Talk:2297: Use or Discard By

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comics featuring expiration dates

This comic is definitely not related to the COVID-19 theme. Has Randall decided after 19 (or 20) comics to end his series? 01:28, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

I personally agree. However some will make the argument that all the people who stocked up on a lifetime supply will face "best by" issues in the next years. -- 06:29, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
This one is satisfactorily unrelated for me. I was for Exa-Exabyte, and although I understand the slight argument someone had for it, against Garbage. But this one surely only has convoluted arguments on par with the symbiotic relationship it has with yeast. 12:40, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
This one feels like a "things to do while stuck at home" that may have been inspired by the COVID-19 lockdown, but that doesn't make it a COVID-related comic. --Bobson (talk) 14:06, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
This is clearly referencing CoViD-19 preppers 23:26, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

She didn’t say it said “use by (some date)”. She just said it says “use by ..”. My interpretation is that it is so old the date has worn off. That happens to my nitroglycerin quite often. I think her interlocutor is saying, if the date has worn off or gotten illegibly smeared, assume it’s expired. —— OTOH the explanation given by the editors is funnier! 05:08, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

In the first panel she states that the guns (plural) are about to expire. So I guess they have bought 2 guns about the same time, from different vendors who handle this wording differently, but both flare guns have a visible expiry date in the close future. --Lupo (talk) 05:56, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
I disagree. The other one says Use By and no date. So think either explanation is wrong, or at least the two possible interpretations should be mentioned --Kynde (talk) 14:56, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

I'm struggling to imagine how anyone could come up with such a wrong interpretation. It's dead obvious, at least to a native English-speaker, that the second label reads in full 'Use by April 25 , 2020" and that it's the missing "or discard" that makes the joke. Cellocgw (talk) 13:56, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

My interpretation of that panel is that Cueball cut her off before she was able to finish her sentence, aware that she was interested in using the flare gun. 17:24, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
If she would have been unable to read the date, how would you explain that she knows the gun is "about to expire"? Especially if they were from different manufacturers, there's no way to know when the gun expires, apart from reading the date. 18:44, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

I play the browser-game Urban Dead. The flare-pistols in that have no expiry date (a handy 15HP damage item, if they hit, so I often save any I scavenge for a time my Action Points are low but I might appreciate a chance killing shot on a worn-down zombie) and are 'safe' to fire at all times - except for your target if hit, of course. Outside they can act as a signal, though never seen that as useful myself, but I always wished that inside a darkened building they'd at least be seen as a flash (maybe transient blinding) to anyone present but not hit by it. I mean, does nobody notice someone firing off a flare in an unpowered cinema, even the person it was aimed at but apparently just missed? (It was argued that a 'miss' was a misfire, a similar argument given with shotgun/pistol non-hits that no-one even hears, but they have no failure rate when deployed as signal.) 13:46, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

How does one properly dispose of these? I have an emergency smoke"grenade" (it's just a tin can) that expired in or before 2012 in my car. Related question, what is the best way to improperly dispose one of those? 15:39, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

Probably need to contact your local HAZMAT for either smoke grenades or flare guns. Neither one would be appropriate for regular garbage or recycling. And forget about taking them on an airplane. Rtanenbaum (talk) 16:55, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

Here is an article from the American Boating Association about what to do with old flares. Two take aways: 1. keep the older flares (3 years old) as backups, but use them first in an emergency to save the more recent ones. 2. contact your local fire department or sanitation department for disposal. Rtanenbaum (talk) 19:50, 24 April 2020 (UTC)