An AC cord, 3-pin (earthed) plugs on both ends, with 2-conductor wiring in between. Spotted 'cause cable was damaged. Even the cable itself carried markings like "3x 0.75mm^2" despite having 2 conductors in it.
This was a one-piece cable (with 'non-replaceable' plugs), so came like that out of the factory. Covered in all the usual certification / safety markings.
Yes... Chinese made. And certainly not a mistake but intentional deception + cost cutting.
I know, many Chinese manufacturers just don't care, and will produce whatever [someone] tells them to produce.
But BOY, how much I would have loved to have a word with manufacturer person in charge of that production run, and question their ethics. And maybe beat 'em up or something.
"You don't care about (potentially) life-or-death safety of random person using YOUR cord? If found by someone with authority, ENTIRE batch of such cords will be recalled, with you or your customer footing the bill, and you don't care about that either?"
I really have a hard time grasping the level of negligence displayed there. And "sorry I had no idea" doesn't apply - you're an AC cable manufacturer, for f%#! sake.
Sadly it's 100% certain such deadly-accident-waiting-to-happen products are commonplace out there. I've got more examples from personal experience alone.
No just regular male + female plugs. If not damaged, would look okay in all respects.
That was in the NL. Probably grey import, sold at flea markets, eBay / AliExpress purchase or similar. Doubtful such cords would pass under the radar of say, HP or the like. Then again, you never know. ;-)
Any parent probably invented the equivalent of one within the first six months of their kid being born - but I guess this is one of those things that are bloody obvious and desired, but not supposed to ever become products, like pacifiers on an elastic band.
Taking a word and trying to make it mean something else, such as "sugar is an inedible product", never sits really well with the recipients of the message—in particular when it is then circularly then used "well you can't eat sugar, it's inedible", which no doubt is the point here.
Meanings of words should be used to increase understanding between parties, not decrease understanding between them or push agendas, however well-meaning those agendas might be.
You can in fact eat quite a menu of inedible things but this will probably harm you sooner or later. Edible or inedible is not a meaning, it's a convention. There even are some things which are considered inedible despite being harmless and possibly tasty, especially if you know how to cook them right and don't eat too much of them.
Did you know radium used to be a popular "edible" ingredient one day? They said it was good for your health. Then one day people realized it's poison. Sugar used to be promoted as having ealth benefits as well (as did cigarettes). And it has to be declared inedible to stop destroying health of billions of people.
People mistakenly consider that food and some corporations support this misconception to exploit it for profit. Some people mistakenly consider silicagel food as well (there would be no need to write "do not eat" on it if nobody did) but this doesn't mean it actually is food. Some even say cocaine is a vitamin. There are many substances which occur in our bodies naturally and play important roles in its functioning but are not foods. For example thyroxine is not a food as well, although our bodies produce and use it in some amounts for vital purposes. Same way sugar.