HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >

Discussion

School bans triangular flapjacks due to health and safety.

Apparently sugary foods are not just bad for your waistline.
An Essex school have banned triangle shaped flapjacks after a child was hit in the face with the pointy treat.
They now have to be cut into a square.
You really couldn't make it up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-...

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Wouldn't a square cause just as much damage? 4 points instead of 3 even....

    5 Replies
    1. re: juliejulez

      You are so totally missing the influence of three point versus four point flight dynamics. Four points have increased drag yielding a shorter flight and less velocity at impact. Hence far safer in the average lunch room.

      No points is called a Frisbee.

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          I would probably be inclined to buy that if I hadn't spent a good portion of my misspent youth sailing "four pointed" collapsed cardboard popcorn boxes through the movie theaters near my house, all with the lethality of Ninja throwing stars.

          If there was one thing you learned never to do before the lights came up in the theater, it was to not turn around to look toward the rear of the house unless you wanted to get an eye put out by one of those bad boys...

          1. re: Servorg

            Especially when delivered with an overhand wrist flick. As opposed to a frisbee sideways. Got to grasp a corner with the first knuckles of the index and social finger, with the long edge resting on the web between the fingers. Will sail and swoop for at least 5 rows.

            Or so I am told:-)

            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              uh...you know...guys talk, you hear things.

              :D

      1. Lol. I was reading "flapjack" as the U.S. pancake, not the sturdy-looking UK oaty bar pictured. I was thinking that was a hella pancake.

        I think we need a triangle/geometry expert to discuss angle of incidence of eye injury from 90 degree corners versus smaller angles.

        1. What is that thing? Flapjack equals pancake to me but apparently the UK definition differs? That food item looks more like a scone or biscuit.

          1 Reply
          1. re: tcamp

            The UK flapjack is closer to the American granola bar.

            http://britishfood.about.com/od/eorec...
            (oats, butter and Golden Syrup)

            I've read elsewhere than UK authorities are concerned about the amount of sugar in these, and other, treats.

          2. Don't square have points. 4 instead of 3.

            Maybe they should have only allowed round flapjacks

            6 Replies
            1. re: scubadoo97

              Might still be dangerous if the edge is too thin. Better go with spherical.

              1. re: scubadoo97

                And square ones, like poptarts, can be turned into a gun shape, which might upset someone.

                1. re: 4X4

                  As this is about an issue in the UK, and they don't have an extreme gun problem, that seems unlikely.

                  1. re: NE_Wombat

                    Perhaps that's because they've never had square flapjacks before.

                    1. re: Withnail42

                      but they *do* have square flapjacks -- they're square more often than not, IME.

              2. the safety elves have entirely too much time on their hands.

                2 Replies
                1. re: sunshine842

                  The safety elves are only running scared because of the lawyer trolls...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I'd be curious to hear what injuries this child actually suffered...somehow I'm doubting blood loss or even bruising. Somehow I'm not seeing a piece of oatmeal in the eye as being a life-threatening emergency.

                    Pretty interesting that a former head of Elf 'n' Safety stopped just short (or found a nicer way to say) "are you fricking kidding me?"

                    I'd also be very, very interested to hear the repercussion for the flapjack tosser.

                    (and yes, for those of you in the UK, I know exactly what I said in the last sentence).