, as is true of its cosmological counterpart, there IS hidden, life threatening peril.
The problem is how the rug’s designer has created such a realistic illusion that, at first glance, unsuspecting passersby could, momentarily, wind up alarmed and disoriented; so much so, that they’d trip and fall.
As most of us know, throw rugs are already hazardous enough; as these accident statistics bear out.
“Annually, an estimated 37,991 adults age 65 years or older were treated in U.S. EDs (Emergency Departments) for falls associated with carpets (54.2%) and rugs (45.8%). Most falls (72.8%) occurred at home. Women represented 80.2% of fall injuries. The most common location for fall injuries in the home was the bathroom (35.7%). Frequent fall injuries occurred at the transition between carpet/rug and non-carpet/rug, on wet carpets or rugs, and while hurrying to the bathroom.” [read more]Article Byline: Tony Rosen • Karin A. Mack • Rita K. Noonan • Published: 5 January 2013
Seeing how bone fractures can be life ending for elderly victims (my own mother, age 89, suffered and died from such an injury), I am strongly motivated to sound the Red Alert klaxons.
But, be one elderly or youthful, whether one winds up a fatality or survivor, there’s already too damned much pain and suffering in our world. Why add to the anguish by piling on, yet, another hazard; the trippy 3rd dimension, to the already dangerous throw rug.
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