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Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Friendly Message from Your Concerned Friend, Canada

posted by on December 1 at 18:59 PM

Those wintery folk up north who invented universal healthcare, gay weddings, and “Eh”, are concerned about you—-very, very concerned about you. They want you to be safe. Really, really safe.

And they are NOT. Fucking. AROUND.

A thoughtful PSA, brought to you by everyone’s guardian angel, Canada:

Um. I bet she wishes she’d done meth for the first time instead of that.

Don’t have accidents then, alrighty?

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Holy shit!

Posted by Amelia | December 1, 2007 7:16 PM

Oh, for God's sake. What was the point of that? Why were there no mats on that kitchen floor? Why was a sous chef dumping a fry vat? Why is the hot oil in a stockpot?

Don't these people know ANYTHING about kitchens?

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 1, 2007 7:21 PM

that was horrifying, thanks

Posted by that really didn't need to be posted | December 1, 2007 7:22 PM

What the... Do they show that on television up there?

And I don't really know what I am supposed to do/not do now except for now my hatred of cooking has been augment by a terror of cooking. I don't want my eyeballs burned out by hot grease!

Posted by exelizabeth | December 1, 2007 7:25 PM

Perhaps the greatest PSA I've seen in a long time for safety in the workplace. Horrifyingly preventable by all of what @2 outlined. Let's all go to our kitchens right now and make an accessment.

Posted by raindro | December 1, 2007 7:32 PM

o m g

Posted by giannissima | December 1, 2007 7:32 PM

HA HA HA !!!! That was so over done it was hilarious!!!

Posted by Just Me | December 1, 2007 7:34 PM

That was horrible!

Is that like a big problem up in Canada?

Posted by Hal | December 1, 2007 7:38 PM

Yeah..I had to stop eating when they showed this lovely warning last week. Some bureaucrat seems to be into some sick twisted shit.

Posted by joe in ottawa | December 1, 2007 7:39 PM

And Americans think of Canadians as polite, friendly and slightly boring. Take it from an Ontario native: there are some really twisted minds up there.

Posted by RainMan | December 1, 2007 7:47 PM

Oh, thank you, Adrian. So much. I needed that trauma on a Sunday morning.

Posted by Donovan | December 1, 2007 7:49 PM

WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT ABOUT? My GOD have the Canadian lost their minds? SEE that is the result of allowing Homosexuals to marry! Really what was the point of that nightmare?

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | December 1, 2007 8:01 PM

Wow Adrian!, this was incredible. They're not fuckin' around at all.

Posted by Dono | December 1, 2007 8:03 PM

Take a look at the Domestic Violence clip. There would be hell to pay here in God's USofA if the right wing saw that! They would shut it down right away as of course it does not allow the husband to be the head of the house as the Bible says he should be.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | December 1, 2007 8:11 PM

Holy shit

Posted by blaire | December 1, 2007 8:22 PM

Oh my god I love my country. That is the funniest fucking thing I've ever seen! @7, I'm glad you got the humour.

Posted by Irena | December 1, 2007 8:26 PM

Hey Irena, Joe in Ottawa and other Canadians. Welcome to the Slog. This has nothing to do with the gruesome video but have you checked out the other Slog thread about the snow here in Seattle? The whole city is going berserk. At least it hit on a Saturday rather than during weekday rush hour.

Posted by RainMan | December 1, 2007 8:44 PM


"...but, is it art?"

Posted by brandon | December 1, 2007 8:47 PM

It's kind of crazy how much press these ads are getting outside of Ontario, much less the country.

Posted by Gloria | December 1, 2007 8:52 PM

Jesus Christ!!! Burned in my eyes forever!! Don't show me that stuff, now I can't go out to eat in Canada ever again.

Posted by Bill | December 1, 2007 10:17 PM

And another thing: If she knew she was going to have an accident, why did she pick up the stockpot full of fryer oil?


Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 1, 2007 10:33 PM

I feel scarred for life by that. Not scarred in the same way the hot oil-dropping, grease spot slipping chick is, but scarred nonetheless.

Posted by genevieve | December 1, 2007 10:42 PM

Fried foods are bad for you, m'kay?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 1, 2007 10:43 PM

Sargon is right...the DV one pretty amazing. No way it's ever show here...even without the f word.

Posted by gnossos | December 1, 2007 11:22 PM

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Posted by gnossos | December 1, 2007 11:24 PM

You guys are looking at this all WRONG!

1.) TERRIFIC pratfall by the actress!

2.) Good timing on the "flare up" effect by the pyro-tech

3.) Kudos to the Make-up artist for the great "fried peeling skin" appliances.

4.) Nice bit of writing too; short, punchy mix of horror and hilarity.

5.) The director will be shooting a big-budget horror flick by end of next year.

Posted by COMTE | December 1, 2007 11:38 PM

Between that and the domestic violence one, they sure do love shrieking. And it's effective.

Posted by K | December 1, 2007 11:39 PM

@14: Have you seen the comments on that one?

Posted by K | December 1, 2007 11:56 PM

Holy fuck.

I'm going to have to wait an hour before I can try to sleep now. Thanks.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | December 2, 2007 12:38 AM

Um, I just have to add my voice, saying WHAT THE HELL is the point of that? Do the PSA people want Canadians to be tiptoeing around in fear about every goddamn thing that can go wrong? Seriously, that is insane. It's 1:35am, how am I supposed to get to sleep now?

Posted by Uncle Vinny | December 2, 2007 1:36 AM

oh my god why did i watch that i'm going to have nightmares forever

Posted by Mikey | December 2, 2007 6:00 AM

Haha, actually those adds have been around up here forever... there's these great posters in school and transit stations with people's hands chopped off, glass sticking out of their arms, crushed by machinery etcetera... work safety, it's serious stuff!

