Kitchen Catastrophes: Knives Abound

I am scared of knives. I live on my own, I cook for myself, and yet I can rarely relax around a knife. My ideations of things-gone-wrong have nothing to do with a kitchen knife’s practical purpose: I don’t worry too much that I’ll cut my finger but more that I might...

Blog Post 5 / Sharp Things

What comes to mind when you consider the following objects: a dumbbell, a frying pan, a carving knife, a smartphone? Most would likely associate these objects as common items, probably things one would find in any average American household. However, according to...

What Makes a Tool a Weapon?

The tools we use in our everyday lives play a crucial role in making things in our daily routines easier for us. So why is it that the most useful objects are often regarded as dangerous? In John Cline’s essay What Is a Machete, Anyway, he iterates that tools and...

Danger Is in the Eye of the Beholder?

What makes an object dangerous: the object itself, the use of the object, or how the object is viewed? In his Atlantic article, “What is a machete anyways?,” John Cline discusses the various connotations a machete can have. A machete can be an agricultural tool, a...
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