Monday, February 27, 2023

Don't Boil a Kettle on a Boat

A British public service announcement from the 1970s gives us crucial information for people who have boats and may want a cup of tea. The fact that the target audience for this would be vanishingly small was no bar for an agency with a government budget. Still, It's so darn short and to the point that you won't forget it. (via Boing Boing)


Anonymous said...

But how does adding too much water or a crooked lid lead to an explosion? Spilled water doesn't cause a fire, even boiling water, on a boat or otherwise.

I think there's a missing piece here. That, or this film is satirical.

Miss Cellania said...

The way it was explained on some other forum, the spilled water puts out the fire, and you don't think to turn the gas off because the fire is gone. Eventually, the escaping gas gets to the engine, and boom. The humor comes from the very lack of such information.

Andy said...

This is satire from Michael Spicer (you might have seen his 'Room Next Door' series, they're definitely worth a watch). We used to have lots of public information adverts like this, but not as daft, in the 70s. I don't know if they were considered necessary for public safety of if it was just a way of propping up independent television.