February 12, 2006

Rioting is a Sport, So Play Safely, Kids

A WELSH flagmaker last night issued an urgent safety warning to Muslims who are buying up his Danish flags to torch in cartoon protests.

Orders for the Danish national red and white flag began flooding in to Swansea-based business Mr Flag as soon as the Prophet Muhammad caricatures featured in a Danish newspaper were reprinted in Europe.

"We have experienced a rise in orders for the Danish colours," owner Robin Ashburner confirmed.

But he warned, "It has to be pointed out though that a number of modern flags are now made largely of polyester and when they burn they melt. That means if they are whirled around by a protester, his or her fellow protesters could be splashed by flying pieces of burning material. If it got into the eye it could do serious damage so we are about to issue a warning to this effect on our website.

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 12, 2006 03:09 PM | TrackBack

Ha, thats just down the road from me.

What a considerate man. Its like the warnings they put on bottle rockets but in burning-flag-coo form.

Posted by: Dan at February 13, 2006 01:22 AM

I was just thinking how lucky it was that Denmark was the country publishing the cartoons and not, say, Belize. Sure, some people are industrious enough to find a place to order the official flag, but when it comes down to it, any of us could probably handmake a flammable Danish flag out of sheets and towels around the house.

There are relatively few countries out there where it would be so simple. As a lazy protestor, I'm hoping Libya will be the country I'm wanting to symbolically torch.

Posted by: dave bug at February 13, 2006 02:55 AM

Just wait - one of these idiots will get burned and sue the flagmaker.

Posted by: Stigfink at February 13, 2006 01:19 PM

The editor of Cardiff (Wales' capitol city) University's student rag has just been suspended because he printed the pictures in question. They were the only paper in the UK to do so. Moron :(

Posted by: Dan at February 13, 2006 08:55 PM

That really is just so sweet and thoughtful.

Posted by: Gary Farber at February 15, 2006 03:11 AM