Thursday, October 17, 2013

What are those Strange Symbols?


European Conformity. The manufacturer meets European Union standards, so the product can be sold anywhere within the EU. These standards cover issues like safety, power usage, or noise.

Copyright. You see this symbol everywhere, but it has no magical powers.  In the U.S. the act of producing a creative work automatically gives it copyright protection, so the symbol isn't required.
Registered Trademark. Indicates a brand or service registered with the trademark office.  Registering isn't required to establish a trademark, but if you don’t register you can only use the TM symbol. Un-registered service brands must use the SM symbol.

Sound copyright symbol. Not sure how they put this on a sound recording. Perhaps it sounds like the "gong" sound from "Law and Order".

Estimated Sign. Used for pre-packaged goods in Europe to indicate that they use measurement standards. The standard specifies the acceptable margin of error – both too much and too little.

Looks like a happy "e" to me.

Creative Commons Logo. Indicates that a work is not copyrighted, and can be used freely. It’s a visual pun on the copyright symbol.


Kosher certification. These are stamps of various different regional organizations that certify that a product meets kosher (Jewish) food standards.

Seems to me that the rabbi's should be able to get together and agree on a common logo.


Halal. Designates that a food meets Islamic food standards. As with kosher, the concept seems simple enough, but the internet is full of stupid and paranoid people. Various groups interpret them as a terrorist funding conspiracy, a war on Christmas, or an anti-western jihad.

Plastic recycling codes. These codes are used to sort different types of plastic for recycling. Most of us just chuck the plastics into the recycling bin, but this is a huge pain for plastics recyclers. Some plastics like PETE soda bottles are easy to recycle, while other plastics aren't. These other plastics can only be economically recycled from pure commercial sources.

Irradiated food. This symbol is the “Radura”, which indicates that the food was sterilized with radiation. Radiation makes people nervous, so irradiated foods have a tough time being accepted. It offers some big advantages – killing germs without adding chemicals. Assuming, of course, that it is not actually radioactive.


Underwriters Laboratory. UL is a non-profit organization tests products in the United States to certify that they meet safety standards. The organization was founded in 1894 by fire insurance companies to test products.

Underwriters Laboratory lite certification. Indicates that UL "recognizes" the product, whatever that means.

This has got to be the ugliest symbol of them all.
Canadian Standards Association. The CSA is similar to Underwriters Laboratories, but with a Canadian accent.



China Compulsory Commission. Certified by a Chinese agency to meet standards for sale in China. How tough can that be?


FCC Certification. The product meets US Federal Communications Commission standards for electromagnetic radiation.


Vegetarian. The manufacturer claims that the product is suitable for vegetarians.
Be careful not to confuse the vegetarian symbol with the Vegan symbol.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Road Art


Is it fall, or have the Canadians been here?
 
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