Posted by Cinders | December 2, 2007 6:31 AM

Who needs violent video games when we have Canadian PSA producers!

(#28 "K" No I have not read comments about the DV clip, Where might I?)

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | December 2, 2007 8:54 AM

Speaking of maimed canadians, I always liked the psas from the fascinatingly named War Amps:

Posted by war amp | December 2, 2007 8:57 AM

Does OSHA know about this?

Posted by yucca flower | December 2, 2007 9:36 AM


Okay, that was freaky and cool. But holy crap! If I'd have seen that when I was, oh, about 12, I think I'd be scarred for life. When the hell do they air those up in Canada? Hopefully not during Sesame Street.

Posted by SDA in SEA | December 2, 2007 10:05 AM

I know the Slog is full of smarty pants - many self proclaimed - and the Head Smarty Pants Dan Danger - here is WHY the ads ... Ready ...

Accidents as a major health problem, cause much suffering, hospitalization and COST. When the COST is mixed into national health care and national worker insurance for the workplace .... guess who pays all the bills?

The Govt. Thus guess who has an incentive to slow down accidents by education?

The GOVT, due to the COST to them ....

Americans are immune to true collective action and collective finances. We think and act as frontier pioneers facing life in a John Wayne movie.

Good health is a priority in countries with SOCIALIZED medicine, at birth and in the workplace. Follow the $$$$$.

Posted by Leyland | December 2, 2007 10:16 AM

Clearly Canada needs more personal injury lawyers, to hold those who would provide an unsafe workplace accountable!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 2, 2007 10:54 AM

I worked in restaurant kitchens for almost two decades. Wait, for longer than that. And the only really awful accident I ever saw was when one chef picked up a knife and stabbed the other chef. And it wasn't an accident. It was attempted murder. But, man, the chef was a total asshole, and he had it coming.

Posted by Dan Savage | December 2, 2007 11:38 AM

When I was a 13 year old, 90 lb weakling of a busboy, I had my foot run over by a salad bar. On another occasion, I got pinned against a wall by a rolling steam table.

It wasn't that I was accident-prone. It was because they paired me with the nicest, gentlest, developmentally disabled man who was also strong as an ox, and I couldn't hold my own against him when moving things.

But since he would burst into tears if I let on that I had been hurt, I learned how to withstand pain and keep a poker face. That's a skill that has served me well over the years ;-)

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 2, 2007 12:58 PM

Fucking hell. That's the scariest PSA I've seen since they showed us those bus safety videos in grade school - the ones that had kids slipping in front of moving buses and ripened fruit exploding as it hit bus seats. The video from the DMV with trains smashing into cars probably comes a close second.

Seriously, do you think horror film directors get started on PSAs? It'd be great practice. =)

Kudos to these folks, though - all accidents are preventable, it's just a question of standing up and being the person who stops the chain of events.

Posted by wench | December 2, 2007 12:58 PM

Oh, and in case anyone wants more videos, try . I kind of didn't actually watch anything there because it had a warning on the front page about the graphic injury sequences. I figure if this is on tv, and those have a warning... I should probably just not look.

Posted by wench | December 2, 2007 1:03 PM

I love you, Adrian!.

Posted by Mr. Poe | December 2, 2007 1:52 PM

Yummy! Cook McNuggets!!!

Posted by Hmmmmm | December 2, 2007 5:54 PM


Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2007 6:55 PM

Okay, I just burst out laughing, particularly when she started screaming like a banshee. You horrified people are all lying. You're all sick fuckers like the rest of us.

Posted by Me | December 2, 2007 7:26 PM

I was somewhat shocked the first time, but have laughed each successive time I've seen it.

The others don't have the same timing/slapstick quality to them.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | December 2, 2007 10:22 PM

talk about motivated by fear...didn't the owners of that hypothetical restaraunt see that episode of the restaraunt when rocco dispirito didn't buy mats for his kitchen staff?

Posted by kim | December 2, 2007 10:25 PM

thanks adrian!
laughed for five min. at this last night, then it kept me going with a good private tee-hee all day, so much so the tears burn my cheeks, though nothing like disfiguring flaming hot oil, but almost.

gonna watch it over and over 'till the joy wears off...looks like a long night ahead.

Posted by pissy mcslogbot | December 3, 2007 1:10 AM

It was horrifying because I didn't expect it in the slightest. I thought it was some sketch comedy show, until she started screaming and her goddamn face came off. Again, THANKS.

Posted by Donovan | December 3, 2007 6:13 AM

Boy, some of you guys are dense. Clearly the stock pot was full of boiling water, and she was about to comment on the proximity of the range to the fryer. She slipped on the grease and threw water on herself. Same effect.

Posted by Emily | December 3, 2007 9:36 AM

Women outnumber men 3 to 1 in the body count. Should I be pissed or forewarned?

Posted by WenG | December 3, 2007 10:41 AM

Canadian PSA? I thought it was my trailer for Saw IV...

Posted by Wes Craven | December 3, 2007 1:45 PM

Emily, if it was boling water, why did that cause the range to flame up when the liquid landed on it?

And there is quite a bit of difference between a scalding and a burn from oil. Water boils at about 212 degrees (f) at sea level. Fryer oil is usually kept at about 350 degrees (f) Plus, it's harder to flush from a wound.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | December 3, 2007 4:35 PM

If it was oil, why was it steaming?

Posted by w7ngman | December 4, 2007 6:10 PM

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