The photo above is not a mockup. It’s not a joke. It’s a genuine sign in the corridor on the second floor of the Rayne Building at St Anne’s College, Oxford. I was at St Anne’s for a conference earlier this week.
The sign struck me as very odd… What can it mean?
- The electrical circuits are not strong enough to deal with the wattage of a kettle? (but why then are there kettles for conference guests in the rooms?)
- If you boil a kettle here it will be dangerous, and someone passing may trip over the cable? (the socket is near ground level)
- Kettles are banned in student rooms during term time, so don’t try to surreptitiously boil one in the corridor?
- It’s an ironic take on the UK’s rules-based, safety obsessed society?
If you know and can help me please do leave a comment!