Have you ever heard of the Consumer Protection Agency? I think they're the ones responsible for testing the products that we use every day, making sure that they're safe for use. If they're not, then that's what they should be doing. For the most part, I think that they do a decent job but after all, they are government workers. And they don't have an unlimited budget. They can only test for so many different things. And many of the things that they should test for, well, they get left out.
What sort of things, you may be wondering.
One thing they don't test for-- what if a 500 pound steel ball happens to fall from 100 feet in the air and squarely hits your product, be it a tennis ball, a pair of sneakers, a box of cracker jacks or an automobile. What happens then? Have you ever seen a commercial touting how well their product stands up to a giant steel ball? I haven't.
There are all sorts of things like this that they do not test for. Certainly the most important and the one that we will concern ourselves with is this-- how susceptible is this product to gunfire?
Yes. You read that correctly. How well does this product stand up to lead?
This is what we wanted to find out.
But why? Why on earth would you want to subject different products to this sort of testing?
Well, for instance, what if you were walking along carrying a can of spray paint and a bad guy jumps out in front of you. Let's say that the bad guy is holding a 12 gauge and he fires a shot at close range, striking your spray paint squarely in the middle. What could you expect to happen?
Here's another instance. What if you're camping out in the boonies, a long way from civilization and you only have one bottle of mustard. What if one of your buddies gets mad at you and because and only because mustard is your favorite condiment, he pulls out a 12 gauge and shoots it. Might there be enough left for you to make it through the weekend or will you be forced to shove his head into the fire in revenge? Don't tell me this thought has never crossed your mind.
These are just some of the questions that need to be answered. After all, an informed consumer is a smart consumer.
So, we intended to correct this governmental shortcoming and test a few products for ourselves.
Wait a minute. Isn't scientific testing rather methodical and boring?
Yes it is. But in the interest of mankind, someone had to do it.
The results were.............. Rather interesting. Most of the products performed pretty much as expected but there were a couple of surprises. I guess you can see for yourself.
The first product that we tested was a can of mustard greens. How well would it stand up to a 500 pound steel ball? Who knows? We didn't have a 500 pound steel ball. We tested it for something else.