skull and crossbones


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skull and crossbones

alerts consumers to presence of poison; represents death. [Folklore: Misc.]
See: Danger

skull and crossbones

symbolizing mortality; sign on poison bottles. [World Culture: Brewer Dictionary, 1009]
See: Death
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New skull and crossbones flags highlighting dog mess at Gosforth Central Park
The Skull and Crossbones dog toy is soft but durable - capable of sustaining 55 lbs of pull pressure.
The symbol, according to a statement, is "intended for IAEA Category 1, 2 and 3 sources defined as dangerous sources capable of death or serious injury, including food irradiators, teletherapy machines for cancer treatment, and industrial radiography units." The new logo consists of a red triangle containing the familiar Three-Winged Bow Tie of Death, as well as a skull and crossbones and a human figure that appears to be either running or doing that dance John Travolta did in "Saturday Night Fever." So do as your government tells you: If it's sunny out, and you see pirates, dance, baby, dance!
Police have identified a silver minivan with a skull and crossbones in the back license plate area as a common vehicle in many of the robberies.
We are friends as pilots." The anonymous pilots purportedly claimed that two Iraqi Airways Boeing jets were "converted to cargo planes by removing the seats," after which special Republican Guard brigades loaded what were described as "yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel." Of course, the only way to validate or falsify Sada's claim would be to invade and occupy Syria.
The squadron currently operates eight Super Hornets, and a total of twelve jets will display the Skull and Crossbones once workups begin at the end of 2005.
The additional shapes are decided upon by students, but I discourage them from using the cliche of the skull and crossbones, and challenge them to be more original.
So when a stamp bearing a skull and crossbones and the word "anthrax" arrived in the Chicago post office, the place shut down until it was clear that no actual anthrax was in or on the envelope.
The anthropologists recommended the symbol of the skull and crossbones. A historian, however, remembered that the skull and crossbones meant resurrection to the alchemist, and a psychologist carried out experiments with three-year-olds: If the skull and crossbones is stuck on a bottle, they cry in fear, "poison"; if it is stuck on a wall, they enthusiastically call out, "pirates!"
The Marines erected a skull and crossbones "No Swimming" sign; Club Med Mogadishu quickly fizzled out.
But "awareness" doesn't do the least bit of good when there's no cure and, as we now know, early detection does little beyond expose you to dangerous and debilitating "treatments." Why not just a skull and crossbones pin as a reminder of human mortality?
The parcel, marked with a skull and crossbones and containing a white powder, was addressed to Bridget McConnell at her Glasgow City Council office.