Can't we be sick in peace? Halls lozenge wrappers (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Only in the United States would we be exhorting people to power through illness as they unwrap a cough drop to help with bronchitis.

I thought of this when I put on my reading glasses to decipher the tiny blue print on a Halls throat lozenge.

When I realized that it was a bunch of different rah-rah-power-through messages (apparently taglined “A Pep Talk in Every Drop” – you can’t make this stuff up) I immediately thought….

You would NEVER see an item like this for sale in Europe, Asia or Latin America.

They have too much sense.

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