Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Fun, Sept. 14, 2007 - Finger Safety

Here's a little "finger" food for your funny bone.

"IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU". So reads the title card on what may be the worst corporate video ever made. More familiarly known as "Finger Safety," the video had gained cult status almost immediately after it was made in the 1970s.

The "talent" on the video is telephone guy Earl Tice from the Hiram, Ohio Long Lines Office. Poor Earl is clad in a navy blue leisure suit and is parked on a stool between a green curtain and a folding table. Earl, apparently inspired by a friend who lost a ring finger while installing some shelving, tells his fellow employees how they can avoid a similar fate. To help him, he uses a bunch of props he seemingly picked up at the local Woolworth's on the way to work that morning.

The best moments come when Earl pulls the Handi Wipes veil off secret props and demonstrates all sorts of dangers awaiting your digits.

I had a copy of this on VHS that I sadly lost in one of our many moves over the years. But God bless YouTube, which is like the box in the basement where you find every tape you ever lost. The site has several copies of this priceless piece of video, including the one below.

Hey, Earl - where can I get one of those company cars?



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