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NetFlash: flames out

Aug 26, 20032 mins

Was it the politically correct faction run amok or a genuine concern for public safety? You decide: A story in the Washington Post this morning notes that lighter giant Zippo has extinguished its Web site. Not that I have ever tried any of this stuff, but people tell me “tricking” with lighters involves basically flipping, twisting, throwing or just generally being silly with lit lighters. 

A visit to the site, which had been around since 1996, says: “Dear Fellow TrickHeads: I have some very bad news for you all. For the past couple of months has been under tremendous scrutiny from various U.S. groups, organizations and even political figures concerning the potential dangers involved with tricking.” In its defense, had taken precautions with the site, requiring credit card numbers of visitors (however, they didn’t use the numbers for anything other than to discourage kids from accessing the site) and restricting tricks to reasonable acts (if anything done with a lit lighter would be reasonable).   Still, you can pretty much find way more destructive things on the ‘Net than this. What do you think?

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